Avnet named an Authorised Global Distributor for Lenovo Enterprise Products

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Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc., has been authorised globally as a Lenovo distributor. With this authorisation, Avnet is now distributing Lenovo's System x (x86) servers and related solutions, following the transition of IBM's System x server business to Lenovo. Building on its heritage as IBM's largest x86 distributor worldwide, Avnet will help its channel partners in more than 40 countries throughout Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; and North America continue to develop and expand their enterprise businesses.

"Lenovo has demonstrated great momentum in its enterprise server business, and its acquisition of IBM's System x business is the start of an exciting new era for the x86 market," said Tony Madden, senior vice president and supplier business executive for Avnet Technology Solutions, Global. "Avnet is working closely with Lenovo to ensure a seamless transition for existing System x channel partners and their customers. Additionally, our worldwide sales team is actively engaging with channel partners to capture new opportunities and help them transform Lenovo's innovative technology into business solutions for their customers around the world."

Working with Lenovo, Avnet will distribute the company's System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking, and maintenance operations. To help channel partners offer complete end-to-end solutions, Avnet will continue to provide a variety of traditional service offerings, such as logistics, sales, marketing, finance, and technical services, strategically paired with business, IT, lifecycle and education services.

"Avnet has a long-standing and proven track record in successfully building channel ecosystems and alliances globally for Lenovo's recently acquired System x product line," said Wilfredo Sotolongo, vice president, worldwide sales, enterprise systems, Lenovo Group. "They have the expertise worldwide to help us implement a clear, scalable channel strategy that will align with Lenovo's commitment to quality, innovation and value with one of the most comprehensive server portfolios available. Together, Lenovo and Avnet will ensure our channel partners have the global resources and innovative technology needed to create mutual profitable growth opportunities."

Channel partners interested in learning more about how Avnet can help them capitalise on opportunities with Lenovo should contact their local Avnet business development team.

In addition to its new relationship with Lenovo, Avnet will build on its nearly 30-year history in working with IBM. Avnet will continue to support IBM and the solutions, services and programs that were not part of the Lenovo System x acquisition. This includes IBM's Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances, as well as IBM training services offered through Avnet Academy. Additionally, Avnet will continue to provide partners with a wide range of IBM software, services and storage technologies to enable them to offer complete solutions.

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