AmberPoint Web Services Developers Software Will Ship With Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

REDMOND, Wash., and OAKLAND, Calif., July 13, 2004 — Microsoft Corp. and AmberPoint Inc. today announced that the developers edition of AmberPoint’s industry-leading Web services management software for the Microsoft
® .NET Framework will be distributed with Microsoft Visual Studio® 2005 Team System. AmberPoint Express will be distributed with the beta and commercial releases of these components of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System, significantly widening its community of users. AmberPoint Express is available both in the box with Visual Studio 2005 and from the MSDN®
Web site for download by subscribers.

AmberPoint Express provides real-time insight into the performance of Web services to aid developers in readying their applications for deployment. The combination of Microsoft’s industry-leading Web services development tools and the monitoring and management capabilities in AmberPoint Express enables developers to quickly and cost-effectively build, validate and deploy Web services that are ready for business-critical use.

“AmberPoint Express provides the visibility and insight developers need, enabling them to deploy Web services quickly and easily in a Microsoft environment,” said Prashant Sridharan, senior product manager for the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft. “We’re pleased to offer our customers the management and monitoring capabilities of AmberPoint Express with Visual Studio 2005 Team System. These products combine to greatly ease the deployment of enterprise-class Web services.”

“AmberPoint is committed to providing integrated solutions with Microsoft .NET technologies,” said John Hubinger, president and chief executive officer of AmberPoint. “We worked closely with Microsoft to build and deliver a joint solution that helps smooth transitions throughout the life cycle of Web services — from development to deployment to business-critical production use.”

With a rich set of capabilities that are tightly integrated with Visual Studio, AmberPoint Express provides visibility into the performance and behavior of Web services in test environments, enabling fine-tuning before deployment. The product improves the speed, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of preparing Web services for production in a .NET Framework-based environment.

Rich Monitoring and Diagnostic Capabilities

AmberPoint Express provides the following functionalities developers require to monitor, analyze and fine-tune their Web services on the .NET Framework:

  • Integration with Visual Studio 2005 Team System for point-and-click management

  • Auto-discovery and management of Web services

  • Live performance charts for Web services and operations

  • The ability to drill down into problem invocations and faults for diagnosis

  • Views of messages in human-readable or XML formats for easy analysis

  • Auto-generated or logged messages for testing

Customer Benefits

AmberPoint Express brings significant benefits to developers building business-critical Web services on the Microsoft .NET Framework:

  • Real-time insight into the performance and behavior of Web services in test environments, enabling fine-tuning before deployment

  • A rich set of capabilities that are tightly integrated into Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System

  • Improvement of the speed, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of preparing Web services for production

  • AmberPoint Express is aligned with the Microsoft Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI), aiding in the application development life cycle.

Broad Support for Microsoft

All AmberPoint software solutions come in versions that run natively on the Microsoft .NET Framework. AmberPoint is integrated with Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2000 via the MOM Connector Framework and the AmberPoint Management Pack for MOM 2000. In March, AmberPoint demonstrated its integration with the upcoming version of MOM 2005. AmberPoint Management Foundation has been awarded the Microsoft .NET Connected Logo. AmberPoint is also a Premier Partner in the Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) Program.

Availability

Microsoft is now distributing AmberPoint Express with the beta version of Visual Studio 2005. Complementary versions of AmberPoint Express for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 are now available from the AmberPoint Web site.

About AmberPoint

AmberPoint is the leading provider of management software for service-oriented architectures (SOA). With its modular, distributed architecture, AmberPoint radically simplifies the management and evolution of service-based business solutions. For more information, contact AmberPoint at 510.663.6300 or info@amberpoint.com , or visit the company Web site at http://www.amberpoint.com/ for a complimentary developer’s edition of AmberPoint software.

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