Hey, it’s Friday! And it’s the first day of summer! Since we can’t all be at the beach, we’re taking a staycation with Distribution Watch, our weekly look at all things distribution-related. This week we’ve got news from Avnet (AVT) and Synnex (SNX) so sit back, slather on the sunblock, and prepared to be wowed (okay, not really).

Avnet: Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution arm of Avnet, was selected as the HP Software Partner of the Year in the distribution category, celebrating Avnet’s overall performance in North American HP software license sales through its solution provider community in 2012.

Avnet has a number of unique resources designed to help HP solution providers increase their software sales and further hone their expertise in this market. Avnet developed Avnet Practice+ for Analytics, which equips HP solution providers with a complete set of enablement and go-to-market capabilities coupled with channel-friendly services to enable HP solution providers to architect, implement and manage Big Data-driven IT initiatives based on HP Vertica and HP Converged Infrastructure Platforms. Additionally, Avnet has added its Big Data and analytics solution to this practice, a solution that includes an integrated, packaged offering of software, services and hardware designed to help solution providers rapidly generate results for their customers’ Big Data initiatives.

Synnex: DataCore Software, provider of storage virtualization software,and Hyve Solutions, a division of Synnex offering purpose-built server and storage solutions, announced the launch of high-performance, purpose-built storage appliances powered by DataCore's SANsymphony-V storage virtualization platform, Emulex LightPulse 8Gb Fibre Channel (8GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and Fusion-io flash memory platforms.

The storage appliances come in a choice of platforms built with either Dell (DELL), HP or Supermicro servers. The combination of DataCore's storage virtualization platform, Fusion-io flash memory and Emulex LightPulse 8GFC HBAs greatly improves the overall performance of Tier 1 software applications businesses rely on, according to Synnex.

And that’s this week’s Distribution Watch. Get out and enjoy the summer. And above all, stay safe.