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New Family of Service-Oriented Integration Products Reduce IT Cost and Complexity



Dublin, Ireland and Waltham, Mass. - October 20, 2003 - IONA®, (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high performance integration solutions, today announced Artix™. rtix is a family of service-oriented integration products that enable enterprises to renovate existing IT assets and consolidate legacy middleware to reduce IT cost, complexity, and vendor dependency while enhancing opportunities for future IT innovation.



“Ten years ago, IONA pioneered a software revolution with Orbix. Since that time, Global 2000 companies and their IT partners have adopted our vision and approach to “Making Software Work Together,” said Chris Horn, CEO and founder at IONA. “Artix applies this vision to today’s complex and dynamic business environment, making it possible for organisations to transform their technology heterogeneity from a liability to an asset.”


“IONA’s Artix family introduces significant and revolutionary improvements to the way that companies solve their critical integration challenges,” said Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst, ZapThink LLC. “IONA, with Artix, offers a compelling solution to companies looking to integrate existing IT assets and quickly address significant, immediate integration challenges, while also offering a potent solution for creating lasting value with a service-oriented architecture.”



The Artix family includes four initial products:

· Artix Encompass renovates existing applications built on disparate middleware platforms so they may be re-used and extended without impacting enterprise qualities of service.

· Artix Relay allows customers to build and deploy high-performance Web services links between CORBA®, MQSeries®, Tuxedo®, TIBCO™, and other middleware platforms to facilitate direct and reliable cross-platform communication.

· Artix Mainframe exposes mainframe CICS and IMS transactions as Web services without requiring mainframe application changes.

· Artix Migrate allows customers to abstract applications from legacy middleware, so that dependent systems can be migrated to more strategic, lower cost alternatives without disrupting ongoing operations.



IONA customers and partners, including BellSouth, Sprint, and Zurich Insurance, have chosen and are recommending Artix to cut costs by simplifying IT infrastructure.


“Companies are looking for a product that offers the capability of implementing next-generation architectures as well as help them accelerate the integration process,” said Keith Walter, managing director of the Communications and Mobile Industry practice of BearingPoint, an IONA partner. “Implementing a product like IONA's can jump-start this process without the need to abandon existing investments.”


The Technology Inside Artix

Artix is designed for IT organisations that need to unify their heterogeneous, high-performance infrastructure without degrading performance or reliability. Artix makes unique use of the Web Services Definition Language (WSDL) to make this integration possible while deploying a standards-based enterprise service contract model. Artix lets customers define WSDL service contracts for a variety of enterprise infrastructure platforms, including MQSeries, CORBA, CICS, IMS, Tuxedo, and TIBCO, and publish these as reusable Web services. Artix also allows customers to build new Web services in C++ that leverage the qualities of service of their MQSeries, Tuxedo, TIBCO, and CORBA middleware backbones as Web services transports.


Unlike “hub and spoke” designs common to EAI technologies, or dependence on a single technology that platform vendors demand, Artix’s distributed architecture ensures that applications and systems remain independent and loosely coupled, leaving them able to communicate with multiple systems using a common interface. Artix’ distributed scheme improves the scalability of integration projects and eliminates single-points of failure in the system.


“IONA’s comprehensive use of WSDL within Artix is unique, and a design that should be welcomed by companies looking to get value from existing applications or to consolidate their messaging and middleware resources,” said Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst, ZapThink LLC. “Artix incorporates the lessons learned from past iterations of distributed-computing integration including CORBA, and accounts for such progressive enterprise requirements as high-performance, protocol support, transaction security, and access to multiple web domains.”



Availability

Artix Relay and Artix Encompass are shipping NOW. Artix Migrate and Artix Mainframe will ship later this quarter.



About IONA

For more than a decade, IONA® Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA) has been a world leader in delivering high performance integration solutions for enterprise IT environments. IONA pioneered standards-based integration with its CORBA-based Orbix® product family. The Artix™ product family, IONA’s new generation of integration solutions, extends IONA’s commitment to service-oriented industry standards, including Web services.


IONA is committed to technology leadership and architectural focus. With its partners, IONA is the only company that can deliver NOW on the promise of service-oriented integration, making it possible for customers to achieve system longevity and agility at a significantly lower cost.


IONA’s customers include Global 2000 companies in telecommunications, financial services, aerospace, and manufacturing, including AT&T, Verizon, BellSouth, Deutsche Telekom, British Telecom, Hong Kong Telecom, NTT, Credit Suisse, Bank of Montreal, Merrill Lynch, Winterthur Insurance, Zurich Insurance and Boeing.


IONA is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at .



IONA, IONA Technologies, the IONA logo, Orbix, High Performance Integration, Artix, Mobile Orchestrator and Making Software Work Together are trademarks or registered trademarks of IONA Technologies PLC and/or its subsidiaries. J2EE is a trademark or registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. CORBA is a trademark or registered trademark of the Object Management Group, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks that may appear herein are the property of their respective owners.

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