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Trace3 and Data Strategy to Combine Through Strategic Investment by H.I.G. Capital, Creating a National IT Solutions Provider


H.I.G. Capital ("H.I.G."), a leading global private equity and
alternative asset firm with over $25 billion of equity capital under
management, is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, Trace3,
has combined with Data Strategy, LLC ("DSI") to create a nationwide
provider of Cloud, Data Intelligence, Security, DevOps and Enterprise IT
solutions with a strong emerging technology focus. Both companies had
been actively seeking a partner to complement their existing
capabilities and geographic footprints in ways that further propel the
unprecedented growth they have already seen in their respective markets.
After the two management teams determined this was the best strategic
fit, H.I.G. made the combination possible via an investment by an
affiliate into DSI.

Both Trace3 and DSI provide business-driven outcomes through adaptive
solutions and emerging technologies. This combination will allow the
organizations to immediately deliver an expanded capability set to their
clients. Trace3 clients can now access the depth of DSI's mobility,
collaboration, integration, inventory and managed services capabilities,
including the multiple 24x7x365 redundant Network Operations Centers and
in-house tier 1-3 support services. DSI clients can now access Trace3's
security, data intelligence and cloud capabilities, including Trace3's

The combination also unites unparalleled engineering strength across
both businesses, allowing the combined company to emerge as a leader in
systematically bringing emerging technologies to market. These emerging
technologies, backed by expertise in core data center infrastructure,
enable both DSI and Trace3 to solve challenging business problems in
today's complicated and fast-paced IT environment.

Keith Harrold, Chief Executive Officer of Century Technology Group, the
parent company of DSI, and a shareholder in the ongoing group of
companies stated: "I'm excited for the future and believe we have great
things ahead for our team. Supporting our people and our company's
culture were key considerations when making this decision, and we have
found a partner who is like minded with complementary expertise and

Tyler Beecher, Trace3's Chief Executive Officer, stated: "We believe all
possibilities in business live in data and technology, and are committed
to bringing together the best of established and emerging technology to
solve our clients' problems. We looked at a wide variety of potential
partners before deciding that DSI was the best fit to propel our growth.
We are confident the addition of DSI's engineering talent, as well as
their impressive mobility, collaboration, integration, inventory and
managed services capabilities, will further enhance the creative
solutions we deliver each day to our clients. We look forward to working
with Dana and the talented DSI team to unleash the full potential of our
combined expertise and capability set."

Dana Jacks, President of DSI, stated: "Our intent to solve problems for
– and deliver exceptional value to – our clients is at the heart of
everything we do, and this strategic combination is no exception.
Combining with Trace3 will give our clients access to a broader
portfolio of security, data intelligence and cloud capabilities,
including Trace3's DevOps. At the same time, our clients will continue
to benefit from the deep engineering expertise that has long been a
hallmark of both companies. We see tremendous opportunity in this
partnership and look forward to collaborating with our new Trace3
colleagues to bring the technologies of tomorrow to our clients today."

About Trace3

As the Transformative IT Authority, Trace3 is the premier technology
solutions provider for medium- and large-sized enterprise clients.
Through elite engineering and dynamic innovation, Trace3 empowers
executives and their organizations to keep pace within the IT/corporate
landscape through the transformative power of technology. Founded in
2002, Trace3 has kept pace with the needs of IT leaders by providing
them access to emerging technology from Silicon Valley and building
end-to-end Cloud, Data Intelligence, Security, DevOps and Data Center
solutions. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Trace3 has additional
offices in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boise, Salt Lake City,
Denver, Phoenix and New Jersey. For more information, please refer to
Trace3's website at

About Data Strategy

Data Strategy is a technology solutions provider that specializes in
integrating data center solutions in the mid-market and enterprise
business segments. Data Strategy helps organizations leverage technology
to meet business goals with an unbiased approach to technology and
workload placement. Along the way, Data Strategy addresses the
foundational aspects of IT, including Cloud, Data, Mobility and Security
to ensure a customer's business is more secure, more flexible and more
productive. Data Strategy is known for its top-notch engineering talent
and maintains partnerships with leading information technology
manufacturers across the globe. The company is headquartered in Grand
Rapids, Mich. and maintains offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus,
Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Lexington. Learn more at

About H.I.G. Capital

H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets
investment firm with over $25 billion of equity capital under
management.* Based in Miami, and with offices in New York, Boston,
Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta in the U.S., as
well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid,
Milan, Paris, Bogotá, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, H.I.G.
specializes in providing both debt and equity capital to small and
mid-sized companies, utilizing a flexible and operationally focused/
value-added approach:

1. H.I.G.'s equity funds invest in management buyouts, recapitalizations
and corporate carve-outs of both profitable as well as underperforming
manufacturing and service businesses.

2. H.I.G.'s debt funds invest in senior, unitranche and junior debt
financing to companies across the size spectrum, both on a primary
(direct origination) basis, as well as in the secondary markets. H.I.G.
is also a leading CLO manager, through its WhiteHorse family of
vehicles, and manages a publicly traded BDC, WhiteHorse Finance.

3. H.I.G.'s real estate funds invest in value-added properties, which
can benefit from improved asset management practices.

Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than
300 companies worldwide. The firm's current portfolio includes more than
100 companies with combined sales in excess of $30 billion. For more
information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at

* Based on total capital commitments managed by H.I.G. Capital and

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