Connectria Provides David's Bridal with Managed Web Hosting Including Load Balancing for WebSphere Application Servers, Clustered DB2 Database Hosting & Database Replication at a Disaster Recovery Site

ST. LOUIS, MO (April 26, 2004) - Connectria Corporation today announced that it has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide a 24/7 high performance, high-availability web environment to David's Bridal, a division of May Department Stores (NYSE: MAY). This solution includes the hosting of David's Bridal, David's Prom and Priscilla of Boston high traffic websites. This complex business-critical solution uses Foundry Server Iron load-balancing technology with Microsoft Windows servers running IBM WebSphere application servers, IBM DB2 databases, and web content imaging software from Scene7. The servers will utilize high-availability clustering technology from IBM and Microsoft, and the environment will be replicated using proprietary replication technology from Connectria to a secondary Connectria data center in order to provide rapid recovery in the event of a failure to any of the core components. David's Bridal will leverage Connectria's redundant Internet and data center infrastructure, as well as its expertise in IT infrastructure technologies from IBM, Microsoft and Scene7. Connectria is a Premier IBM Business Partner and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider.

About David's Bridal Group
David's Bridal is part of the Bridal Group of May Department Stores, and the nation's leading bridal retailer with over 220 locations nationwide. In 1950 the first David's Bridal opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It rapidly achieved notoriety as the most elegant bridal salon on the East Coast. In the following years, a partnership was formed that revolutionized the bridal industry. David's Bridal became the first mass merchandiser of bridal apparel in the United States, and The David's Difference was instantly recognized. May's Bridal Group consists of David's Bridal, After Hours Formalwear, and Priscilla of Boston. More information can be found at

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Connectria is a profitable and growing global provider of complex hosting and managed hosting services. Connectria offers an array of hosting services for companies of all sizes across a wide range of technologies, including Enterprise Applications, Software as a Service (SaaS), HIPAA Compliance Support, Data Center Outsourcing, Disaster Recovery and Cloud Computing. A privately held company, Connectria has built its business through reinvesting profits and without equity financing. Connectria operates world-class Data Centers, Network Operations Centers, and Engineering Centers located in St. Louis, Missouri and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From these facilities, Connectria operates as a virtual extension of its clients' IT organizations.

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