Commerce Server 2000 Partner Integration Testing Lab Opens for E-Business

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 29, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq
) today announced the opening of the Commerce Server 2000 Partner Integration Testing Lab in Los Angeles, along with Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE
) and Lionbridge Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq
“LIOX” ). Designed to ensure seamless integration of third-party independent software vendor (ISV) applications with Microsoft® Commerce Server 2000, the lab will help provide Microsoft customers with scalable, integrated and manageable e-commerce solutions based on configurations like Compaq’s DISA architecture using Compaq ProLiant servers.

Compaq has committed more than $400,000 of industry-standard ProLiant servers, StorageWorks hardware and onsite configuration network design and support to Lionbridge’s VeriTest lab, where VeriTest will validate third-party solutions against a stringent set of guidelines for e-commerce applications. Microsoft established the guidelines to provide developers with explicit instructions for developing solutions that offer the reliability and scalability required by next-generation enterprises. Third-party software vendors that in the past developed applications for Microsoft’s e-commerce platform without the company’s guidance will now be better equipped to deliver solutions that support the integration and performance standards required by Microsoft customers.

“We are very pleased to be working with Compaq and VeriTest to ensure that all of the third-party ISV solutions run as smoothly as possible in the Commerce Server 2000 environment,”
said Chris Atkinson, vice president of the .NET Developer Solutions Group at Microsoft.
“Microsoft is committed to providing customers of all sizes with the agility to integrate and scale their commerce solutions as their business needs change.”

The VeriTest Commerce Server 2000 Integration Lab, located in Los Angeles, is the latest effort by Microsoft and its industry partners to ensure that customers of all sizes receive solutions that meet their needs. To keep pace with the changing requirements of the enterprise, customers are looking for the most efficient and effective method of integrating new e-commerce applications with their existing information technology infrastructure in ways that enhance their e-commerce offerings across the board. Establishing rigorous testing standards for applications will encourage ISVs to build and release the most comprehensive and reliable applications for Commerce Server 2000.

“Compaq invested in the Microsoft Commerce Server 2000 VeriTest facility because it provides our ISV partners a unique opportunity to develop the robust software needed by our customers to deliver solutions with confidence,”
said Mark Linesch, vice president for E-Business Solutions in the Industry Standard Server Group at Compaq.
“The new Los Angeles lab is part of our ongoing commitment with Microsoft and VeriTest to deliver dependable Internet infrastructure solutions on Compaq ProLiant servers and our Distributed Internet Server Array architecture that meet and exceed the performance, availability and scalability requirements of our customers.”

“The successful e-commerce offerings of the next few years will be based on global partnerships for technology and deployment,”
said Rory Cowan, CEO of Technologies.
“Microsoft and Compaq have chosen to leverage the worldwide testing infrastructure and certification expertise of our VeriTest labs to ensure that the entire process is seamless for their customers.”
The VeriTest labs are integrated with the Lionbridge localization infrastructure, which comprises 20 offices in 11 countries.

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