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Arrow ECS Offers SMB Cloud Solution Bundles for EMC, VMware and Brocade in North America

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Arrow ECS Offers SMB Cloud Solution Bundles for EMC, VMware and Brocade in North America10:59 EDT Wednesday, May 11, 2011 LAS VEGAS (Business Wire) -- Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc. [NYSE: ARW], launched cloud configurations in North America combining VMware virtualization software and management tools, EMC® VNXe™ unified storage, servers and integrated Brocade networking technology. “EMC resellers can rely on Arrow ECS for expertise and architectural guidance to create solutions that address their customers' top data-center and IT infrastructure needs while simplifying the buying process,” said Matt Rochford, director of North American EMC sales for Arrow ECS. “Validated, tested and documented for optimal performance by Arrow ECS, these cloud solution bundles are ideal for EMC resellers and their small- to mid-sized customers that are interested in taking their first steps on the road to the cloud and want the confidence of a proven solution.” Called the Arrow CloudTrack Migration Solutions, the solution bundles feature best-in-class products from the distributor's broad portfolio. The integrated, easy-to-install solutions address the following virtualization needs: Consolidation – Built using the VMware® vSphere™ Essentials Plus software package and EMC's VNXe unified storage systems, this solution is suitable for server and storage consolidation on non-business-critical applications or in test environments. With this solution, customers can begin development and training with virtualization. It can be upgraded easily to support high-availability and provide additional scale. Availability – Expanding on the aforementioned consolidation configuration, this solution provides support for vMotion® and VMware HA. It incorporates a second server and network switch, as well as a redundant-storage processor in EMC VNXe storage systems. Scalability – Featuring the same fundamental architecture as the availability package, this solution is designed to consolidate more servers and provide additional network bandwidth capacity. Also, it uses high-performance disk drives to support added loads. Automation – Based on VMware vSphere Midsize Acceleration Kit, this solution supports high consolidation demand and network bandwidth usage. VMware Fault Tolerance can be implemented with this solution for mission-critical applications. Excluding the entry-level consolidation configuration, all CloudTrack solutions support multisite high-availability and fault tolerance activities for business continuity and data recovery. As with all solutions available through Arrow ECS, in-depth sales and technical training, certification programs, hands-on solutions demonstrations and innovative co-op promotional programs are available to assist EMC resellers with selling the CloudTrack solutions. In addition, the Arrow Fusion℠ professional services team provides assessments, implementations and migrations for these configurations. “Arrow ECS' announcement of CloudTrack solution bundles demonstrates its ongoing commitment to making it easy for SMB customers to utilize world-class products like the VNXe that are simple, efficient and affordable, in validated configurations that provide proven productivity gains and IT cost benefits to their businesses,” said Doug Wood, vice president, entry systems and software, EMC. VNXe unified storage systems offers users automated, application-aware storage for their business-critical applications. The VNXe offers simple provisioning wizards that automatically apply storage best practices according to application requirements. The platforms feature the EMC Unisphere™ element-management system that enables users without existing shared storage solutions to easily provision, manage and protect their data. This, coupled with VMware virtualization technology, makes the VNXe a simple, powerful unified-storage platform for today's small businesses. Ideally suited for virtualized environments, the CloudTrack Migration solutions also feature a range of high-performance Brocade networking solutions, including the Brocade FastIron FCX Series, the Brocade FastIron SW Series and FastIron GS Series switches. Brocade networking technologies are purpose-built to enable flexible architectures to help customers fully realize the benefits of virtualization and cloud computing. “Brocade is pleased to be working with VMware, EMC and Arrow ECS to create integrated, cloud-optimized solutions to help enable organizations transition to a world where information and applications can reside anywhere,” said Barbara Spicek, vice president of worldwide channels at Brocade. “The collaborative and consultative approach that Arrow ECS has adopted with their more than 13,000 value-added resellers will help accelerate real-world implementation of cloud solutions.” ABOUT ARROW ENTERPRISE COMPUTING SOLUTIONS Arrow ECS, a business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc. [NYSE: ARW], provides enterprise and midrange computing products, services and solutions to value-added resellers, system integrators, and independent software vendors. Based in Englewood, Colo., and with offices in 29 countries, Arrow ECS connects its customers to the world's foremost technology suppliers. Arrow ECS reported $5.6 billion in global enterprise computing solution sales in 2010. Visit ecs.arrow.com for more information. Arrow ECSDawn Small, 303-824-4188Communications Managerdsmall@arrow.com