The Avnet Agenda: Top Execs Talk Cisco, Vblock, Oracle, Cloud


The Long View

Boy, has Avnet been busy in the last six months. It's added Cisco to its line card, watched the delicate dance of the Oracle-Sun acquisition from a front-row seat, bought up distributors like Bell Micro and others to broaden its worldwide footprint, and planted a firm stake in the ground with its CloudReady program that seems to say, "Damn right distributors have a role in cloud computing."

In a recent visit to Avnet's Phoenix headquarters, CRN had a chance to catch up with a range of Avnet executives on these many issues, including Phil Gallagher, Avnet Technology Solutions Global President, and Jeff Bawol, President of Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. Here's a look some of the key issues top of mind for Avnet on the Technology Solutions side.