Indy IT Company Announces Merger

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Indianapolis-based Network Storage Inc. is merging with Data Strategy LLC in Michigan. The deal, expected to close by the end of the month, will result in a combined operation of six locations in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.

September 18, 2014

News Release

Grand Rapids, Mich. -- Data Strategy, LLC, a leading technology solutions provider, today announced it has signed a letter of intent to merge with Network Storage, Inc. (NSI), another leading technology solutions provider headquartered in Indianapolis.

The transaction, expected to close at the end of September, will result in a combined workforce of nearly 100 full-time employees across six locations, including Grand Rapids, Detroit, Louisville, Cincinnati, and two in Indianapolis.

"We are invested in our clients, our company and our employees, and partnering with NSI makes sense for us as we look to strengthen our regional footprint and expand our capabilities," said Dana Jacks, Executive Vice President at Data Strategy. "NSI is a seamless fit with our company's culture and commitment to exceptional customer service."

"Data Strategy is an ideal partner for us," said Mark Graham, Co-Principal at NSI. "We're aligned in our strong Midwest core values, and our commitment to integrity, quality and value. Our two companies will complement one another well, and we look forward to having the opportunity to share best practices and learn from each other."

Officials from both companies noted that the merger will strengthen their affiliation with vendor partners, such as EMC?, Cisco, VMware, and HP. The transaction will give both companies improved logistical capabilities and a more robust portfolio of products, services and solutions.

"We'll now be able to go to our current or potential customers and provide solutions that we weren't able to offer before," said Graham. "This is a positive move because it's 'business as usual' while adding more capabilities, vendor partners and services."

"We view this step as the first of many growth-focused endeavors," said Jacks. "Over time, we anticipate additional office expansions and job creation as we continue to solidify our position as a strong, growing player in the Midwest."

About Data Strategy

Data Strategy is a leading IT Technology provider of advanced IT solutions addressing its clients' complete information technology lifecycle needs. The team members of Data Strategy are committed to delivering uncompromising quality, outstanding value, and exceptional customer service. Its comprehensive portfolio includes data center technologies, security, mobility, and cloud computing solutions. Holding the highest industry certifications from partners such as EMC?, Cisco, VMware, HP, and VCE, Data Strategy is well-positioned to meet the growing needs of organizations through providing advanced technologies and delivering solutions to a wide variety of industries. For more information visit www.data-strategy.com.

About Network Storage

Founded in 2003, Network Storage is an IT solutions provider specializing in information management — protection, availability, storage, security and virtualization. With offices in Indianapolis and Louisville, they help their clients solve infrastructure challenges while keeping their specific technology and business goals in mind. Clients regard NSI as a trusted advisor and technology partner that provides a level of availability, scalability, redundancy and recoverability they have not been able to achieve on their own. NSI's expert engineers, business process consultants and project managers are committed to delivering the highest quality service and support to ensure that their clients are successful — now and in the future. For more information visit www.networkstorageinc.com.

Sources: Data Strategy, Network Storage Inc.