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N.B. Please see advisory at the end of the release for further details on SonicMQ versus Web Logic JMC implementation.



SLOUGH — November 19, 2001 –— Progress Software subsidiary Sonic Software today announced that it has
integrated SonicMQ®, its award-winning* Java™ Message Service (JMS) technology product with BEA® WebLogic®.
The integration combines BEA’s application server, which has a leading 36 per cent share of the market, with
the most reliable, secure and scalable Java-compliant messaging middleware.




Sonic Software designs and develops the Sonic family of products in the USA. In the UK and the rest of Europe,
they are distributed by the Progress Company.




In addition to SonicMQ messaging middleware, BEA customers can also increase the reliability and security of
Web services with SonicXQ™, the recently announced platform for Web services. SonicXQ adds reliability and
security to Web services by combining standards-based, any-to-any connectivity and support for business
processes on a message-based platform.




“Many BEA customer already enjoy the best-of-breed benefits of SonicMQ, such as our patent-pending Dynamic
Routing Architecture**,” said Danny Goodall, Progress business unit manager for Sonic products in EMEA. “These
customers have extended the value of their investment in the WebLogic platform with SonicMQ.”




SonicMQ is among the most reliable messaging products available, providing a highly scalable, standards-based
Internet middleware for guaranteed and secure delivery of business-critical data across the extended
enterprise or among companies for B2B exchange. SonicMQ supports Internet standards and is the first JMS
technology product to implement the robust transactional capabilities required by the Java Enterprise Edition
(J2EE) 1.3 specification, and includes a XAResource API to guarantee the end-to-end transactional integrity of
messages. Additionally, SonicMQ’s patent-pending Dynamic Routing Architecture™ (DRA) ensures guaranteed
message delivery, and unparalleled performance and scalability.




Notes for editors:



*Awards from JavaPro, SIGS Java Developers conference, and the Java Developer’s Journal.


**Dynamic Routing Architecture™ (DRA). This patent-pending feature provides the ability to dynamically support
tens of thousands of connections or business partners to an e-business solution. Through the DRA, SonicMQ
allows users to participate in a massively scalable messaging infrastructure delivering millions of messages
per day.


N.B. See attached advisory for information on technical advantages of SonicMQ for WebLogic users.



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 2000 independent software vendors (ISVs) and
application
service providers (ASPs) who supply annually over billion in Progress®-based applications and related
services. Over 40,000 organisations across more than 100 countries - including 70% of the Fortune 100 - rely
on Progress-based applications. The Progress Company, and Sonic Software are operating companies of Progress
Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), which is headquartered in Bedford, Mass., and can be reached in the UK at
01753 216300 or on the Web at http://www.progress.com



Progress is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. SonicMQ,
SonicXQ , the Sonic Software Logo 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. BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform is a trademark of BEA
Systems, Inc. Any other trademarks or service marks 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


ADVISORY


SonicMQ for BEA WebLogic customers


When the question of scale and reliability arises for messaging volumes, SonicMQ provides a cost-effective
solution for extending the user’s existing investment in WebLogic application servers.


How does SonicMQ achieve this?


Although Sun’s Java Message Service (JMS) defines the communication protocol between applications and
messaging engines, the way the messaging engine is implemented is left up to the individual vendor. This gives
rise to wide variances in performance for reliability, scalability, cost and maintenance overheads.


SonicMQ implements JMS mandated features according to best practices, and de facto standards.


Features, not available from the JMS implementation in WebLogic, which improve reliability, scalability and
allow SonicMQ to meet the needs of the extended enterprise include: load balancing; failover; support for
cluster-wide topics by all servers in a cluster; point-to-point local and global queuing, parallel processing;
dynamic reconfiguration of SonicMQ servers; cluster to cluster communication (Dynamic Routing Architecture™)
to enable connection between geographically and administratively dispersed organisations; flow control to
avoid an overload imbalance between incoming and outgoing messages, automated resource monitoring and
intervention, and automatic clearance of expired messages, to name a few.



For further information please contact Salli Roskilly
Saffron Communications T: 01763 208708 in the first instance.



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