Loudcloud Expands Its Microsoft Product Offering To Enhance Services For Enterprise Customers Thursday 4 October 2001 PDF Print - Integration of Microsoft Technologies with Opsware Provides Loudcloud Customers - More Flexibility for Cost-Effective and Reliable Web Operations London 4 October, 2001, Loudcloud, Inc., (NASDAQ: LDCL), the leading managed services provider, today announced additional support for a broad range of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) products as part of its complete managed Web hosting services. With this announcement, Loudcloud strengthens its commitment to providing enterprise customers with a variety of Microsoft products, and the expertise to leverage those products. Loudcloud customers can choose Microsoft products as a key component of Loudcloud services. The added products and support will provide Loudcloud customers with the flexibility they need to integrate their applications, and their partners' applications, through XML Web services, and the agility to adapt to changing business requirements. The newly supported Microsoft products will be able to leverage Loudcloud's proprietary Opsware(tm) automation technology, the foundation of Loudcloud's services. "Managed hosting solutions need to be flexible so that customers with diversity in platforms can make better use of them," said Bill Martorelli, vice president of e-Sourcing and Strategies at Hurwitz Group. "Loudcloud's broadened support of the Microsoft platform is the company's latest step in making the Loudcloud services more attractive to a wider range of customers." The Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers and the Windows 2000 Server family make up the Microsoft .NET's server infrastructure for deploying, managing, and orchestrating XML Web services. These technologies have been tested and certified by Loudcloud Research and can be supported with the highest level of service Loudcloud provides. Today's announcement includes support for the following .NET Enterprise Servers: * Application Center 2000 - Deploys and monitors highly-available and scalable Web applications * BizTalk(tm) Server 2000 - Builds XML-based business processes across applications and organizations * Commerce Server 2000 - Designed to quickly build scalable e-commerce solutions * Exchange 2000 Server - Enables messaging and collaboration * SQL Server(tm) 2000 - Stores, retrieves, and analyzes structured XML data Loudcloud's expanded support also includes Microsoft Windows 2000 and these specific features: * Microsoft Active Directory service - Applies standardized business rules to distributed applications and network resources, without maintaining a variety of specialized directories * Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) - Enables applications running at different times to communicate across heterogeneous networks and systems that may be offline By incorporating support for the new Microsoft technologies into Loudcloud's Opsware technology, Loudcloud can quickly provision, scale, and manage Microsoft's .NET Enterprise Servers on behalf of customers. Loudcloud's Opsware technology is designed to help enhance the reliability, overall quality and performance of a customer's Internet site. In addition to the Opsware provisioning and change management capabilities, Opsware technology quickly and consistently deploys "patches," typically required to maintain site security as technology evolves. Opsware automation technology also maintains a blueprint of each customer's site so critical assets are safe, thereby enabling Loudcloud to quickly rebuild a customer's site in case of disaster. "By extending our support for Microsoft .Net technologies, our growing enterprise customers base will benefit as Opsware is designed to automatically deploy the latest Microsoft applications, upgrades, and security patches," said Ray Suorsa, vice president and chief architect at Loudcloud. "The result is a higher quality, consistent managed hosting service that provides a cost effective way for enterprises to outsource the management of their Internet site." About Loudcloud Loudcloud is the leading managed service provider, offering a new solution for outsourcing global Internet operations for enterprise companies, application service providers and large-scale Internet businesses. Loudcloud moves beyond basic hosting or consulting services with its unique Opsware(tm) technology to automate, scale, and monitor Internet operation functions previously done by hand. Loudcloud manages its infrastructure network via a worldwide network of data centers and Network Operations Centers (NOCs) located in North America and Europe. For more information on Loudcloud, please visit our Web site at http://www.loudcloud.com Loudcloud and Opsware are service marks and trademarks of Loudcloud, Inc. 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