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IONA Orbix E2A XMLBus v5.4 Extends and Optimizes Corba Investments With Web Services

XMLBus v5.4 Enables CORBA, .NET, J2EE, MQSeries and Mainframe Application Connectivity

Designed to Enhance Availability of Enterprise Systems for Application Integration and New Revenue Opportunities

Waltham, MA, USA. September 16, 2002.

IONA, the leading e-Business Platform provider for Web Services Integration, today announced Orbix E2A Web Services Integration Platform - XMLBus Edition v5.4, the latest version of its award-winning visual environment for developing, deploying, integrating, and managing secure Web services.

IONA's Orbix E2A - XMLBus Edition v5.4 delivers enhanced features that enable the bridging of CORBA systems to Web services. New features such as an "Operation Flow Designer" address the problems inherent in mapping complex CORBA systems into more abstract, business-focused Web services. By making it easier to connect CORBA and Web services, IONA's Orbix E2A - XMLBus Edition v5.4 creates opportunities for organizations to leverage their application and system assets in new and productive ways that can improve business efficiency, while reducing resource dependency and operational costs

"Today's volatile business environment necessitates that enterprises mitigate risk, reduce cost and leverage assets to support new business models. Clearly vendors that enable the enterprise to extend the reach and useful life of an existing, costly IT asset like a distributed system for 'new economy needs' fill a significant void," said Joanne Friedman, Vice President, Electronic Business Strategies at the META Group. "Coupling less-intrusive, less-disruptive Web services technology with existing CORBA systems results in a unique value proposition for the enterprise: 'the renewable IT asset.' Enterprises that need solutions like this are after a highly innovative, optimization strategy with long-term benefits."

"IONA has added additional capabilities to its broad ranging Orbix E2A Web Services Integration Platform, which will consolidate its position amongst the market leaders," said Tim Jennings, research production director, Butler Group. "These new capabilities will enable IONA CORBA customers to utilize and extend their investments through Web services and XML Bus 5.4 technology. This clearly reflects IONA's understanding of the practical situation that organizations are facing in real-world integration problems."

"We've been taking advantage of IONA's CORBA-based integration technology for more than five years, realizing flexibility, performance and time-to-market benefits with each project," said Clayton Lockhart, vice president for strategic network and operations architecture, AT&T Labs Network. "We now have a need and opportunity to leverage these projects and information to meet changing customer and business demands. IONA's Orbix E2A XMLBus offers us a cost-effective and timely method for realizing return from these past investments using Web services."

Examples of integration scenarios in which IONA customers have begun to deploy Web services to extend and optimize their CORBA investments include:

  • Integrating CORBA applications with other internal applications -- typically based on J2EE, mainframe or Microsoft technologies -- without tampering with the stable CORBA system or incurring the expense of developing new CORBA interface code

  • Exposing existing CORBA systems -- and their valuable information or functionality -- to other parts of the organization, where CORBA previously had been a barrier to interoperability

  • Extending CORBA applications for use over the Internet, where they are accessible from browsers or other applications by partners, customers, etc.

  • Migrating older CORBA applications to newer versions of CORBA -- or consolidate and rationalize redundant CORBA systems -- without disruption or functionality or availability.

"IONA's more than 4,000 customers are our biggest asset, and we are committed to helping them realize continuous value from past investments in IONA and CORBA," said Joseph Schwartz, vice president of product management at IONA. "Web services are a natural choice to extend CORBA applications because they allow organizations a cost-effective and resource-sensitive method of harvesting the valuable data and functionality found within CORBA and other distributed systems. With Orbix E2A - XMLBus Edition v5.4, organizations get a real, simplified solution for putting this data and functionality in the hands of business analysts, sales operations, and marketing organizations to support new revenue streams and sustained growth."

Orbix E2A - XMLBus Edition v5.4 enhanced features include:

  • Complete CORBA data type support, including ANYs and direct support for common CORBA design patterns such as the Factory Model

  • Support for IONA's Orbix 2000, Orbix 3, and ORBacus, and Borland VisiBroker CORBA technologies

  • 'Operation Flow Designer' capabilities, which solve the "impedance mismatch" problem inherent in bridging object systems and Web services

  • Secure SSL-based dispatching of Web services to CORBA systems with propagation of security credentials

  • Doubling of runtime performance over previous versions of XMLBus technology

  • Built on IONA's Adaptive Runtime Technology (ART) bringing enterprise Qualities-of-Service (QoS) to Web services applications.

For additional information on Orbix E2A - XMLBus v5.4 enhanced features, as well as product documentation, interoperability and standards specifications, whitepapers and Web services training information, visit

Availability and Pricing

The Orbix E2A Web Services Integration Platform XMLBus Edition v5.4 will be generally available on September 30, 2002. Earlier editions of Orbix E2A XMLBus are available immediately at Pricing for Orbix E2A - XMLBus Edition v5.4 begins at $495 per development license.

About IONA

IONA is the leading e-Business Platform provider for Web Services Integration with more than 4,500 customers worldwide. IONA Orbix E2A, which consists of the award-winning Orbix E2A Web Services Integration Platform and Orbix E2A Application Server Platform, enables the flow of information across disparate systems and the liberation of application assets for new business opportunities.

Founded in 1991, IONA (NASDAQ: IONA) is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See other references in the news item of 2002-09-16: "IONA Orbix E2A XMLBus Version 5.4 Connects Corba with Web Services."

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