Covast, Network Engines Introduce the
Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks
Industry’s First Microsoft BizTalk Appliance for B2B Integration
ATLANTA - October 3, 2006 - Covast and Network Engines, Inc. (NASDAQ: NENG)
announced today the introduction of the Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks.
As the market's first Microsoft BizTalk appliance server specifically designed
for B2B integration, the Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks combines the
power of Covast's integration solutions on Network Engines' leading appliance
server for distributed and critical applications. The result is an integrated
solution of hardware and software that quickly achieves B2B integration, while
requiring only the Internet and a local area network (LAN) for operation.
The Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks is ideally suited for today's
complex supply chains. Currently, large companies in the supply chain struggle
to do business with smaller trading partners because of fundamental B2B integration
issues. In many instances, smaller companies are unable to meet the technological
requirements of their large customers, such as RFID or EDI, because it is too
difficult and costly to integrate critical business applications. Covast overcomes
this challenge by giving large supply chain organizations a cost-effective and
easy way to facilitate B2B integration with trading partners of all sizes.
By providing an appliance integration server that is pre-built with the software
and hardware needed to support supply chain operations, Covast and Network Engines
are lowering the barrier for smaller trading partners to integrate B2B applications
with their large counterparts. Companies deploying the Covast B2B Appliance
for RealTime Networks are able to automatically distribute and integrate critical
business applications to trading partners. In effect, this allows all supply
chain partners to easily conduct trading activities, while seamlessly connecting
to the world's largest trading grids.
"Many supply chains suffer from a disconnect that keeps smaller trading
partners from easily doing business with their larger customers. Often, the
issue is B2B integration. The Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks eliminates
this barrier by allowing full B2B integration throughout the supply chain at
a financial and resource cost that is feasible for all parties," said Daan
Scheer, CEO, Covast.
Benefits of the Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks include:
- Pre-installed Software: The Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks features
pre-installed software required to achieve fast B2B integration, including
Microsoft BizTalk Server, Microsoft Windows Server, Covast B2B Appliance Configuration
and Deployment Engine and others.
- Simple Self-Configuration: Using settings stored on a real-time network,
the Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks configures itself automatically.
This eliminates IT resources and significantly reduces implementation times.
- Increased Security, Predictability: The solution features advanced application-layer
firewall, VPN and web cache functionality to maximize protection for core
Microsoft infrastructure applications.
- Low Cost of Ownership: The Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks reduces
the time and cost associated with managing multi-vendor software applications
- High Level of Performance: Using the Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks,
companies can communicate with trading partners and internal systems using
a high-performing combination of secure connectivity, powerful software and
- Improved Supply Chain Visibility: By achieving B2B integration throughout
the supply chain, companies are able to improve visibility, manage key business
processes and optimize business activity for gains in operational efficiency
- The Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks gives companies a simple
solution for what has traditionally been an exceedingly complex problem. With
a low cost of ownership and a high level of performance, this solution is
an easy and affordable way to optimize supply chain operations," said
Greg Shortell, president and CEO, Network Engines.
To learn more about the Covast B2B Appliance for RealTime Networks, please
Covast is a leading provider of business-to-business integration solutions for
collaborative business environments. The company provides integration solutions
that bridge the gap between legacy electronic data interchange (EDI) applications
and today's new Internet standards. The suite of products that Covast offers
is designed to facilitate fast and cost-effective business-to-business integration
with single platform environments, such as those supported by Microsoft BizTalk
Server and IBM WebSphere. Covast is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and an
IBM Business Partner. With its European headquarters in the Netherlands and
its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Covast has strategic relationships with partners
and customers including GXS, Accenture, EDS, HP, Citrix and Siemens. For more
information, visit www.covast.com.
About Network Engines - THE Appliance Company
Network Engines appliances are designed to ease the deployment, enhance manageability,
and increase security of mission-critical software applications. Our heritage
of providing technology products and services tailored to the entire lifecycle
of our customers' appliances has made us the appliance partner of choice for
software market leaders. Founded in 1997, Network Engines is headquartered in
Canton, Massachusetts and trades on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol NENG.
For more information about the company's products and services, visit www.networkengines.com.
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