Azaleos, Avnet Team Up

Avnet announced an exclusive North American distribution agreement with independent software vendor Azaleos

May 1, 2007

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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 withindependent software vendor Azaleos, a leading provider of highly availablemanaged 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 theircustomers to Microsoft¹s latest enterprise e-mail application, Exchange2007.

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

³E-mail is one of the most mission critical business applications,² saidTony Madden, senior vice president and general manager of Avnet TechnologySolutions¹ IBM business unit. ³Azaleos leverages proven enterprisetechnology as companies look to upgrade their e-mail environment. By addingAzaleos to our IBM solutions portfolio, our partners have the opportunity tocreate unique e-mail services and simplify the migration to Exchange 2007from any e-mail platform, accelerating the growth of their businesses.²

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

³Avnet is the ideal distributor to help us expand the market for Azaleos¹Microsoft Exchange e-mail appliances,² said Phil Van Etten, CEO of Azaleos.³Through Avnet¹s training programs, partner support, comprehensive e-mailservices and network of solution providers in North America, we can delivera highly scalable, reliable e-mail infrastructure to customers regardless ofcompany size or location.²The Azaleos OneServer and BladeMail e-mail appliances support up to 6,000and 42,000 users, respectively, and multiple appliances can connect togetherto serve even the largest e-mail environments. OneStop Managed Servicesprovide seven day a week, 24-hour a day monitoring, patch management, backupand optional business continuity and disaster recovery services for theMicrosoft Exchange infrastructure.

"The Avnet and Azaleos solution has everything we need to help our clientsmigrate to the latest versions of the sophisticated Exchange software," saidDavid Stone, vice president, business development, Solutions-II, Inc. "Nowwe have a complete solution backed by Avnet's professional support andAzaleos¹ proven technology to further enhance our unique service offeringsand accelerate our time to market."

Azaleos will present and demonstrate the Azaleos OneServer in the Avnetbooth at the Solutions Center at IBM PartnerWorld, April 29-May 2.

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