Avnet Debuts Amazon-Hosted Cloud Packages

Avnet’s services unit is rolling out integrated cloud computing packages hosted by AWS for solution providers looking to quickly spin-up off-premises offerings with reasonable and predictable fixed monthly costs.

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Distributor Avnet Inc.’s services unit is rolling out a series of integrated cloud computing packages hosted by Amazon.com Inc.’s Web Services for solution providers looking to quickly spin up off-premises offerings with reasonable and predictable fixed monthly costs.

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The pre-packaged solutions from the Avnet Technology Solutions group are focused in what are, for now, the most sought-after cloud computing areas: backup and recovery, Web hosting, Microsoft Corp. SharePoint infrastructure and Oracle Corp. database replication. In addition, the solutions leverage technologies from other vendors including Riverbed Technology Inc. and Symantec Corp., said Avnet officials in Phoenix, Ariz.

“Amazon Web Services has quickly become a valuable addition to the growing Avnet Cloud Solutions’ portfolio because its cloud services are flexible and can be incorporated into enterprise-class IT solutions,” said Tim FitzGerald, vice president of cloud solutions at Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas.

The solutions, announced today, include the following:

  • Cloud Backup for Enterprises: This monthly subscription service combines Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and the Riverbed Whitewater cloud storage gateway appliance configured specifically for users of  Symantec Backup Exec.
  • Cloud Backup for Oracle Databases: Also billed monthly, the offering pairs Amazon S3 with Oracle’s Recovery Manager (RMAN) for Oracle database customers using version 9iR2 or later.
  • SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Server Farm: This pre-configured SharePoint cloud infrastructure is based on Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) with Active Directory-ready application, presentation and database servers.
  • Enterprise Web Hosting: EC2-based Web hosting offers scalable, high-availability cloud infrastructure that can handle up to 100,000 concurrent users and millions of monthly pageviews.

“We specifically designed these solutions to align with how end customers want to purchase cloud computing offerings, which will ensure that our partners can quickly, easily and cost-effectively take these solutions to market,” said FitzGerald.

Jennifer Connolly, president of Avnet partner Metropolitan Technology Services Group LLC, of Freehold, N.J., said her services firm has been impressed with the AWS-based cloud offerings: “Avnet and Amazon have given us a very specific set of offerings that we can start discussing with our customers today, which will help us quickly profit from the growth opportunities in off-premises cloud computing. Avnet developed its new off-premises cloud computing offerings with the channel top of mind.”

The solutions are available to Avnet partners in the U.S. and Canada.

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