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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: IONA) today announced that Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) has certified interoperability between Orbix 2000(TM) and Compaq NonStop(TM) CORBA(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, 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 (JTS)- and object transaction service (OTS)- 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 (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, CORBA, Microsoft's Windows DNA 2000 and IBM OS/390, CICS and IMS. 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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