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Tech Data Offering EMC VSPEX BLUE for Radically Simplified IT Infrastructure

CLEARWATER, Fla., Feb. 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD) today announced that it will offer the EMC® VSPEX® BLUE hyper-converged infrastructure, built on Intel® Xeon® processor-based x86 servers, to its channel of solution providers in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Offered exclusively through EMC distribution partners, the EMC VSPEX BLUE appliance is available in the United States through Tech Data's Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) division and in Europe via Azlan, Tech Data's specialist value-added distributor of enterprise networking, server, storage and software solutions. The announcement was made in conjunction with VMware Partner Exchange, being held this week in San Francisco, California.

"As the converged infrastructure segment continues to grow and change in the marketplace, Tech Data is excited to offer the EMC VSPEX BLUE appliance, which is designed to address future market growth," said Chuck Bartlett, senior vice president, AIS at Tech Data. "Our dedicated Systems Engineers and field representatives will help train and fully enable solution providers interested in offering the VSPEX BLUE appliance to end-user clients. The VSPEX BLUE appliance provides the flexibility to manage costs, enhance service delivery, meet evolving market expectations, and increase business revenue for solution providers."

"The hyper-converged infrastructure systems and platforms market is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting segments in enterprise," said Simon England, senior vice president, Value Added Distribution and managing director, Azlan at Tech Data Europe. "This is exactly the sweet spot EMC is now entering into with their new VSPEX BLUE appliance. EMC has chosen distribution as its exclusive go-to-market model in this dynamic segment, leveraging the channel as a key competitive differentiator while expanding its offering to include Build-to-Order (BTO) and Configure-to-Order (CTO) as an extended manufacturing and sales arm."

The VSPEX BLUE appliance integrates VMware EVO:Rail™ and EMC software on Intel® technology to radically simplify IT Infrastructure deployment and management. An easy to manage hyper-converged infrastructure appliance, the EMC VSPEX BLUE appliance is comprised of common modular building blocks, offering solution providers seamless linear scalability from one to four 2U/4-nodes, which is ideal for infrastructure consolidations, virtual desktops in large remote or branch offices and managed service providers.

According to IDC1, the converged infrastructure (CI) segment worldwide grew 68.5% from 2012 to a $1.4 billion market opportunity in 2013—and is predicted to expand to $17.8 billion in 2016. To meet the needs of this dynamic market, EMC is now offering the VSPEX BLUE highly differentiated hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA), which combines compute, storage, network, virtualization, management, and protection into a single product designed to address the unique needs of mid-market and enterprise customers.

"The EMC VSPEX BLUE appliance redefines simplicity by delivering virtualization, compute and storage through a hyper-converged solution that is agile, scalable and trusted," said Gregg Ambulos, senior vice president, Global Channel Sales, EMC Corporation. "Thanks to Tech Data's deep CI experience, they are able to offer customers the education and support they need to quickly and efficiently deploy this powerful solution."

Tech Data will incorporate the EMC VSPEX BLUE appliance into its go-to-market and enablement strategies, providing sales acceleration services and assets for solution providers at all levels. Solution providers can learn more about the EMC VSPEX BLUE appliance through webinars and trainings focused on identifying new opportunities in the marketplace, while solution providers seeking to start selling EMC solutions can receive the general certifications and designations needed for ordering. Tech Data provides partners with hands-on training, dedicated field representatives and System Engineers to ensure success.

To learn more about the EMC VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged infrastructure appliance, contact one of Tech Data's dedicated EMC team members in the U.S. at (800) 237-8931, ext. 66110 or email EMC@techdata.com. For solution providers in Europe, please visit www.azlan.com.

About Tech Data

Tech Data Corporation is one of the world's largest distributors of technology products, services and solutions. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services enable 115,000 resellers to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users in more than 100 countries. Tech Data generated $26.8 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2014. It is ranked No. 111 on the Fortune 500® and one of Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies." To learn more, visit www.techdata.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

[1] Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Tracker, December, 2013

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