DATASYNAPSE EXPANDS INTO ASIA

--James Shin Hired as Managing Director for DataSynapse in Tokyo--

TOKYO – 28 March 2006 – DataSynapse, Inc., a global provider of virtual application infrastructure software, has appointed James Jang-Sik Shin as managing director of its new Asia operations to further advance the adoption of grid and virtualisation technology in the region.

Shin will focus primarily on business development for North East Asia and will report into Mark Mszanski, executive vice president, worldwide field operations, for DataSynapse.

“Asia has clearly entered the age of ubiquitous computing. The demand for lowering operational costs and improving utilisation with scale dictate an ideal environment for our GridServer and FabricServer infrastructure software.” said Mszanski of DataSynapse. “James Shin will lead the charge to expand our presence in Asia and build a proper support infrastructure for our customers.”

Shin joins DataSynapse from MicroStrategy, a provider of business intelligence technology, where he held the position of regional director for Asia-Pacific since 2001. Shin is practiced in entering markets in Asia and during his tenure in Japan he was responsible for establishing and building MicroStrategy operations across the region including Japan, Korea and Greater China. In the role, Shin significantly increased company revenues while maintaining operating margins of more than 55%. Shin holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Of his appointment, Shin said, “DataSynapse is leading the industry in terms of its unique approach to application virtualisation. I am excited to be managing DataSynapse’s growth in a new region and look forward to building my team further while penetrating the Asian market.”

Since its inception in 2001, DataSynapse’s business expansion has been enabled by its annual revenue growth, which has more than doubled year upon year. In 2005, the firm finished the year with more than €20 million in sales and responded to intensified market demand by opening new offices in Frankfurt, Milan and South Africa. To support its tremendous growth and maintain superior client service, the company increased global headcount by 40 per cent, reinforcing its market leadership position.

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