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Avnet services facility launches for OEMs, system integrators, VARS

This week, Avnet held the grand opening of its latest and largest IT services facility; MyCloudIT introduced Windows Network as a Service for MSPs; and more.

On Wednesday, Phoenix-based distributor Avnet Inc. held the grand opening event of the CenterPoint Value-Added Services Center, its largest IT services facility worldwide.

Located in the Columbus, Ohio, area, the 580,000-square foot facility provides complete IT lifecycle services for OEMs, system integrators and value-added resellers and is designed to support a number of specialized requirements, including energy, government, healthcare and telecommunications markets. The center also supports technology areas related to big data, converged infrastructure, mobility and security.

CenterPoint is one of five Avnet centers that specialize in lifecycle services. The other centers are located in George, Texas; the Netherlands; and Singapore.

MyCloudIT launches Windows Network as a Service

MyCloudIT has unveiled its Windows Network as a Service this week, an offering that allows managed service providers (MSPs) to easily and inexpensively deploy and manage Windows networks in the Microsoft Azure cloud using their own Azure credentials.

MyCloudIT reduces setup time of client networks by 95% by automating the deployment and management of servers in the MSP's Azure account, the company said. Features include support for multiple devices; storage geo-replication through Azure; and the ability to synchronize with Office 365 accounts, which allows the MSP to be the partner of record. MSPs can also spin up virtual machines with preinstalled operating systems and attach them to a customer's domain.

MyCloudIT is currently offering MSPs and IT resellers a free trial of the service.

CompTIA releases IT Fundamentals certification exam

IT industry association CompTIA has released the new CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification exam. The exam covers a range of IT topics -- including software, hardware, security and networking -- and educates users in current technology concepts and practices.

CompTIA said IT Fundamentals is aimed at individuals whose jobs require them to have a foundational level of IT literacy but are not necessarily involved in the day-to-day, hands-on work of an IT professional. Jobs could include sales associates, sales engineers, account managers, business development managers and entry-level customer support personnel, CompTIA said.

The English-language version of CompTIA IT Fundamentals is available worldwide, and CompTIA said it will introduce the exams in other language in the coming months. The CompTIA Strata exam will be retired on Aug. 31 next year.

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