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ObjectWeb Consortium to Host IONA's Celtix ESB Project

DUBLIN, IRELAND & WALTHAM, MA, - June 20, 2005 - IONA Technologies (NASDAQ:
IONA), a world leader in high-performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, today announced the company's intention to make available an open source Java Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). The project, named Celtix, will be hosted by ObjectWeb, an established and respected open source community with a focus on the development of industry-grade distributed middleware. IONA anticipates that the community will deliver an initial release of Celtix by the end of 2005, providing the industry with an open source Java ESB that can help drive adoption of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based projects and promote the incremental adoption of this computing methodology in the enterprise.

"After years of failed promises and inflated expectations from EAI, it is clear customers want to move away from expensive, proprietary, and server-based integration approaches. Our customers embrace ESB technology to solve integration problems using distributed architectures built on open standards," explained Peter Zotto, CEO, IONA. "Promoting the adoption of easily available ESB technology broadens the range of companies able to apply the advantages of modern SOA solutions to the most pressing IT problems. Further, we believe that open source software will be a major accelerator for the adoption and evolution of ESB technology. IONA's heritage in distributed computing allows us to take the lead in this industry trend, which is the foundation for the Celtix project. ObjectWeb is the perfect community for an open source ESB project because of its successful track record in open source middleware projects. Hosting Celtix with ObjectWeb gives us great confidence in the community's ability to bring to market an open source Java ESB project that best meets both business needs and the needs of the developer community."

As a member of the ObjectWeb consortium, IONA will introduce an open source Java ESB that delivers the core functionality required to begin deploying SOA in the enterprise. Part of that core functionality in Celtix will be support for the recently introduced Java Business Integration (JBI) specification developed within the Java Community Process (JCP). JBI defines a standard container in which components from multiple vendors and various integration technologies can interact, significantly increasing end user choice, flexibility and extensibility while at the same time allowing them to avoid vendor lock-in and lower total cost of ownership.

"We are pleased and excited that IONA has elected to join the ObjectWeb consortium and contribute the Celtix project to the ObjectWeb code base.
ObjectWeb spearheaded the development of open-source ESB technologies one year ago by launching the 'ESB Initiative' (ESBi), an endeavour to make open-source components for business integration available to mainstream enterprises," said ObjectWeb Executive Director Christophe Ney. "IONA will bring recognised expertise to the ObjectWeb community and its contribution will tremendously increase the momentum of the ESBi. For these reasons, we see Celtix as a natural extension to the projects currently hosted by ObjectWeb. Additionally, synergy with other ObjectWeb projects offers the real opportunity for Celtix to serve as a key element in an open source business integration toolbox comprised of both existing and future ESBi projects."

The initial release of Celtix will also include WSDL contract language support for defining services, standard transports including WS-RM, JMS and HTTP, binding support for SOAP and XML payloads and application bindings for Java and POJO. Celtix will also feature Eclipse-based administration and configuration tools and basic security support.

"Too often, end users of integration technology are forced to make large initial investments that do not align to the true needs of the enterprise or the project at hand," explained Massimo Pezzini, VP Distinguished Analyst at Gartner. "Many integration projects are intended to roll out incrementally, tackling problems and challenges in a systematic way. Technology solutions that offer this ability will be very attractive to organisations with integration requirements."