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Avnet Certified as Cisco's First Unified Computing System C-Series Authorized Configurator in U.S. and Canada

Avnet Technology Solutions, the solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc., today announced it has been certified as a Cisco Unified Computing System C-Series Authorized Configurator (UCAC). This certification enables Avnet to configure pre-built base Cisco Unified Computing Systems C-series servers by integrating processors, memory, hard-drives and adaptors, accelerating customers’ time to market.

As the first U.S.-based UCAC distributor, Avnet will assist value-added resellers (VARs), including Cisco’s authorized ATPs, Gold, Silver and Premier partners; direct value-added resellers (DVARs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) in the U.S. and Canada in designing, building, configuring and integrating Cisco’s data center portfolio as integrated end-to-end solutions. These solutions will assist partners in delivering more flexibility to their customers, meeting unique customer needs, and helping them realize the benefits of Cisco’s unified computing architecture in their virtualized data centers.

“Data centers are extremely complex environments, and CIOs and IT managers want to work with partners that understand how to develop holistic solutions that specifically address their unique business challenges,” said Chris Swahn, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, Cisco Solutions Group. “As an authorized Cisco configurator, Avnet’s integration services will enable our channel partners to provide their enterprise and small to-mid-sized (SMB) customers with built-to-order data center and virtualization solutions.”

Avnet’s solutions architects will work with resellers and ISVs to provide them with hardware integration, software configuration, packaging and logistics, and maintenance services. These services include custom cabling and racking; application uploading, configuration and testing; virtualization partitioning; operating system installation; custom image loads; and database installation. Avnet’s integration services allow reseller and ISV partners to focus their resources on their core business strategies, while relying on the world class supply chain services of Avnet Technology Solutions to complete the sales process. Avnet will integrate the solutions in its Global Solutions Center in Chandler, Arizona.

“As Cisco’s first data center specialty distributor in the U.S. and Canada, Avnet plays a vital role in enabling channel partners and extending Cisco’s go-to-market strategy for the virtualized data center,” said Dave O’Callaghan, vice president of worldwide channels distribution at Cisco.  “Avnet’s proven expertise in delivering value-added integration services, global supply chain management and its state-of-the-art solutions center will help Cisco and our partners accelerate the time to market.”

Together, Cisco Unified Computing System C-Series servers and related Cisco data center solutions create a cost-effective, virtualization-optimized infrastructure. Solutions based on these innovations help partners bring unified computing benefits to SMB customers, enterprise data centers, branch offices and remote offices.

“Lewan & Associates has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Avnet. By using Avnet’s distribution and solutions expertise and resources, we’ve been able to effectively address our customers’ business and IT challenges,” said Greg Hagerl, Cisco product manager, Lewan & Associates. “We were excited to hear about Cisco’s addition to Avnet’s line card because it opens up even more opportunities for us to transform our customers’ data centers. Cisco’s data center vision and Unified Computing System technologies, coupled with Avnet’s forthcoming ability to integrate Cisco’s data center solutions, position us well to deliver more manageable, scalable and efficient data center solutions to our customers. Integration services also provide us with a significant competitive differentiator and create an incremental revenue stream – which results in a win-win for everyone.”

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Published Monday, June 28, 2010 6:16 PM by David Marshall
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