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SonicMQ® 4.0 2 –16 times faster than WebSphereMQ 5.2



LONDON, 19 February 2002 — SonicMQ® 4.0, the award-winning Internet middleware from Progress subsidiary Sonic
Software, dramatically outperformed IBM WebSphereMQ (formerly MQSeries) 5.2 in a series of independently
performed messaging benchmark tests. SonicMQ is consistently faster in 40 different business messaging test
configurations, with throughputs that are 100 - 1500 percent faster than those of WebSphereMQ.




SonicMQ 4.0 achieved overwhelmingly higher message rates for both topics and queues. The comprehensive message
performance comparison included point-to-point and publish/subscribe domains from light to very heavy message
loads. The tests compared two implementations of the Java™ Message Service (JMS) API, which allows software
applications to create, send, receive and read messages between applications in a reliable, secure fashion
throughout the extended enterprise.




These comparative third party benchmark tests, conducted by Jahming Technologies, demonstrate that SonicMQ 4.0
outperformed WebSphereMQ 5.2 in all areas of testing:




— Point-to-point testing - in one-to-one message tests, SonicMQ 4.0 produced throughputs of up to four times
that of WebSphereMQ. In tests where many messages were sent, SonicMQ broker was 2.6 to 4.4 times faster than
the WebSphereMQ broker.




— Durable publish/subscribe testing - the report concluded, “it is apparent that SonicMQ far outperforms
(WebSphereMQ) here.” At light loads, Sonic outpaced IBM by a 2-1 margin. That gap widened to 6 times the
throughput under medium load testing. SonicMQ broker easily handled a high-volume of activity (1000
connections and 500 topics), while WebSphereMQ broker failed to successfully complete the test.




— Non-durable publish/subscribe testing - the report showed “a dramatic throughput difference between the two
JMS brokers being compared.” For both one-to-one and few-to-many tests, SonicMQ yielded message rates
significantly faster than WebSphereMQ. In one test, the SonicMQ broker achieved throughputs 16 times faster
than those of the WebSphereMQ broker.



Complete results and analysis are available on Sonic Software's Web site at
http://sonicsoftware.com/products/how_to_benchmark.htm.




“Although different JMS providers conform to and implement the JMS API specification, the performance
achievable with these providers vary significantly under many test configurations,” said Justine Hebert,
principal analyst for Jahming Technologies. “This competitive testing project illustrates a variety of
high-volume messaging business scenarios and the widely differing message rates produced by 2 different
providers - SonicMQ outperformed WebSphereMQ in every tested scenario.”




“This benchmarking report clearly demonstrates that SonicMQ 4.0 delivers information - in whatever volume an
enterprise needs - faster and more reliably than the competition,” said Danny Goodall, Marketing Director
Sonic Products at Progress EMEA. “Users of MQSeries can benefit from the performance enhancements offered by
SonicMQ by using our SonicMQ bridge to MQSeries.”




About Jahming Technologies



Jahming provides application performance monitoring and metering software and services. Its clients include
software and hardware vendors in the Access Control and Entitlement market, Telecommunications, High
Availability Computing, Enterprise Communication and Grid Computing industries. For more information on the
services provided by Jahming, or its flagship product, Perf4J, see www.jahming.com.




SONIC SOFTWARE AND MARKET GROWTH



Sonic Software has experienced tremendous growth over the last year, as revenues from SonicMQ®, Sonic’s
award-winning messaging platform, grew three-fold in the past year and the company released SonicXQ™ v.1.0, an
intelligent XML backbone for Web services implementations.




Market Demand for Message Oriented Middleware



According to IDC’s Message-Oriented Middleware Market Forecast and Analysis, 2001–2005 report (IDC #24852,
June 2001), the market for MOM continues to grow — up 28% between 1999 and 2000, with continuing growth
through 2004–2005, when IDC forecasts that the MOM market will top off at 1 million.




Several factors will contribute to the overall health of the MOM market over the forecast period, including:

- The need exists for MOM to serve as an important foundation for creating flexible ebusiness platforms.


- MOM products are able to serve as a framework for adding critical ebusiness services as needed
(incrementally or otherwise) within an organisation.


- The store-and-forward capabilities of MOM are especially suitable for the wireless market. Products with
guaranteed, once-and-once only delivery mechanisms should do extremely well as infrastructure for wireless and
mobile-enabled applications.


- MOM is a key enabling technology for both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C)
initiatives, as MOM inherently supports an event-driven mode of processing.

- MOM products will continue to be increasingly bundled and sold as part of overall applications server or
businessware integration solutions.


- Next-generation MOM products must accommodate loosely coupled systems, standards-based architectures, and
Internet technologies in a seamless, easy-to-implement fashion.


Market research firm Gartner, Inc. predicts that by the second half of 2002, 75 percent of companies with
greater than 0 million in revenue will interface periodically with web services. Support for
service-oriented architectures puts Sonic Software at the forefront of messaging technology. Messaging is the
best foundation for creating distributed services by connecting loosely coupled applications both within the
firewall and across the extended enterprise.



About Progress Software


Progress Software 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.



Progress Software’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). Sonic Software designs and develops the Sonic range of products in the
USA. In Europe, they are distributed by Progress Software. Progress Software Corporation is headquartered in
Bedford, Mass., and can be reached in the UK at 01753 216300 or on the web at www.progress.com



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