New toolset helps partners in the U.S. and Canada manage cloud accounts, and provides quick visibility into cloud data usage for their Amazon Web Services and IBM SoftLayer customers

PHOENIX, AZ – November 12, 2014 — / — Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today launched the Avnet Cloud Toolset (ACT). A component of Avnet Cloud Solutions, ACT helps managed service provider (MSP) and value-added reseller (VAR) partners in the U.S. and Canada govern, consolidate, manage and track cloud accounts across multiple cloud providers. By leveraging ACT, partners will be able to ensure that their Amazon Web Services (AWS) and (IBM) SoftLayer customers are provided with visibility into cloud spending and invoices that accurately track individual and aggregate cloud usage for their organizations, helping them to optimize their enterprise-wide AWS and SoftLayer spend.

“One of the benefits of cloud computing is that its services can easily be purchased by individuals within a company to meet their most immediate business needs,” said Tim FitzGerald, vice president of Cloud Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. “However, this makes it extremely challenging for companies to obtain a comprehensive view of their cloud spending, identify ways to maximize their cloud investments and create a system to monitor usage and spending within areas of their business. The Avnet Cloud Toolset enables partners to solve this challenge for their customers. With the Avnet Cloud Toolset, they will be able to provide cloud consumption details at a departmental level and a transparent enterprise view.”

ACT helps partners with governance and cloud consolidation, and it provides quick visibility and usage across multiple platforms to help manage, track and advise on how best to optimize cloud spend. ACT helps partners easily track actual usage charges across every major service category for AWS and SoftLayer, generate bills and invoices, package in their own subscription-based services, define how usage charges are billed, and even incorporate third-party services. ACT features intuitive dashboards and customizable reports to provide an aggregated view for partners to track all cloud service usage across their accounts and share this information with their customers. This toolset enables partners to provide top-notch support for their customers by easily organizing and tracking costs and profitability, accessing granular usage details and providing a multitier view of usage and costs.

“We’re incredibly proud of our cloud computing business and the growth we’ve seen since our inception, but this has brought its own unique challenges,” said Dao Jensen, principal and owner, Kaizen Technology Partners. “For each of the cloud service providers Kaizen Technology Partners works with, we receive a detailed list of every usage instance for every single customer – it’s like receiving a cellphone bill for thousands of users. As you can imagine, it’s time consuming and resource intensive to create invoices for our customers that are user friendly and encompass enterprise-wide and departmental usage information. By leveraging the innovative Avnet Cloud Toolset, we are able to ensure that our customers have an easy application to use for an insightful view into their cloud spending.”

Partners will also benefit from Avnet CloudReadyTM, Avnet’s approach to helping the channel community move their customers’ businesses to the cloud, as well as the extensive experience and knowledge base of the Avnet Cloud Solutions and Avnet Services teams. Avnet has proven technical expertise to assess and deliver optimal public, private or hybrid cloud solutions that best suit partners’ and their customers’ needs.

Initially available in the U.S. and Canada, partners interested in learning more about how Avnet can help them manage, view, simplify and optimize cloud accounts can visit the ACT website – – or contact their Avnet Cloud account development manager.

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As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions transforms technology into business solutions for customers around the world. It collaborates with customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the changing needs of end-user customers. The group serves customers and suppliers in North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US $11.0 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2014. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit

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