FAST and Messaging Architects Partner to Integrate Enterprise Search with Messaging and Collaboration Solutions

Business Editors/Technology Editors OSLO, Norway--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 5, 2005-- Messaging Architects to Integrate FAST InStream(TM) OEM Enterprise Search Solution with GWArchive, Its Enterprise-Class Email Retention Solution for Novell GroupWise Fast Search & Transfer(TM) (FAST(TM)), the leading developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, and Messaging Architects(TM), a leading developer of add-ons and enhancements for corporate messaging servers - namely Novell's GroupWise – today announced an OEM partnership to strengthen the search capabilities of Messaging Architects' GWArchive. Messaging Architects will embed GWArchive with FAST InStream(TM), an OEM-specific enterprise search solution developed specifically to meet the complex application-based search requirements of independent software vendors (ISVs). Messaging Architects' GWArchive is an enterprise-class solution for managing the archiving, retention, regulatory compliance and retrieval of email messages and other documents electronically stored in GroupWise mailboxes. FAST InStream will further enhance GWArchive by enabling dynamic categorization and instantaneous retrieval of critical information. "With FAST, we have a proven and stable technology for quickly accessing the huge amount of messaging data being retained by large organizations," said Greg Smith, Director of Product Development at Messaging Architects. "The solution will provide GWArchive with enterprise level search capabilities across terabytes of message data with sub-second responses. This allows organizations to index and search not only e-mail, but to expand the technology to incorporate other information sources within their organization." "The amount of data that an enterprise organization needs to store is growing at an exponential pace and the ability to efficiently access this data and use it to make intelligent business decisions is critical," said Ali I. Riaz, FAST's Chief Operating Officer. "With FAST InStream, Messaging Architects' customers will be able to search enormous volumes of structured and unstructured data to instantaneously find exactly what they're looking for - enhancing ROI and delivering heightened value to users across the globe." FAST InStream, FAST's enterprise search solution specifically designed for embedded delivery, increases the value of enterprise applications and boosts ROI for the partner's customers by leveraging the power of FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP(TM)) technology. Supporting both structured and unstructured data, FAST InStream provides unique value across all types of software applications, and will be an asset to Messaging Architects' GWArchive, which seamlessly and transparently integrates into an organization's GroupWise email system, improving server performance, while offering robust tools for enforcing corporate email policies for regulatory and legal compliance, including 100% email retention and a full audit trail. About Messaging Architects Messaging Architects helps organizations which use Novell GroupWise be more responsive and productive. Consistently ranked by Industry Analysts as best of breed, our family of enterprise-class solutions address the needs for policy, security, and mobility in the corporate messaging infrastructure. These solutions are delivered via a world wide channel of System Integrators and IT Consultants, including Novell. Millions of individual GroupWise end users work with our products on a daily basis. The company is an exclusive member of Novell's PartnerNet Technology Program for GroupWise and NetMail and has a strong international presence with offices in seven countries. For more information, visit www.messagingarchitects.com. About FAST FAST creates the real-time search and filter technology solutions that are behind the scenes at the world's best known companies with the most demanding search problems. FAST's flexible and scalable integrated technology platform elevates the search capabilities of enterprise customers and connects people to the relevant information they seek regardless of medium. This drives revenues and reduces total cost of ownership by effectively leveraging IT infrastructure. FAST's powerful enterprise search technology solutions are used by more than 2,000 global customers and partners, including America Online (AOL), AT&T, Cardinal Health, CareerBuilder.com, Chordiant, CIGNA, CNET, Dell, Factiva, Fidelity Investments, Findexa, IBM, Knight Ridder, LexisNexis, Overture, Rakuten, Reed Elsevier, Reuters, Sensis, Stellent, Tenet Healthcare, Thomas Industrial Networks, T-Online, US Army, Virgilio (Telecom Italia), Vodafone, and Wanadoo. FAST is headquartered in Norway and is publicly traded under the ticker symbol 'FAST' on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The FAST Group operates globally with presence in Europe, the United States, Asia Pacific, Australia, South America, and the Middle East. For further information about FAST, please visit www.fastsearch.com. (C) 2005 Fast Search & Transfer ASA - Fast Search & Transfer, FAST, FAST ESP, FAST Data Search, FAST Marketrac, FAST AdVisor, FAST InStream, FAST ImPulse, FAST mSearch, FAST ProPublish and the FAST four-colored logo are trademarks of Fast Search & Transfer ASA. All rights reserved. FAST disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners. --30--SP/bo* CONTACT: Fast Search & Transfer U.S.: Brian Greehan, 781-274-6061 x214 email: fast@sparksource.com or Europe: Carine Zeier, +47 23 01 13 47 Mobile: +47 48 01 13 47 or Messaging Architects Roumiana Deltcheva, 514-392-9220 ext. 220 email: Roumiana.Deltcheva@messagingarchitects.com

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