Brocade and Avnet bring simplified server and desktop virtualization solutions


Brocade and Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT
solutions distribution and operating group of Avnet, announced the joint
development of marketing and enablement support for a new set of multi-vendor,
pre-tested and configured virtualization solutions to help reseller partners in
the U.S. and Canada design and deploy open, efficient and scalable
virtualization solutions.


This joint effort will focus on building virtual compute
blocks, which are integrated, tested and validated solution bundles comprised
of server, virtualization, networking and storage resources and an integral
element of the Brocade CloudPlex architecture.


This open, extensible architectural framework will help
end-user organizations and solutions integrators build the next generation of
distributed and virtualized data centers in a simple, evolutionary way. Avnet
will be providing integration services for these solutions, as well as other
channel enablement and sales support.


At VMworld, Brocade will be introducing the first
success of its joint development efforts with Avnet: a reference architecture
and validated solution designed to cost effectively scale virtual desktop
infrastructure (VDI) environments to support thousands of clients (or desktops)
per solution bundle.


VDI technology offers IT managers a simple and highly
effective way to manage operating system and application updates throughout
their enterprise, one of the most complex and time-consuming tasks they face in
today’s highly distributed and mobile computing model.


However, to scale properly, enterprise-wide VDI
deployments should be built on top of an open, multi-vendor-based architecture
that can scale easily and quickly migrate desktops and user data between data
centers when needed, all while simplifying the management and configuration


This new set of virtualization solutions will incorporate
Brocade and VMware networking and hypervisor technologies in conjunction with a
number of compute and storage platforms.


All virtualization solutions are qualified through a
multistage validation process conducted by Brocade and Avnet, enabling
value-added reseller and solutions integrator partners to deploy these
solutions with confidence and the assurance of interoperability.


“The collaboration between Brocade and Avnet brings
forth best-in-class virtualization solutions designed to address the challenges
facing resellers and their end customers today,” said Barbara Spicek, vice
president of Global Channels at Brocade.


This joint effort underscores Brocade’s belief that
multi-vendor technology integration must take place in the channel.


As the use of virtualization technology becomes increasingly
prevalent, end customers are looking to the reseller community to provide the
guidance and expertise on how best to deploy and integrate virtualization
technology into their operations.


The creation of fully validated, pre-configured, open
standards-based virtualization technologies presents an attractive value
proposition to resellers looking to quickly and seamlessly implement these
solutions in multi-vendor IT environments.


In addition, resellers will benefit from the technical
know-how and enablement resources available through Avnet’s data center
services offerings.


“While virtualization and cloud computing presents a
world of opportunities to reseller partners, it also introduces new levels of
complexity into their business and operations,” said Scott Look, vice
president and general manager of the Technology Infrastructure Solutions Group
at Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas.


In addition, Avnet’s SolutionsPath methodology provides
resellers a wide range of tools to help them gain relevant technical skills and
develop specialized solution-selling capabilities in vertical and technology


Avnet’s SolutionsPath includes data center technology
practices around mobility, networking, security, storage and virtualization,
along with vertical market practices for the energy, finance, government,
healthcare and retail industries.


resellers also have access to value-added supplemental resources, such as
hosting live, online demonstrations from virtually anywhere by connecting to
the Avnet Global Solutions Center in Phoenix, Ariz.


LG-Ericsson and Brocade recently announced a strategic
partnership through which LG-Ericsson will offer industry-leading networking
solutions from Brocade and enable both companies to jointly pursue business
opportunities in the high-growth Korean Information and Communications
Technology market.


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