Apr 5, 2016 – SAO PAULO – Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, announced today that it has expanded its distribution agreement with Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading open source provider, to include Brazil. Avnet began distributing Red Hat in 2007, and has helped the company expand its market presence in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K.
Under the expanded agreement, Avnet will now distribute the full range of Red Hat solutions in Brazil, including operating system platforms, virtualization, middleware, storage and cloud solutions – such as OpenStack and OpenShift. Avnet partners will be able to offer their customers a long-term plan for building infrastructures based on open source technologies, with a focus on security, ease of management and a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) through a subscription-based model.
“CIOs and IT departments around the world rely on Red Hat to deliver solutions that meet their business needs with regard to performance and security,” said Carlos Negri, general manager of Avnet Technology Solutions, Brazil. “Avnet’s commitment to its channel partners and integrators is to develop and deliver business solutions that combine high-value-added services with cutting-edge software solutions and hardware. With this distribution agreement with Red Hat, we’ll be able to provide our partners with an expanded solutions portfolio to better develop data center solutions for the evolving technology market.”
“With this partnership, we have the opportunity to introduce the benefits of Red Hat solutions to a broader range of customers,” said Silvio Mota, director of Alliances and Channels at Red Hat. “Avnet will help us demonstrate how our subscription-based model will allow partners to provide their customers with high-quality, proven products with the cost-flexibility they desire. Working together with Avnet, our partners can leverage Avnet’s Demo Center capabilities in Brazil to show Red Hat solutions to their end customers and allow them to see first-hand how Red Hat will work in their environments by facilitating onsite testing.”
Red Hat is expanding its channel program in Brazil. As a result, Avnet’s business partners will be invited to participate in Red Hat’s channel program. To support this, Avnet will be offering a training platform and access to OPEN certification (Red Hat Online Partner Enablement Network), which helps partners gain a deeper understanding of how they can innovatively solve their customers’ business challenges with Red Hat technologies.
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About Avnet, Inc.
From components to cloud and design to disposal, Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), accelerates the success of customers who build, sell and use technology globally by providing them with a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products, services and solutions. Avnet is a Fortune 500 company with revenues of $27.9 billion for the fiscal year 2015. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.