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Arrow's North American Components Business Teams with Platform Computing to Provide Multivendor Server Solutions
Sep 12, 2007 (10:09 AM EDT)


MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The North American Components (NAC) business of Arrow Electronics, Inc. and Platform Computing will provide customers high-performance, multivendor, cluster server solutions that meet Intel(R) Cluster Ready Certification requirements.

"Arrow NAC is pleased to collaborate with Platform Computing to provide small- to mid-sized enterprises with preconfigured and pre-integrated cluster- server appliances that can be rapidly deployed and scaled for improved performance," said Robert Balson, director, business development, Arrow NAC. "These systems make it possible for businesses to access supercomputing solutions without the added design expense and time often associated with such projects."

Arrow NAC will be using Platform Open Cluster Stack (OCS)*, a pre- integrated, vendor-certified software stack that enables the consistent delivery of Linux(R)-application clusters. Platform OCS also provides a user- friendly interface geared for enterprises that are new to high-performance cluster data center solutions. These solutions, based on Platform OCS, are certified as Intel(R) Cluster Ready, a certification program designed to simplify the development, purchase, deployment, usage and management of clustered computer systems.

"Platform Computing welcomes the opportunity to work closely with Arrow NAC to design cluster systems that can reduce overall costs and assure scalability and stability as the customer's cluster grows," said Simon Lonsdale, director of Strategic Alliances, Platform Computing. "Platform OCS is the first commercial software system to create certified Intel Cluster Ready systems, pre-engineered and tested for optimal simplicity and performance."

About Platform Computing

Platform Computing is the leading systems infrastructure software company that accelerates applications and delivers IT agility for increased business performance and reduced cost. Founded in 1992, Platform is a pioneer in HPC, Cluster and Grid Computing technologies. Platform has over 2,000 global customers and strategic relationships with Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat and SAS, along with the industry's broadest support for third-party applications. Visit www.platform.com .

About Arrow North American Components

The North American Components (NAC) business of Arrow Electronics, Inc. is a leading provider of semiconductors and passive, electromechanical and connector products, computing solutions, services and supply chain solutions tailored to serve distinct customer segments with dedicated sales teams. Two primary, customer-focused NAC groups serve these market segments: The Arrow Electronics Components Group serves North American-based OEM and contract manufacturing customers and the Arrow/Zeus Electronics Group targets the aerospace and military markets.

Arrow Electronics, Inc. ( www.arrow.com ) is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and computer products.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

This product, on its own, does not constitute an Intel(R) Cluster Ready system, nor does combining it with another product ensure that the complete system is Intel(R) Cluster Ready, unless the complete system is specifically certified as an Intel(R) Cluster Ready system.

*This product includes software developed by the Rocks Cluster Group at

the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San

Diego and its contributors.

CONTACT: John Hourigan, Director, External Communications, +1-303-824- jhourigan@arrow.com4586, , of Arrow Electronics, Inc.; or PlatformComputing, Shalon Roth, +1-212-679-3300 Ext. 12, , ofRicochet Public Relations

Web site: http://www.arrow.com/ http://www.platform.com/