Connectria Opens World-Class Hosting Center With Deutsche Financial Services As First Customer

ST. LOUIS, MO (December 8, 1998) - Deutsche Financial Services (DFS), a division of Deutsche Bank AG, has selected Connectria to design and host a sophisticated Disaster Recovery solution for its distributed computing environment using Connectria's newly opened world-class hosting center in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Connectria will provide DFS a fully redundant replicated server environment consisting of approximately twenty IBM AIX servers and Microsoft Windows based servers that will enable DFS to be operational within 2 hours in the event of a disaster at their corporate headquarters in Town & Country, Missouri. DFS will leverage Connectria's advanced data center infrastructure, as well as its expertise in cost-effective IT Disaster Recovery environments.

Connectria's St. Louis data center was previously a US Government owned data center facility, which housed critical IT operations and data centers for the Army Logistics Command, GSA and the IRS among other government organizations. The building has since been privatized and converted into a "carrier hotel" to house data center operations of numerous telecommunications carriers and IT service providers. The building has redundant fiber coming into opposite sides of the building, three separate power feeds on three separate power grids, and generator backup for the entire building. Since it was built, the building has never lost power.

Connectria's data center is protected by multiple layers of security including electronic building and facility access secured by magnetic locks, 24x7 security, monitored and recorded closed circuit television, person traps and mandatory identity logging of all outside visitors. Prior to being able to provide services to DFS, Connectria's data center passed a Level 2 Security Audit performed by the United States Federal Reserve.

About Deutsche Financial Services
Deutsche Financial Services (DFS) is a division of Deutsche Bank, AG, and is a leading provider of specialized financing and servicing programs that facilitate the manufacture, distribution, and sale of technology products, consumer durables, and industrial equipment. Deutsche Financial Services has operations across the United States and affiliates in Canada and Europe. Deutsche Bank AG (DB) is a financial institution that offers a variety of investment, financial and related products and services to private individuals, corporate entities and institutional clients around the world. As of year ended December 31, 1997, DB had assets of over $750 billion with operations in over 70 countries and 1,500 facilities worldwide.

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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