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IONA extends integration solution leadership with web services-based Artix™

  • 18 November, 2003 15:30

<p>Sydney, Australia – 18 November 2003 - IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high-performance integration solutions, today announced Artix™, its new family of web services-based, service-oriented integration products designed to help businesses leverage legacy investments in IT systems and reduce IT operational costs.</p>
<p>“Systems integration is still most companies’ single biggest IT expense and integration challenges are expected to remain a huge part of IT spend for the foreseeable future,” said Michael Barnes, vice-president, Technology Research Services, META Group. "The integration of mission critical technology assets using web services can provide significant economic and technical value for companies with diversified infrastructures.”</p>
<p>According to Rob Mills, managing director of IONA, ANZ and ASEAN, by using Artix to renovate and consolidate their current middleware environments, IONA’s early adopters of the web services-based technology have achieved savings on developer training, system maintenance and software licensing costs of between 30 percent and 60 percent.</p>
<p>“Research shows that integration costs in the 1990s went way beyond initial projections, with an estimated 88 percent of data integration products having run over budget or failed,” explained Mills. “In many cases, this ‘middleware’ evolved in an uncoordinated fashion, resulting in complicated, hard-to-manage, expensive computing patchwork.”</p>
<p>Artix, however, 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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>"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."
IONA customers and partners, including BellSouth, Sprint, and Zurich Insurance, have chosen and are recommending Artix to cut costs by simplifying IT infrastructure.</p>
<p>"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."</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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's distributed scheme improves the scalability of integration projects and eliminates single-points of failure in the system.</p>
<p>"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."</p>
<p>Availability
Artix Relay and Artix Encompass are shipping now. Artix Migrate and Artix Mainframe will ship later this quarter.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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&amp;T, Verizon, BellSouth, Deutsche Telekom, British Telecom, Hong Kong Telecom, NTT, Bank of Montreal, Merrill Lynch, Winterthur Insurance and Boeing. Australian customers include Macquarie Bank, Vodafone, Telstra and the Department of Defence. Overseas customers with local branches include Credit Suisse and Zurich Insurance.
IONA is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with US headquarters in Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our web site at http://www.iona.com.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>Media contacts
IONA
Majella Nolan, Marketing Manager ASEAN
Tel: (02) 8912 2721
Mobile: 0412 587 711
Email: majella.nolan@iona.com</p>
<p>Watterson Marketing Communications
Hannah Watterson
Tel: (02) 9437 6122
Mobile: 0419 531 332
Email: hannah.watterson@watterson.com.au</p>

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