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FileTek Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

October 15, 2008

FileTek, Inc., a pioneer developer of innovative information and data management solutions, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions, recognizing FileTek’s expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, FileTek has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers’ needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel.

FileTek develops, markets, and supports integrated solutions for classifying, storing, accessing, managing, and preserving data with its flagship StorHouse(R) and Trusted Edge(R) Desktop Data Management Suite family of products. StorHouse provides enterprise-class data management solutions for large-volume applications such as digital information preservation, financial services, active archives, and database extension systems. Benefits include reduced data ownership costs, complete cross-platform data sharing across the enterprise with seamless multi-tier support, a continuous self-healing data integrity audit mechanism, and scalability to multiple petabytes with unlimited object capabilities and no performance degradation.

FileTek’s Trusted Edge Desktop Data Management Suite provides centralized, policy-driven Information Classification and Management (ICM) for documents and email at the desktop level to improve retention compliance, reduce litigation risk, and lower overall enterprise storage costs. Trusted Edge reduces the amount of non-relevant information clogging the system and intelligently routes critical information to a federated storage architecture.

“It is critical to our customers that we deliver data management solutions that seamlessly integrate with the architecture of core Microsoft technologies,” said Bill Loomis, CEO of FileTek. “Achieving Gold Certified Partner status demonstrates our focus on delivering industry-leading solutions that support the Windows platform and will allow us to continue to enhance the data management, archiving and information classification solutions we provide for customers.”

“Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities,” said Allison Watson, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “They need to trust in a company that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies. Today, Microsoft recognizes FileTek as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise in providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology.”

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, FileTek had to declare a Microsoft Competency. Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner’s capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each Competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry. Within select Competencies, there are Specializations that focus on specific solution areas that recognize deeper expertise within that Competency. Serving as a specialized path to earning those Competencies, Specializations give direct access to the tools and resources that support that specific area of focus.

The ISV/Software Solutions Competency recognizes the skill and focus partners bring to a particular solution set. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners that have obtained this competency have a successful record of developing and marketing packaged software based on Microsoft technologies.

“Solutions competencies are an important way for Microsoft to better enable ISVs to meet customer needs,” said Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft Corp. “They allow ISVs to keep and win customers through their deep knowledge of solutions-based Microsoft platform technologies. Microsoft has a long history of working closely with ISV partners to help them deliver compelling solutions and applications to our mutual customers, and the Microsoft Competencies are an important step in continuing to enhance vital relationships with ISVs worldwide.”

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in October 2003 and represents Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners’ businesses be successful.

About FileTek

FileTek, Inc. is a premier provider of robust data storage and access management solutions, enabling enterprises, worldwide and across multiple industry segments, to effectively manage and rapidly access ever-growing volumes of historical data. Products include StorHouse(R) for enterprise-class data and information lifecycle management and Trusted Edge(R) Desktop Document Management Suite for digital asset management in the front office and desktop applications market space.

FileTek is headquartered at 9400 Key West Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-251-0600. Fax: 301-251-1990. FileTek’s international headquarters, FileTek Ltd, is located at One Northumberland Ave., London WC2N 5BW. Telephone: +44 (0) 207 872 5583. Fax: +44 (0) 207 753 2829. The company also has offices across North America. For more information, please visit us at: http://www.filetek.com or http://www.trustededge.com.

(C)2008 FileTek. All rights reserved. FileTek, Trusted Edge, and StorHouse are U.S. registered trademarks of FileTek, Inc. Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The following U.S. patents protect StorHouse: 4,864,572; 5,247,660; 5,727,197; 6,049,804.




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