TEMPE, Ariz. -- Avnet Technology Solutions, a value-added distributor of enterprise computing products, software and services and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced a new U.S. and Canadian distribution agreement with LeftHand Networks, a leader in open iSCSI SANs. With this new agreement, Avnet continues the expansion of its Storage Practice, providing Avnets value-added reseller (VAR) partners with incremental sales opportunities for virtualization and consolidation solutions that leverage HP and IBM x86 servers.
Avnet is creating an ecosystem of best-in-class storage and server consolidation solutions, Jeff Bawol, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Software and Storage Solutions Group, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. Following closely on the heels of our new relationship with VMware and in conjunction with our other key storage partners, the addition of LeftHand Networks iSCSI SANs to Avnets offerings further enhances our commitment to fostering significant partner growth opportunities in storage and x86 servers. Our goal is to arm Avnets partners with unbeatable technology and service solutions that deliver solid performance and return on investment metrics for their SMB and enterprise-class customers.
According to industry research firm IDC, iSCSI is the fastest growing segment of the storage industry. During 2006, the iSCSI SAN market grew by 144 percent, to $746 million, and is predicted to grow to $5 billion by 2010. With the growth of the iSCSI industry, it is important that industry leaders create strategic partnerships to ensure widespread distribution of this emerging technology, said Janet Waxman, research vice president for IDC. Partnerships like Avnets and LeftHands accomplish just this.