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London, U.K. and Emmen, Switzerland -- ALSO is teaming up with Scale Computing, a market-leading provider of integrated storage, server, and virtualisation software solutions. ALSO will integrate Scale's HC3 software with Lenovo servers to expand the use of hyper-converged solutions across Europe.

"Scale's HC3 solution complements our existing product portfolio. By integrating with Lenovo servers, it provides the simplified management and cost reductions that are required in today's IT environment. We are committed to working with leading vendors to deliver quality IT services, and our partnership with Scale Computing is a case in point. We look forward to working with Scale to help our customers address the challenges of traditional virtualisation," said Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO Holding AG (SIX: ALSN).

"We are constantly looking to work with new innovative partners across EMEA to help expand the reach of hyperconvergence," said Johan Pellicaan, MD & VP EMEA, at Scale Computing. "ALSO has built up a strong marketplace operating across 15 countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia) and prides itself on offering a full comprehensive range of IT solutions. This is an exciting move and we look forward to working in a strategic partnership to help sell the HC3 appliance across Europe."

Scale Computing offers a single, seamlessly integrated stack, bringing storage, servers and virtualization together into one appliance that is scalable, self-healing and easy to manage. The product will be sold on Lenovo's hardware and will dramatically reduce cost and complexity. The appliance is simple to use and requires no additional licensing fees or training. With the added ability to scale as and when needed, it allows organizations to grow without the need to over provision storage.

ALSO Contact media contact:
Brunswick Group GmbH
Simon Hertwig
Phone: +49 89 80 99 025 25
Email: shertwig@brunswickgroup.com

Scale Computing media contact:
Touchdown PR
Jenny Gallacher
Phone: +44 1252 717 040
Email: scale@touchdownpr.com

ALSO Holding AG (Emmen/Switzerland) brings providers and buyers of the ICT industry together. The company offers services at all levels of the ICT value chain from a single source. In the European B2B marketplace, ALSO bundles logistics services, financial services, supply services, solution services, digital services, and IT services together into individual service packages. ALSO's portfolio contains more than 188 000 articles from some 500 vendors. The Group has around
3 520 employees throughout Europe (annual average 2016). In fiscal year 2016 (closing on December 31), the company generated net sales of 8.0 billion euros. The majority shareholder of ALSO Holding AG is the Droege Group, Düsseldorf, Germany. Further information is available at http://www.also.com

Droege Group AG
(Major shareholder)

Droege Group AG (founded in 1988) is an independent advisory and investment company entirely family-owned. The company acts as a specialist for tailor-made transformation programs aiming to enhance corporate value. Droege Group AG combines its corporate family-run structure and capital strength into a family-equity business model. The group carries out direct investments with own equity in corporate subsidiaries and medium-sized companies in "special situations". With the guiding principle "Implementation - following all the rules of art," the group is a pioneer of implementation-oriented corporate development. Droege Group AG proves its implementation excellence daily within its own portfolio. The entrepreneurial platforms of the Droege Group AG are aligned to current megatrends (knowledge, connectivity, prevention, demography, shopping 4.0, future work). Enthusiasm for quality, innovation and speed determines the company's development. As a result the Droege Group AG has successfully positioned itself within the market, both nationally and internationally and operates in 30 countries. More information: https://www.droege-group.com

Scale Computing

Scale Computing integrates storage, servers and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance-based system that is scalable, self-healing, and as easy to manage as a single server. Using industry standard components, the HC3 appliances install in under an hour, and can be expanded and upgraded with no downtime. High availability insulates the user from any disk or server failure and a unified management capability driven by the patented HyperCore Software™, efficiently integrates all functionality. The result is a data center solution that reduces operational complexity, allows a faster response to business issues, and dramatically reduces costs. More information: https://www.scalecomputing.com/

Disclaimer

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on current assumptions and forecasts of the ALSO management. Known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors could lead to material differences between the forward-looking statements made here and the actual development, in particular the results, financial situation, and performance of our Group. The Group accepts no responsibility for updating these forward-looking statements or adapting them to future events or developments.

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