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Industrial strength enhancements in reliability, large message support and wireless messaging capability
cxtend SonicMQ’s messaging middleware leadership

24 October 2001 – The Progress Company, today introduced SonicMQ® 4.0, the next generation of the
award-winning messaging software for the reliable, scalable and secure transport of business-critical
information throughout the extended enterprise. This release extends SonicMQ’s leadership in the
message-oriented middleware (MOM) market by providing increased interoperability with existing applications
and emerging architectures, support for wireless messaging, large messages and more industrial-strength

Progress subsidiary, Sonic Software, designs and develops SonicMQ in the USA. In Europe, SonicMQ is
distributed exclusively by the Progress Company.

“Working closely with customers, Sonic Software identified ways to improve SonicMQ, while increasing the range of the messaging solutions to better support mesaging requirements today,” said Danny Goodall, Sonic Business

Unit Manager at Progress EMEA. “SonicMQ provides unmatched reliability, security and scalability for
businesses that need basic messaging middleware, while it also extends to meet the needs of complex global

SonicMQ 4.0
Based on the Java Message Service (JMS) specification, SonicMQ supports Internet standards and is the first
JMS technology product to implement the standard, robust, transactional capabilities that are required by the
Java™ 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.3 specification.

Secure HTTP Support - SonicMQ enables secure, seamless interoperability between JMS and HTTP-based clients.
This allows developers to “plug and play” with third-party technologies based on industry standards.
Industrial Strength Capabilities - SonicMQ combines multi-part message streaming with guaranteed delivery for
any size message, including very large messages such as XML document or CAD files, the ability to scale to
highest-speed industry transactions with “zero data loss,” and per message encryption to ensure maximum
Reliability - SonicMQ is the most reliable Java messaging product available and the only JMS product to offer
client local persistence that guarantees client-to-broker message delivery and expands client resilience to
network outages.

About SonicMQ
SonicMQ provides highly scalable, standards-based Internet middleware that enables the guaranteed and secure
delivery of business-critical data between applications across the distributed enterprise or among companies
for B2B exchange. SonicMQ natively supports Web standards and the Java Message Service (JMS) specification,
which provides a standard set of interfaces and messaging models. SonicMQ is fully compliant with the Sun JAVA 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) standard and includes a XAResource API to guarantee end-to-end transactional
integrity of mission-critical information. Additionally, SonicMQ features patent-pending Dynamic Routing
Architecture™ (DRA), providing guaranteed message delivery, and unparalleled performance and scalability.
Sonic Software is today’s leading vendor of technology based on JMS standards, and licenses its technology to
some of the industry’s largest J2EE technology-based application server vendors, including HP, Borland
Software and IONA. SonicMQ has also been selected as the JMS-based messaging infrastructure of choice for some of today’s most demanding messaging environments such as GE Global eXchange Services (GXS), Commerce One’s
MarketSiteTM, the e-marketplace operating environment, and WRQ® Verastream Integration Broker™.

SonicMQ is distributed by the Progress Company in the EMEA region.

About the Progress Company
The Progress Company is a global supplier of software technology and services for developing, deploying,
integrating and managing e-business solutions. The company provides a comprehensive suite of products that
includes application development tools, application servers, the leading e-business messaging server SonicMQ,
and the industry's most widely used, lowest-cost-of-ownership embedded database.

The Progress Company's partners include more than 2,000 independent software vendors (ISVs) and application
service providers (ASPs) who supply annually over $5 billion in Progress®-based applications and related
services. Over 40,000 organizations across more than 100 countries - including 70% of the Fortune 100 - rely
on Progress-based applications. The Progress Company, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation
(NASDAQ: PRGS), is headquartered in Bedford, Mass., and can be reached at 1-781-280-4000 or on the Web at

SonicMQ, Dynamic Routing Architecture, and The Backbone of the Extended Enterprise are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Sonic Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Java and all Java-based
marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All
other trademarks and/or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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