IBM Global Services Taps Connectria As Subcontractor To Provide Managed Hosting Services

ST. LOUIS, MO (May 1, 2000) - IBM has selected Connectria, a St. Louis and Philadelphia-based Hosting Provider and Lotus Advanced Business Partner, to provide Lotus application hosting for key IBM Clients. Connectria provides Lotus hosting services for Lotus product including Lotus Notes, Domino, LearningSpace, Sametime, QuickPlace and Lotus' new Pathware product which Lotus acquired from Macromedia Corporation.

According to Richard S. Waidmann, Connectria's president and CEO, "Connectria can bring applications to users with faster speed and lower cost -advantages that are important on critical projects. Because our teams have adeptly installed these applications time and time again at both client locations and at our data centers, we can take a new user from ground zero to 'up and running' in record time." Waidmann added, "Typically when installing an unfamiliar application you can expect a team to move very cautiously because human beings have to overcome a natural amount of inertia when they do something for the first time; there's often false starts and a steep learning curve. Hosting delivery lets you circumvent these issues."

About IBM & Lotus
Lotus Development Corporation, founded in 1982, is a subsidiary of IBM Corporation. Lotus offers high-quality software products and services that reflect the company's unique understanding of the new ways in which individuals and businesses must work together to achieve success. Lotus' innovative approach is evident in a new class of applications that allows users to access and communicate information in ways never before possible, both within and beyond organizational boundaries. Lotus markets its products in more than 80 countries worldwide and provides numerous professional consulting, support and education services through the Lotus Services Group.

About Connectria
Connectria is a profitable and growing global provider of complex hosting and managed hosting services. Connectria offers an array of hosting services for companies of all sizes across a wide range of technologies, including Enterprise Applications, Software as a Service (SaaS), HIPAA Compliance Support, Data Center Outsourcing, Disaster Recovery and Cloud Computing. A privately held company, Connectria has built its business through reinvesting profits and without equity financing. Connectria operates world-class Data Centers, Network Operations Centers, and Engineering Centers located in St. Louis, Missouri and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From these facilities, Connectria operates as a virtual extension of its clients' IT organizations.

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