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Avnet Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

Jan. 16, 2015
Distributor to provide design-chain, supply chain, and value-added services as part of open development alliance.

Avnet has joined the OpenPOWER foundation, an open development alliance based on IBM’s POWER microprocessor architecture. The distributor will provide design-chain, supply chain, and value-added services to help design engineers deploy open Power technology applications across a variety of industries.

The OpenPOWER Foundation was established in 2013 as an open technical membership organization that provides a framework for open innovation at both the hardware and software levels. IBM’s POWER8 processor serves as the hardware foundation, while the system software structure embraces key open source technologies including KVM, Linux and OpenStack, according to Avnet.

“Working with the OpenPOWER Foundation complements Avnet’s long-standing relationship with IBM across the enterprise, from the components level to the data center,” said Tony Madden, Avnet senior vice president, global supplier business executive. “With the accelerated pace of change in technology, membership in the OpenPOWER Foundation provides an excellent avenue for us to work alongside other market leaders to deploy open Power technology, providing customers and partners with the technology infrastructure they need to evolve and grow their businesses.”

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