IONA and Arjuna Test Web Services Interoperability

02/08/2005

IONA® Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA), a provider of integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, along with Arjuna, a supplier of standards-based transaction management software, announced the recent successful demonstration of Web services transaction interoperability at a workshop hosted by IBM.



In addition to demonstrating interoperability between their products, IONA, Arjuna and other participants said they used the workshop as a forum to ensure that the WS-AtomicTransaction, WS-Coordination and WS-BusinessActivity specifications are ready to be submitted to a standards body for review and ratification.

“To make Web services the de facto standard for supporting the integration requirements of mission-critical systems, the industry requires a widely adopted, functional transaction processing standard that can operate reliably across the diverse infrastructures of technology driven businesses,” explained Eric Newcomer, CTO, IONA. “Artix™, IONA’s extensible Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is already highly regarded for its ability to turn enterprise diversity into an asset by bridging the multiple protocols, transports and security environments found in large, distributed systems. These emerging Web services transaction specifications are important in that they will allow Artix to effectively and reliably bridge the various transaction environments deployed by our customers and prospects.”

A release said that as an extensible ESB, Artix allows the core capabilities of an enterprise system to be expanded to address project-specific or platform-specific application characteristics. In an enterprise context, where multiple infrastructure platforms and multiple system architectures must be made to work together, such user control is essential. Only an extensible solution can address the level of complexity and heterogeneity that is common to today’s enterprises, the release said.

Arjuna’s latest product offering (Arjuna Transaction Service 4.0) uses a standards compliant coordination infrastructure to support business transactions that span multiple Web services, J2EE and CORBA components and ensures that the consistency of the overall business transaction is maintained even in the event of occasional component failures. With support for both short lived ACID transactions (WS-AtomicTransaction) and long running business processes (WS-BusinessActivity), the release said that ArjunaTS provides the ideal solution for business process coordination both inside the enterprise and along the supply chain.

“Arjuna has been actively involved in shaping transaction specifications for over 20 years and has worked closely with IBM, IONA and other industry leaders over that period,” said David Ingham, CTO, Arjuna. “We’re very happy to announce this successful interoperability demonstration between ArjunaTS 4.0 and products from IONA and the other vendors. This event demonstrates that Web services technology is ready for real business-critical deployments and reinforces our reputation as a Centre of Excellence for transactional technology.”

Arjuna is privately owned and based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. For further information visit our Web site at http://www.arjuna.com. IONA Technologies can be reached at http://www.iona.com.

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