Loudcloud and Accenture Form Alliance to Deliver Mission-Critical Internet Operations

Companies join forces to help businesses succeed on the Internet

Sunnyvale, CA, and New York, April 10, 2001 – Accenture, a leading global management and technology consultancy, and Loudcloud Inc., (NASDAQ: LDCL) the leading software infrastructure services provider, announced today that they have formed a joint marketing alliance. The companies will work together to provide clients with services such as architecting mission critical applications, and supporting their Internet businesses 24x7x365.

Under the terms of the alliance agreement, Accenture and Loudcloud will collaborate to deliver their services to enterprise customers. The companies have agreed to identify, pursue and refer each other to business opportunities where both their business solutions and integration services will be employed. Clients will benefit from Accenture’s expertise in designing and implementing strategic outsourcing solutions while Loudcloud provides the operational support of a client’s Internet site through its Opsware™ automation technology. Loudcloud’s Opsware™ automation technology is designed to handle all operational aspects of Internet sites, including around-the-clock reliability, a key requirement of strategic, mission-critical applications.

“Accenture is committed to providing its clients with the best technology solutions possible,” said Martin Cole, managing partner, Accenture, Solution Operations. “We are finding that our clients are increasingly interested in implementing Internet-hosted outsourcing services. Because Loudcloud specializes in creating and managing scaleable foundations for Internet sites, it meets the needs of such clients. They benefit because Loudcloud’s technology and Internet operations expertise complements Accenture’s skills in creating, delivering, and outsourcing strategic solutions.”

“Loudcloud is focused on providing enterprise corporations with world-class Internet infrastructure services,” said Ben Horowitz, CEO and co-founder Loudcloud. “The combination of Accenture’s comprehensive approach to delivering business solutions and Loudcloud’s mission-critical operations technology will result in delivering a better solution to our customers.”

About Loudcloud, Inc Loudcloud is the leading Internet infrastructure service provider, offering a new solution for outsourcing global Internet operations for enterprise companies, application service providers and large-scale Internet businesses. Loudcloud moves beyond hosting or managed services with its unique Opsware technology to automate, scale, and monitor Internet operation functions previously done by hand. Loudcloud manages its infrastructure network via a worldwide network of data centers and Network Operations Centers (NOCs) located in North America and Europe. For more information on Loudcloud, please visit our Web site at http://www.loudcloud.com.

About Accenture
Accenture is a $10.3 billion global management and technology consulting organization. The firm is reinventing itself to become the market-maker, architect and builder of the new marketplace, bringing innovations to improve the way the world works and lives. More than 70,000 people in 46 countries deliver a wide range of specialized capabilities and solutions to clients across all industries. Under its strategy, the firm is building a network of businesses to meet the full range of client needs -- consulting, technology, outsourcing, alliances and venture capital. Accenture’s home page address is http://www.accenture.com.


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