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Novacoast Announces Acquisition of Integrated Network Solutions

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Novacoast, Inc., an IT professional services and product development firm announces the acquisition of Integrated Network Systems, LLC, a privately held company that has served the Gulf Coast market since 1997. Integrated Network Systems' core competencies include desktop management, email, and groupware solutions as well as designing and deploying complex networks.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 14 /PRNewswire/ — Novacoast, Inc., an IT professional services and product development firm announces the acquisition of Integrated Network Systems, LLC, a privately held company that has served the Gulf Coast market since 1997. Integrated Network Systems' core competencies include desktop management, email, and groupware solutions as well as designing and deploying complex networks.

Bill Long, President of Integrated Network Systems, commented, "We look forward to becoming part of the Novacoast family and are eager to continue and grow our relationship with Novell. This partnership will provide us access to greater resources and expertise in order to grow our business and provide a broader range of solutions and expertise to our customers through Novell product offerings."

Tim Wolfe, North American President of software manufacturer Novell, Inc., said, "The growth of Novacoast into these new markets is good news for Novell and our customers. Novacoast is one of our top solution partners in North America and Integrated Network Systems has been a strong Novell partner in the Gulf Coast for over a decade. The merging of these two great partners will result in a broader adoption of Novell technologies into new and existing customers. It's great to see our partners successfully growing their business by partnering with Novell to develop world-class solutions to their customers' business problems."

Paul Anderson, the President and CEO of Novacoast, added, "Our acquisition of Integrated Network Systems gives us broader coverage in the South and Gulf Coast, and accelerates our growth into Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition to the new customers and employees this provides Novacoast, Bill Long personally brings with him a long history of honesty, integrity, and a deep conviction to do what's right for his customers. The combination of Novacoast's depth and breadth of expertise and Bill Long's long standing reputation for delivering excellent solutions for his customers will be a huge factor for our growth in a geographic region where we previously had little coverage."

This is Novacoast's third acquisition in the last six months, including Eiseman Consulting group in New York, and Ricoh Systems in Portland, Oregon.

About Integrated Network Systems, LLC

Integrated Network Systems, LLC. is a Novell Platinum Partner, GWAVA Gold Distributor, Symantec Partner, Dell Solution Provider, and Syncsort Reseller. They have installed systems in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, South America, and South Africa. Integrated Network Systems is a leading business network consultant in the south Louisiana region and Gulf Coast, and is instrumental in the casino industry, providing IT solutions and integration applications necessary for hotel management, entertainment, and casino operations. Bill Long was named Novell Partner Representative of the Year 2002.

About Novacoast, Inc.

Novacoast is an IT professional services and product development firm with practices in identity management, desktop management, security, and Open Source. Management attention is focused on acquiring the best engineering skill sets and delivering those skills to the market. Novacoast has been selected as the Novell North American Partner of the Year for five of the last six years. Based in Santa Barbara, CA, Novacoast delivers services nationally. http://www.novacoast.com

Contact: Sandra Walter Novacoast, Inc. swalter@novacoast.com 800-949-9933 x 4802 on the web: http://www.novacoast.com

SOURCE Novacoast, Inc.

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