Connectria Forms Strategic Partnership with Meridian Telesis To Open Philadelphia's First Information Technology Utility to Provide IT Infrastructure Outsourcing

Philadelphia, PA and ST. LOUIS, MO - March 25, 2003 - Connectria, an award-winning IT outsourcing provider has entered into a strategic partnership with Meridian Telesis, the region's premier carrier neutral provider of advanced data center and network facilities, to open Philadelphia's first Information Technology Utility. Connectria has combined its sophisticated service offerings with Meridian Telesis's advanced facilities to provide managed IT services and disaster recovery solutions at lower costs and higher service levels than Delaware Valley companies can typically provide themselves.

"Prior to the early 20th century, companies often built power plants to generate their own electricity. Then came the electrical power grid and companies closed their plants and joined the utility networks," noted Richard S. Waidmann, President & CEO of Connectria. "Today, most companies run their own data centers, networks, servers, and databases that use the same underlying technologies and require the same skills as every other company. Like electricity, these functions are essential for companies but provide no economic benefit for their business," according to Waidmann.

"By leveraging Meridian Telesis's world-class facilities with Connectria's world-class IT services, companies can outsource their IT infrastructure and gain substantially higher service levels with significant cost savings," noted David M. Taffet, President of Meridian Telesis.

Unlike traditional IT outsourcing providers, Connectria's IT Utility delivers outsourced IT services on a flexible, pay-as-you-go model, allowing companies to gracefully outsource their IT infrastructure without having to outsource everything at once. Today, over 200 companies worldwide use Connectria's IT Utility.

For more information on Connectria's Philadelphia IT Utility, please visit or contact Connectria toll-free at 1-800-781-7820.

About Meridian Telesis
Meridian Telesis is an established carrier neutral and network neutral co-location provider for the Internet-oriented, telecommunications and data storage markets. Meridian Telesis's flagship facility is located at its headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa. on the Avenue of Technology in the Port of Technology Center of Innovation. Meridian Telesis's clients include, among others, Connectria, VerticalNet (NASDAQ: VERT), Internap Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: INAP), Reality Online (A Reuters Company), Corviant Corporation (a subsidiary of Nationwide Financial Services), Digital On Demand, Reliable Web Hosting and Cogent Communications. Meridian Telesis is committed to, among other things, maintaining a 24-by-7 manned facility; providing monitored access featuring multi-level and biometric security; delivering redundant environmental, power and fiber facilities and ensuring superior customer service. Meridian Telesis prides itself on its ability to offer "Secure Co-location Powered by Choice"T. For more information, please visit MeridianTelesis's web site at

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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