Level 8 Systems Adds Support for Windows DNA To Geneva Integration Server

REDMOND, Wash., and CARY, N.C., May 5, 1999 — Level 8 Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced that Geneva, Level 8’s leading scalable application integration server, now provides support for the Microsoft® Windows® Distributed interNet Applications (Windows DNA) architecture, the most comprehensive and integrated application server platform for building distributed applications. Level 8 Systems now becomes a Microsoft Windows DNA partner.

The Geneva Integration Server can be implemented using Microsoft’s Component Object Model (COM), the most widely adopted component model, running on over 150 million systems worldwide. COM provides users with the capability to interoperate with systems from almost any vendor. Geneva also utilizes Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS) technology in the Microsoft Windows NT® operating system for database connection pooling and component activation management, and Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) to provide automatic transaction support for data integrity protection and for managing scalable and robust enterprise, Internet and intranet server applications.

“We are delighted with Level 8’s adoption of Windows DNA in the Geneva Integration Server,”
said Jigish Avalani, group manager of Windows DNA at Microsoft.
“Geneva optimizes powerful Windows DNA technologies such as COM and MTS and delivers integrated management, fault tolerance and distributed transactional capability in one integrated package.”

“Geneva simplifies the incorporation of Windows DNA technologies with existing business systems in an enterprise application integration platform for building scalable, reliable n-tier business systems,”
said Greg Lomow, product manager for Geneva Integration Server at Level 8 Systems.
“Now Microsoft developers can use their skills to build enterprise application integration solutions based on Windows DNA.”

The Geneva Integration Server allows large enterprise customers to quickly build scalable applications that take full advantage of the power and flexibility of Windows DNA, including COM, Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), MTS, OLE DB, Active Server Pages (ASP), and Microsoft Message Queue Service. Moving forward, Geneva will support the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system and the evolution of Microsoft component services into COM+, which will ship as part of Windows 2000.

Geneva also takes advantage of Microsoft’s recently announced BizTalk
™e-commerce vision by supporting a complete set of broker-oriented functions, including Extensible Markup Language (XML). In addition, Geneva provides a simplified programming interface for applications that use Windows DNA and need to integrate products in the BackOffice® family such as Microsoft SQL Server
, Application Server technologies, Commerce Server, SNA Server and Windows NT Server’s Internet Information Services (IIS).

Windows DNA is the distributed application development model for the Windows platform. It specifies how to develop robust, scalable, distributed applications using the Windows platform, extend existing data and external applications to support the Internet, and support a wide range of client devices maximizing the reach of an application. The Windows DNA architecture enables ISVs and organizations to solve industry-specific challenges while lowering costs associated with deploying and managing information technology systems.

For more information about Windows DNA, interested parties should visit Microsoft’s Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/dna/ .

About Level 8

Level 8 Systems is a premier provider of scalable enterprise application integration solutions through a combination of technologies and services that enable organizations to meet their information systems development, integration, management and e-commerce enablement needs. Level 8’s software product suite includes scalable application integration and Web-enablement tools, message-oriented middleware, and application development and management engines.

Level 8 has more than 375 employees worldwide and has its corporate headquarters in Cary, N.C., and offices in the United States, Europe and Australia. Please visit the company’s Web site at http://www.level8.com/ .

About Microsoft

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) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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