IONA Technologies to Integrate OrbixOTM With Microsoft Transaction Server Technology

IONA Technologies to Integrate OrbixOTM With Microsoft Transaction Server Technology

NEW ORLEANS, June 1, 1998 — Today at Microsoft® Tech
Ed 98, IONA Technologies PLC announced plans to integrate Microsoft Transaction Server technology and IONA’s OrbixOTM. This will deliver a new level of interoperability between transactional components in diverse computing environments.

Building on IONA’s previously announced licensing of COM technology, this new integration between OrbixOTM and Microsoft Transaction Server technology will allow transactional components to interoperate seamlessly across the Internet. OrbixOTM and Microsoft Transaction Server technology let business-application developers easily create robust, highly scalable network-based applications using software components. This integration will benefit customers in the following ways:

  • By enabling transactions initiated by components in either Microsoft Transaction Server technology or OrbixOTM to involve components in either environment

  • By providing a solution based on the transaction Internet protocol (TIP), a proposed Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard

  • By providing an open, standards-based approach that can be used by other vendors

“IONA believes that success in the software world is determined by the ability to deliver great products based on real technologies that solve difficult customer problems,”
said Annra
O’Toole, executive vice president of marketing at IONA Technologies.
“Interoperability is the biggest challenge facing the world today. Microsoft has delivered an outstanding technology in Microsoft Transaction Server, which will be deployed by our customers. Through the announcement today, IONA is positioning itself at the forefront of middleware technology and is reiterating its commitment to making software work together.”

“Microsoft is pleased with IONA’s decision to integrate OrbixOTM with Microsoft Transaction Server,”
said Bob Muglia, senior vice president, applications and tools at Microsoft.
“A key focus at Microsoft is interoperability in the enterprise, and Microsoft Transaction Server is an integral part of this focus.”

Microsoft Transaction Server technology makes it easier to write and deploy scalable, distributed applications. It combines the features of transaction processing with the benefits provided by component software, including a wide range of component services, while providing interoperability with existing customer investments. For more information on Microsoft Transaction Server and other COM-related technologies, please visit .

OrbixOTM is a suite of tightly integrated middleware technologies, including transactions, security, systems management, directory services and Orbix® . It provides organizations with the tools they need to build enterprise-strength middleware solutions.

For more information on OrbixOTM, visit ( .

About IONA Technologies

Founded in 1991, IONA Technologies (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in Making Software Work Together
. IONA’s leading product, Orbix, provides customers with a standards-based enterprise middleware solution to make diverse software components work together in a reliable, dependable and scalable manner.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

The information contained in this press release relates to a prerelease software product that may be substantially modified before its first commercial release. Accordingly, the information may not accurately describe or reflect the software product when first commercially released. The press release is provided for informational purposes only, and Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the press release or the information contained in it.

Microsoft is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

Orbix is a registered trademark and Making Software Work Together is a trademark of IONA Technologies.

Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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