IONA and JBoss Group Form Alliance to Offer Enterprise-Level Services

11/11/2003 - JBoss Group LLC, provider of the most popular Java-based application server and IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high performance integration solutions for mission critical IT environments, announced a strategic alliance. Under the agreement, IONA and JBoss Group will collaborate to offer customers enterprise-level services including consulting, training, and support for the JBoss® application server. The partnership also certifies IONA as a JBoss Authorized Service Partner.

The strategic alliance will help JBoss Group accelerate the adoption of the JBoss application server at a time when open source is becoming an increasingly attractive option for enterprise customers, while providing IONA the opportunity to forge new enterprise-level relationships within those organizations. The alliance offers customers a compelling value proposition, bringing together IONA's expertise in solving and supporting the integration needs of the world's most complex and highly distributed enterprise systems, with the industry's most popular open source application server.

"We are delighted to partner with IONA, recognizing the significant value IONA brings to customers,” said Marc Fleury, founder and president of JBoss Group. “IONA is extremely capable of supporting the JBoss platform in complex, heterogeneous mission-critical environments, which will help give many enterprise customers the assurances they need to develop and deploy on the JBoss platform."

"IONA is extremely pleased to partner with the JBoss Group. With more than four million downloads since its inception, JBoss has demonstrated the overwhelming need and customer benefit of open source J2EE technology," said Chris Horn, CEO, IONA Technologies. "J2EE is a standard for most new application development, but for enterprise customers, J2EE is only one of a number of technologies that have to work together. The benefits which IONA's partnership with the JBoss Group brings to customers are our unique capability to efficiently integrate and operationally support complex, heterogeneous enterprise IT environments, and our track record in leveraging standards-based software to meet those requirements."

As part of the alliance, IONA will offer a range of enterprise-level consultancy, training and support options to the JBoss community. Support offerings can be bundled with IONA's current Enterprise Level Support agreements for its Orbix® and ArtixTM families of integration products or on a stand-alone basis for JBoss customers. IONA will leverage the JBoss Group back office support structure for a complete coverage for customers.

"The alliance is a strategic move for both JBoss Group and IONA," said Pierre Fricke, executive vice president, Web Application Infrastructure, D.H. Brown Associates. "This will stengthen JBoss in the enterprise market and enable new services that take advantage of IONA's enterprise integration expertise. Together, they are increasing the competitiveness of the the J2EE platform."

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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 ArtixTM 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

About JBoss Group
JBoss Group LLC is dedicated to delivering on the vision of Professional Open Source. The company brings together core developers of the JBoss application server and related open source technologies, such as Tomcat, Hibernate and JGroups, to provide expert production and development support, training, consulting, and documentation. JBoss has been downloaded more than four million times since its release in 2001, making it the most popular standards-compliant, Java-based application server in the industry. Companies such as BASF, Corporate Express, EA Games, LeapFrog, MCI and Nielsen Media Research use JBoss in production. Partners offering JBoss alongside or embedded in their products include Apple, Borland and webMethods. JBoss Group has headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., and Neuchâtel, Switzerland. For additional information, please visit

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. JBoss is a registered trademark of Marc Fleury. Java is a registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc., in the United States and other countries.

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