Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Kroll Ontrack attains gold certified partner status in Microsoft partner program

Kroll Ontrack further distinguishes itself by earning a Microsoft competency in ISV/software solutions for Ontrack® Powercontrols™ software

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 27, 2006 – Kroll Ontrack today announced it has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV/Software recognizing Ontrack® PowerControls™ software and its total impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified partner, Kroll Ontrack has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and 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 marketplace.

Ontrack PowerControls is a simple, yet powerful tool for copying, searching, recovering and analyzing data directly from Microsoft® Exchange Server backups, un-mounted databases (EDB) and Information Store files. With nearly 20 years of data recovery experience, Kroll Ontrack designed Ontrack PowerControls to help storage managers and email, network and help desk administrators better serve their internal clients.

“We believe Ontrack PowerControls is an essential tool for anyone working with Microsoft Exchange Server, so achieving Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program reinforces the benefits that Ontrack PowerControls can offer organizations looking to save both time and money,” said Jim Reinert, senior director of Software and Services for Kroll Ontrack. “This accomplishment is crucial in helping us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers.”

“Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities. They need to trust in someone 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,” said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. “Today, Microsoft recognizes Kroll Ontrack as a new Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise in providing customer satisfaction with Microsoft products and technology.”

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Status, Kroll Ontrack 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.

The Microsoft 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 packed 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 Platform Strategy & Partner Group at Microsoft. “They allow ISVs to keep and win customers with their deep knowledge of solutions-based Microsoft platform technologies. Microsoft has a long history of working closely with ISV partners to help deliver compelling solutions and applications to our mutual customers, and the Solutions Competencies are an important step in continuing to enhance vital relationships with ISVs worldwide.”

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in December 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 Kroll Ontrack
Kroll Ontrack Inc. (www.krollontrack.com) provides large scale electronic and paper-based discovery, computer forensics, and data recovery solutions to help companies, law firms, and government agencies quickly and cost-effectively review, manage and produce relevant evidence. Ontrack Data Recovery (www.ontrack.com) is the largest, most experienced and technologically advanced provider of data recovery products and services worldwide. Ontrack is able to recover lost or corrupted data from virtually all operating systems and types of storage devices through its do-it-yourself, remote and in-lab capabilities, using its hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques.