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Sonic Software Releases SonicMQ 6.0, first to deliver continuous availability for enterprise messaging

  • 14 April, 2004 09:01

<p>SonicMQ 6.0 Delivers ‘Out-of-the-Box’ Messaging Fault Tolerance,
Significantly Reduces Operational Risk</p>
<p>SYDNEY and BEDFORD, Mass.—April 14, 2004—Sonic Software, the inventor of the enterprise service bus (ESB), today released SonicMQ 6.0, the first continuously available enterprise messaging system. In Australia, Sonic products are sold by Progress Software.</p>
<p>Leveraging the patent-pending Sonic Continuous Availability Architecture (CAA), SonicMQ 6.0 dramatically reduces the time required for an enterprise messaging system to resume operations after hardware, software or network failures, effectively eliminating costly transaction rollbacks.</p>
<p>Minutes of system downtime can translate into millions of dollars in lost revenue and lost productivity, especially for high-volume systems such as those found in the financial services and telecommunications industries.</p>
<p>SonicMQ provides the most advanced fault tolerant messaging architecture, reducing failover time from minutes to seconds. Most fault tolerant architectures rely entirely on custom coded solutions and expensive hardware-based mechanisms to ensure failover. SonicMQ 6.0 provides a software-based solution out-of-the-box that uses stateful replication between a pair of servers, eliminating the need for dedicated hardware, specialised fault sensing software, and mirrored/redundant disks. SonicMQ 6.0 also significantly eases administrative load, resulting in a significantly simpler and more cost -effective approach to enterprise messaging availability.</p>
<p>“This release significantly raised the standard for enterprise messaging, eliminating shortfalls that have typically plagued messaging environments. With the Sonic Continuous Availability Architecture we’re the first to deliver stateful replication between servers in a messaging cluster, reducing failover time to seconds rather than minutes,” said Bill Cullen, vice president of products at Sonic Software. “Because it is so easy to use and so much less costly than hardware-based solutions, SonicMQ makes continuous availability feasible for a much broader set of applications and customers.”</p>
<p>SonicMQ 6.0 eliminates many of the past obstacles to achieving continuous availability in the messaging infrastructure:</p>
<p>· Hot Failover—SonicMQ 6.0 uses stateful replication to provide seamless failover in seven to 15 seconds—rather than seven to 15 minutes—that is transparent to the receiving client or application. In-process transactions—no matter how complex—continue to their destinations without any costly roll back or recovery. Most fault tolerant messaging solutions rely on system replication and replicated activation to achieve fault tolerance. When a failure occurs, the recovery process frequently needs to roll back transactions¾a time-consuming and expensive operation.</p>
<p>· Improved Messaging Quality of Service (QoS)—SonicMQ’s real-time message replication ensures that messages are never trapped, duplicated or received out-of-order. Most messaging products can leave trapped messages, create duplicate messages or cause messages to be received out-of-order across a failover.</p>
<p>· First Fully Software-based Fault Tolerant Messaging—SonicMQ provides ‘out-of-the-box’ software-based configuration of primary and secondary pairs that does not require specialized hardware. Further, ‘hot-hot’ fault tolerant clusters maximize server utilization and messaging throughput. Typical fault tolerant messaging products require expensive, complex hardware configurations that can tie up corporate resources with redundant servers that sit idle.</p>
<p>· Ease of Deployment—SonicMQ 6.0 can be configured for continuous availability in minutes. SonicMQ reduces the administrative headaches for organizations already using fault tolerance, while making fault tolerance possible for many applications and locations where it wasn’t justified in the past. The high cost and complexity of configuring and managing hardware-based fault tolerant messaging architectures lengthens deployment times, or can rule out the use of fault tolerance altogether.</p>
<p>“The Sonic Continuous Availability Architecture delivered in SonicMQ 6.0 provides a solid software-based approach to fault-tolerant messaging,” said Dennis Byron, vice-president of IDC's Business Process Automation and Deployment Software Research. “It may very well help expand the addressable market for message oriented middleware, providing traditional customers with a more manageable solution, while its cost-effectiveness makes continuously available messaging viable for a whole new class of customers.”</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>SonicMQ 6.0 is currently available. The price is US$15,000 per fault tolerant pair.</p>
<p>About SonicMQ</p>
<p>SonicMQ is the industry’s most robust and resilient standards-based enterprise messaging system, delivering unmatched service availability, high performance, exceptional management capabilities and unsurpassed scalability for vast and sophisticated enterprise deployments. SonicMQ ensures system uptime through a patent-pending Sonic Continuous Availability ArchitectureTM, and flexibly scales through Dynamic Routing Architecture® and advanced clustering technologies. The SonicMQ advanced distributed management and deployment infrastructure dramatically simplifies operations and lowers the total cost of ownership for business-critical communication across the enterprise. Superior authentication, authorization, and encryption support ensures that messages and systems are protected inside and outside the firewall.</p>
<p>About Progress Software
Progress Software is a global supplier of software technology and services for developing, deploying, integrating and managing e-business solutions. The company provides a comprehensive suite of products that includes application development tools, application servers, the leading e-business messaging server SonicMQ, and the industry's most widely used, lowest-cost-of-ownership embedded database.</p>
<p>Progress Software’s partners include more than 2000 independent software vendors (ISVs) and application service providers (ASPs) who supply annually over $5 billion in Progress®-based applications and related services. Over 40,000 organisations across more than 100 countries - including 70% of the Fortune 100 - rely on Progress-based applications. The Progress Company, and Sonic Software are operating companies of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS). Sonic Software designs and develops the Sonic range of products in the USA. In Australia, they are distributed by Progress Software. Progress Software Corporation is headquartered in Bedford, Mass., and can be reached on the web at</p>
<p>For further information please contact:
Larry DiLoretto Progress Software 02 9496 8403
Shuna Boyd BoydPR 02 9418 8100</p>

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