Articles about Avnet

The four-socket Moonshot server card from HP using the Opteron X chip

AMD chalks up Opteron X design win on HP Moonshot hyperscale system

Hewlett-Packard is making no promises about when it will be delivered, but the company is showing off a multiple-node server cartridge for its "Redstone" Moonshot 1500 chassis using the "Kyoto" Opteron X processor from Advanced Micro Devices. More precisely, Andrew Feldman, general manager of the server business unit at AMD, …
The Roadrunner two-socket, Open Compute motherboard designed by AMD and friends

Financial firms start lining up for AMD Roadrunner systems

For more than a few large-scale data center operators and supercomputer centers in the world, AMD's Opteron processors are still an important part of their infrastructure. But over the past few years, as Intel has got its Xeon act together and AMD has had some issues (to put it politely) the tier-one server makers have not …
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Azlan enters EMC channel in stealth mode

Azlan wants to slip quietly into EMC's partner base without making any waves for existing distributors, well almost. This may be music to the ears of EMC's distie pals at Arrow and Avnet who were privately concerned a price led strategy from Azlan would trash their margins, something they've complained about in past situations …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013
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Micro P parent does it AGAIN, kicks recession in nackers

DCC Sercom, parent of Brit IT distie Micro P and games console wholesaler Gem, has again laughed in the face of a flatlining local economy. Turnover in the tech division of Irish conglomerate DCC grew 17.9 per cent to €2.27bn (£1.92bn) for the year ended 31 March 2013, and a whopping 16.8 per cent of this was organic. The …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013

Penguin Computing to make Open Compute servers

Linux server and cluster maker Penguin Computing is a member of the Open Compute Project started by Facebook to create open source data center gear, and now it is an official "solution provider". This means that Penguin now has OCP's official blessing to make and sell integrated systems based on the motherboard and system …

Arrow tightens belt yet another notch, vows to shed $75m in costs in 2013

The powers that be at Arrow have found another $35m worth of savings to lop off this year as it tries to match costs with the market realities. One of the big four global wholesalers - Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Avnet Inc constitute the others - Arrow reported a one per cent decline in calendar Q1 sales to $4.85bn. Flat is …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2013
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Avnet welds services tentacles into one mighty arm

Distributor goliath Avnet Technology Solutions has rounded up its disparate portfolio of acquired service providers into one unit as traditional product sales continue to wane. The Avnet Services team was created to "increase operational efficiencies" by merging the firm's software, lifecycle and training services operations …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013

Enormo-distie Avnet's profits nosedive FORTY PER CENT

Avnet chief Rick Hamada said his IT distribution giant will need to cut another $40m in costs to turn itself around - after its net income dropped nearly 42 per cent in its fiscal third quarter. Hamada said the new cost reductions should be done by the end of the next quarter, bringing its entire savings for this fiscal year …

Zycko shown door after Meraki Euro distie review

Meraki - which was recently swept off its feet by Cisco - has given distie Zycko the heave-ho and replaced it with Ingram Micro across Europe. The maker of wireless access points, switches and security appliances was acquired by Cisco in November for $1.2bn, and its new parent soon set about reviewing the channel line-up. Jon …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2013

Now Fujitsu breaks up with UK tech distributor Northamber

Exclusive Fujitsu Technology Products Group (FTPG) has become the latest major vendor to give UK IT distributor Northamber its marching orders, The Channel can exclusively reveal. Folk close to the Japanese outfit reckon the clock is already ticking on Surrey-based Northamber to wind down its position. "They are gone by 30 June," said …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2013
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Dell axes IT channel middlemen, installs Windows in the factory

Microsoft has granted Dell the power to install Windows on specialised computers before they leave the factory - neatly bypassing the distribution channel. Typically, customers buy these machines via an integrator, which provides the software with the kit. But now Dell's hardware-building biz OEM Solutions can manufacture and …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013

Administrator: 2e2 owed £412m to creditors when it went titsup

2e2 Ltd crashed out of business owing creditors a little over £412m, the firm's administrator FTI Consulting has confirmed in its statement of affairs. The document, seen by The Channel, revealed debts secured by floating charges of £161.5m pertaining to the integrator's banking syndicate, and unsecured non-preferential claims …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2013

Avnet sales bigwig Bryant to hop off after Easter

Avnet Technology Solutions sales director Denise Bryant will up sticks and leave the biz next month. Bryant was UK boss at distie Magirus until it was acquired by Avnet last year. She joined her new employer as one of four sales directors, focusing on the EMC, VCE and NetApp vendor franchises. It seems the corporate world of …
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2013
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TD Azlan set to rock up at EMC, murmur sources

EMC is to sign up TD Azlan as its third UK distie with a specific focus on the small biz space, The Channel can reveal. Distribution has been a tinker-free zone for EMC since it hauled in Arrow at the start of 2010: but with a raft of SME tech in the pipeline the vendor undertook a review of its roster. Sources close to the …
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2013
Mellanox SwitchX-2 ASIC and its switches, not to scale

Mellanox pumps up channel for InfiniBand, Ethernet pushes

Switch and server adapter maker Mellanox Technologies gave Wall Street a bit of a shock with some cable issues and a big revenue shortfall in its most recent quarter and a projected one for the current quarter after one of its OEM customers bought more product in the latter part of 2012 than they could sell even into the first …
Ingram Micro

World's biggest distie cans Euro growth hopes for 2013

Ingram Micro's European operation is likely to continue to be the group's metaphorical fly in the ointment for 2013 with "no significant growth" forecasted by senior execs. The world's largest IT distie last night reported calendar Q4 numbers showing a 14 per cent rise in turnover to $11.38bn, including $1bn and $75m of sales …
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2013
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Avnet CEO: Sales flat, profit down... but 'outlook' is better

Avnet's CEO says the distributor is moving in the right direction after reporting fiscal Q2 numbers that were dramatically better than the opening three months of its new financial year. Sales came in essentially flat on a year ago period at $6.7bn but contain the financials of four firms acquired in October and November …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2013
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IBM to pump Power Systems through Tech Data, Ingram Micro

Big Blue is boosting the size of the Stateside distribution channel that sells its Power Systems servers and enterprise storage by inking master distributor agreements with Ingram Micro and Tech Data. With the new deal, IBM is hoping to boost its profile among small and midrange businesses in particular, a growing market which …

AMD+friends forge 'Roadrunner' Open Compute server mobo

Open Compute 2013 Struggling server processor and chipset maker Advanced Micro Devices is getting some friendly help from the Open Compute Project, the open-source hardware effort started by Facebook in April 2011. Or, conversely, AMD is being friendly with the Open Compute Project to try to boost sales of its latest Opteron 6300s now that the …
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Woz flash firm Fusion-io has a gift for Facebook open-sourcers

Fusion-io is open-sourcing its ioScale hardware design and plans to donate it to Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP). But anyone who uses the ioScale design kit will have to use Fusion-io's own-brand controller tech. At the Open Compute Summit running today and tomorrow in Santa Clara, Fusion-io co-founder and CEO David …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2013

2012 in the channel: The year we sold EVERYTHING as a service

Few people would argue that this year has been one of very big highs and lows. From a personal perspective, 2012 will be remembered for the Olympics and Ryder Cup (great), weather (expletive deleted!) and the continued challenges of the economy, especially in the Eurozone. It’s been pretty interesting in the IT space too. We' …
Mike Rodwell, 17 Dec 2012
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Avnet Technology Solutions in UK revamp

Avnet Technology Solutions is proposing to work with fewer channel customers which buy opportunistically, and throw its support instead behind those that want a "strategic relationship". The US distie giant is trying to tap into a relatively a nebulous term in the channel - loyalty - and has formed customer facing business …
Paul Kunert, 13 Dec 2012

Avaya tosses 400 UK resellers overboard

Biz comms Avaya has made good on its promise to toss 400 bit-part channel partners overboard, and claims to have cut the cost and complexity of training as it looks to rebuild part of the base. As exclusively revealed by The Channel back in July, Avaya UK chief Simon Culmer said the firm was going to axe half of its 800-strong …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2012

AWS, NetApp, make close 'n' cloudy connection

Re:Invent Amazon Web Services (AWS) and NetApp have cooked up a new alliance designed to make it easier to use data stored on arrays with Amazon's whatever it is that AWS uses to provide its storage services. Dubbed NetApp Private Storage, the new offering allows one to place a NetApp FAS appliance in a data centre – specifically one …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2012
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DCC SerCom: Suck on that, distie rivals - our sales went UP 20%

DCC SerCom - parent of UK disties MicroP and Gem - cocked a snook to the economic turmoil engulfing many competitors by reporting a healthy set of financials for the first six months of ended September. Turnover was up by a little more than a fifth to €922.2m (£738.91m) compared to €766.9m in the same period a year earlier, as …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2012
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Israeli cops penetrated by army of fake generals with trojans

Israeli police departments were pulled offline last Thursday following the discovery of a Trojan especially targeted at law enforcement networks in the Jewish state. The malware was distributed using spammed messages, spoofed so that they appeared to come from the head of the Israel Defense Forces, Benny Gantz. The malicious …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2012
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Avnet TS confirms EMEA exec line-up

Avnet Technology Solutions has tweaked its organisational structure in EMEA and named those execs with a seat at the top table after completing the acquisition of Magirus. Joining the senior management team in the region, Christian Magirus, COO at the self titled distie becomes veep for services. The channel veteran will look …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2012
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Avnet looking to cut costs AGAIN

Avnet CEO Rick Hamada has described fiscal Q1 numbers as a "disappointing setback" with profits falling steeply and further cost cutting required. The distie titan already revealed plans to lop a load of costs to help out the bottom line when it unveiled preliminary Q1 figures early this month, with sales down nine per cent to …
Paul Kunert, 25 Oct 2012
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Avnet devours reseller BrightStar Partners

Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) continues to expand its IT services biz after hoovering up an IBM reseller stateside that also houses a consultancy and software operation. The distie titan has already blurred the traditional business boundaries between wholesalers and solution providers by acquiring Pepperweed Consulting, …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2012
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Distie consolidation: Someone everyone's gonna get hurt

When you look at the latest spate of acquisitions by broadline distributors, it's hard not to visualise an alcoholic who, concerned that he's facing a period of drought and associated health issues, decides the best way to deal with them is to have another drink. The pace of acquisitions by major distributors like Arrow, Tech …
Eddie Pacey, 19 Oct 2012

Avnet 'evaluating resource commitments' as times stay tough

Avnet is looking to cut up to $50m off its expenses bill and reduce the workforce after releasing preliminary results for fiscal Q1 that show a near double digit sales slide. The distributor says turnover will be approximately $5.85bn, down nine per cent year-on-year for the period ended 29 September, and it's the Technology …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2012
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'Apps are replacing people everywhere', says Canalys chief

Channel Forums Forget the recession - the reseller channel is in rude heath and there are a raft of biz opportunities coming into sharp focus, according to the chief at bean counter Canalys. At Canalys' Channel Forum 2012, CEO Steve Brazier said times were tough in the first half of this year, but distributors and the top 12 vendors - …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2012
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Avnet waves farewell to John Toal ahead of Magirus gobble

Avnet Technology Solutions (TS) is starting to restructure ahead of its acquisition of Magirus with long serving director Sukh Rayat replacing John Toal at the top of the UK organisation. Distie veteran Toal, who was in charge of the operation for two years and four months, joined Avnet when it acquired Bell Microproducts in …
Paul Kunert, 01 Oct 2012
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EC happy for Avnet to gobble down Magirus

The European Commission has given the green light to Avnet's proposed acquisition of Germany-based pan-European distributor Magirus. The bid, for an undisclosed sum, was tabled in July but the regulators wanted to cast an eye over the deal to ascertain whether it would strangle competition. The EC said it had examined data …
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2012

Revenues dropping or flatlining at hefty distributor giants

Investors and funders may soon need to see a warning on every distributor prospectus or public filing that over revenues are heading in the opposite direction to up. A slew of recent results from some of the heavyweights show sales have indeed gone south, but after years of near unbroken growth – and given the assumption that …
Ian French, 20 Aug 2012
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EMC hands disties licence to assemble VSPEX

EMC is opening up integration services to disties of the VSPEX line-up and plans to have training and accreditation sorted by next month. European distie Magirus got a six week head start on other EMC wholesalers in the region, Arrow ECS and Avnet but EMC expects both of them to clamber on board too. VSPEX is a converged …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2012
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Colt Technology Services gobbles ThinkGrid

Colt Technology Services has swallowed cloud minnow ThinkGrid for an undisclosed sum to tap up its network of 300 resellers and software developers and the small biz firms it counts as customers. Incorporated in 2008, London-based ThinkGrid provides a cloud platform for channel firms to resell infrastructure-as-a-service kit …
Paul Kunert, 13 Aug 2012
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Avnet Q4 sales, profit hit as resellers keep wallets shut

Avnet sales and profit in Q4 slumped across both its components and tech solutions businesses on the back of a summer slowdown in reseller spending and a blistering currency headwind. Turnover for the period ended 30 June fell 8.8 per cent to $6.3bn, operating profit dropped by just over a fifth to $213.4m and net profits sunk …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2012
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Avnet Technology Solutions swallows Pepperweed

Avnet Technology Solutions has swallowed Pepperweed Consulting, an HP Software Elite Partner Stateside. This is the latest acquisition Avnet TS has made this year after snapping up enterprise distie Magirus and minnow solutions providers including Mattelli and Ascendant Tech. IT enterprise management and integration firm …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2012

Juniper Network pushes button, exits two distributors

Juniper Networks has given Computerlinks and Azlan their marching orders following a review of the UK distributor line-up, leaving it with Arrow ECS, Avnet TS and Westcon. The review began in May when Juniper named Will Hamber to manage its fragmented network of 30 wholesalers across EMEA. Former HP and Edge-Core Networks …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2012
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Avnet TS swallows bite-sized Mattelli

Avnet Technology Solutions has devoured IT estate management small fry Mattelli as it builds out a services portfolio. This comes just a week after Avnet TS acquired enterprise distie Magirus and some months after it took over IBM reseller and consultancy Ascendant Technologies. Cheshire-based Mattelli developed the UNITY …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2012
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Tech Data gobbles Brightstar's piece of their Euro biz pie

Distribution behemoth Tech Data Corp has gulped down Brightstar's 50 per cent stake in the firms' European joint venture for around $165.6m (£106.4m) in cash. The two wholesalers set up Brightstar Europe in 2007 to share the risks and rewards of tapping up the burgeoning mobility and wireless device space in the region. Bob …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2012

Used software firms win small victory in shrinking on-premises world

Software-makers were caught off guard by a July judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union on the UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp case. The court ruled that “An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licenses allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet”. “The Court of …
R 'Ray' Wang, 05 Jul 2012
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Avnet fears possible $73m bill as US Customs probe deeper

Avnet has warned it may be liable to cough $73m for duties, interest or fines arising from a US Customs and Border Protection probe into unpaid import tax owed by the previously acquired Bell Microproducts operation. In an SEC filing, enterprise distie Avnet said this was a worst case scenario and it has actually set aside $ …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jul 2012
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Avnet gobbles Magirus, aiming to deliver swollen offerings

Avnet Inc is consuming pan-European distributor Magirus Group for an undisclosed sum. The agreement was made public today - just hours after it emerged that Ingram Micro is splashing $850m to acquire BrightPoint ($650m in cash and assuming $190m worth of debts). Stuttgart-based Magirus offloaded its $500m enterprise hardware …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2012
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Magirus claims 'head start' from EMC on VSPEX private cloud

EMC is promoting Magirus as the go-to distributor for VSPEX after it certified 14 configurations that can be assembled at its Euro facility. The converged infrastructure – a pure channel play aimed at mid-market users – is "more flexible" than VCE's Vblock or Net App's Flex Pod, said Philippe Fossé, EMC veep for EMEA channels …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2012
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Juniper Networks eyes up EMEA distributors, axe in hand

Juniper Network's recently installed EMEA distribution boss admitted he has a "big job of work" to untangle its web of wholesalers across the region and determine which it wants to keep on board and which will be jettisoned. Industry vet Will Hamber was confirmed as the networking firm's distie bigwig last month after joining …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2012
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NetApp completes low-end revamp

After revamping the big model of its entry-level FAS 2000 arrays last November NetApp has boosted the smaller model and introduced combined flash-disk storage volumes. The FAS2220 slots in under the 2240 and its 432TB capacity, storing up to 180TB and starting at less than $8,000. It runs on the latest version of Data ONTAP, v8. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2012

HDS: 'We're out of the traps to become a grown-up channel biz'

Hitachi Data Systems has for the first time handed its sales team in the UK and Ireland a channel component within their overall revenue target. This is one of a number of changes made by the new guard at the storage vendor in the wake of a shakeup of local management last year, including the additions of new regional veep …
Paul Kunert, 31 May 2012
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IT distributors: The only people adding value to the world economy

Why distributors? More specifically, why electronics distributors? Why have these intermediaries in the markets at all? Yes, obviously, someone somewhere has to have pieces of kit on a shelf somewhere for when a customer wants to make an order. Someone has to crate it up and ship it off too: but why do we still have …
Tim Worstall, 22 May 2012