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SageCloud and Avnet’s Rorke Global Solutions Sign OEM Agreement

SageCloudTM, Inc., a leader in ultra-reliable storage systems at disruptive price points for archival, backup and big data, and Rorke Global Solutions™ a business unit of Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), today announced a strategic relationship to jointly bring to market new, petabyte-scale storage solutions for cold data. Rorke Global Solutions will deliver these storage system solutions, which integrate SageCloud’s powerful system software with open standards-based hardware and complimentary support services to custom-tailor solutions for specific data center environments.

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Data storage is growing at 60 percent per year and consuming an increasing portion of constrained IT budgets. Industry experts believe that as much as 80 percent of that data qualifies as cold data - data that does not require active storage because it is written once and accessed infrequently. Large data consumers and industry groups, like the Open Compute Project (OCP), are promoting energy-efficient, open standards computing and hardware approaches that lower costs, reduce energy consumption and support scalability of cold data storage.

Rorke Global Solutions (RGS), together with SageCloud, will leverage OCP, field-tested open source software and open hardware standards to deliver a highly reliable cold data storage system - on disk - that approaches the cost of storage on tape. The combined solution will be offered as an on-premise solution for IT storage professionals who are operating their own data centers or for ISP's seeking to improve the cost efficiencies of their cold storage service offerings.

The solution is specifically designed for market segments that generate greater than one petabyte of cold data, and that require backup, archiving and easy scale-out of their environments. Target groups include financial services, media and entertainment, and healthcare firms.

“By combining SageCloud’s software leadership and cold storage expertise with Avnet’s integration, certification and service capabilities, we can offer our customers a best-in-class cold data storage system,” said John Salemme, vice president of OEM sales, Avnet Embedded. “The Rorke Global Solutions storage system powered by SageCloud is a natural extension of our storage portfolio, our storage knowledge base and our active support for the emerging Open Compute Project (OCP) standards.”

“With this relationship in place, information technology (IT) and internet service provider (ISP) customers will have solutions that dramatically lower their data storage costs,” said Jeff Flowers, SageCloud founder and CEO. “As data storage costs and requirements outstrip IT budgets, particularly as a result of big data platform adoption, affordable cold data storage is a must-have. We look forward to teaming with Rorke Global Solutions to meet this pressing industry need.”

Rorke Global Solutions storage systems, powered by SageCloud software, are currently in beta testing and will be generally available in the first quarter of next year. The RGS/SageCloud Priority Program will be accepting new Beta participants until mid September. For more information, please go to www.rorke.com or www.sagecloud.com.

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About SageCloud

SageCloud’s mission is to deliver breakthrough price points for Cold Storage Tiering - cost-effectively managing storage of petabyte-scale data that is written once but infrequently accessed. With SageCloud, data center professionals can reap the benefits of storage on disk at price points approaching storage on tape. To achieve these economics, the SageCloud team has integrated open source and proprietary software to resolve the data durability deficiencies of commodity drives and leverage better power management designs of open stack enclosures. SageCloud is headquartered in Boston, Mass. For more information on SageCloud, visit www.sagecloud.com or follow SageCloud on Twitter at @SageCloudBoston.

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc., that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's website is located at www.em.avnet.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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