Avnet Technology Solutions Selected to Bring HP ConvergedSystem 700 to Market in the U.S.
Avnet’s world-class integration capabilities for converged infrastructure solutions give its solutions providers a first-to-market advantage
Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), will be the first distributor in the U.S. to offer solution provider partners HP ConvergedSystem 700 powered by HP OneView, a comprehensive, innovative solution that delivers a software-defined environment to help customers embrace an open hybrid cloud model with best-of-breed converged infrastructure. Avnet’s pioneering role in bringing this solution to market was unveiled at HP Discover 2014 held in Barcelona, Spain.
Avnet will integrate and configure HP ConvergedSystem 700 to help solution provider partners bring this next-generation converged management solution to market quickly. Initially available in the U.S. with plans for expansion, Avnet will provide partners with the flexible and highly customizable HP solution that is fully tested, validated and integrated, allowing for faster delivery and implementation in customers’ data centers.
“The HP ConvergedSystem 700 represents an innovative way HP is enabling the New Style of IT to help businesses drive agility, increase revenue and cut costs,” said Chris Swahn, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, HP Solutions group. “Avnet’s solution provider partners will have a unique opportunity to introduce this solution to their customers. At Avnet, we understand how to bring converged systems to life. We will help our partners jump-start, install, set up and deploy this new converged infrastructure offering with the speed, delivery and availability they’ve come to expect, while creating a competitive edge for their own businesses.”
The HP ConvergedSystem 700 incorporates converged management with automation to simplify everyday tasks, mitigate project risk, reduce operational expenses, and improve efficiency and agility. This approach enables partners to create a high-velocity business model for their customers that delivers faster time to value with lower costs and fewer risks, while better positioning their customers to move toward cloud-based models.
In addition, HP ConvergedSystem 700 powered by HP OneView is a simple, efficient and effective way to manage next-generation application platforms. It provides a single tool to manage the entire infrastructure, including support for a particular workload such as cloud, big data, mobility, virtualization, analytics/business intelligence or database transformation.
“Avnet’s highly experienced team has the deep technical and market expertise to bring this highly sought-after converged solution to our partners,” said Paul Miller, vice president of marketing, Converged Systems, HP. “Working with Avnet and the entire HP partner ecosystem will provide a quick market entry for partners looking to enter the converged infrastructure system space and provide the know-how to help grow their business quickly and easily.”
HP ConvergedSystem 700 expands choice for customers with support for HP ProLiant Gen9 blade servers and open interoperability with third party top-of-rack networking. This new converged infrastructure offering also helps scale to meet changing business demands by doubling the compute and storage capacity.
Partners can leverage the Avnet Global Solutions Center in Chandler, Ariz., to integrate and assemble the HP ConvergedSystem 700. This state-of-the-art integration and logistics facility is 228,000 square feet and has the capability to build and ship more than 700,000 systems annually. Services offered through the Avnet Global Solutions Center for the HP system include full hardware and software factory installation and integration.
Avnet will also provide partners with a variety of services to assist them in growing their converged infrastructure capabilities and offerings around this new HP system. These services include final hardware installation, network attachment and initial virtualization and storage setup.
“It’s always exciting to bring a new technology to market that gives us an innovative way to solve our customers’ business challenges,” said Bob Hankins, vice president, storage solutions at Logicalis. “With HP’s ConvergedSystem approach, we have the advantage of being among the first channel partners to be able to offer this solution – thanks to Avnet. In addition, Avnet will help us further accelerate our time to market because they serve as a true single source for efficiently building and deploying this converged system with a suite of services that are tailored to our own business needs and proven converged systems integration capabilities.”
Partners participating in the pilot will be able to access the Avnet Technical Army, which provides partners with in-depth technical knowledge on HP software and technology. This highly experienced team holds 500+ certifications and includes 100+ technical consultants, solution architects and infrastructure services professionals. They can assist partners’ technical staff and help develop configurations and systems designs.
Avnet is an award-winning HP distributor and has been named HP Software Distributor of the Year for North America, HP Partner in Excellence – Top U.S. Enterprise Distributor, and HP Partner in Excellence for U.S. Software Growth. Avnet distributes HP in more than 20 countries around the world, including the following locations in the Americas: Canada, the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S.
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About Avnet Technology Solutions
As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions transforms technology into business solutions for customers around the world. It collaborates with customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the changing needs of end-user customers. The group serves customers and suppliers in North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US $11.0 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2014. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.ats.avnet.com.
About Avnet, Inc.
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2014, Avnet generated revenue of $27.5 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.
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