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For NetCentric Merrill Freund, Marsha Ilmonen Schwartz Communications 617-431-0770 For Compaq George Favaloro XXX-XXX-XXX COMPAQ AND NETCENTRIC PARTNER TO DELIVER UNIVERSAL INTERNET PLATFORM Leading Companies Will Offer High Performance Servers For Delivering New Class of Value-Added Internet Services
HOUSTON, Texas and CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— January 27, 1997— Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ) and NetCentric Corporation today announced an agreement to jointly deliver an integrated hardware and software platform that lets Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer new, value-added services for business communications. According to the agreement, NetCentric and Compaq have also established joint research and development facilities, and Compaq has invested $5 million in NetCentric’s latest round of financing. As prices for basic Internet connectivity drop, ISPs are seeking new ways to add value to their business customers. This new technology platform allows ISPs to better address business communications needs and dramatically increase revenues by offering metered, pay-as-you-go services, such as Internet-based fax, voice, video conferencing and file management services, all through a standard Internet connection. Under the agreement, NetCentric and Compaq will combine Compaq’s industry-leading Proliant servers with

NetCentric POPware (Point-of-Presence software), a new category of software designed to operate inside the Internet infrastructure to deliver high performance, extended network solutions. PSINet (NASDAQ: PSIX), a leading provider of corporate Internet and intranet access, recently announced a new service for Internet faxing called Internet Paper that relies on POPware servers deployed throughout PSINet’s global network. "With this announcement, Compaq is moving forward with a strategic initiative to provide ‘Cloud Computing’ to businesses," said John T. Rose, Senior Vice President and Group General Manager, Enterprise Computing Group at Compaq. "We are helping businesses use the Internet cloud to extend the capabilities of the enterprise." "This strategic relationship with Compaq redefines the Internet’s role for businesses. Now companies can rely on the commercial Internet providers to supply highperformance, global solutions. Together, Compaq and NetCentric will dramatically expand the role of the Internet as the ubiquitous channel for delivering all forms of digital information.” said Sean O’Sullivan, founder and chief executive officer of NetCentric Corporation. The combination of Compaq servers and NetCentric POPware will provide the Internet infrastructure with a powerful, universal platform to rapidly deploy and manage a wide range of Internet-centric applications. Features of the new technology platform include user authentication, authorization, resource allocation, routing, telephony, accounting and network management. The new platform allows commercial Internet providers to offer metered pay-as-you-go services like faxing, voice messaging, video conferencing and file management to their customers. Joint development and distribution Compaq and NetCentric have established joint research

and development centers in Houston and Cambridge to develop and deliver innovative technologies. The companies will also work with other leading independent software vendors and inter-networking companies to establish industry standards, enable new capabilities inside the Internet infrastructure and support emerging business models within the commercial Internet industry. The agreement brings NetCentric’s POPware to Compaq’s large and growing customer base. The new joint offerings will be available in more than 100 countries through a network of authorized Compaq marketing partners. Compaq recently announced the sale of their millionth server, a Proliant 5000. About NetCentric’s POPware NetCentric’s POPware is network software that runs on Microsoft NT-based Internet servers at the Service Provider’s point of presence (POP). POPware off-loads network services from the LAN to the Internet infrastructure, allowing organizations to augment their Internet connections with advanced network services such as fax, voice, video and file management provided by their ISP. Since POPware resides at the POPthe juncture of the phone network and the Internet communications can be delivered both over the Internet to computer users and through phone lines to everyone else. About the Compaq Proliant family of servers The Compaq ProLiant 5000 family of servers—the new Pentium® Pro-based servers are the first in the industry to integrate the latest technology, dual peer PCI bus architecture and redundant NIC technology on industrystandard architecture. These servers are designed to provide new levels of performance, availability and integration for distributed enterprise environments. And

with Compaq's investment protection programs partnerships with key industry leaders, customers have assurance that the server they buy today will easily transition to technology enhancements in the future. About NetCentric NetCentric Corporation, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded in 1995 with the mission of developing software to enhance the Internet infrastructure. NetCentric’s innovative technology, known as POPware, allows Internet Service Providers, telecommunications companies and other network operators to provide Internet-based telephony, fax and computer services to organizations and individuals. Privately held, the company was identified byUpside magazine as one of the “fifty hottest Internet startups.” Information about NetCentric and its products can be found at or by calling 1-888-POPWARE (1-888-767-9273). About Compaq Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is the fifth largest computer company in the world and the largest global supplier of personal computers, delivering useful innovation through products that connect people with people and people with information. The company is an industry leader in environmentally friendly programs and business practices. Compaq is strategically organized to meet the current and future needs of its customers, offering Internet and enterprise computing solutions, networking products, commercial PC products and consumer PCs. As the leader in distributed enterprise solutions, Compaq has shipped over 1 million servers. In 1995, the company reported worldwide sales of $14.8 billion. Compaq products are sold and supported in more than 100 countries through a network of authorized Compaq marketing partners. Customer support and information about Compaq and its

products can be found at Compaq Online or by calling 1800-OK-COMPAQ. Product information and reseller locations can be obtained by calling 1-800-345-1518. ###