Artix Mainframe Extends Life and Value of Corporate IT Assets

2/25/2004 - IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high performance integration solutions for mission critical IT environments, announced the immediate availability of Artix MainframeTM. Artix Mainframe is a member of IONA’s Artix family of Web services integration products. Like the other members of the product family, Artix Mainframe enhances the value of IT assets while reducing system cost and complexity, by making it possible to develop and deploy Web services based service-oriented architectures (SOA) on the mainframe.

"A growing number of organizations are evaluating service-oriented architectures to extend legacy applications," said Dale Vecchio at Gartner, Inc. "In particular, enterprises with irreplaceable mainframe assets are investigating how service-oriented architectures can preserve and extend legacy mainframe applications. These organizations are evaluating technologies that service-enable legacy assets, often through the use of Web services directly from these applications."

Artix Mainframe is intended for enterprises with extensive investments in either IMS, or CICS, or both. IONA’s product extends the life and value of these mainframe systems by making it easy for mainframe developers to expose IMS and CICS COMMAREA transactions as Web services in a larger service-oriented architecture. These reusable business-level services are accessible to virtually any other developer or application, which means that proven mainframe transactions can be combined and reused in new enterprise applications operating on other platforms. Artix Mainframe utilizes existing mainframe security facilities to authenticate and authorize access to mainframe-based services. It runs as a native mainframe process, which gives systems programmers control over its administration.

Artix Mainframe is available in two versions:

“For more than ten years, IONA has been helping large organizations integrate complex, mission-critical systems while reducing overall system cost and complexity,” said Scott Devens, vice president of products at IONA. “Today, this approach to development and integration has become a priority for organizations that have an ongoing commitment to mainframe computing. With Artix Mainframe, IONA is extending its heritage as a provider of mainframe SOA solutions to embrace Web services standards. Organizations can create reusable, high-performance access to mainframe services NOW, without changing their existing technology choices or sacrificing performance.”

Availability & Supported Platforms
Artix Mainframe is available NOW for z/OS 1.2 or 1.4; OS/390 2.10; IMS 7 or 8 and CICS TS 1.3 or 2.2.

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

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