Cupertino, Calif --August 31, 1998-- IONA Technologies (NASDAQ:IONAY) the world leader in Making Software Work Together™, and Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), the leading provider of Internet development tools announced today that Visual Café for Java Enterprise Suite will provide support for IONA's Orbix® CORBA enabling technology. The partnership of IONA and Symantec marks the arrival of a new generation of Java middleware applications. By coupling the functionality of Visual Café with the powerful tools offered by IONA's Orbix product family, developers can build large scalable systems that incorporate high level services such as transactions and systems management and support diverse server platforms from Windows to UNIX and the Mainframe.
Visual Café Enterprise Suite will include extensions for Orbix which seamlessly integrate it into the development environment. Once the developer has both Visual Café and Orbix installed they can utilize Visual Café's rapid development environment to build compelling applications and extend those applications using Orbix. The result is a solution that incorporates the portability of Java with the proven power and scalability of the Orbix product family making enterprise Java applications a reality.
"Symantec's decision to Orbix-enable Visual Café illustrates the growing momentum behind Orbix as a key enabling technology for organizations looking to build enterprise applications which can access and integrate diverse IT systems," according to Noel Toolan, vice president of corporate marketing at IONA Technologies. "The combination of Visual Café, the most popular Java IDE and Orbix, the most popular CORBA product delivers an unrivalled, easy-to-use development solution that leverages the power and rich functionality of Orbix to enable software to work together."
"With Visual Café Enterprise Suite we are focused on providing our customers with the tools they need to build solutions to today's IT challenges," according to Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools division. "Firstly we are providing an easy to use, yet powerful Java development environment that shields the developer from dealing with the complexities of the underlying infrastructure. It is completely transparent to the Visual Café developer whether they are using CORBA or RMI communication technology. Secondly, we are extending that to offer enterprise functionality including support for systems management and security through the Orbix product family. This makes deployment over Orbix Web and CORBA a simple, yet practical and sustainable reality." Visual Café Enterprise Suite includes new features such as Client and Server Wizards that assist developers in generating client and server code for their CORBA application, as well as allowing developers to undertake distributed debugging within their environment. Symantec and IONA are working together to develop distributed debugging support over CORBA. Symantec's Visual Café offers developers the ultimate in performance, flexibility and ease of use, making it the tool of choice for professional Java developers. IONA's Orbix is the world's most widely deployed CORBA technology currently used by over 3,500 companies around the globe.
About Java Java is the de facto standard platform for network computing. Created by Sun Microsystems, Inc., Java technology enables the development of cross-platform applications that can run across the public Internet and corporate intranets.
About Corba The Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) is the world's most widely supported software standard. CORBA defines how diverse software components developed in different languages can communicate together regardless of their location on a network. CORBA is administered by the Object Management Group through its 800 members worldwide.
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