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BrightPlanIT Joins Gridstore Accelerate(TM) Partner Program

Software-Defined Storage Leader Expands US Channel

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/14 -- Gridstore™, a leader in software-defined storage (SDS) optimized for Windows Servers and Hyper-V that accelerates application I/O, today announced that BrightPlanIT, a privately held New York State Corporation that specializes in bringing best practices in information technology to upper-Mid Market and Enterprise customers worldwide, has joined its industry-leading Accelerate™ Partner Program. The addition of BrightPlanIT adds another key Microsoft partner to the dynamic expansion of Gridstore's channel network in North America.

"We pride ourselves on helping our Clients understand how they can take advantage of emerging technologies to effectively overcome IT challenges in pursuit of vital business initiatives," said Skip Gould, CEO, BrightPlanIT. "We believe with the addition of Gridstore to our portfolio, our clients will reap the benefits of having access to one of the most innovative 'built-for-virtualization' storage solutions available in the market today."

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Gridstore's innovative solutions address the primary storage challenges that impact application performance in virtual environments and give partners a real point of difference. The Accelerate partner program is designed to provide the tools, resources and experience to ensure that partners are fully equipped with the building blocks to successfully promote the solution.

John Ferraro, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Gridstore adds: "We are very pleased that BrightPlanIT has joined the Accelerate Program as they will play an integral role in expanding our reach into the market for storage solutions built for virtualization. Adding Gridstore to their portfolio will provide them access to solutions utilizing our capacity optimized and performance optimized (hybrid) storage nodes that leverage our Server Side Virtual Controller Technology (SVCT) to improve application performance, thereby meeting their customer needs."

About BrightPlanIT
BrightPlanIT Inc. is a Network Consulting, Systems Integration, Network Security, Training and Development service provider. We are one of Microsoft's most highly rated partners worldwide and are also strategically aligned with other hand-picked Enterprise technology partners in the Information Technology industry, representing only "Best of Breed" product solutions (See Partners Section). We have an extensive client list extending across numerous industry verticals including Financial, Legal, Healthcare, Higher Education, Not-for-Profit, Manufacturing and many more.

BrightPlanIT's senior employees have designed and deployed systems in more than 70 countries; provided security designs and audits for Banks, defense contractors and Fortune 1000 companies; designed and deployed e-Commerce solutions for many of the leading firms in the computer software field; designed and built Enterprise Data Centers across the country and overseas, as well as trained many of our competitor's technical resources.

Client education is a major focus area for BrightPlanIT Inc. As a result, our technical resources are also certified trainers. We are a Microsoft (CPLS) Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (See Training Calendar). We attempt to incorporate knowledge transfer into all of the projects we deliver. We frequently conduct Complimentary "Best Practice" Technical Learning Events (See Events Section) to help our Clients understand how they can take advantage of emerging technologies to effectively overcome IT challenges in pursuit of vital business initiatives.

About Gridstore
Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore's performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few as 3 nodes and then can grow one or more at a time to deliver a cost effective scale-as-you-grow solution. Headquartered in Mountain View, CA. its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers. For more information, please visit: http://www.gridstore.com

© 2014 Gridstore. All rights reserved. Gridstore, the Gridstore logo, AutoPilot, vmOptimized, Direct I/O, FlashGrid, Grid, GridControl, GridProtect, GridScale, GridSensor, Server-side Virtual Controller Technology (SVCT), Thin-Provisioned vLUNS, TrueQoS, vController, vPool, and vStore are registered trademarks or pending trademarks of Gridstore in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Information regarding products, services and offerings may be superseded by subsequent documents and are subject to change without notice. For the latest information and specifications regarding Gridstore and any of its offerings or services, please visit www.gridstore.com.

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