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MKS and BMC Software Sign Strategic Agreement to Unite IT Operations with Development

Waterloo, ON – March 18, 2009: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX), the global application lifecycle management (ALM) technology leader, today announced a reseller agreement with BMC Software that will allow BMC to resell MKS Integrity, the market leading enterprise ALM platform, as part of its IT Business Management Suite.

Waterloo, ON – March 18, 2009: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX), the global application lifecycle management (ALM) technology leader, today announced a reseller agreement with BMC Software that will allow BMC to resell MKS Integrity, the market leading enterprise ALM platform, as part of its IT Business Management Suite.

The incorporation of MKS Integrity within BMC's business management platform introduces an Application Management Database (AMDB) to gain 100% visibility into IT change management. The AMDB, federated with BMC's Atrium Configuration Management Database (CMDB) and IT Business Management Suite, will offer the enterprise a complete view of IT change from application inception to retirement. The integration between the AMDB and CMDB bridges the chasm between IT operations and development that has, until now, prevented full traceability and transparency of IT change.

"Our collaboration with MKS provides customers with unparalleled change management across the enterprise," said Steve O'Connor, vice president of IT Business Management at BMC Software. "As the worldwide leader in Business Service Management, this agreement strengthens our ability to help customers respond more effectively to changing business conditions and provides yet another layer of transparency into the IT organization."

"Using MKS' leading Application Management Database integrated with BMC's leading CMDB creates a unified view of all IT change" said John Cull, VP Marketing, MKS Inc. "At the business level an enterprise is concerned with managing and controlling change from incident, through application development and into service management. Our agreement with BMC will make this connection a reality."

By incorporating MKS Integrity into BMC's IT Business Management Suite, complete traceability into change requests, operational and applications requirements, code and test artifacts and application release management can be achieved. Impact analysis of potential changes and cost estimates can be provided back to BMC Service Resource Planning for analysis. Furthermore, the cost of all work associated with a project or change request can be rolled up to give a composite picture of the IT costs.

About MKS

MKS Inc., the global application lifecycle management (ALM) technology leader, enables software engineering and IT organizations to seamlessly manage their worldwide software development activities. With its flagship product, MKS Integrity, MKS offers support for all software development activities through a single enterprise application, resulting in better global collaboration and higher productivity. MKS supports customers worldwide with offices across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about MKS, visit our Web site at http://www.mks.com.

Copyright © 2009 MKS Inc. MKS and MKS Integrity are trademarks of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. When used in this document, the words "may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to such risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes the expectations represented by such forward looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that those expectations will prove to be correct. Many factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from the statements made including those factors detailed from time to time in filings made by the Company with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated or expected. The Company does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

US and Canada Media Contact:
John Cull, Vice President Marketing and Business Development
MKS Inc.
Phone: 800-633-1235 x5111
Email: John.Cull@mks.com

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