Avnet Becomes First Distributor to Join Microsoft Cloud OS Network Program in Australia and New Zealand

8 March, 2016  – SYDNEY – Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that it has been accepted into the Microsoft Cloud Operating System Network (COSN) Program for Australia and New Zealand. COSN is a group of elite cloud service providers who collaborate with Microsoft to offer technically-validated, cloud-based infrastructure and application solutions. The program will enable Avnet to combine its robust hosting expertise with Microsoft technology to provide increased options and flexibility for Avnet private, Azure public or hybrid cloud data centre solutions. Avnet’s new offering is labelled “Avnet Premium Private Cloud.”
To be accepted into the COSN Program, Avnet undertook an intensive development exercise which included building an environment to exacting quality standards set by Microsoft; and leveraging key Microsoft cloud technologies including Windows Azure Pack (WAP) and Azure. Avnet’s partners will now be able to access Avnet’s implementation of the WAP management portal which will enable the creation and end-to-end management of complex environments.

This new offering builds upon Avnet’s 15-year relationship with Microsoft, which promotes Avnet from a Gold Hosting Partner to a member of the prestigious Cloud Operating System Network. This latest development in Avnet’s cloud capability sets Avnet apart from other Australian distributors. The COSN program enables Avnet to provide partners additional sales and support capabilities when entering new and complementary cloud markets. 

“Avnet is proud to be accepted into the Microsoft COSN Program,” says Chris Farrow, business manager, Avnet Cloud Services, Avnet Technology Solutions, Australia and New Zealand. “Avnet Premium Private Cloud will enable our partners to reduce costs, simplify implementation and user experience, and accelerate their time to market. Our partners can now get a seamless, true hybrid cloud solution from one provider and gain a real competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

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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.

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EASTWEST PR for Avnet Technology Solutions, Asia Pacific
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