Azaleos Corporation Raises $6 Million in Series B Funding

Ignition Partners' Investment Validates Products and Services That Resolve

Complexities of Managing Microsoft E-mail

Jul 11, 2005, 01:00 ET from Azaleos Corporation

    REDMOND, Wash., July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Azaleos Corporation today
 announced the close of $6 million in Series B funding, bringing the total
 investment in the company to almost $7 million.  Ignition Partners led the
 round, which also included existing investor Second Avenue Partners. Azaleos
 will use the new capital to expand its sales force, bolster marketing efforts
 and expand network operations capabilities.  The new funding will enable the
 company to serve strong demand from mid-market enterprises seeking to
 standardize, simplify, improve, and reduce the costs of their Microsoft
 Exchange 2003 environments.
     Email has become the number one, mission critical application for all
 organizations, large and small.  Every company today depends upon email for
 both internal and external communication.  Email has become the most effective
 means of sharing knowledge, sharing documents, scheduling meetings, conducting
 sales, and working with external partners and vendors.
     Azaleos delivers optimized, high availability Microsoft Exchange (on a
 clustered appliance), simplified administration, upgrades and patch
 management; along with 24x7 monitoring -- to dramatically enhance Microsoft
 Exchange reliability and performance.   In so doing, Azaleos significantly
 simplifies the e-mail environment, increases uptime for e-mail (999s including
 all planned and unplanned down time) eliminates the need for manual patch
 management, dramatically reduces administrative cost, and 'future proofs' the
 customer's Microsoft e-mail environment.  Azaleos accomplishes the above in a
 cost effective way for mid market and enterprise companies.
     "E-mail has become a backbone and mission critical service inside every
 organization.  At Ignition, we depend upon e-mail and it is our most pragmatic
 and effective method to organize and share information and record
 communication with our limited partners and portfolio companies," said Cameron
 Myhrvold, partner, Ignition Partners, who joins Azaleos' board with Richard
 Fade, also from Ignition. "As critical as e-mail messaging has become we see
 few options for mid-market companies to ensure against increasing cost, while
 reducing administrative costs.  We believe in the business and technical value
 afforded by the Azaleos solution and we believe Azaleos will become the next
 standard for how companies take advantage of their investments in e-mail
     "The combination of Ignition Partners and Second Avenue is the perfect
 investor mix to help meet a very aggressive growth ramp we have set for the
 company.  This new placement of funding further validates our vision of
 removing the challenges customers encounter running and maintaining their
 e-mail messaging environments," said Roger Gerdes, president and CEO, Azaleos
 Corp.  "The market is ready for the Azaleos' solution, which fortifies and
 simplifies Microsoft e-mail technologies, allowing companies to reallocate and
 reprioritize scarce IT resources upon innovation applications which fuel
 business efficiency and profitability."
     Azaleos' products and services are built upon the Microsoft Windows Server
 and Exchange 2003 technologies in order to serve the 50+ percent of businesses
 in the world running Microsoft Exchange for e-mail.  The company's initial
 products and services offer mid-market companies deploying between 250 and
 5,000 Exchange seats a fully redundant hardware/software Exchange 2003
 appliance that is remotely monitored 24x7 and automatically patched and kept
     About Azaleos Corporation
     Azaleos Corporation is a pioneer in the delivery of messaging solution
 appliances built on the Microsoft technology platform. Azaleos has partnered
 with some of the most trusted names in the IT industry to deliver the first
 appliance product and managed service enabling companies to maximize their
 e-mail investments by meeting high availability needs and dramatically
 reducing maintenance and management costs. Azaleos' appliances and managed
 services will become the de facto standard for companies seeking to exploit
 the power of true enterprise e-mail appliances built on the Microsoft
 technology platform.
     Customers turn to Azaleos to meet their Exchange 2003 high availability
 needs, to minimize operational resource spending, and to eliminate the e-mail
 infrastructure maintenance and management burden.
     For more information about Azaleos, please visit

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