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Cognizant and Loudcloud Team Up

Cognizant Technology Solutions (Nasdaq: CTSH), a leading provider of custom software development, integration and maintenance services, and infrastructure ASP Loudcloud Inc. Tuesday (Jan 16) announced a strategic alliance that will allow businesses to outsource the entire scope of activities needed to run the application and operations of an ebusiness.

As part of the partnership, Cognizant will manage a company's web application, while the back-end infrastructure that powers the customer's site will be managed by Loudcloud. This allows a company to focus on its core competencies, strategically leverage the Internet in new ways, grow their business and better service their customers and partners.

"Cognizant and Loudcloud complement each other well," said Ben Horowitz, CEO and co-founder of Loudcloud. "Together we give customers a more comprehensive outsourcing solution. Loudcloud is focused on working with best of breed companies, and we are excited to be teaming with Cognizant."

Loudcloud's infrastructure services are based upon its proprietary Opsware automation technology, which automates the deployment, scalability and monitoring of large-scale websites' back-end systems. Loudcloud's Internet operations solution complements Cognizant's SEI Level 5 certified application management services. The Cognizant Application Management solution is a set of services aimed at taking over the complete responsibility for the ongoing enhancement, maintenance and support for complex Internet-based applications.

"Through this partnership we are now able to offer customers an end-to-end solution and a single point of contact," said Kumar Mahadeva, chairman and CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Loudcloud. Now customers have experts at both ends of the website spectrum - Cognizant on the front-end application and Loudcloud on the back-end infrastructure."