Microsoft and AmberPoint Announce Strategic Agreement

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11, 2003 — Today at the VSLive! San Francisco 2003 conference, Microsoft Corp. and AmberPoint Inc., a leading provider of Web services management solutions, announced they have reached an agreement to build and deliver a combination of tools and management technology intended to help customers manage distributed applications based on the Microsoft® .NET Framework. The combination of AmberPoint’s strengths in Web services management and Microsoft’s leading platform, tools and management solutions will enable IT organizations to more effectively build and manage Web service-based solutions. In addition, AmberPoint also announced it has joined the Microsoft Visual Studio®
.NET Integration Program to further facilitate this integration.

“The ability to manage and secure applications is something that has been missing from enterprise deployment of Web services. Companies like AmberPoint and Microsoft can create a complementary solution for handling this type of issue by combining their Web service offerings,” said Daryl Plummer, group vice president and research general manager of Software Infrastructure at Gartner Inc.

AmberPoint solutions are designed to address the challenges IT organizations face in making production use of Web services. AmberPoint Management Foundation delivers monitoring, management and security software that helps companies move Web services from test to deployment. The .NET versions of AmberPoint Management Foundation fully utilize the XML Web services system libraries in the Microsoft .NET Framework and streamline Web services management through point-and-click operations.

“Microsoft is thrilled to announce our partnership with AmberPoint,” said Tom Button, corporate vice president for the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft. “The integration of AmberPoint Management Foundation capabilities with Visual Studio .NET and Microsoft management solutions will provide our mutual customers with a significantly better experience managing business-critical, Web service-based systems.”

“In our experience, Visual Studio .NET is currently the most productive environment for quickly building Web services,” said John Hubinger, CEO of AmberPoint. “The combination of Microsoft tools and management solutions with the AmberPoint Management Foundation will significantly benefit our customers, thereby greatly accelerating the adoption of Web services by enterprise IT organizations.”

AmberPoint and Microsoft also are working together to develop integration of AmberPoint’s products with Microsoft management solutions such as Microsoft Operations Manager as part of this agreement.

AmberPoint Joins Visual Studio .NET Integration Program

AmberPoint has joined the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Integration Program, bringing greater resources for developing and integrating .NET-based Web services solutions.

“Our membership in the Visual Studio .NET Integration Program is the next step in our evolving relationship with Microsoft,” said Gary Rinedollar, vice president of business development for AmberPoint. “The program will bring us many advantages, including access to the resources and developer tools we need to be successful in our .NET initiatives.”

AmberPoint Management Foundation is available in various editions, which offer advanced features for managing more complex, distributed Web services systems.

About AmberPoint

AmberPoint Inc., a pioneer in Web services management, offers the most comprehensive solutions for making Web services production-ready, business-ready and easily manageable. With its modular, architecture-independent design, AmberPoint radically simplifies the management and evolution of business solutions built on Web services. AmberPoint’s Customer Experience Group delivers services to ensure successful deployment and use of all AmberPoint software. Founded in 2001, AmberPoint is privately held with venture backing from Crosslink Capital, Norwest Venture Partners and Sutter Hill Ventures. AmberPoint corporate headquarters are located in Oakland, Calif. For more information, contact AmberPoint at (510) 663-6300 or info@amberpoint.com, or visit the company Web site at http://www.amberpoint.com/.

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