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BankFrame demonstrates enterprise-wide capabilities of Java for mainstream banking applications meeting demands for continuous uptime across a banks multiple customer touchpoints.

Dublin, 1 October 2001 – Eontec, a leading provider of Enterprise Java Bean™ (EJB™)-based multi-channel banking software, today announced the achievement of Advanced ClusterProven* verification for the IBM eServer* pSeries* platform. The verification process tested the performance and recovery functionality of BankFrame™, Eontec’s e-Banking platform, using clustered IBM eServers. Results demonstrated the resilience of BankFrame and EJB technology for mission critical applications in a production environment, meeting the demands for continuous uptime across a banks multiple customer touch points.

The rigorous testing, undertaken at IBM’s Solutions Business Partner Centre in Waltham, MA, illustrated that BankFrame assures high systems availability and high quality transaction throughput on the IBM eServer pSeries platform, AIX* operating system, IBM WebSphere* e-infrastructure software and various server configurations ranging from small UNIX clusters to large SMP environments.

The testing also demonstrated that BankFrame has the scalability to support High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing (HACMP) for banking applications. As John Randles CTO, Eontec comments: “If a banks delivery channel is down, customers can easily be lost. HACMP running on high performance clustered pSeries UNIX servers for IBM provides the performance required to service customers 24 x 7. We now have results to demonstrate that BankFrame and HACMP are an excellent combination.”

Eontec works with IBM, including IBM Global Services, for implementations and delivery. The company has worked closely with IBM over the past two years to provide the seamless integration of BankFrame with IBM hardware and middleware demanded by the world’s tier one financial institutions.

Randles comments: “Third party validation from IBM is one of the many seals of approval that banks expect from applications that require high availability and high transaction throughput. The ClusterProven standard demonstrates that BankFrame combined with IBM clustered pSeries eServers can be trusted in critical development and transaction environments.”

Randles continues: “The combination of BankFrame’s repository of reusable banking processes, multi-channel architecture and automated tools with IBM’s world leading high performance hardware and middleware architectures is powerful. With our combined technology, specialist knowledge and expertise in the financial services arena, we are well placed to help solve the IT development problems of large financial institutions and continue to move Java into mainstream banking applications.”

About IBM eServer pSeries and AIX

IBM eServer pSeries systems provide the highest level of availability, scalability and performance to power the most demanding commercial and technical applications. The eServer pSeries line includes systems ranging from compact towers, which provide powerful entries into the world of e-business, to enterprise servers like the p680, which are well suited for large-scale, mission-critical workloads. IBM eServer pSeries servers run IBM's highly-rated AIX operating system to provide unmatched security, systems management and Web performance.

About Eontec

Eontec is recognised as the global leader in the development and delivery of Enterprise Java Banking solutions and is the only vendor providing an e-Banking platform that combines business content, architecture and tools in one offering. BankFrame™ from Eontec is the next generation global e-Banking platform enabling banks to achieve a consolidated view of any customer across all service delivery channels. Based on Enterprise JavaBean™ (EJB™) technology, BankFrame™ is composed of a multi-channel architecture, the world’s largest repository of reusable banking processes and a unique and powerful automated toolset. This enables future-proof banking solutions to be easily assembled and deployed across all delivery channels, including wireless devices, the internet, call centres and traditional branches.

Eontec pioneered EJB™ technology for the financial services industry and today is still building on its significant first mover advantages. Eontec was the first company to offer multi-channel EJB™ based banking software and the first to offer a fully automated end-to-end design, assembly and delivery toolset for rolling out secure, scalable banking products and delivery channels. BankFrame™ is delivered through ‘’ the world’s first web portal for banking developers, and deployed by a worldwide partner network. Business Partners include IBM, Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, BEA, and Perot Systems.

Founded in 1994 by banking and IT specialists, Eontec is based in Dublin and currently employs 300 people worldwide with offices and development centres in Ireland, United States, Canada, Germany, UK and India.

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