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Avnet Services Partners with Veeam® Software to Enhance its Virtualization Training Portfolio across EMEA

Leading Distributor Becomes Official Veeam Authorized Education Centre (VMAEC)

Bracknell, UK, 6. January 2014:

Avnet Services, the dedicated services business of Avnet Technology Solutions, and part of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has today announced it has become an official Veeam Authorized Education Centre (VMAEC). Through this collaboration with Veeam® Software, innovative provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, Avnet will roll out a VMAEC training program across the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy and Spain from January 2014. This further enhances Avnet’s value-added services by enabling reseller partners and end users to become experts in Veeam® solutions, which is of particular importance for achieving growth in the virtualization market.

The VMAEC program is designed to deliver the technical courses required for partners, customers and resellers to achieve the Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) certification. The VMCE course is a technical deep-dive, with intensive hands-on exercises, to provide IT professionals with extensive knowledge of Veeam solutions covering areas including configuration, features, functionality and deployment. The VMCE certification not only provides recognition of an individual’s expertise in virtualization, backup, recovery and replication solutions from Veeam, but allows IT professionals to increase productivity and reduce the overall cost of IT infrastructure.

René Albert, director of education solutions for Avnet Services, EMEA, commented, “This partnership with Veeam Software, a leading provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions, extends our education portfolio at a time when the virtualization market is growing at a significant rate. This allows our reseller partners across EMEA to gather the right knowledge to successfully seek opportunities and engage in this important IT growth market.”

Daniel Fried, managing director, EMEA, at Veeam said, “We are delighted to announce the extended partnership between us and Avnet and to have Avnet Technology Solutions, EMEA, among Veeam Authorized Education Centers (VMAEC). We believe that these new Veeam training and certification programs will create a more empowered and enabled channel and end-user ecosystem to leverage growing demand for Modern Data Protection™ – built for Virtualization™.”

About Avnet Services

Avnet Services
is an organisation of experts in business, IT, lifecycle and education solutions that serves as a single-source provider and trusted advisor throughout the continuum of a company’s hardware and software investments, from procurement through integration, operations, management and disposal. Avnet Services is part of Avnet Technology Solutions.

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  

About Avnet
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 29, 2013, Avnet generated revenue of $25.5 billion. For more information, visit

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