Avnet teams with Cisco and NetApp

Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) has announced a joint initiative with Cisco Systems and NetApp to provide reseller partners in Canada with validated data centre solutions based on the FlexPod design architecture.

Avnet will now provide partners single source for all the products, assembly, testing, technical expertise and support they need to successfully bring FlexPod to market, highlighted by VMware solutions. Additionally, since Avnet is an authorized distributor for Cisco, NetApp and VMware, Avnet resellers will be able to utilize their traditional channel programs from these suppliers when selling FlexPod for VMware solutions.

“Data centres are transforming toward shared infrastructures to increase agility and reduce costs, and FlexPod is designed to simplify this evolution,” said Scott Look, vice-president and general manager, ATS Americas, Technology Infrastructure Solutions group. “Working jointly with Cisco and NetApp, Avnet focused on creating a suite of services to shorten and simplify the sales cycle, making it easier for our channel partners to go to market with FlexPod solutions.

Avnet’s FlexPodt Services and our singlere-source capabilities mean that our resellers and their customers are ensured a consistent and positive experience.”The new FlexPod Services, available to Avnet partners, are designed to help channel partners deliver FlexPod solutions faster, easier and more profitably. They include: pre-sales support, consolidated quoting, single order capability, assembly and testing, ship complete and tracking. Additionally, partners will be able to work with a dedicated Avnet team to support their FlexPod needs, as well as draw upon additional support and expertise from Avnet’s dedicated Cisco, NetApp and VMware teams.

“Avnet is uniquely qualified to offer this FlexPod advantage because of its solutions distribution expertise and relationships with core data center technology suppliers, such as NetApp,” said Todd Palmer, vice-president of America Channels, NetApp. “Avnet can deliver everything from assembly, validation and test services to world-class support through its Global Solutions Center. Avnet will help NetApp partners sell the right FlexPod solutions needed to help customers transition to flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructures, enabling them to efficiently manage their Cloud environments.”

FlexPod is a pre-validated data centre design architecture, which includes industry leading computing, storage and networking components from NetApp and Cisco. It provides a flexible, shared data centre infrastructure optimized for virtualization and can scale to meet customer needs.

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