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OCZ Shares Moving Higher as Co.'s Enterprise Solid State Storage Solutions Will Be Distributed by Tech Data in NA, LatAm


OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that it has signed Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD), one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions, to a distribution agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Tech Data's Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) Division is now authorized to distribute OCZ's complete portfolio of flash-based enterprise and client SSDs and associated software solutions to its sales channel throughout North America and Latin America.

"The signing of Tech Data to a platinum distribution agreement is a key milestone for OCZ as we evolve our sales strategy globally," said Wayne B. Eisenberg, Senior VP of Sales for OCZ Technology. "Our reseller programs, extensive service and support, comprehensive portfolio and cost-effective pricing will provide Tech Data's proven IT sales channel with the support and incentives they need to drive and expand new storage technologies throughout North America and Latin America."

Tech Data's AIS Division supports more than 17,500 value-added resellers (VARs) who specialize in data center and virtualization. The combination of OCZ's Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs and VXL Cache & Virtualization Software provides a virtual performance system that accelerates virtual machine (VM) applications and an ideal solution for the AIS VAR channel. Additionally, OCZ's new plug-and-play, tightly integrated hardware/software ZD-XL SQL Accelerator is another well-positioned product for AIS distribution, as it accelerates and optimizes SQL Server workloads so that the most relevant data is always available to the application when needed. Tech Data's AIS Division will also distribute OCZ's popular Deneva 2 SATA III SSDs and Talos 2 SAS SSDs for enterprise and small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) applications as well as the complete range of award-winning high-performance SSDs for client applications.

"We are very excited to add OCZ to our AIS portfolio, as their complete product portfolio will complement our growing list of enterprise storage solutions as we expand IT sales opportunities," said Ken Griffin, Vice President, AIS Storage Solutions at Tech Data. "Offering OCZ's high-performance SSDs, innovative virtualization software and its unique SQL acceleration card through our AIS Division will provide resellers looking to grow their storage operations with leading-edge technology, expert IT knowledge, and best-in-class services."

To help drive and support the Tech Data distribution channel and encourage VAR participation, OCZ developed its Elite VAR Program (EVP) that provides authorized Tech Data AIS Division VARs with sales incentives, product training, service levels, technical support and resources in support of OCZ's enterprise product line card.


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