IONA's New Mainframe Release Optimizes Decades of Investment in Mainframe Systems, Resources, and Training to Support New Organizational Objectives

2/19/2003 - IONA®, the leading provider of Rapid Integration software (NASDAQ: IONA), announced the availability of Orbix® ASP Mainframe Edition v5.1- the industry's most advanced, high-performance, and full-featured mainframe integration solution.

Orbix Mainframe v5.1 is based on IONA's patented Adaptive Runtime Technology (ART), making it the only enterprise-class integration solution that can deliver the unique scalability and performance advantages of a 'Service-Oriented Architecture' to the mainframe. Orbix Mainframe v5.1 empowers mainframe engineers to take part in e-business and integration projects by allowing them to use their existing skill-sets to expose mainframe functionality as 'services' that are readily reusable and interoperable with other mainframe and non-mainframe-based business systems and applications. This creates a new level of application availability and resource empowerment that helps organizations realize demonstrable gains in productivity, flexibility and ROI.

"IONA's Orbix Mainframe integration technology has made it possible for us to leverage our existing mainframe systems in a variety of innovative ways that support our organizations larger business objectives," said Peter Schulte, Head Architect, GAD, a leading German banking services company. "We've used IONA's technology to create re-usable mainframe-based services that interoperate through standard interfaces with new applications. Doing so has resulted in immediate and tangible ROI, and has given us an edge in the highly competitive German banking market."

Other global organizations realizing the productivity, performance, and ROI benefits of IONA's Orbix Mainframe include BellSouth, Credit Suisse, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

"Organizations' mainframe investments are typically measured in developer centuries and millions of lines of code," said Joe Schwartz, vice president of product management at IONA. "With their Y2K projects, these organizations underscored the irreplaceable nature of their mainframe systems. We've built the Orbix Mainframe v5.1 for organizations that want to incorporate their COBOL, PL/1, CICS and IMS assets into their larger IT strategies going forward. And we've designed our product so that mainframe developers can integrate a mainframe system with an application running in a UNIX application server, or connect a mainframe application to a J2EE or Microsoft .NET system using Web services."

The Orbix Mainframe v5.1 is built on IONA's patented Adaptive Runtime TechnologyTM (ART). In addition to dramatically enhancing the product's scalability and performance, ART makes it possible to extend IONA's cross-platform enterprise services - for security, transactions, management, high availability - to integrated systems that include mainframe applications.

Other significant features of the Orbix Mainframe v5.1 include:

Pricing and Availability:
IONA's Orbix Mainframe v5.1 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: to learn more about how Orbix Mainframe v5.1 can support your organizations integration initiatives. Additional product information is also available at:

About IONA
IONA is the leading provider of Rapid Integration software with more than 4,500 customers worldwide. IONA's award-winning Rapid Integration software products are built on: service-oriented architectures that increase reuse of software assets to deliver lasting results, standards-based software that enables vendor independence, and incremental deployment capabilities that lower the customer's risk.

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

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