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Paragon Development Systems (PDS) Chooses BYTEGRID for Cloud Service Delivery

New Data Center in Aurora, Ill. Expands the PDS Cloud Network

MILWAUKEE, WI -- (Marketwired) -- 08/21/14 -- Paragon Development Systems (PDS), a leading provider of IT consulting, design, services and implementation, today announced an agreement with BYTEGRID® Holdings LLC, a leading data center company focused on the nationwide acquisition, development and operation of premier multi-tenant data center facilities.

Under the data center services agreement, PDS will colocate IT infrastructure and deploy its expanding PDS Business Extension Center (BEC) platform in BYTEGRID's new, Tier 3, compliant-grade data center in Aurora, Ill. The BYTEGRID facility will enable PDS Cloud Services to be delivered as a high performance managed service to a growing client base of enterprise customers in Northern Illinois.

The PDS BEC network was previously known as the Cloud Extension Center (CEC) but has been renamed to more accurately reflect that it is an extension of clients' businesses. The BEC is a fabric of data centers and infrastructure across the Midwest enabling rapid innovation, scalability and access to compute resources on-demand. It is a hybrid private cloud model that brings the cloud to PDS clients, rather than clients having to go out to the cloud.

"Cloud spending, encompassing all necessary infrastructure to enable cloud services, is the fastest growing segment in IT today," said Don Goodwin, BYTEGRID's Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. "BYTEGRID is focused on providing compliant-grade data centers geared for cloud service delivery and we are pleased to provide the critical foundation underpinning PDS' Chicago presence with the PDS Business Extension Center."

"PDS is focused on providing managed platforms that reduce operational costs and maximize the value for our clients and we are ecstatic about making this investment in the Aurora community," said John Miller, regional vice president for PDS. "BYTEGRID's optimum location and ultra-secure data center provides a rich technology platform and, with PDS, an unmatched value proposition for local businesses to grow on and attract new businesses to the area."

"BYTEGRID is facilitating rapid growth in the greater Chicago market as more companies adopt a 'cloud-first' strategy," said Austin Park, SVP & chief technology officer of PDS. "In addition, BYTEGRID's ability to meet stringent regulatory compliance requirements will enable us to introduce new services tailored to workload-specialized cloud infrastructure services."

BYTEGRID is Chicago's newest Tier 3 multi-tenant data center provider. Its Aurora/Chicago (CH1) facility is a purpose-built data center that was constructed and tested for the compliant and high availability needs of the financial services sector. The property benefits from proven data center operations, a highly reliable power grid, and rich fiber connectivity.

BYTEGRID's data centers are highly secure, compliant business platforms serving some of the world's largest companies and government agencies. These organizations rely on BYTEGRID to provide the compliant grade data center and IT infrastructure underpinning mission-critical operations that rely on BYTEGRID's proven data center operations.

Overall, BYTEGRID owns and operates five data centers in five geographically dispersed markets encompassing more than 750,000 square feet of premier multi-tenant colocation data center space, and powered shell facilities meeting the highest standards for security and reliability.

The Company is currently leasing space in most of these centers while planning the acquisition of additional facilities this year.

About PDS
While providing IT solutions, services and technologies, PDS builds strategic relationships with clients that result in improved performance, which is measured by increased productivity, decreased cost, higher customer and employee satisfaction and greater business compliance. Founded in 1986, PDS partners with medium to large enterprise organizations in healthcare, corporate and government/education industries to provide strategic value and advanced technology solutions. PDS is a privately held company with offices throughout the Midwest. Learn more by visiting www.PDSIT.net.

BYTEGRID Holdings LLC focuses exclusively on the nationwide acquisition, development and operation of premier data center facilities. The company serves the growing need for mission-critical data center space by providing highly secure, interconnected, carrier-neutral, and density-robust data centers that serve commercial, government and service provider markets. A privately-held company headquartered in Northern Virginia, BYTEGRID currently owns and operates data centers in the Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Cleveland, OH, Chicago, IL, and Seattle WA metro areas with plans to acquire additional facilities in 2014. The company is led by industry veterans with significant experience in data center operations, design and construction; data center sales and marketing; real estate development and finance; and telecommunications. For more information, please visit www.BYTEGRID.com.

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