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Arrow ECS Launches UK Channel's First Storage Resource Analysis SaaS Solution

Aug 28, 2010

HARROGATE,UK - As the first distributor in the United Kingdom to offer a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for storage analytics, Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc. [NYSE: ARW], has signed a U.K. agreement with Storage Fusion to deliver its Storage Resource Analysis (SRA) platform, which is an efficient, service-based solution that enables customers to better manage their storage usage and needs.

"We believe that SRA is a revolution in the way customers can analyse and evaluate their storage estate," said Steve Pearce, managing director for Arrow ECS in the U.K. "IT (information technology) managers are constrained to make existing resources work harder against a rising tide of expanding volumes of business-critical data, resource-hungry applications, and higher user expectations. An efficient data centre is central to successful IT delivery, and the launch of the SRA tool for the first time in the channel reflects our strategy of moving toward consolidated, virtualised and data-centric solutions for our resellers and their customers."

SRA is charged on a pay-as-you-go basis and delivers fast and comprehensive analyses of storage inefficiencies and opportunities to reduce cost and improve data centre capabilities. No software installation is necessary since SRA is a SaaS offering, and the resulting analysis can be accessed from a secure remote portal. The service enables storage managers and administrators to run in-depth analyses of their storage in one day, helping them improve their overall storage management.

"Storage Fusion developed SRA to provide a simple SaaS solution offering a deep analysis of an organisation's use of storage. As a testament to how effective our product is, companies like BGC Partners are using our SRA across their storage estate to improve their SRM software," said Graham Wood, managing director for Storage Fusion. "Our portal-based solution means that companies can effectively 'try before they buy' and, in one day, gain a much greater understanding of their storage environment, helping them to understand how to better manage storage or see where money can be saved. Working with a distributor is the ideal way to take this product to the market, and Arrow ECS was the only one we wanted to work with as it is the clear leader in its space."

Arrow ECS will draw on its strength in virtualisation to bring Storage Fusion to the U.K. reseller community. With an ecosystem of leading suppliers across hardware, software, storage, security and virtualisation, Arrow ECS has all the components necessary to enable resellers to create a highly scalable infrastructure for their customers. Supporting more than 18,000 resellers worldwide, Arrow ECS also brings the broad market reach and deep channel relationships to help suppliers like Storage Fusion successfully take their products to market.

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 26 countries, Arrow ECS connects its customers to the world's foremost technology suppliers. Arrow ECS reported $4.9 billion in global enterprise computing solution sales in 2009. Visit ecs.arrow.com for more information.

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