IONA TAKES SOA TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH ARTIX 4.0

Feature Enhancements Enable Dynamic and Adaptive SOA for Performance Demanding Global 2000 Customers

DUBLIN, Ireland & WALTHAM, Mass. - April 3, 2006 - IONA Technologies
(NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high-performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, today announced availability of Artix 4.0, the latest version of the company's extensible Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).
Artix 4.0 delivers to customers an extensive set of enhancements designed to improve their ability to incrementally adopt a distributed, standards-based Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) that dynamically incorporates a broad set of IT assets and environments.

The upgrades in Artix 4.0 significantly extends the capabilities of enterprises turning to SOA to help generate better return from existing and future IT assets, streamline their systems to be more agile and responsive to changing business requirements, and ultimately reduce annual operating costs. Artix enables customers to achieve these goals by providing a fully distributed architecture that removes the limitations in scalability and performance associated with other approaches that rely on a centralized server or hub-and-spoke architecture. The differentiated Artix methodology, which embraces the use of standards-based, distributed endpoints to support both incremental adoption and dynamic configuration, is key to the power, flexibility and value of Artix, and empowers organizations to develop a comprehensive SOA plan that can be implemented strategically in response to changing business requirements.

"With Artix, we have achieved seamless, non-invasive SOA enablement of our payment technologies across a diverse set of IT environments," said Brian Hanrahan, Business Development Director, Sentenial. "IONA has a clearly defined approach to SOA-based integration that is aimed at meeting customer requirements for adaptable and scalable deployments. Based on our Artix 4.0 beta experience, it is clear that IONA has added new features that can be adopted in a flexible manner. We are particularly pleased with the data services capabilities in Artix 4.0 as this allows us to query and update databases using any message protocol within our customer environments. The Eclipse UI also allows for much quicker and easier data manipulation."

The new features in Artix 4.0 address the needs of customers deploying SOA in highly complex, mission-critical, environments. New features provide additional functionality that delivers to customers the ultimate flexibility to chose how best to leverage existing IT assets, adopt their solutions incrementally, and manage and deploy their infrastructure.

"Best practices for successful SOA require that organizations develop an enterprise-wide strategy combined with a staged deployment methodology that is responsive to changing business requirements," said Massimo Pezzini, vice president and distinguished analyst, Gartner. "This approach to SOA not only promotes greater reuse of existing assets, but also better supports incorporation of future technologies, ultimately generating the best value from an investment in SOA."

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