SOURCE: Vision Solutions

December 16, 2008 11:09 ET

Vision Solutions Announces Key Leadership Roles in EMEA

Expansion Provides Additional Focus on IBM Relationships and Rapidly Growing AIX Markets

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2008) - Vision Solutions, a leading high availability and disaster recovery solutions provider in IBM (NYSE: IBM) Power Systems markets, announces the advancement of two key executives to provide additional focus on Europe and the Middle East, and introduce resources to increase IBM Power sales on IBM i and AIX platforms.

Mr. Mads Toubro is the new vice president of sales in Europe for Vision Solutions. In this position, Toubro will manage all sales and pre-sales activities for EMEA, as well as work closely with IBM to align its southwest and northeast Integrated Operating Teams. Toubro's previous experience at Vision with global business development, and close working relationships with IBM executives, optimizes Vision's leadership strengths and positions the company for increased European sales opportunities during 2009.

"The existing opportunities in Europe's mature high availability and disaster recovery markets are incredibly exciting! There are many open doors for Vision to provide functionality and continuous value to IBM i customers of all sizes, as well as grow business within the AIX marketplace," says Toubro, who will be located in Europe working closely with Vision's business partners throughout EMEA.

Mr. Mike Khattab steps in as Vision's vice president of sales for the organization's growth markets in EMEA. In this position, Khattab manages sales and pre-sales teams, and works closely with IBM to align both companies' growth market strategies in emerging markets to capitalize on new business initiatives. Khattab, who has extensive high availably business and channel management experience, previously managed EMEA and Latin American sales activities, and oversaw partner networks in more than 50 countries.

"There is a tremendous amount of business activity and growth in Europe and the Middle East, so I am looking forward to working with IBM and our shared business partners to grow Visions' emerging markets," said Khattab. "Our company and customers will benefit from this expanding market opportunity, so this is truly an exciting time for all of us."

Commenting on the expansion, Bob Johnson, Vision Solutions' senior vice president of sales for the Americas/EMEA, says, "Vision Solutions has built a large, loyal IBM i customer base in EMEA during the last two decades -- Mads and Mike have played important roles in that effort. Both have tremendous versatility and talent that serves as a major advantage to our company as we expand our focus in these markets."

For more information about Vision, visit www.visionsolutions.com or call 1.800.957.4511.

About Vision Solutions

Vision Solutions, Inc. is a leading global provider of high availability, disaster recovery and data management solutions for IBM® Power Systems. With a portfolio spanning the industry's most innovative and trusted HA technologies from iTERA™, MIMIX® and ORION™ Solutions, Vision keeps critical businesses information continuously protected and available. Affordable and easy to use, Vision products ensure business continuity, increase productivity, reduce operating costs and satisfy compliance requirements. Vision also offers advanced cluster management and systems management solutions, and support for i, Windows, and AIX operating environments. As IBM's largest high availability Premier Business Partner (NYSE: IBM), Vision Solutions oversees a global network of business partners and services and support professionals to help our customers achieve their business goals. Privately held by Thoma Bravo, Inc., Vision Solutions is headquartered in Irvine, California with offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.visionsolutions.com or call 800.957.4511.

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