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Diskeeper Corporation

February 25, 2009 13:00 ET

Diskeeper Corporation Achieves Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program for the 8th Consecutive Year

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - February 25, 2009) - Diskeeper Corporation, innovators in performance and reliability technologies, today announced it has again attained Gold Certified Partner status for 2009 and 2010 in the Microsoft Partner Program. With competency in ISV (Independent Software Vendor) Solutions, Infrastructure Solutions and Small Business Specialist, Diskeeper Corporation is recognized for expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, Diskeeper Corporation has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a 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 channel.

As the manufacturers of the number one automatic defragmentation(1) software in the world, Diskeeper Corporation has had a long-standing rapport and relationship with Microsoft, attaining Gold Partner status once the program was unveiled. As a source code licensee, Diskeeper Corporation has been with Microsoft since the very release of Windows 3.51 -- even writing the operating system API hooks that allow defragmentation to take place safely online. Other recent partnerships with Microsoft include Windows Home Server and Hyper V. Attaining Gold Partner Certification for the eighth year in a row is a testament to Diskeeper Corporation's commitment to providing their customers with unparalleled products and support.

"We are extremely pleased to have achieved Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program for yet another year. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers," said Warren Brunk, Vice President of Information Technology. "The benefits provided through our Gold Certified Partner status will allow us to continue to provide our customers with exceptional products, service and support."

"Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities," said Allison Watson, Corporate Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "They need to trust in a company 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. Today, Microsoft recognizes Diskeeper Corporation again as a valued Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise in providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology."

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, Diskeeper Corporation 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. Within select competencies, there are specializations that focus on specific solution areas that recognize deeper expertise within that competency. Serving as a specialized path to earning those competencies, specializations give direct access to the tools and resources that support that specific area of focus.

The 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 Developer and Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft Corp. "They allow ISVs to keep and win customers through their deep knowledge of solutions-based Microsoft platform technologies. Microsoft has a long history of working closely with ISV partners to help them deliver compelling solutions and applications to our mutual customers, and the Microsoft Competencies are an important step in continuing to enhance vital relationships with ISVs worldwide."

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in October 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.

Diskeeper® software provides unparalleled performance and reliability on laptops, desktops and servers. New Diskeeper 2009 is available in all editions -- including Home, Professional, Pro Premier, Server and EnterpriseServer. Download free trialware at www.diskeeper.com. For volume license, education or government discounts call 800-829-6468.

About Diskeeper Corporation -- Innovators in Performance and Reliability Technologies®: Diskeeper Corporation is a global corporation trading in six continents. Our software products are distributed in every major country in the world. With more than 34 million licenses sold, home users to large corporations rely on Diskeeper software to provide unparalleled performance and reliability to their laptops, desktops and servers. International operations are headquartered in California, USA. European operations are overseen out of West Sussex, England. And now, Greater China operations are managed out of Central Hong Kong. For more information about Diskeeper, please visit www.diskeeper.com.

(1) Fragmentation: a computer disease caused by users constantly writing, deleting and resizing their computer files on the hard drive. This causes files to become scattered or "fragmented" into many pieces. The more fragmented these pieces of information are in, the longer it takes the computer to read them. Fragmentation is a natural occurrence and major cause of performance degradation on PCs and servers. A "defragmenter" or "defragmentation software" is a program that consolidates all such files into one location, resulting in instant access of users' files and increased overall system performance and reliability.

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