IONA's New CORBA Connect Program Offers Seamless CORBA to Web Services Migration

10/16/2002 - IONA®, the leading e-Business platform provider for Web Services Integration, announced CORBA® Connect, a software, services, and training package that delivers CORBA users a roadmap for success with Web services.

CORBA Connect is a cost-effective, rapid implementation program that combines IONA's Orbix E2ATM Web Services Integration Platform - XMLBus Edition, the services of an IONA-certified technical architect, and dedicated customer services support. Taking advantage of CORBA Connect, IONA customers can count on IONA engineers and consultants supporting them through every step of their strategic integration initiatives, helping them to fully utilize data and business logic of CORBA applications with Web services to create new efficiencies that streamline enterprise systems and business operations.

"The new CORBA Connect program from IONA offers organizations an exciting and a viable integration roadmap for new and old CORBA applications," said Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG). "IONA earned its position as an outstanding market visionary in CORBA integration technology in its early and vigorous leadership of the standards process and its major successes in solving the complex CORBA to COM interoperability problem in the early 1990's. Those early successes proved IONA understood how to make disparate software systems work together, and more importantly, what their customers needed to be successful. With CORBA Connect, IONA has again created a solution that can solve the interoperability challenge being faced by today's enterprise."

"More than 4,500 customers rely on IONA CORBA solutions to integrate mission-critical applications," said Bob Potter, vice president of business operations at IONA. "CORBA Connect protects these organizations' investments in CORBA by flattening the Web services learning curve. CORBA Connect enables them to quickly augment and extend their CORBA systems with Web services for cost-savings, improved flexibility and increased competitiveness."

CORBA Connect is based on IONA's Web Services Integration Platform - XMLBus Edition 5.4, which was announced by IONA on September 16, 2002 and is now generally available. XMLBus 5.4 delivers enhanced features that enable the bridging of CORBA systems to Web services, such as an "Operation Flow Designer" that addresses the problems inherent in mapping complex CORBA systems into more abstract, business-focused Web services. XMLBus 5.4 supports a variety of existing CORBA development platforms including Orbix, ORBacus and Borland's VisiBroker.

CORBA Connect is available immediately. Please contact IONA at 1-800-672-4948 in the United States, +353-1-637-2000 in Europe, or via email at: for more information on tailoring CORBA Connect to your project or organizations integration initiatives.

About IONA
IONA is the leading e-Business Platform provider for Web Services Integration with more than 4,500 customers worldwide. IONA Orbix E2ATM, 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.

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