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Avnet Recognized by CIO Magazine as a CIO 100 Award Winner

Global technology distributor Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) today announced that it was named to the 2014 CIO 100, which is developed by IDG’s CIO magazine. The 27th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). CIO selected Avnet as one of the recipients for this award based on the company’s continued development of its data storage management system, which significantly reduced backup and recovery times and improved business continuity capabilities for its main North American data center.

“Avnet manages more than 1.5 petabytes of business-critical data, and our IT team recognized that an innovative approach was needed to ensure the highest levels of business continuity,” said Steve Phillips, senior vice president and CIO, Avnet, Inc. “By leveraging new technologies to enhance our award-winning data storage management system, our team was able to effectively incorporate enhanced business continuity capabilities that will continue to meet our data storage needs for years to come. I applaud our IT team for their commitment to this project over the past two years, and their efforts in helping Avnet to mitigate risks.”

The amount of data Avnet stores in its data center more than quadrupled in the past four years. To manage this growth, Avnet implemented an extensive storage infrastructure to house its business-critical data while revolutionizing its data backup environment and processes. The new system marked the first time that Avnet implemented data deduplication across its entire server environment. Additionally, Avnet was among the first companies to leverage EMC’s Data Domain Boost in an Oracle environment, which accelerated backups while minimizing network impact. The two-year initiative substantially improved Avnet’s risk management, business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities by accelerating the data backup and recovery process, enhancing the virtual tape backup environment, and improving the productivity of Avnet’s IT team.

“For 27 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value,” said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & Events. “Our 2014 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage.”

Executives from the winning companies will be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony, to be held August 19, 2014, at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

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About the CIO 100

The recipients of this year’s CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges’ recommendations and voted on the final 100.

Complete coverage of the 2014 CIO 100 awards will be online at http://www.cio100.com/ on August 1, 2014 and in the August 1st issue of CIO magazine.

About CIO Magazine

CIO is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise. The award-winning CIO portfolio—CIO.com, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO executive programs, CIO custom solutions, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research—provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience. The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to serve as an unbiased and trusted peer advisory group. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at http://www.idgenterprise.com/.

About Avnet, Inc.

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 29, 2013, Avnet generated revenue of $25.5 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

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