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Tech Data expands cloud offering with new line


Tech Data’s Technology Solutions unit, formerly Avnet, is adding software networking solutions from Brocade to the Avnet Cloud Marketplace.

Brocade was already a partner of Tech Data, but this offering will be a first of its kind for cloud marketplace.

Cheryl Neal, Tech Data’s vice president of data and networking solutions, said enterprise networking is one of the key strategic business opportunities that Technology Solutions has identified for solution providers. Adding Brocade software, partners will be able to engage in this market and provide customers with value-focused solutions that align with their technology needs for cloud computing, software-defined networks and virtualization.

Adding Brocade offerings to the Cloud Marketplace builds upon its solutions specialist approach to accelerate the channel’s abilities to capitalize on the rapidly growing, next-generation technologies that are defining the future of computing and the data centre. Partners will be able to engage Technology Solutions’ dedicated solutions specialists to develop complete cloud solutions. Technology Solutions also provides the channel with in-depth expertise in complementary technology market segments, including cognitive computing, data analytics, the data centre, the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, security, and training and education.

Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and GM of Brocade’s Software Networking business, said Tech Data resources will help extend Brocade’s reach into the cloud market.