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Dimension Data Builds Integrated Post-Merger IT Infrastructure for NewBridge Bank
May 13, 2008 (08:05 AM EDT)


NEW YORK, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Dimension Data, a $3.8 billion leading IT solutions and services provider, today announced the successful creation of a new IT infrastructure for Greensboro, N.C.-based NewBridge Bank. NewBridge Bank was formed in late 2007 as the result of a merger between Lexington State Bank and FNB Southeast, making it the sixth largest bank in North Carolina. Meeting stringent timelines associated with the merger, Dimension Data designed and built an IT infrastructure that will enhance NewBridge Bank's ability to incorporate new technologies -- in the event of future acquisitions -- and respond to evolving business needs.

With 600 employees, NewBridge Bank serves banking, brokerage and business customers through 40 full-service banking offices. As part of the merger, NewBridge needed to quickly integrate the IT architectures, applications and personnel from both banks, as well as technology from third-party providers. To avoid detracting from its own internal IT resources, NewBridge Bank turned to Dimension Data to merge the IT infrastructures of two separate entities into a single infrastructure that is both flexible and scalable, allowing for future growth.

Dimension Data began the project by assessing the IT infrastructures of the two merging banks and then developed an architectural roadmap to address the different technologies that crossed the combined lines of business. From there, Dimension Data worked with NewBridge to conduct a data center transformation assessment, implement new network and virtualized server infrastructures, develop a new messaging infrastructure and create a disaster recovery plan. Today, Dimension Data personnel remain on-site at NewBridge Bank to support IT personnel in running the new infrastructure.

"We selected Dimension Data because of its expertise in integrating IT infrastructures in support of mergers and acquisitions in the financial industry," said Richard Balentine, executive vice president and chief information officer at NewBridge Bank. "Dimension Data helped us to plan and build an IT architecture that can scale to meet our internal bank needs and our customers' needs well into the future. In addition, NewBridge now has a reliable, more secure data center infrastructure, and our disaster recovery plan has already been blessed by compliance auditors. These advantages, combined with our ongoing relationship with Dimension Data, enable NewBridge to better serve our growing customer base throughout North Carolina and Virginia."

NewBridge Bank's new server architecture enables efficient usage of data center floor space and power consumption, consolidating 60 physical servers down to 10 machines harnessing virtualization technology. The infrastructure also provides NewBridge Bank with streamlined directories and messaging systems standardized on a Microsoft framework and migrated into a single domain to improve manageability and minimize user impact. Additionally, a "hot" disaster recovery site supported by the integration of new Cisco switches provides NewBridge with continuous remote replication of critical data and superior business continuity. Because of these improvements, NewBridge now has a solid IT infrastructure that can easily scale with the bank's growth and readily accommodate future acquisitions.

"Our IT infrastructure work at NewBridge Bank builds upon the successful projects Dimension Data handled for one of its predecessors, Lexington State Bank," said Kris Domich, principal consultant of data centers and storage for Dimension Data. "As a solutions provider, we are committed to helping our clients align technology practices with their business goals -- a mission that is particularly rewarding when our work has a direct impact on business growth as it has at NewBridge Bank. Today, NewBridge Bank is ideally positioned for future expansion and is poised to deliver the best possible experience to its customers."

About Dimension Data

Dimension Data www.dimensiondata.com/na , a specialist IT services and solutions provider, helps clients plan, build, support and manage their network and IT infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, security, operating environments, storage and contact center technologies and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed services to create customized client services. For more information: Call 866-DIDATA-US or visit .

About NewBridge Bank

NewBridge Bank is the banking subsidiary of NewBridge Bancorp, formed on July 31, 2007 upon the merger of LSB Bancshares, Inc. and FNB Southeast. NewBridge Bank, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., ranks among the 10 largest banks in North Carolina with assets of approximately $2 billion. NewBridge Bank has 40 banking offices in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, the Wilmington, N.C. area and the area surrounding Harrisonburg, Va. The bank maintains operations facilities in Lexington and Reidsville, N.C. The stock of NewBridge Bancorp trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "NBBC."

Media Contacts: Lisa Grimes Mike Broberg Dimension Data Davies Murphy Group (703) 217-2692 (781) 418-2442 lisa.grimes@us.didata.com ddna@daviesmurphy.com

CONTACT: Lisa Grimes of Dimension Data, +1-703-217-2692, lisa.grimes@us.didata.com, or Mike Broberg of Davies Murphy Group,+1-781-418-2442, , for Dimension Data

Web site: http://www.dimensiondata.com/na/