Connectria Wins Prestigious "Rising Star" Beacon Award From IBM's Lotus

ST. LOUIS, MO (Jan 18, 2001) - Connectria Corporation was awarded the "Rising Star" Beacon Award by Lotus Development Corporation today, which honors leading technology providers worldwide who demonstrate excellence in serving Lotus and IBM clients.

Judged by an international team of industry-leading journalists and analysts, the Beacon Awards recognized several prominent Lotus Business Partners such as EDS, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Ricoh Company. This year's honorees were from the UK, Germany, Spain, Japan, Brazil, Canada and all over the United States. According to Lotus, Beacon Award winners prevailed over "several hundred nominations from 23 countries." Connectria won its Rising Star Award for "Demonstrably breaking new ground," according to Lotus. Connectria offers a unique mix of IT infrastructure outsourcing services that include Managed Hosting, professional services, and remote management of most IT infrastructure technologies including Lotus' software products.

"We are delighted to be named the Rising Star for 2001," remarked Richard Waidmann, President and CEO of Connectria. "Lotus' cooperative support of Connectria illustrates Lotus' commitment to providing its customers the benefits of Lotus technology deployment on both an in-sourced and outsourced basis. Through our partnership, we can meet the needs of many organizations that want fast deployment and high reliability of their Lotus systems. Such goals are best achieved through a hosting partner with proven Lotus technology expertise."

Connectria hosts software such as Lotus Domino on its own servers on behalf of clients, providing hardware and software maintenance and trouble-shooting. It also provides remote administration of Lotus products, and on-site professional services when required.

About Lotus
Lotus, an IBM company with 7,500 employees worldwide, cited Connectria for its work providing online access and remote administration for its flagship Lotus Notes messaging and collaboration software. Details are available at the Lotus Web site.

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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