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Azaleos, Avnet Team Up

ST. LOUIS -- Avnet Technology Solutions,
Americas, a value-added distributor of enterprise computing products,
software and services and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT),
today announced an exclusive North American distribution agreement with
independent software vendor Azaleos, a leading provider of highly available
managed e-mail appliances and managed services for Microsoft Exchange.
Together, Avnet and Azaleos will provide Avnets IBM value-added reseller
(VAR) partners with a complete solution for upgrading or migrating their
customers to Microsoft¹s latest enterprise e-mail application, Exchange

Under this agreement, Avnet will help its partners deliver complete IBM
server solutions for Microsoft Exchange that include Azaleos¹ enterprise
software and services. Azaleos OneServer, BladeMail and OneStop Managed
Services integrate remote monitoring, management, archiving, reporting,
backup and disaster recovery services into a single platform with Microsoft
Exchange and IBM enterprise technologies. Additionally, partners can take
advantage of Avnet¹s comprehensive suite of managed services for hosting,
monitoring or outsourcing of e-mail management, while expanding their
offerings in the Microsoft server environment.

³E-mail is one of the most mission critical business applications,² said
Tony Madden, senior vice president and general manager of Avnet Technology
Solutions¹ IBM business unit. ³Azaleos leverages proven enterprise
technology as companies look to upgrade their e-mail environment. By adding
Azaleos to our IBM solutions portfolio, our partners have the opportunity to
create unique e-mail services and simplify the migration to Exchange 2007
from any e-mail platform, accelerating the growth of their businesses.²

As a result of this new relationship, Azaleos will continue to expand its
reach in North America through Avnet¹s extensive distribution channel and
value-added services. Avnet¹s deep technical expertise and dedication to
superior customer service will help ensure that its partners understand the
market for e-mail services and have the resources to be successful in
selling Azaleos solutions to businesses of all sizes.

³Avnet is the ideal distributor to help us expand the market for Azaleos¹
Microsoft Exchange e-mail appliances,² said Phil Van Etten, CEO of Azaleos.
³Through Avnet¹s training programs, partner support, comprehensive e-mail
services and network of solution providers in North America, we can deliver
a highly scalable, reliable e-mail infrastructure to customers regardless of
company size or location.²

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