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SendGrid Launches on Windows Azure Enterprise Cloud Platform

Relationship Allows Developers to Manage Transactional Email Initiatives Entirely Within the Windows Azure Cloud Environment (January 17, 2012)

BOULDER, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/17/12 -- SendGrid (http://www.sendgrid.com), the leader in email deliverability, today announced a partnership with Windows Azure, Microsoft's enterprise-grade cloud platform for building, hosting and scaling web applications. The relationship will bring SendGrid's industry-leading email infrastructure to Windows Azure customers and will include a free package, with 25,000 free emails each month, as part of the initial sign-up.

Tens of thousands of companies and web developers currently use the Windows Azure cloud platform to build and deliver innovative web applications to their customer bases. Many of these applications rely on transactional email to confirm order purchases, send updates and notifications and confirm account details. By leveraging SendGrid as part of the Windows Azure partner ecosystem, developers can avoid the complexity of maintaining a proprietary transactional email solution and the cost of assigning developer resources to manage it.

"Windows Azure customers need a transactional email delivery system that they can integrate with their applications," said Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, Windows Azure Application Platform, at Microsoft. "As part of the Windows Azure partner ecosystem, SendGrid can help customers by providing the email infrastructure and tools to get their transactional emails to the inbox, while managing their applications entirely within the Windows Azure environment."

"Even in the era of the social web, email remains the bedrock communications channel, with millions of web applications relying on it to reach and retain their customers," said Jim Franklin, CEO, SendGrid. "Our availability within the Windows Azure cloud ecosystem makes it even easier for developers to migrate their transactional email infrastructure to the cloud and focus on their core product offerings."


Additional detail on SendGrid's packaging and pricing can be found at http://sendgrid.com/azure.html.

About SendGrid
SendGrid is the leader in email deliverability. SendGrid's cloud-based platform increases email deliverability, provides actionable insight and scales to meet any volume of email, relieving businesses of the cost and complexity of maintaining custom email infrastructures. The email delivery platform of choice for 40,000 web application companies and developers, including foursquare, Pinterest, Airbnb, Twilio and Path, SendGrid delivers more than 2.6 billion emails per month. Founded in 2009 and based in Boulder, Colo., SendGrid is backed by Foundry Group, Highway 12 Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners and several notable individual investors. For more information, visit www.sendgrid.com.

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