Colubris Networks Expands Vertical Market Reach by Teaming with Avnet Technology Solutions

WALTHAM, Mass. and TEMPE, Ariz., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Colubris Networks, the leading global provider of intelligent wireless LANs (WLANs) for enterprises and service providers, and Avnet Technology Solutions, a value- added distributor of enterprise computing products, embedded subsystems, software and services, and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced a global distribution agreement to be implemented initially in the U.S. and Canada . Through this agreement, Avnet will offer Colubris' complete portfolio of enterprise-class wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions, which complements Avnet's comprehensive portfolio of mobility and networking solutions.

The Colubris Intelligent Mobility Solution features an 802.11n-ready architecture that allows companies to migrate to the newest wireless standard without forklift upgrades to their networks. The product line comprises the Colubris MultiService Controllers (MSCs), MultiService Access Points (MAPs), Wireless Client Bridge and a Network Management System that provide secure connectivity and seamless mobility for any environment. Colubris solutions scale to support deployments of all sizes and their centralized management capabilities simplify installation for resellers.

"As the wireless market continues to mature, it is also rapidly changing," said Jack Morris , vice president, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, Technology & Market Solutions group. "Our partners are looking for complete solutions including wireless infrastructure, handheld devices, mobile computing, software and services that enable them to capitalize on this market. Colubris aligns with our current portfolio of networking and mobility offerings for healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, education and other mobile enterprises. With Colubris, we help our partners expand their mobility and networking solutions capabilities by offering a WLAN that supports a wide variety of innovative applications, such as voice over WLAN, guest Internet access and wireless video surveillance."

Colubris partners will be supported by Avnet's Technology & Market Solutions group, which is chartered with developing new high-growth opportunities for Avnet's partners. The program is a foundational element of Avnet's strategy to assist and enable partners to develop new solution practices, which accelerate their time to profits while minimizing risks and costs. Colubris products are available through Avnet immediately.

"This agreement with Avnet allows us to effectively expand our reach into targeted vertical markets," said Rob Scott , president and CEO of Colubris Networks. "With new wireless applications coming to market at a rapid pace, enterprises need a reliable WLAN that will scale with their business. Colubris provides that -- and with Avnet, we'll be able to better meet the growing needs of our customers and channel partners while accelerating the adoption rate of our products."

About Colubris

Colubris Networks is the leading global provider of intelligent wireless networks (WLANs) for enterprises and service providers. Its optimized WLAN switching systems deliver unmatched bandwidth efficiency, seamless mobility and secure, easy access for thousands of organizations and 40 million users worldwide. With its "future proof" architecture, Colubris provides organizations with the most cost-effective migration from legacy standards to 802.11n. Its systems unify and integrate with existing network infrastructures, as well as security and management systems. Colubris' numerous recognitions include Red Herring's top 100 private companies in North America , Fierce Wireless Fierce 15, CRN's Emerging Tech Vendors and Mobile Trax Mobility Award. For more information, visit Colubris on the Web at www.colubris.com.

About Avnet Technology Solutions

Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) representing US$6 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2007, with locations in more than 30 countries. As a global technology sales and marketing organization, Avnet Technology Solutions has sales divisions focused on specific customer segments and a select line card strategy enabling an exceptional level of attention to the needs of its customers and suppliers. Visit www.ats.avnet.com.

About Avnet

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and technology services and solutions with more than 300 locations serving 70 countries worldwide. The company markets, distributes and optimizes the supply-chain and provides design-chain services for the products of the world's leading electronic component suppliers, enterprise computer manufacturers and embedded subsystem providers. Avnet brings a breadth and depth of capabilities, such as maximizing inventory efficiency, managing logistics, assembling products and providing engineering design assistance for its 100,000 customers, accelerating their growth through cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007 , Avnet generated revenue of $15.68 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com. (AVT_IR)

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