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Avnet Introduces Desktop Virtualization Solution
Offering Provides Partners with the Services, Tools and Technologies for Server-Based Virtual Desktop Computing Solutions

"The virtualization market is experiencing explosive growth, and companies are looking for new ways to deploy virtualization to further enhance their environments," said Tim FitzGerald, who leads the VirtualPath practice for Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, upon the introduction of Avnet Technology Solutions VDI solution.

FitzGerald continued, "Desktop virtualization offers tremendous benefits to companies that are looking to tighten control of corporate assets, simplify desktop management and improve security while reducing operating and electricity costs."

He concluded, "With Avnet's new offering, our partners will be able to design and implement complete virtual desktop solutions that create clear business advantages for their customers."

Avnet Technology Solutions' new solution combines VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) software with the services and enablement resources needed to develop market expertise and effectively implement virtual desktop environments. Partners can use virtual desktop solutions to help their customers improve manageability, increase control and enhance the security of their enterprise desktops. The centralization of desktop management through virtualization also helps companies more effectively leverage their IT resources.

Avnet's new solution is based on VMware VDI, which allows companies to consolidate client PCs by running them as virtual desktops from servers in the datacenter. VMware VDI includes VMware Virtual Desktop Manager, which provides simplified management and secure provisioning of virtual desktops and manages user access to the virtual desktops from a wide range of devices such as Windows, Linux and Mac computers, and thin clients. By deploying the VMware platform, partners can extend business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities to their customers' desktops and streamline desktop management to reduce operating costs, increase control and deliver complete desktop environments with greater application compatibility.

Avnet partners will also benefit from the following services to help them with their virtualization practices:

  • Avnet OneTech Desktop Assessments
  • Avnet OneTech Implementation Services
  • Avnet's ITDemoCentral
  • Avnet VirtualPath University
  • Avnet VMware Authorized Training

"Virtualization is ideal for delivering cost-effective solutions that give IT administrators greater control and manageability of their desktop environments," said Steve Houck, vice president of worldwide channels at VMware. "By centralizing desktop management with our best-in-class VMware VDI solution, IT staffs have much greater control of the environment and can enhance end-point security. We value our relationship with Avnet and aim to continue providing partners like Avnet with the tools and services they need to deliver high value-add virtualization solutions."

"Avnet recognizes that the virtualization market is quickly evolving, and they're committed to making sure we are able to provide the latest solutions to our customers," said Lief Morin, president of Key Information Systems. "Avnet's virtual desktop solution is a great way to jumpstart our offerings and services for this market segment. We'll be able to establish ourselves as trusted advisors with our customers by looking beyond traditional server virtualization and introducing them to new ways to solve IT pain points around managing desktops."

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