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Joint Venture to Provide Comprehensive Managed Services for SMB Customers Operating IBM Environments Looking to Move to a Cloud-Based Infrastructure Model

Garden City & Melville, N.Y. – January 8, 2013 — /BackupReview.info/ — Data Storage Corporation (OTC QB: DTST), a long-standing leader in cloud storage and cloud computing with over 11 years’ experience in providing IaaS and SaaS solutions insuring disaster recovery, business continuity and compliance, and ABC Services, Inc. (“ABC”), a certified IBM IT solutions provider, announced the formation of a joint venture creating Aegis Technology Services.

The new company will combine ABC’s industry-leading managed services expertise in IBM iSeries/AIX v7 with technical support and datacenter operations expertise from Data Storage Corporation. This combined know-how will enable mid-market firms built on IBM hardware platforms to deploy new levels of reliable and cost effective computing and high availability solutions, leveraging the cloud and the benefits of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (“Iaas”)/hosted model. According to a report recently published by the research firm IDC (Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services 2012-2016 Forecast), global spending on public IT cloud services is expected to reach the $100 billion milestone in 2016 as a result of companies starting to migrate their operations to the cloud services model. Based upon current trends, it is estimated that as much as 65% of the 60,000 SMBs currently using IBM Power Systems (iSeries/AIX) will move to a hosted services model over the next decade.

“The creation of a new managed services venture focused on serving the unique needs of organizations built on IBM hardware and software is another important milestone in the continued growth and expansion of Data Storage Corporation,” said Chuck Piluso, chairman and CEO at Data Storage Corporation. “Having successfully built a robust network of data centers incorporating best-of-breed software and hardware solutions, staffed by a talented team of dedicated technical support professionals, Data Storage has created the ideal growth platform. With our unmatched ability to custom design a client’s complete IT infrastructure from data storage and protection, compliance to business continuity, we are enabling SMB customers in sectors ranging from healthcare, finance, professional services and government, to embrace the full power and flexibility of the cloud.”

Thomas Kempster, president of ABC Services was quoted, “ABC Services and Data Storage Corporation have benefited from a strong relationship through the years. I look forward to a future of building infrastructures that will support the mission critical environments of our customers.”

Aegis Technology Services is already in the process of establishing operations including the purchase of new IBM’s Pure Systems™ architecture, IBM Power HA server hardware and the formation of the executive management and business development teams. As part of the joint venture agreement, Peter Briggs, Executive VP at Data Storage Corporation and founder of Safe Data, acquired by Data Storage Corporation in 2010, has been named Managing Partner. With over 20 years of experience in IBM System i(iSeries,AS/400) High Availability services gained at both Safe Data and Data Storage Corporation, Peter brings unmatched industry experience and deep relationships to the new venture.

“The opportunity ahead of us to move many IBM mid-market clients to cloud based Infrastructure-as-a-Service model is tremendous,” commented Peter Briggs. “The adoption of cloud computing across the small and mid-sized business marketplace is gathering momentum as the many benefits of the platform becomes clear. With a current IBM customer count of over 400 and a tremendous technical team behind us, we are well positioned to capture a significant piece of this emerging market.”

About ABC Services, Inc.
Since 1994, ABC Services, Inc. has worked with a variety of companies throughout the Tri-State region, empowering them with innovative business technology and helping them to prosper and surpass their competition. Services range from the latest computer hardware and software installations, state-of-the art networking solutions, complete computer repair and warranty service to web design and hosting and Help-Desk services. ABC has the ability and resources to meet any IT systems integration needs, quickly and cost-effectively. ABC Services is an accredited and certified provider of hardware and software solutions from Microsoft, IBM, Juniper Networks, Dell, VMware, Veeam, Symantec and Vision Solutions. For more information on ABC Services, please visit http://www.abcservices.com/

About Data Storage Corporation
Data Storage Corporation, an 11 year veteran in cloud storage and cloud computing solutions focuses on data protection, disaster recovery, business continuity and compliance solutions that assist organizations in protecting their data, minimizing downtime and ensuring regulatory compliance. Serving the rapidly emerging business continuity market which is expected to grow to over $39 billion over the next several years, Data Storage Corporation’s clients save time and money, gain more control and better access to data and enable the highest level of security for that data. The company’s solutions include: Infrastructure-as-a-Service, data backup and storage, high availability data replication services; email archive and compliance solutions for e-discovery; continuous data protection; data de-duplication; and, virtualized system recovery. Headquartered in Garden City, N.Y., Data Storage Corporation offers its solutions and services to healthcare, banking and finance, distribution services, manufacturing, construction, education, and government industries. For more information, visit www.datastoragecorp.com. Follow Data Storage Corporation on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/DataStorageCorp

Forward-Looking Statements:
Cautionary Statement on Risks Associated with Data Storage Corporation – Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 by Data Storage Corporation that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “may,” “should,” “could,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are to be interpreted only as of the date on which they are made. Data Storage Corporation undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement except as required by law. Data Storage Corporation advises investors that it discusses risk factors and uncertainties that could cause Data Storage Corporation’s actual results to differ from forward-looking statements in its periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Data Storage Corporation’s SEC filings can be accessed through the SEC’s EDGAR Database at www.sec.gov (Data Storage Corporation has EDGAR CIK No. 0001419951).

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Media Contact:
Michael Glickman
Alliance Advisors
917.596.1883
mglickman[@]allianceadvisors.net

Investor Contact:
Chuck Piluso
Data Storage Corporation
212.564.4922 x102
ir[@]datastoragecorp.com

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