EDS Acquires Assets of UK-based Nexagent

    PLANO, Texas and LONDON, March 19 /CNW/ -- EDS today announced it has
acquired the assets of Nexagent, a Reading, UK-based provider of innovative
hardware and software solutions for network service provisioning and advanced
IP-based services across multi-network environments. Financial terms of the
transaction were not disclosed. The transfer of assets is effective
    This acquisition builds upon EDS' ongoing investment in the company's
networking services capabilities and the EDS Global Services Network, one of
the world's highest capacity and most resilient private networks. The GSN
connects more than 500 EDS service delivery sites worldwide to clients though
a single, secure, fully redundant network.
    Leveraging Nexagent's technology enables EDS to automate and accelerate
the design, transition and operation of enterprise service delivery and sets a
standard for high availability connection of clients to the EDS Global
Services Network.
    Nexagent, founded in July 2000, is a developer of software tools that
enable carriers, systems integrators and virtual network operators to automate
and accelerate the design, provisioning and management of a client's IP VPN
(Virtual Private Network). This capability is particularly valuable when the
network connection spans multiple carriers and multiple regions.
    "With the software, resources and technology of Nexagent, EDS will reduce
connection expense and provisioning time for migrating clients onto the EDS
network," said EDS Ray Thietten, vice president, Global Network Services. "Our
clients rely on EDS for mission-critical functions to run their businesses.
Acquiring these advanced technologies allows EDS to drive even greater
operational efficiencies and improve service quality."
    "We are pleased to have the opportunity to join with EDS, the global IT
services leader, and merge our advanced networking technologies with the EDS
Global Services Network," said Royce Murphy, Nexagent's CEO. "I am confident
that with the addition of Nexagent's talented workforce and intellectual
capital, EDS will continue to improve its already outstanding service quality
and drive even more quickly toward its 'Zero Outages' goal."
    Nexagent provides a Lifecycle Management System (LCMS) and a
Multi-Carrier Interconnect System (MCIS) to EDS as a key underlying technology
for "interconnecting" EDS carrier partners to the EDS Global Services Network.
The high-availability, globally-distributed network interconnects have had
zero outages since their installation on the EDS Global Services Network in
    "By acquiring the assets of Nexagent, EDS will bolster its ability to
offer a broader set of network solutions to clients and leverage this newly
acquired expertise to further service existing and new clients," said Wu Zhou,
senior research analyst, Network Consulting and Integration Services with IDC.
"We see this acquisition as a key, strategic move that will give EDS a
competitive advantage when onboarding clients to its global network."
    Under the terms of the acquisition, current Nexagent employees will
become employees of EDS, reporting into EDS' Global Network Services
organization, EMEA centre, located in Stockley Park, UK.

    EDS Network Services

    EDS' suite of Network Services offerings enhances how enterprise clients
derive greater flexibility and reduce expense when working with multiple
communications carriers. The EDS approach -- having the ability to look for
the best fit with carriers/communications vendors without bias, reducing
carrier vendor lock-in, and easing transition from carrier to carrier --
allows EDS to act as an impartial advisor when recommending the best provider
for carrier services to clients.

    About EDS

    EDS (NYSE:   EDS) is a leading global technology services company
delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information
technology outsourcing industry more than 45 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a
broad portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing
services to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare,
communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries and
to governments around the world. Learn more at eds.com.

     Travis Jacobsen - EDS

For further information:

For further information: Travis Jacobsen of EDS, (972) 797-8751,
travis.jacobsen@eds.com, Web Site: http://www.eds.com

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