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IBM and ANTs Tapped for U.S. Navy's DDG 1000 Program


ARMONK, NY & BURLINGAME, CA - 27 Oct 2006: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and ANTs software inc. (OTCBB: ANTS), announced today that they have been selected by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems to provide software for the detail design and integration phase of the U.S. Navy's DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer Program.

IBM and ANTs will work with Raytheon to develop software for mission-critical shipboard electronic and combat systems for the DDG 1000 program. Under the Navy's DDG 1000 Detail Design and Integration contract awarded in 2005, Raytheon IDS serves as the prime mission systems equipment integrator for all electronic and combat systems for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer program.

Applications for the project will be constructed using the Total Ship Computing Environment Infrastructure (TSCEI), an integrated suite of standardized, open architecture hardware, operating system, middleware and infrastructure services. Developed for the Navy by Raytheon and its subcontractors, TSCEI forms the backbone of the Navy's Total Ship Computing Environment -- a robust, enterprise-network computing system on which all DDG 1000 application software programs run.

"Selection of IBM and ANTS is a great example of how DDG 1000 is executing the Navy's Open Architecture (OA) strategy. We're excited to welcome ANTS to the DDG 1000 program," stated Ed Geisler, vice president and DDG 1000 program manager for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "From a technical perspective, DDG 1000 uses a modular architecture that is based on open standards. The ANTS product fits well with that architecture." Geisler continued, "OA isn't just about technical solutions. It's also about an open business model that features competition. The selection of the IBM and ANTS team came through a process which uses formal evaluation criteria and a source selection board to ensure that the Navy gets the best value. We received several proposals for in-memory database products and it was determined that ANTS technology partnered with IBM support provide the best value to the Navy."

"The open and versatile combination of IBM and ANTs enables customers to build solutions tailored to their individual needs, which is more beneficial than the 'one size fits all' proprietary options offered by other vendors," said Paul Rivot, director competitive technologies, IBM Information Management. "We're committed to offering a broad set of information management and application development solutions that allow customers to create the flexible environments they need to access and take advantage of information on demand."

ANTs Software was able to satisfy the rigorous technology needs of the DDG 1000 surface combatant and with IBM's assistance, establish a presence in the government/DOD marketplace as a U.S. Small Business Administration-classified "Small Business." Raytheon selected the ANTs Data Server for its advanced performance characteristics and interoperability with standards based products and technologies.

"ANTs has invested heavily in understanding and meeting Raytheon's and the Navy's requirements for this program, and this award is a tremendous validation of the unique capabilities of our product and the continued commitment of our investors," said Joseph Kozak, president and CEO for ANTs software inc.

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About the ANTs Data Server

The ANTs Data Server is a full-featured, standards-compliant relational database management system based on a breakthrough, high-performance SQL query execution engine that incorporates innovative, lock-free operations.

About ANTs software inc.

ANTs software inc. (OTCBB: ANTS), based in California's Silicon Valley, develops and sells the ANTs Data Server, an affordable, high-performance relational database that is compatible with popular databases. The company's mission is to help customers reduce hardware, software and development costs by providing exceptional database price/performance. For more information on ANTs software, visit www.ants.com.

Contact(s) information

Chris Rubsamen
IBM Media Relations
(914) 766-1803
rubsamen@us.ibm.com

Patrick Corman
Corman Communications (For ANTs)
(650) 326-9648
patrick@cormancom.com

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