Avnet and Red Hat Collaboration Supports the Increasing Interest in Open Source Solutions in Malaysia

Avnet Solutions Center provides IT facilities for enterprise applications and open source platforms compatibility testing
PETALING JAYA, 21 August 2013 – Avnet Technology Solutions, a global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today signed a distribution agreement locally with Red Hat, Inc.,the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, to offer open source enterprise solutions across Malaysian sectors.
Chiew Yue Lam, General Manager of Avnet Technology Solutions Malaysia, shared that the first collaboration with Red Hat to set up the open source-based Avnet Solutions Center (ASC), will be open to all Avnet and Red Hat customers and partners in Malaysia.
“Avnet is delighted to accelerate the success of our customers and partners with Linux platforms, open source operating systems and servers” said Chiew, “these platforms are well-poised to leverage the growing trends of cloud computing, big data and mobile technologies”.
According to the IDC, overall server revenue shrank 7.7 percent year-over-year. However, Linux bucked the trend to grow 3.4 percent year-over-year. (Source: IDC, May 2013)
Chiew added, “We see growing demand for open source solutions in Malaysia. Therefore, partnering with Red Hat is a step towards our goal of being the leading IT distributor in Malaysia.”
First Testing Facility in Malaysia for Open Source Solution Adoption
The collaboration also makes Avnet the first and only distributor of Red Hat in Malaysia to offer a testing facilities for companies to test-run the compatibility of open source solutions with their existing IT applications and systems.
Chiew shared, “Cost and implementation are key challenges that often hinder local companies from adopting new technologies. The ASC addresses these concerns by allowing companies to test and select the right technology solutions for their IT requirements whichreduces the risks associated with migration. Companies can also gauge the level of return from their IT investments more accurately.”
Located in Avnet’s office based at Menara UAC, Damansara Perdana, ASC is a world class IT infrastructure testbed equipped with servers, virtualized machines, and integration services. It was primarily designed for Proof of Concept activities, IT solution migration testing, demonstrations, and IT skill learning and training programs.
A Boost to Red Hat’s ASEAN Expansion
Damien Wong, general manager of Red Hat ASEAN, said that the partnership with Avnet is in line with the company’s recently announced business strategy and investment into Red Hat’s channel partner ecosystems for vertical expansion in ASEAN.
“Selecting Avnet as our local partner is a strategic business move. With Avnet's expertise and Red Hat's portfolio of open source IT solutions, we are confident that this collaboration can bring greater value to both partners and customers alike in Malaysia, as well as extend our business reach into key verticals such as government and financial services,” said Wong.
This collaboration allows Avnet to distribute the full range of Red Hat’s solutions, which include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat JBoss Middleware solutions in Malaysia.
Chiew concluded, “The flexible nature of Red Hat Enterprise Linux makes it the platform of choice for many enterprise cloud deployments. The collaboration with Red Hat will accelerate our pace venturing into this new emerging market.”
About Avnet Technology Solutions
As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions collaborates with its customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the business needs of their end-user customers locally and around the world. The group serves customers and suppliers in North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US $10.36 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2013. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.ats.avnet.com/.
Red Hat, the Shadowman logo, JBoss, and OpenShift are registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds and OpenStack is a registered trademark of OpenStack, LLC.

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Hani Nadia Ramli
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Avnet Technology Solutions (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
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