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Advanced Message Queuing Protocol Specification to Define Open, Platform-Agnostic, Interoperable Messaging Infrastructure

LONDON - June 20, 2006 - JPMorgan Chase & Co., Cisco Systems, Envoy Technologies, Inc., iMatix Corporation, IONA® Technologies, Red Hat, Inc., TWIST Process Innovations, and 29West, today announced the formation of the AMQP (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol) Working Group and an effort by its members to create a new specification for defining and developing messaging infrastructure that is technology agnostic, standards-based, open and interoperable. The resulting specification will be an open standard and is intended to enable the development of highly stable, efficient, powerful and flexible messaging-dependent applications.

The development of the AMQP specification is being driven by real-world, end-user demand for messaging infrastructure that is capable of integrating across various platforms, languages and protocols. AMQP is designed to be an effective means to create interoperability and unification of the messaging function because it is not reliant on specific implementations geared to individual platforms. The AMQP specification is also designed to interoperate with many of the current messaging and Web services specifications, including JMS, SOAP, WS Security, WS-Transactions, and many others, making AMQP an ideal messaging layer for use in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Further, AMQP is unique in that it provides an interoperable wire-level protocol, making it complementary to messaging application programming interfaces (APIs) such as JMS and useful in next-generation network infrastructure.

The AMQP is a binary level protocol that is divided into two layers and designed with a flexible, plug-in architecture. Both the functional layer and the transport layer can be easily evolved to enable AMQP to respond to changing technology requirements. The current AMQP specification is at version 0.8 in anticipation that input from others will drive the protocol to its full potential; the Working Group welcomes contributions from interested parties. The AMQP specification is expected to reach version 1.0 within 18 months, at which time the Working Group will submit it to a standards body. There are currently multiple implementations of AMQP version 0.8 in production that are fully interoperable.

John O'Hara, vice president and Distinguished Engineer at JPMorgan said, "We look forward to the emergence of a standards-driven market in enterprise middleware, enabled by AMQP. AMQP solves the 'missing middleware standard' problem. By deploying AMQP-based solutions we will realize operational efficiencies, enable scalable and reliable Service Oriented Architectures and have access to an open transport for other important business protocols such as FpML. JPMorgan is committed to AMQP in the same way we are committed to FpML and related market-enabling technologies."

"Cisco's participation in the AMQP represents our desire to help customers continue to drive interoperability and unification of the messaging function. This helps eliminate the industry's reliance on closed implementations geared toward individual vendor platforms," says Cliff Meltzer, senior vice president of Cisco network management technology group.

"Messaging is an essential component of SOA infrastructure, and customers need the ability to deploy truly open and interoperable messaging systems in order to eliminate vendor lock-in, reduce cost, and improve flexibility," explained Eric Newcomer, CTO, IONA. "Our participation in the AMQP Working Group is consistent with IONA's focus on standards-based, performance-demanding, distributed computing technology."

"By standardizing key messaging semantics, we believe AMQP will be a key enabler in the development and implementation of truly intelligent application networks," said Harold Piskiel, CTO, Envoy Technologies. "Our involvement in the AMQP collaborative effort is part of Envoy's intelligent application monitoring and control initiatives."

"Standards are the basis for prosperity," says Pieter Hintjens, CEO of iMatix Corporation, "and the AMQP specification is the birth of a new standard for cheap and effective interoperability. By designing and publishing this new specification, the AMQP Working Group has taken a lead in closing the last great gap in the commodity IT landscape - a standard, cross-language, cross-platform, high-speed and asynchronous wire-level protocol for middleware."

"Red Hat is committed to offering customers freedom of choice and high value through open initiatives. We are excited about the AMQP specification because it is bringing together users and vendors in creating a market-driven, interoperable, and open messaging standard," said Brian Stevens, CTO, Red Hat. "In the same way that Red Hat has seen rapid innovation and leading initiatives created when systems become open, we believe that this AMQP collaboration will bring new business agility and scale to users."

"The efforts made in the development of an open messaging protocol, now launched under the name AMQP, are promising for all those who seek inter-organisational and intra-organisational automation. The efficient realization of treasury automation and straight-through commerce depends on connecting system applications that are based on a variety of technologies and middleware. An open messaging protocol enables applications to easily deliver their functionality in an integrated environment, and enables middleware to support such low-cost integration. We are pleased for TWIST to actively support the further development plus the application of the AMQP protocol by engaging multiple users that operate in the financial supply chain," said Tom Buschman, Chairman & CEO of TWIST.