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IONA Technologies and Symantec Corporation Bring CORBA-EJB Middleware to Visual Café Enterprise

Cambridge, MA, May 24, 1999 - IONA Technologies (NASDAQ:IONA), the world leader in Making Software Work Together™, and Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC), the leading provider of corporate Internet development solutions, today announced that they will provide enterprise developers with a powerful means of extending their Java™ and EJB applications across the enterprise through Windows, UNIX and the mainframe, utilizing IONA's OrbixHome™ with Symantec's Visual Café Enterprise Suite. OrbixHome is a powerful development and deployment environment that couples Enterprise JavaBeans™ and CORBA® to provide a compelling solution for building and deploying enterprise-strength component-based middleware applications.

"With OrbixHome we have introduced the world's first production-ready EJB-CORBA solution," according to John McGuire, senior product manager for Java middleware products at IONA Technologies. "By coupling proven CORBA products with leading EJB technology, and a powerful graphical development and deployment technology, we are enabling a new class of large scale EJB applications. The result is an open, standards-based solution that provides our customers with the tools they need to quickly and easily build compelling business applications using their familiar Visual Café environment. These applications can then be extended across the enterprise to platforms from Windows and UNIX to mainframe and the Internet. This is the essence of our vision of making software work together."

"We believe IONA's OrbixHome and Symantec's Visual Café Enterprise Suite will provide enterprise developers with access to the technologies required to extend their Java applications across the enterprise," remarked Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "As the world's leading CORBA vendor, IONA will offer a powerful, middleware infrastructure encompassing the best of EJB and CORBA."

OrbixHome, previously code-named Orbix BeansTalk, brings together IONA's HomeBase™ EJB container with the Orbix® middleware product family and adds a rich, powerful graphical environment for building and deploying middleware components. The result is faster development and deployment of middleware applications for a wider range of developers than previously possible.

Founded in 1991, IONA Technologies (NASDAQ:IONA) is the world leader in Making Software Work Together™. IONA's leading product, Orbix®, provides customers with a standards-based enterprise middleware solution to make diverse software components work together in a reliable, dependable and scaleable manner. According to IDC's market research, Orbix, which is used by over 3,500 businesses worldwide and conforms to the Object Management Group's CORBA specification, is the world's leading object middleware product.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems, and the importance of new Symantec products. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 3,1998 and in the company's quarterly report Form 10-Q for the third fiscal quarter ended January 1, 1999.

For further PRESS information, please contact:

IONA Technologies Inc.
Tom Murphy
Tel: 1-888-orbixPR (6724977)

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