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ObjectWeb Celtix Project Achieves Fifth Key Milestone.

DUBLIN, Ireland & GRENOBLE, France -- Project's Feature and Functionality Set Presented to Community as Celtix 1.0

IONA(R) Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high-performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, and ObjectWeb, a well established and respected open source community with a focus on the development of industry-grade distributed middleware, today announced that the Celtix(TM) open source Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) project has achieved its fifth key milestone.

Celtix Milestone 5 marks the fifth on-schedule delivery of planned enhancements to the project and becomes the Celtix 1.0 candidate. New capabilities incorporated into the Celtix project are intended to extend usability from development through runtime and are designed to ensure that Celtix functionality is comparable to, or more robust than, that of many commercially available ESB products. Additional tooling for xsd2wsdl, wsdl2xml, wsdl2soap and wsdl2service offer greater flexibility in service creation. Celtix users can also benefit from new support for XML bindings, increasing total options for usable data formats. The inclusion of JMX-based management capabilities gives users greater visibility and control over their Celtix-based Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

"The Celtix community has delivered a very important milestone that offers users a powerful, robust open source ESB that can provide a solid foundation for their ongoing SOA initiatives," explained Debbie Moynihan, director, Open Source Programs, at project sponsor IONA. "With every key milestone accomplished, the Celtix project has added crucial functionality required to support enterprise SOA projects. We're proud to be a part of the Celtix community and look forward to the upcoming release of Celtix 1.0."

Milestone 5 also includes enhancements to the project's support for the JAX-WS 2.0 APIs, giving Celtix users broader opportunities for building SOA applications that incorporate Java-based resources. Please see http://celtix.objectweb.org for additional details concerning Celtix Milestone 5.

"Congratulations to the team for the on-time delivery of the last milestone before version 1.0 of Celtix. Because it's hosted by a non-profit organization and led by IONA, a recognized integration specialist, Celtix combines the benefits of a true open source project with the quality of industry-grade software," said ObjectWeb Executive Director Francois Letellier. "Thanks to such very active projects in the ESB initiative, the ObjectWeb ecosystem produces both robust alternatives and complementary technology to proprietary software, covering an ever broader part of the enterprise Java stack."

The goal of the Celtix project is to provide an open source, Java ESB runtime that can simplify the construction, integration and flexible reuse of technical and business components using a standards-based SOA. For more information about ObjectWeb Celtix, or to become involved in the Celtix community, please visit http://celtix.objectweb.org.

About IONA

For more than a decade, IONA(R) Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA) has been a world leader in delivering high-performance integration solutions for Global 2000 IT environments. IONA pioneered standards-based integration with its CORBA-based Orbix(R) products. Artix(TM), IONA's extensible Enterprise Service Bus, enables existing enterprise systems to be integrated with an organization's common infrastructure components. IONA's sponsorship of the ObjectWeb Celtix open source ESB is a natural extension of the company's history of solving integration problems by leveraging open standards and distributed architectures.

IONA is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at http://www.iona.com.

About ObjectWeb

Founded in 2002 by Bull, France Telecom and INRIA, ObjectWeb is a consortium of leading companies and research organizations from around the world who have joined forces to produce next generation of Open Source Middleware. ObjectWeb's goal is to provide Real-Time Enterprises with independent solutions that combine quality and robustness at the best possible performance/cost ratio.

ObjectWeb targets alternative solutions to proprietary products for e-business, business integration, data connectivity, grid computing, and enterprise messaging. Based on Open Standards, ObjectWeb's middleware includes application servers, components, frameworks and tools. Examples of ObjectWeb's "cost killer" middleware are JOnAS - an Open Source certified implementation of the J2EE(tm) specification, JORAM - a Message Oriented Middleware and Enhydra - a Java(tm)/XML Application Server.

http://www.objectweb.org

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