News | August 26, 2008

Avnet Technology Solutions Expands Its OneTech Consulting Services Portfolio With Storage Assessments

Ignition 2008
SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ignition 2008 – Avnet Technology Solutions, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced that it is expanding its OneTech™ Consulting Services to include storage assessments for its North American partners. OneTech Storage Assessments will enable Avnet's value-added reseller partners in North America to generate new sales through comprehensive assessments of end customers' storage environments to determine the best combination of resources to meet their storage needs. These services help Avnet's partners optimize their customers' storage environments by uncovering duplicate data and proposing storage architectures that can reduce the total cost of ownership.

"OneTech Storage Assessments differentiate our partners from resellers who simply provide a standard quote," said Jack Morris, vice president of Services, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. "With a storage assessment, our partners can offer their customers an actionable plan and roadmap to achieve results. This strengthens our partners' role as a trusted advisor and enhances their long-term relationships with their customers."

A OneTech storage assessment provides an accurate analysis of the current state of the storage environment based on quantified data, including storage capacity, utilization and backup capabilities. Avnet partners can draw on the expertise of Avnet's OneTech consultants, who use this analysis to determine the most efficient and cost-effective storage solution based on best-in-class business policies and financial models. OneTech consultants provide partners with a detailed report that includes the steps and solutions necessary to increase operational efficiency. These consultants also determine the total cost of ownership of the end customer's current storage environment to deliver recommendations that optimize return on investment (ROI).

Storage assessments are ideally suited for enterprise customers who have large storage environments, such as those in the healthcare, legal, government and financial services industries. These companies can benefit greatly from assessment services, because they face regulatory compliance issues that require the storage and accessibility of significant amounts of data for predetermined lengths of time.

"We partnered with Avnet's OneTech Services team recently to conduct a detailed assessment for a large healthcare client in Northern California," said Jeff Guenthner, account executive with CMI. "These services created a win-win value proposition for CMI, our client and Avnet. Working together, we found opportunities for cost reduction, operational efficiency and rapid ROI. This engagement has positioned us as a trusted solutions advisor, giving us an advantage over our competition."

About Avnet Technology Solutions

Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. As a global technology sales and marketing organization, Avnet Technology Solutions has sales divisions focused on specific customer segments and a select line card strategy enabling an exceptional level of attention to the needs of its customers and suppliers. For fiscal year 2008, the group served customers in more than 30 countries and generated U.S. $7.6 billion in annual revenue. The group's Web site is www.ats.avnet.com.

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology in the world. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers and providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2008, Avnet generated revenue of $17.95 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

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