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Covast Announces General Availability of its EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006
Latest Version of Covast EDI Accelerator, Delivering Full and Proven Scalability and Increased Ease of Use through a New Intuitive User Interface, is Available as Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 is Released

ATLANTA -- March 27, 2006 - Covast, a leading provider of B2B integration solutions for collaborative business environments, today announced the general availability of Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006.

After a successful Beta Program with numerous major customers, the Covast release comes as BizTalk Server 2006 is released to manufacturing. Part of the Windows Server System, BizTalk Server 2006 reduces complexity in the enterprise by efficiently and effectively integrating systems, employees and trading partners faster than ever before. The Covast EDI Accelerator has an easy to use interface and advanced end-to-end EDI capabilities to extend the B2B integration functionalities of BizTalk Server 2006.

Covast has worked with Microsoft since 2000 to help customers take advantage of their legacy EDI investments. The Covast EDI Accelerator for BizTalk Server 2006 is fully integrated with the Microsoft BizTalk Server architecture.

"Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 helps businesses quickly and easily integrate legacy EDI systems onto a single integration platform," said Daan Scheer, CEO of Covast. "The latest version of the Covast EDI Accelerator meets the integration demands of today's growing enterprise, delivering exceptional scalability, ease of use and wide support of all of the global standards and protocols. We are committed to continuing to work closely with Microsoft to deliver to our customers solutions that help them grow their business and improve efficiencies."

By integrating BizTalk Server 2006 with the Covast EDI Accelerator, Microsoft and Covast have worked together to deliver the industry's most advanced solution for easily and quickly integrating a company's EDI infrastructure with internal applications and Internet-based trading partners. Covast EDI Accelerator and BizTalk Server 2006 build on the Windows Server System advancements in scalability and reliability to help businesses build a flexible IT infrastructure that grows with the business and provides high levels of system up-time.

With this solution, an enterprise can easily and quickly integrate its EDI infrastructure with internal applications and Internet-based trading partners. The solution provides the translation of a wide variety of EDI documents to and from XML, enhancing the EDI support native in BizTalk Server 2006. By integrating EDI and XML, the Covast EDI Accelerator extends the value and agility of BizTalk Server 2006 to expand a company's ability to enter new markets and add new trading partners.

To learn more about the Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006, please visit

About Covast

Covast provides Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration solutions that bridge the gap between legacy applications and today's new Internet standards. The company offers a suite of products designed to facilitate fast, cost-effective integration of EDI applications and systems into single platform environments, such as those supported by Microsoft BizTalk Server and IBM WebSphere. With its European headquarters in the Netherlands and its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Covast has strategic relationships with partners and customers including Microsoft, IBM, Accenture, EDS, HP, Citrix and Siemens. For more information, visit

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