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19 May 2011

GROUP Live Recognized as a Leader by Experton Research in Cloud Management

GBS and GROUP Live given Leader Quadrant status in new Research Report

Frankfurt, Germany, 19 May 2011 – GROUP Live is now positioned as a leader in cloud management tools for the German market, according to Experton Group’s “Cloud Vendor Benchmark 2011”.  Experton Group is a leading research, advisory and consulting company for mid-sized and large organizations.  With investments in cloud computing infrastructures expected to increase from approx. 400 million euro in 2010 to an estimated 670 million euro this year in Germany, the cloud computing market is clearly picking up momentum.

Experton market researchers positioned GROUP Live in the “Leader Quadrant” for cloud computing technologies in support of PaaS, noting their strong Orchestration, Provisioning, Monitoring, and Billing capabilities.  This now puts GROUP Live on par with providers such as VMware, Microsoft, IBM, HP Visionapp, and Novell, and Google.

“It is mainly the global IT players and software vendors who are positioned in the, “Leader" quadrant, due to the attractiveness of their cloud management portfolio”, says Experton Research.  “GROUP Business Software (GBS) with their “Group Live” offering is an exception and are also ranked as leaders, since they have a very attractive offering which has clearly matured during the last three years and provides very good coverage of cloud requirements both in medium-sized businesses and large enterprises. They have also implemented major reference projects which further prove the maturity and attractiveness of their technologies.“

In addition, GROUP Live is listed in the “Challenger Quadrant” in the area of PaaS as an infrastructure provider.  GROUP does a great job of fulfilling the relevant specifications and requirements, while being operated in German cloud data centers. The report also noted GROUP Live takes advantage of the infrastructure of the IBM cloud in Ehningen. This is primarily for ISV’s wanting to quickly take advantage of SaaS enabling their applications via a comprehensive PaaS infrastructure. 

“We are delighted to have been positioned in Experton’s highly regarded research.  It reflects our high competitiveness and clearly illustrates that we have established ourselves in the German cloud computing market, side-by-side with global IT players”, says Andreas Richter, Director Marketing Europe at GBS.

About GBS Enterprises

GBS Enterprises (OTCBB:GBSX), is the parent company of Group Business Software which is focused on Cloud Computing solutions primarily for the IBM Lotus market.  The company boasts more than 4,000 customers worldwide with more than 4 million users of their products and services.  GBS has offices in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Toronto, London, Manchester, Copenhagen, and throughout Germany.  Its European headquarters is in Frankfurt, Germany and North American headquarters is located in New York City. For more information please visit www.gbs.com.

GROUP Business Software:

Marketing and Communications Contact: Michael Baum, Corporate Communications, michael.baum@us.gbs.com

GBS Enterprises:
Investor Relations Contact:  Gary MacDonald, EVP and Chief Business Development Officer, gmacdonald@gbsx.us

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