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Stratos Management Systems Acquires Computex Inc.

Deal adds data center and engineering depth to cloud and managed services leader, creating one of the largest IT solution firms in Southwestern and Central U.S.

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Stratos Management Systems, Inc., an IT solutions and managed services provider focused on building and maintaining hybrid IT environments, has completed an acquisition of Computex Inc., a leading IT provider of virtualization, storage, networking and data center services. The newly expanded Stratos will now have more than $100 million in revenues and offices in five states: Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota and Texas.

The acquisition of Computex uniquely positions Stratos as the premier solution provider in the southwestern and central U.S., with the ability to design, deploy and manage an entire enterprise end to end with a mix of on-premise, off-premise and hosted solutions, along with a wide range of cloud computing consulting and professional services.

Computex, based in Houston, provides a scalable platform to serve Fortune 1000 and mid-sized firms in the Southwest and beyond. Computex’s specialties include virtualization, data storage, disaster recovery, networking, servers and professional IT services. Computex has expertise in the energy, health care, manufacturing, professional services, technology and hospitality segments.

“We are thrilled to welcome Computex. With its deep client relationships, talented team, expertise in the data center and reputation for high-quality services, Computex fits perfectly with our strategy to expand into the heartland of the U.S.,” said Ronald G. Farrell, CEO and Vice Chairman of Stratos.

“Jason Haffar (Co-CEO and CFO of Computex) and I are excited to be joining Stratos as shareholders and to be part of the team that helps direct the future growth of the company,” said Sam Haffar, Co-CEO and President of Computex. “Stratos has a strong reputation in managed services and data center solutions, and joining together will help us better serve our current clients by truly transforming their businesses with technology.”

Computex is the second acquisition for Stratos Management Systems, which acquired Nexus Information Systems in March 2012.

“Computex builds on the success of our acquisition of Nexus and positions us for continued rapid growth. The combination of Computex’s data center expertise and engineering depth, with Nexus’ cloud and managed services, gives Stratos the ability to assess, design, build and manage enterprise technology better – and in ways our competition can’t," said Bret Kidd, President of Stratos. "Clients need a partner who can help them manage information across traditional, private cloud and public cloud platforms – something we call hybrid IT. Stratos is well positioned to be that partner today and tomorrow as we continue to expand our solutions and geographic reach.”

About Stratos Management Systems, Inc.
Stratos Management Systems, Inc. (Stratos), based in Atlanta, builds and manages hybrid IT environments including private cloud, public cloud and traditional infrastructure for enterprises throughout the central and southeastern United States. Stratos brings a team of industry veterans to grow the company’s portfolio of solutions and services, as well as enter new markets, through strategic acquisitions and organic regional growth. In 2012, Stratos acquired Minnesota-based company Nexus, an IT provider of virtualization, storage and managed services, which has since opened offices in Michigan and Florida. For more information, visit http://www.stratos-inc.com.

About Computex Inc.
Founded in 1987, Computex is a leading value-added solution provider focused on helping customers transform business through technology. Computex employs a team of top solution architects that help customers build highly available business enabling infrastructures. Computex is certified with some of the highest manufacturer partnerships including: Oracle Gold Partner, HP Elite Partner, EMC Premier Partner, Cisco Premier Partner, VMware Premier Partner and Citrix Silver Partner. Computex is also a member of the CRN Tech Elite 250 and the CRN SP500. For more information, visit us at http://www.computex-inc.com.

About Nexus, A Stratos Company
Nexus, A Stratos Company (Nexus) is recognized as a regional leader in managed and enterprise data center solutions and services. From architecture design to implementation, Nexus’ core expertise is in virtual infrastructure, cloud computing, business continuity, data storage management, networking, client computing, and managed services. Nexus is certified with some of the highest manufacturer partnerships including: HP Elite Partner, IBM Premier Partner, Juniper Elite Partner, EMC Premier Partner and VMware Premier Partner. In 2011, Nexus was recognized for their innovation and leadership as CRN Tech Elite 250 Editor’s Choice, CRN 30 Cloud VARs that get IT, CRN Top 100 Healthcare VARs, and listed seven consecutive years to the SP500. http://www.nexus-stratos.com

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