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New SonicMQ Bridges extend e-business messaging capabilities to
IBM MQSeries, E-mail and FTP Services.

Slough, March 29th 2001 — Sonic Software Corporation has begun shipping
the latest release of Java messaging
server, SonicMQ™ Version 3.v1 with a new family of bridges designed to
improve connectivity and integration
with other messaging types and products, including IBM’s MQ Series®. The
bridges are an add-on product at no
charge and available for download on the web.

The increasing opportunities for greater business-to-business (B2B) and
application-to-application
(A2A)integration depend on reliable guaranteed messaging. SonicMQ is one
of the most open products designed
specifically for e-business messaging; enabling developers to
transparently route messages to other Java™
Message Services and disparate legacy systems as well as e-business
services such as e-mail or internet
protocols like FTP.

Greg O’Connor, president of Sonic Software, said: “SonicMQ’s quality of
service and flexibility, such as
connection time failover and the dynamic routing on a per message basis,
are unmatched by any other JMS
provider. We’ve achieved seamless integration with IBM’s MQSeries, as
well as other messaging systems,
expanding the message management and message mapping capabilities of the
SonicMQ Bridges.”

In particular, the SonicMQ™ Bridge for IBM MQSeries overcomes the
problem of integrating the new world of JMS
messaging—with its flexible messaging models—with the world of MQSeries
queues. It allows connection to third
parties through an MQSeries interface, as well as to virtually any
existing enterprise application built on
top of an MQSeries infrastructure.
The SonicMQ Bridge for IBM MQSeries is easily configured and completely
transparent to client applications
requiring no changes to be made to existing JMS or MQSeries applications
for exchanging messages between the
two domains.

SonicMQ represents a major advance over previous generations of
messaging products and is widely recognised as
the leader in e-business messaging. It natively supports internet
standards and is based on the Java Message
Service (JMS) specification, which provides a common set of interfaces,
messaging concepts and programming
strategies.

SonicMQ has been chosen by many leading e-commerce companies, such as
Commerce One’s Covisint, Hewlett Packard
and GE Global eXchange Services, and has won numerous awards, including
Java Pro Magazine’s Readers Choice
Award for Best Java Messaging Tool, Best Java Middleware from attendees
at the SIGS Conference for Java
Development, and a World Class Award from Java Developer’s Journal.

About Sonic Software Corporation
Sonic Software is a leading provider of e-business messaging (EBM)
software and services. The SonicMQ™
E-Business Messaging Server™ provides highly scalable, standards-based
internet middleware that enables the
guaranteed and secure delivery of business data between applications
across the distributed enterprise or
between companies for B2B exchange.

Sonic Software Corporation, an operating company of Progress Software
Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), is
headquartered in Bedford, MA and can be found at www.sonicmq.com.
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SonicMQ is a trademark of Sonic Software Corporation in the United
States and other countries. MQSeries is a
registered trademark of International Business Machine Corporation. Java
and all Java-based marks are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc in the US
and other countries. All other
trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Press enquiries to: Salli Roskilly, Saffron Communications.
T: +44 (0)1763 208708 F: +44 (0)1763 208813 E: salli@saffroncoms.com

Sonic Software: Markus Speier, Marketing Manager, EMEA
Tel: +49 (0)711 18293-41 Fax: +49 (0)711 18293-48
E: Markus.Speier@progress.com

TECHNICAL NOTE FOR EDITORS.

AVAILABILITY
The family of SonicMQ Bridges includes:
- Bridge for IBM MQSeries
- Bridge for JMS
- Bridge for FTP
- Bridge for Mail

Downloadable from:
The Developer’s Edition of SonicMQ Bridges is free and available for
download at

http://www.progress.com/cgi-bin/sonic.cgi/download_product.w...


FEATURES
Ease of use - Requires no programming modifications to applications.
Mappings between multiple sources and
destinations are user-defined via an XML-based configuration file.
Provides centralised administration via a
graphical user interface or command line.

Extensive Interoperability - Facilitates data exchange between multiple
sources and destinations in each
domain. Simultaneously interoperates with multiple types of messaging
systems and internet services at any
time, and anywhere on the network. Supports both JMS messaging models:
publish/subscribe and point-to-point.

Quality of Service (QoS) - Intelligently maps QoS from one messaging
system to another, protecting against
message loss.

Standards Adherent - Supports JMS 1.0.2, standard communication
protocols including TCP/IP, HTTP, SSL, and
popular mail protocols such as SMTP, IMAP and POP3.



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