Multispecialist Avnet Technology Solutions has started a collaboration with Actifio to further expand its storage management portfolio. Avnet will now offer Actifio’s Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) platform in the Benelux region (through its offices in Belgium and the Netherlands) followed by widened availability in the rest of EMEA at an unspecified date. Actifio’s Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) platform consolidates traditionally siloed backup, disaster recovery and business continuity applications into a single, purpose-built copy data management storage system. This cost-effective solution is compatible with a wide variety of storage systems, including IBM storage such as the DS3500 Express, IBM Storwize V7000 and IBM XIV Storage System Gen3, making it an attractive option for IBM business partners. Avnet will work with Actifio to deliver a turnkey virtualized data management solution for mid-market, large enterprise and managed service providers (MSPs) and resellers to meet growing demands for virtualization, big data and cloud-based IT infrastructure. The partnership will enable Avnet’s resellers to address more than 1000 MSPs.