Articles about Avnet

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Hyperconverged kit is SO HOT right now. $140m sound about right, Nutanix?

The hyperconverged system iron is so hot that there will never be a better time to strike. Nutanix's backers have done just that, handing the company another $140m of E-round funding just seven months after its VC backers gave it $101m. Virty storage giant VMware's validation of the hypercvonverged server/storage/networking …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2014
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Avnet takes HP and IBM chunk out of distie Magirus

Avnet is to acquire the European enterprise infrastructure division (EID) of HP and IBM distributor Magirus Group. Financial terms were undisclosed, but the deal will see Avnet, which dishes out electronic components to resellers, grow to being one of the largest disties in Europe. The firm said Magirus EID will be integrated …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jul 2007
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Kingston signs Avnet

Kingston Technology has added Avnet Computing Components Europe (ACCE) to its team of EMEA distributors. ACCE will focus on Kingston's ValueRAM and Flash memory products, pitching them to VARs, system builders and PC manufacturers. Kingston head of European sales and marketing Thomas Marschner said the deal would allow the two …
Team Register, 02 Feb 2006
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Avnet buys Access Distribution

Avnet has bought Access Distribution from its parent General Electric for $412.5m. Access has 600 staff worldwide and is expected to bring in some $2bn in revenues this financial year - 90 per cent of this from the US and the rest from Europe. It specialises in security, storage, enterprise applications, and Sun kit. Avnet …
John Oates, 08 Nov 2006
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EMC pulls out VSPEX: I'll hyper-converge you in a minute

EMC has marched into the Nutanix/Simplivity hyperconverged appliance area with VSPEX BLUE, its partner-built EVO: RAIL product. VSPEX is EMC's reference architecture template for building converged systems, similar in intent to NetApp and Cisco's FlexPod. It contrasts with VCE, which builds converged server/storage systems …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2015

Distributing Microsoft gear in UK? You might not be for much longer

Microsoft has put out to tender its UK distribution contracts in a bid to ascertain if those already on board can be trusted to take the new services and device mantra to market. Seven UK wholesalers were forced to submit responses to an "enormous" Request For Proposal by 10 October and will be sitting on their hands for a month …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013
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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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Botham bowls into Microsoft as latest UK distie overlord

Microsoft is about to open the doors to a new distribution boss after dipping into the ranks at data management software player Commvault to poach EMEA VAD manager Marc Botham. This concludes the desk chair shifting aboard the good ship Microsoft that started when company veteran Clare Barclay moved from SMB director to channel …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014
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Order and shipping woes to hit Juniper in early summer, warns distie

If you have a sudden urge to buy Juniper Networks kit around the beginning of July then you better get your orders in now to "avoid any shipping delays", we're told. Juniper distributor Arrow ECS has contacted the great unwashed in its UK reseller/integrator customer base to warn of the potential void as the switch and router …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014
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Tech Data dials up operations man for Europe

Tech Data (TD) continues to bulk out the management team post accountancy probe, hauling in former Ingram Micro UK boss Johan Vandenbussche to head up Operations across Europe. Under the newly created position, the industry vet will oversee HR, logistics, IT coordination and the internal consulting team, which is designed to " …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2014
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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
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Big Blue cedes software and systems training biz to partners

IBM is getting out of selling education and training services to customers for its Software Group and Systems and Technology Group, and shifting to an indirect sales model through a new training channel that it has set up. Steve Mills, who is in charge of the converged Software and Systems Group (which even IBM doesn't talk …

Disappearing storage and server projects hit Arrow ECS

If ever proof were required that tanker sized distributors needs to keep acquiring to maintain growth levels then Arrow Inc's fiscal Q1 numbers provided the perfect test case. The Fortune 500 firm reported a five per cent rally in sales to $5.08bn but exclude the firms it hoovered up last fiscal year, including security distie …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014

AMD starts year, checks watch, hurries out Warsaw Opterons

Chip fiddler AMD has delivered two new Opteron chips for data centers keen on getting their mits on low-cost servers built to Facebook's "Open Compute" design. AMD's new 16-core Opteron 6370P AMD's new Opteron 6370P – 16 cores, no waiting (click to enlarge) The new Opteron 6300 chips, code-named Warsaw, were announced by …
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014
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EC waves through Avnet's Memec takeover

The European Commission last week cleared Avnet's proposed £676m takeover of Memec. The Commission notes that Avnet takes a leading position in semiconductor distribution within the European Economic Area (EEA) with the acquisition. But it says that Memec is relatively small and that competitors - particularly Arrow, the …
Team Register, 28 Jun 2005
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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 Flynn …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 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 group …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013
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Logicalis completes Avnet reseller acquisition

Logicalis, the South African-owned reseller, has added $100m-a-year revenues to its North American subsidiary with the acquisition of HP end-user specialist, Avnet Partner Solutions (APS). Terms are undisclosed. The acquisition, announced last November and completed today, brings Logicalis' US annual revenues to $450m and its …
Team Register, 10 Jan 2006
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Toshiba baby OCZ flings open coat, bares PCIe flasher to world

New Toshiba subsidiary OCZ has a new PCIe flash card, the Z-Drive 4500, complete with solid enterprise credentials - and none of the Ryan Petersen era hype. That era produced the Z-Drive R5 with a notional 3 million IOPS and 12TB of capacity. That product has disappeared from the OCZ roster and we now have the new Z-Drive 4500 …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014
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Oracle raids HP enterprise biz to find global channel chief

Oracle has filled the void at the top of its channel organisation after president Mark Hurd raided his previous employer HP by sweet-talking its Americas enterprise boss Rich Geraffo into jumping ship. The position lay vacant ever since well-respected channel figure and Oracle veteran Judson Althoff upped sticks in March for …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2013
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Avnet veep resigns following Compaq fraud suit

A senior executive at Avnet Computer Marketing resigned last Friday amid allegations that the company used counterfeit components in Compaq PCs. The resignation of Bob Nail, supply-chain management vice president at Avnet, has been accepted by the company's president, Rick Hamada. Nail had worked at Phoenix, Arizona based Avnet …
John Leyden, 29 May 2003
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Magirus says Avnet deal is 'win-win' for all

Magirus, which last week sold its European IBM and HP unit to Avnet, has said it plans to build up the rest of its own business by focusing more heavily on solutions. Explaining the rationale behind the sale, vice president and marketing and operations COO Christian Magirus said: "We had the impression that we had two …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jul 2007
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Avnet to buy division of JBA Holdings London

Avnet is to buy the JBA Computer Solutions Division of JBA International, it announced. Yesterday we reported that Avnet was on the acquisition trail. (Story: Avnet hot to acquire in Australia and Europe) Although financial terms for the acquisition were not given, turnover for the US division in 1998 is expected to be around …
Mike Magee, 08 Jan 1999
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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 …

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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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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Avnet's Euro VP gets a leg up

Avnet Applied Computing has boosted Rien Boot to the position of VP, global operations. Boot was previously VP of European operations. He will report to Ed Kamins, president of Avnet Applied Computing. Boot joined Avnet Applied Computing from Raab Karcher Electronics (RKE). Prior to joining the Raab Karcher group, he was …
Robert Blincoe, 30 May 2001
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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
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Netcell accelerates into Europe with Avnet, Scan

Distie round up Avnet Computing Components has picked up the franchise to distribute the XFX Revo64 storage accelerator card across Europe. The card is made by XFX, a division of the Pine Group, and is built around the Netcell Revolution storage processing unit (SPU). Netcell is a California start-up - you can read more about its technology …
Team Register, 09 Jun 2005

VCE plunges syringe into its channel arm, prepares to fire in a shot

The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) company will try to get entry level vBlocks shifting by relaunching a channel programme tomorrow with a fresh focus on mid-market sales partners. The four year-old borg created by an alliance between Cisco, EMC and VMware still has just four resellers, three tech alliance partners, three …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2013
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Cisco, EMC love child VCE finally dangles rebate lure over channel pool

Cloudy hardware biz VCE threatened to roll out a new tiered channel programme and, by Jove, that is exactly what UK partners have got. The company was forged by Cisco and EMC in 2009, but it has taken the best part of four years to finally create a mechanism that looks and feels like a vendor programme – and it's offering …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2013
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Arrow Electronics engulfs hefty data centre player in €230m gobble

Serial swallower Arrow Electronics has wolfed down security and network distie Computerlinks (C'links) in a deal valued at €230m (£198m). Word on the street was that US-based giant Arrow had been locked in buyout talks with the privately-owned, Germany-based player earlier in the summer, but the deal was only confirmed late last …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2013
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Profit warning – Avnet's turn

Avnet is the latest on the block with a profits warning. The distie giant says its electronics components division has been particularly badly hit with Q1 sales ended September down 44 per cent on the same period last year and 20 per cent sequentially Avnet's applied computing division, which flogs CPUs and other components to …
Drew Cullen, 04 Oct 2001
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Avnet launches ACS in Europe

Avnet, the US electronics distribution giant, yesterday announced the official launch of its Applied Computing Solutions division in Europe. It will be headed by Jerry Kagele, already a senior Avnet exec. The business unit is one of three within Avnet's Applied Computing division, all of which target system builders. The …
Team Register, 10 May 2001
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Flashpoint Marshalled by Avnet troops

UK distributor Flashpoint will be swallowed up in the Avnet acquisition of Marshall Industries. This will give components distributor Avnet an AMD franchise in the UK. Marshall owns part of Sonepar Electronique (SEI), which owns part of SEI Diploma. Flashpoint is part the Diploma group of companies. Slough-based Flashpoint was …
Linda Harrison, 19 Jul 1999
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Avnet snaps up rival

Chip and components distributor Avnet is to buy one of its rivals, Marshall Industries, in a deal worth some $830 million. The purchase will be a combined cash, stock and assumed debt deal, with the resulting company dominating the North American components channel. Each Marshall share will be worth $39 or can be swapped for 0. …
Team Register, 28 Jun 1999
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Arrow, Avnet hit profit skids

Arrow Electronics and Avnet, the world's two biggest electronics components disties, have issued profits warnings. Both companies have substantial computer parts wholesaling arms too. Arrow today said Q2 earnings would fall more than anticipated because of falling demand in North America, Europe and Asia. It now expects to …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jun 2001
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Disk fab output pumping up, prices 'to stay high and dry'

Demand for hard disk drives will outstrip supply until at least the middle of 2012, analysts at IHS reckon, as a result of the deadly Thai factory floods that dented drive production. Disk assembly rates will creep up during 2012 but prices will remain high. Shipments of hard drives are expected to rise in every quarter, year-on …
Anna Leach, 15 Feb 2012
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Arrow's Computerlinks gobble - a vendor's perspective

One of the channel's worst kept secrets was finally outed last month as US behemoth Arrow Electronics agreed to snap up Munich-headquartered VAD Computerlinks for a cool €230m. In many ways it was a canny bit of business for Arrow and should give it access to some high-end customers, but the deal raises more questions than it …
Tim Ayling, 27 Sep 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
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Avnet plans European invasion

Avnet ACC was among the companies making announcements at this year's Computer Trade Show in Birmingham. The US giant shipped over its president, Ed Kamins, to tell journalists the company was looking to buy companies in Europe to expand its empire, which now includes UK distributor Flashpoint. Flashpoint has been renamed Avnet …
Linda Harrison, 28 Jan 2000
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Avnet pops out for a little Italian

Avnet is to buy two Italian distributors as part of its European expansion. The Arizona-based distributor will add PCD Italia and Matica, both based in Milan, to its growing stable of European companies. Earlier this year, Avnet landed itself an AMD franchise in the UK by acquiring UK distributor Flashpoint via its buyout of …
Linda Harrison, 21 Oct 1999

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 the …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2013
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Arrow, Avnet carve up Veba

The world's two biggest electronics and computer component distributors are ganging up to buy the number three. Schroder Ventures is joining in the fun too, teaming up with Arrow Electronics and Avnet to buy German distie Veba Electronics Group from holding company E.ON for $2.35 billion (E2.6 billion) in cash, including debt. …
Drew Cullen, 07 Aug 2000

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

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
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Two more big hitters leave Azlan

Another pair of industry vets are splitting with Azlan, The Register can reveal. The enterprise arm of IT broadliner Computer 2000 underwent a restructure last year following the arrival of new broom Colin McGregor, aligning business units to IBM, HP and Cisco rather than vertical markets. As part of this overhaul, marketing …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2012
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React Technologies rises from ashes of burning balance sheet

React Technologies has executed a textbook dive into administration followed by a phoenix-like rise from the ashes - and now trades as React Enterprises having wiped off suppliers' debts in the comeback. The network reseller, led by boss Jess Thompson-Hughes, called in receivers Leonard Curtis on 16 March and installed Mark …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012
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UPDATED McGregor set to take control at Azlan

Azlan has concluded the search for a new boss with former Avnet Technology Solutions exec Colin McGregor set to take on the role, The Register can confirm. McGregor, who was EMEA director of enterprise at Avnet until he left last September - the first in a number of departures as the distributor integrated the Bell Microproducts …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2011
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Avnet says it'll be profitable by December

Electronic components distributor Avnet has posted a Q4 loss but says it will break even over the next two quarters then return to profit. It reported a net operating loss of $231 million, but this is mainly due to taking a $236.7 million charge for acquiring Kent Electronics on 8 June. For the quarter which ended June 29, …
Robert Blincoe, 15 Aug 2001