News | September 24, 2008

Avnet Technology Solutions Offers Data Warehousing Solutions Built On Sun And Oracle Technology

TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Building on its relationships as a value-added distributor for Sun Microsystems and Oracle, Avnet Technology Solutions, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced that it now offers solutions for value-added resellers (VARs) in the U.S. and Canada that incorporate Oracle® Optimized Warehouse data warehousing software on Sun hardware.

As part of this offering, Avnet installs and tests reference configurations using a prescribed process that is both reliable and repeatable. VARs can leverage the resulting bundled solutions to target opportunities in the business intelligence and data warehousing markets and more rapidly build practices in these profitable areas with less cost.

"With the increase in merger and acquisition activity over the past five years, companies have experienced an accelerated need to access information transparently across multiple systems," said Tom Colleary, vice president of sales for Technology Infrastructure Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. "There's never been a better time for Avnet partners to take advantage of the combined Oracle/Sun solution, which offers them the opportunity to grow their businesses by providing proven products and services for building their customers' data warehouses."

"Sun partners can take advantage of a complete data warehousing solution that includes all components needed — software, storage and servers," said John Vakos, global partner sales director, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With the services provided by Avnet, they can feel confident that the solution is fully tested and validated. Partners are then positioned to begin quickly building highly efficient data warehouses for their customers."

"Groupware has found that data warehousing and business intelligence are on the forefront of many of our enterprise customers' business initiatives," said Mike Thompson, president and CEO of Groupware Technology, Inc. "The ability for decision makers to quickly and easily gather data from disparate systems is becoming more critical in today's global economy. Having Avnet and Sun partner with us around the Oracle® Optimized Warehouse initiative, we can now deploy best-of-breed, certified and scalable warehousing solutions to our customers expeditiously and smoothly."

About Avnet Technology Solutions

Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. As a global technology sales and marketing organization, Avnet Technology Solutions has sales divisions focused on specific customer segments and a select line card strategy enabling an exceptional level of attention to the needs of its customers and suppliers. For fiscal year 2008, the group served customers in more than 30 countries and generated US $7.6 billion in annual revenue.

The group's Web site is

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology in the world. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers and providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2008, Avnet generated revenue of $17.95 billion. For more information, visit

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