Lenovo adds Avnet to enterprise server line-up

Lenovo has added Avnet to its enterprise distribution mix as it looks for growth post the IBM x86 acquisition

Having finally got its hands on IBM's x86 server range in the UK and Ireland Lenovo has formalised distribution relationships around the additional products turning to Avnet Technology Solutions.

Lenovo has widened its reach by bringing Avnet on board following in the wake of Arrow Electronics, which was appointed by the vendor as a server and storage specialist back in June last year.

The agreement with Avnet gives it the right to not only handle the x86-based Flex integrated systems, blade networking and maintenance operations but will also give it access to Lenovo's own System x enterprise products across most of Europe as well as the UK.

Avnet comes to the party from a background working with IBM partners and Miriam Murphy, senior vice president, North Region, Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA, said that it had been keeping them up to date during the Lenovo acquisition process.

“A continual dialogue with our partners during the transition from IBM to Lenovo ensured they experienced minimal disruption. Our System x teams remain unchanged and we continue to be committed to supporting customers as before. We’re looking forward to Avnet and Lenovo exploring new opportunities to work together, in particular in the converged infrastructure space," she said.

In response Massimo Donati, vice president enterprise systems, Lenovo EMEA, said that Avnet had the track record building channel eco systems and it wanted to work with a partner that would help it not only grow the market but make it easier for partners to develop solutions.

Although the Lenovo acquisition of IBM's x86 server business was announced at the end of January last year it took until the start of 2015 for the deal to become a reality in the UK.

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