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Cloud Experts Williams & Garcia Join the Data Blue Team

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Earlier today, Data Blue announced that the company has acquired Atlanta-based cloud expertise and consulting firm, Williams & Garcia.

This news comes closely on the heels of the announcement that Data Blue acquired LPS Integration, an IT solutions and services VAR out of Nashville, TN. The addition of the Williams & Garcia team enhances the synergy between Data Blue and LPS while building upon the existing cloud platform offerings and capabilities.

Williams & Garcia brings a combined 45+ years of consulting experience for high end IT solutions. The team has been working with Data Blue for some time now on customer engagements, helping Data Blue clients adopt transformative IT solutions for their business. Now that both companies are fully integrated, Data Blue clients can expect even more in-depth, consultative engagements and more agile, accessible solutions.

It’s time to elevate the IT conversation from product and implementation to fully-realized strategy and vision and we couldn’t be happier that our recent growth is making that possible now more than ever.

Read the full press release here.

DATA BLUE ACQUIRES LPS INTEGRATION

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Atlanta, GA – January 27, 2017 – Data Blue, a provider of customized storage, backup, cloud architecture and server virtualization solutions, and a portfolio company of The Gores Group and Platinum Equity, today announced that it has acquired LPS Integration, a Value Added Reseller (“VAR”) specializing in cloud infrastructure, networking, security and storage architecture. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LPS Integration designs custom cloud solutions, installs and configures data center hardware and software, and provides managed services. Founded in 2002, LPS Integration has built the largest cloud infrastructure VAR in Tennessee by consistently delivering high‐ quality services to its customers throughout the Southeast. LPS Integration also has a presence in Knoxville, Memphis, Birmingham and  Louisville.

“We are excited about welcoming an exceptional group of highly skilled and dedicated employees to the Data Blue family. Data Blue has a long-standing commitment to serving our customers with the highest level of technical knowledge and customer service and the LPS employees are highly complementary, allowing us to continue to deliver trusted IT solutions to our customers. With the support of The Gores Group and Platinum Equity, we will continue to pursue organic growth initiatives and acquisitions,” said Stephen Ayoub, CEO of Data Blue.

“Data Blue and LPS Integration have both experienced tremendous success in an industry that’s constantly shifting. Combining our like-minded companies will allow for further territory expansion and partnership growth which affords the opportunity to provide even more strategic solutions to our clients,” said Chris McMillen, President of LPS Integration.

LPS Integration will operate as a division of Data Blue based in Nashville, Tennessee.

About Data Blue

Data Blue is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and delivers customized storage, backup and server virtualization and consolidation solutions to enterprise customers, with specific emphasis on Fortune 1000 companies. By utilizing its vast cross-platform integration expertise and unparalleled product knowledge, Data Blue delivers solutions that are tailored to meet the unique needs of its clients’ IT environment. More information about Data Blue is available at www.data-blue.com

About LPS Integration

Founded in 2002, LPS Integration is the connector between innovative technology partners and valued customers to deliver trusted, top-of-the-line IT solutions and services. LPS Integration is an award- winning, top-rated IT firm that tailors solutions in cloud hosting, managed services, security and data center mobility. With a customer-focused approach and highly-skilled engineers, LPS Integration addresses customers’ technology needs on a personal level, making a significant impact on their business practices. For more information, please visit www.lpsintegration.com

For more information, please contact:

Data Blue                                                            LPS Integration

Stephen Ayoub                                                 Chris McMillen

sayoub@data-blue.com                                cmcmillen@lpsintegration.com

(404) 919-6990                                                   (615) 564-5954

Gores Small Capitalization Partners and Platinum Equity Invest in Data Blue

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Gores Small Capitalization Partners and Platinum Equity announced that they have invested in Data Blue. Founded in 2011, Data Blue delivers customized storage, backup and server virtualization and consolidation solutions to enterprise customers in North America. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

“We are excited to partner with Gores and Platinum Equity as we enter the next chapter in our history. Our employees, customers and partners will all benefit from the significant capital and experience that this new partnership brings to Data Blue. This investment allows us to double down on customer service while expanding our product offering,” said Stephen Ayoub, CEO of Data Blue.

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Data Blue Named to 2015 CRN Fast Growth 150 List

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Based on gross revenue over the two-year period from 2012 to 2014, The Fast Growth 150 list ranks solution providers based in North America with significant economic growth. In a turbulent IT economy, these companies have shown exceptional prowess in growing their operations and constantly providing essential services to their customers.

“Cloud computing, mobile and big data technologies are making the industry both more exciting and more challenging than it’s ever been,” says Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “Solution providers recognized in CRN’s Fast Growth 150 list are rising to meet the challenge and are thriving as a result. We are pleased to recognize these firms as leaders in today’s IT channel.”

The Fast Growth 150 list is highlighted in the October issue of CRN and can be viewed online at http://crn.com/fastgrowth.

Data Blue helps New Story ring the NASDAQ Opening Bell

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Data Blue is a proud supporter of the New Story charity based in San Francisco, CA.

Founded only 8 months ago, Data Blue was the first investor in their vision for building homes in Haiti. Tuesday, September 8th marked the 100th day of the campaign that was launched to fund “100 homes in 100 days” which was achieved.

To mark this great accomplishment by the New Story team, Data Blue was invited to help ring the opening bell of the NASDAQ, which was broadcasted live in Times Square and on Bloomberg and CNBC. Congratulations New Story and thanks to everyone on the Data Blue team!

To learn more visit: https://newstorycharity.org/