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Ingram Micro Authorized to Sell IBM Power Systems and Enterprise-Class Storage in United States

IBM Leverages Ingram Micro's Advanced Computing Division to Enable Channel Partners to Sell Power Systems and Enterprise-Class Storage Families

SANTA ANA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 -- Expanding its data center portfolio and expertise, Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) today announced it has earned authorization to market, sell and support IBM Power Systems and enterprise-class storage product families to certified IBM Business Partners within the U.S.

As part of the expanded U.S. distribution agreement, Ingram Micro's Advanced Computing Division is now recruiting and enabling authorized IBM Business Partners with the necessary marketing, pre- and post-sales support, as well as technical training, certifications and configuration services to successfully sell the IBM Power Systems and enterprise-class storage product portfolios.

To further educate the market, Ingram Micro is hosting a series of webinars for channel partners that are interested in learning more about IBM Power Systems, storage and PureSystems. Registration is open to both prospecting resellers and current Ingram Micro channel partners. More information can be found here. Ingram Micro will also be offering qualified IBM Business Partners onsite product demonstrations and business trainings for IBM Power Systems, storage, PureSystems and System x starting next month.

"Ingram Micro offers IBM Business Partners enablement resources, technical expertise and field sales support that is unrivaled and we remain committed to giving our channel partners that competitive edge that really works to differentiate their services and value," says Scott Zahl, vice president and general manager of the Advanced Computing Division, Ingram Micro U.S.

"The addition of IBM's Power Systems and enterprise-class storage families to Ingram Micro's growing portfolio of data center solutions is well-timed given the increased focus enterprises are placing on big data, cloud and network optimization," says Paul Bay, president, Ingram Micro North America. "One of our top priorities in 2013 is to further enable our channel partners to move up-market and address the business and technology needs of midmarket companies. The resources and expertise offered within our Advanced Computing Division, combined with IBM's portfolio of servers and systems, provide our mutual partners with a competitive edge."

Available to authorized IBM Business Partners in the U.S., the IBM Power Systems family is comprised of a comprehensive series of servers, systems software and solutions featuring the latest IBM POWER7 and POWER7+ processor technology. Designed for compute-intensive workloads and business analytics, IBM Power Systems deliver a full range of offerings to help meet the needs of businesses of all sizes from entry systems including BladeCenter, Power Express and PowerLinux servers to the Power enterprise systems 770, 780 and 795.

Additionally, the IBM System Storage line, also available to authorized IBM Business Partners in the U.S., comprises a wide range of advanced systems that offer high-speed disk, solid state storage, and advanced tape to help customers manage the challenges of big data more efficiently and cost effectively. In addition, robust storage virtualization and cloud offerings combine with a variety of integrated automation capabilities to round out the portfolio and help customers create smarter storage infrastructures.

"Ingram Micro's channel leadership and reach, proven partner enablement capabilities, and demonstrated commitment to the IBM business played a key role in our expanded relationship," says Bill Donohue, vice president, North America Business Partner and Mid-Market Sales, IBM. "Through this expansion with Ingram Micro, we will strive to reach new and emerging business partners including MSPs, ISVs and cloud providers, while extending IBM's leadership in Power and Enterprise Storage solutions across the mid-market client segment."

Channel partners interested in becoming an authorized IBM Business Partner or learning more about the IBM Power Systems and enterprise-class storage product families, can contact Ingram Micro's U.S.-based IBM sales team at (800) 456-800 ext. 76392 or email [email protected].

More information about Ingram Micro is available at www.ingrammicro.com and http://ingrammicroinc.wordpress.com.

To learn, see and hear more about Ingram Micro, follow the distributor on Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IngramMicro; Twitter at www.twitter.com/IngramMicroInc; and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/ingrammicroinc.

About Ingram Micro Inc.
Ingram Micro is the world's largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle services and logistics solutions. As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics and mobile solutions, technical support, financial services and product aggregation and distribution. The company is the only global broad-based IT distributor, serving 145 countries on six continents with the world's most comprehensive portfolio of IT products and services. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.

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