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IONA Announces Interoperability Between iPortal and Compaq NonStop Himalaya Server.

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WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 24, 2000

IONA's Orbix 2000 and CompaqNonStop(TM)Himalaya Platform

Enable Development of Integrated E-Business Systems

IONA(R), the Enterprise Portal Company(TM), (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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: IONA) today announced that Compaq Computer Corporation (company) Compaq Computer Corporation - The largest US manufacturer and vendor of IBM PC compatible personal computers and servers. Compaq was started in 1982 by three ex-Texas Instruments employees.

Quarterly sales $2499M, profits $210M (Aug 1994).

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: CPQ) has certified interoperability between Orbix 2000(TM) and Compaq NonStop(TM) CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) A software-based interface from the Object Management Group (OMG) that allows software modules (objects) to communicate with each other no matter where they are located on a private network or the global (R) 2.3 services for Compaq NonStop(TM) Himalaya(TM) servers. Today's announcement is a continuation of the worldwide alliance between IONA and Compaq announced in January of this year.

Orbix 2000, the e-business infrastructure of IONA's iPortal(TM), provides transactional and high performance connectivity between Compaq NonStop(TM) CORBA 2.3 services running on Compaq NonStop(TM) Himalaya Platform with a wide range of computing environments including Windows NT(R), UNIX UNIX

Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics).
, OpenVMS, OS/390 and others. Utilizing a CORBA-based architecture, Compaq and IONA are able to provide customers with an integrated computing environment that leverages the continuous availability, scalability and transactional integrity of the NonStop(TM) Himalaya Server platform. Orbix 2000 is implemented in C++ and Java(TM), and used in combination with IONA's Object Transaction Service, supports 2-phase commits between different Java transaction service The Java Transaction Service (JTS) is an implementation of the JTA Transaction Manager, AKA TP monitor, that maps onto the OMG Object transaction service used in the CORBA architecture. It uses IIOP to propagate the transactions between multiple JTS transaction managers.  (JTS)- and object transaction service (OTS See Office of Thrift Supervision. )- compliant systems, eliminating technical barriers and enabling the rapid and flexible deployment of integrated e-business systems.

"IONA's Orbix 2000 allows us to offer our customers and prospects the ability to deploy complex distributed applications with the assurance of seamless interoperability," said Jim Peters, product manager, Java & Corba at Compaq. "The interoperability between our products lets us offer our customers a heterogeneous e-business infrastructure solution that leverages the mission-critical functionality of our NonStop(TM) Himalaya server technology against the backdrop of their entire IT investment."

"The combination of Orbix 2000 and Compaq's NonStop CORBA services provides a powerful e-business middleware solution," said Mike Waclawiczek, product director for Orbix(R) at IONA. "Orbix 2000 was engineered to extend the flexibility and scalability of CORBA to other Internet technologies including Java/EJB, XML, and SOAP for use throughout the enterprise. We look forward to continuing our work with Compaq to deliver Internet-enabled, enterprise-wide e-business solutions that support the complex and mission-critical requirements of our mutual customers."

Based on a proven, massively parallel processing architecture, Compaq NonStop(TM) Himalaya servers provide reliable and flexible business-critical computing platforms for the industry's most demanding customers. Compaq NonStop(TM) CORBA 2.3 is Compaq's 3rd generation CORBA environment, specifically designed for NonStop(TM) Himalaya servers.

Compaq NonStop(TM) Himalaya servers currently process 90 percent of the world's securities transactions, 66 percent of all credit card transactions, and 80 percent of all automated teller machine automated teller machine (ATM), device used by bank customers to process account transactions. Typically, a user inserts into the ATM a special plastic card that is encoded with information on a magnetic strip.  (ATM) transactions.

About IONA

IONA, the Enterprise Portal Company, is a leading provider of e-business infrastructure that helps organizations build and deploy enterprise portals, Internet commerce sites, and other large-scale distributed applications. IONA supports a full diversity of languages, including Java and C++, and distributed computing technologies, including SOAP, XML, EJB, J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) A platform from Sun for building distributed enterprise applications. J2EE services are performed in the middle tier between the user's machine and the enterprise's databases and legacy information systems. , CORBA, Microsoft's Windows DNA 2000 and IBM OS/390, CICS (Customer Information Control System) A TP monitor from IBM that was originally developed to provide transaction processing for IBM mainframes. It controls the interaction between applications and users and lets programmers develop screen displays without  and IMS (1) See IP Multimedia Subsystem.

(2) (Information Management System) An early IBM hierarchical DBMS for IBM mainframes. IMS was widely implemented throughout the 1970s under MVS and continues to be used under z/OS.
. Founded in 1991, IONA Technologies is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with US headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts. The company had revenues of $105 million in 1999 and employs more than 700 people in 25 offices worldwide. For more information, please see

IONA and Orbix are registered trademarks, and the Enterprise Portal Company and iPortal are trademarks of IONA Technologies. The names of companies and products mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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