November 4, 2005

ObjectWeb Celtix Project Achieves 2nd Key Milestone

Xavier MOGHRABI writes "DUBLIN, Ireland & WALTHAM, Mass. & GRENOBLE, France - November 3, 2005 - IONA 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 second key milestone. The on-schedule delivery of Milestone 2 makes available to the Celtix community a complete and tested binary format of the core Celtix architecture.

  "Milestone 2 represents not only the nearly complete foundation upon which the Celtix project will be built, but also a foundation on which developers can already begin building initial SOA-based applications," explained Carl Trieloff, open source program manager, IONA. "With Milestone 2, the community has delivered support in Celtix for plug-ins, a new feature extending the project's capabilities, on a truly extensible core."

  Accomplishments in Milestone 2 include implementation of the binding API and support for message handlers. Both features enable the Celtix core to support the use of plug-ins, enabling easy support extensions and integration of other Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) infrastructure technologies. In addition, Milestone 2 expands SOAP 1.1 support to include DOC literal and RPC literal, as well as the ability to handle faults. APIs supporting JAX-WS Sync and One-Way have also been completed.

  Celtix Milestones are anticipated twice per quarter. With its initial release, the ObjectWeb Celtix project will deliver an open source Java ESB runtime and a set of extensibility APIs. The goal of the project is to provide open source ESB technology that can simplify the construction, integration and flexible reuse of technical and business components using a standards-based, SOA.

  "We are confident that ObjectWeb's ESB initiative is bound to become the de facto standard in open source SOA for the enterprise. Celtix is a cornerstone of this ESB initiative and the sustained pace of development of this project demonstrates how vibrant the community behind it is," said Jean-Pierre Laisné, ObjectWeb Chairman and Linux & Open-Source Strategy Manager for Bull. "As ObjectWeb is becoming the natural home ground for open source middleware, we encourage all stakeholders to join in and contribute to Celtix or complementary ObjectWeb projects."

  For more information about ObjectWeb Celtix, or to become involved in the Celtix community, please visit

  About IONA
  For more than a decade, IONA 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 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

  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.


  IONA, IONA Technologies, the IONA logo, Orbix, High Performance Integration, Artix, Mobile Orchestrator and Making Software Work Together are trademarks or registered trademarks of IONA Technologies PLC and/or its subsidiaries. CORBA is a trademark or registered trademark of the Object Management Group, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Java, J2EE, and all Java-based trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks that may appear herein are the property of their respective owners."


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