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Avnet Introduces Mobility Solutions Framework Based on EMC Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite

Jul 20, 2016

PHOENIX Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today introduced its offering of the VCE® VxRail Appliance Microsoft® Enterprise Mobility Suite Mobility Solutions Framework, a new solution for the mid-market that links private cloud, public cloud and mobile device functionality. This enables Avnet’s EMC® partners in the U.S. to demonstrate a viable IT platform that organizations can adopt as a foundation for their own mobility service delivery programs. What began as a vision for a hybrid-first, mobility-first, client-relevant design concept developed into an opportunity for Avnet’s team to collaborate on an “end-to-end” solution that spanned data center service delivery and an integration with Microsoft Azure® cloud services.

“Mid-market data center teams are confronted with an ever-increasing demand for new applications, new services and new ways of doing business,” said Eric Barnhart, vice president of Avnet’s EMC solutions business unit in the Americas. “Since each mid-market organization has its own view of how and where mobile applications would best enable and extend their business goals, Avnet worked with EMC and our partner base to develop a mid-market mobility framework based on standards and best practices gleaned from our combined years of experience. This mobility solutions framework enables our partners to discuss a client’s business goals and requirements in the context of a Mobility Solutions Catalog and help deliver real solutions.”

This new mobility solution is all about the end user and how Avnet partners can develop and suggest solutions that reduce both risk and cost, and address critical governance issues – particularly for any regulated industry/vertical market, such as healthcare, government, etc. The VCE VxRail Appliances are jointly engineered, hyper-converged infrastructure appliances by EMC and VMware that tightly integrate virtualization, compute, storage and data protection in one system, with a single point of support, providing a predictable “pay-as-you-grow” approach. The Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite solutions framework from Avnet seamlessly ties together hardware, software and services. Partners can also leverage the power and versatility of the Avnet Cloud Marketplace, the one-stop shop that offers access to comprehensive solutions from leading cloud service providers, flexible payment models and Avnet’s sophisticated management and optimization tools.

“Organizations of all sizes are turning to solutions built on top of hyper-converged infrastructure appliances to increase agility, simplify operations and lower risk in their data centers. The versatility and superior feature function of the VxRail Appliances combined with a low entry price are enabling our partner ecosystem to innovate and add more value to their customers,” said Gil Shneorson, vice president and general manager, VxRail, VCE, Converged Platform Division of EMC Corporation. “The new solution framework for mobility from Avnet provides resellers with an opportunity to address the large Microsoft mobile market enabled by the adoption of Microsoft Windows 10.”

Avnet is an award-winning EMC distributor and supports EMC in Asia Pacific; Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; and the U.S., plus 2015 marked the 15 th anniversary of the Avnet and EMC partnership. Throughout this long-standing relationship, Avnet has helped EMC bring innovative solutions to market. For example, Avnet has enabled EMC partners to adopt their choice of converged and hyper-converged solutions, which allow partners to design and deploy new solutions that offer their SMB, mid-market and enterprise customers the cloud and data center benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure at the price points and sizes that align with their needs.

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