IT technology distributor Avnet Technology Solutions has added Lenovo’s System x (x86) servers and related solutions to its portfolio, following the transition of IBM’s System x server business to Lenovo effective Oct. 1.
“Lenovo has demonstrated great momentum in its enterprise server business, and its acquisition of IBM’s System x business is the start of an exciting new era for the x86 market,” said Tony Madden, senior vice president and supplier business executive for Avnet. “Avnet is working closely with Lenovo to ensure a seamless transition for existing System x channel partners and their customers. Additionally, our worldwide sales team is actively engaging with channel partners to capture new opportunities and help them transform Lenovo’s innovative technology into business solutions for their customers around the world.”
Working with Lenovo, Avnet will distribute the company’s System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. To help channel partners offer complete end-to-end solutions, Avnet will continue to provide a variety of traditional service offerings, such as logistics, sales, marketing, finance and technical services, strategically paired with business, IT, lifecycle and education services.
“Avnet has a long-standing and proven track record in successfully building channel ecosystems and alliances globally for Lenovo’s recently acquired System x product line,” said Wilfredo Sotolongo, vice president of worldwide sales for enterprise systems at Lenovo Group. “They have the expertise worldwide to help us implement a clear, scalable channel strategy that will align with Lenovo’s commitment to quality, innovation and value with one of the most comprehensive server portfolios available. Together, Lenovo and Avnet will ensure our channel partners have the global resources and innovative technology needed to create mutual profitable growth opportunities.”