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  • 07 August, 2003 09:05

<p>Newest Release of Industry’s First Enterprise Service Bus (ESB); Adds High Availability, Scalability and Security Capabilities, Award-winning Development Tools</p>
<p>Sydney, 6 August 2003 Progress Software today announced the availability of Sonic ESB 5.0, the foundation of its enterprise integration product line: the Sonic Business Integration Suite. (Sonic Software is a wholly owned subsidiary of Progress Software Corporation and in Australia its products are distributed by Progress Software.)</p>
<p>Sonic ESB provides a distributed, standards-based, cost-effective, easily managed infrastructure that reliably integrates applications and orchestrates business processes across the extended enterprise using Web services and the J2EE Connector Architecture. Sonic’s standards-based approach to distributed integration is more flexible and cost-effective than integration brokers or application servers.</p>
<p>Leveraging the proven enterprise-grade communications and management infrastructure of SonicMQ, the industry’s most scalable enterprise message server, Sonic ESB 5.0 includes new capabilities that streamline and simplify the configuration, deployment, instrumentation and management of distributed, standards-based integration projects.</p>
<p>Sonic ESB 5.0 includes an enhanced management framework that allows companies to configure and monitor large integration networks from a single dashboard. This release also extends Sonic’s leadership in scalability and availability for mission critical environments, and includes a pluggable security framework to ensure that the infrastructure honors existing corporate security policies. Sonic ESB 5.0 also includes Sonic Stylus Studio, the award-winning XML development environment that delivers new levels of developer productivity to integration projects.</p>
<p>The enterprise service bus category has taken shape very rapidly within the last twelve months. ESBs are built on five key principles:</p>
<p>1) Service-oriented architecture (SOA). ESBs implement a service-oriented architecture (SOA), supporting service-based interactions among cooperating applications based on XML messages and enhanced Web services standards. This allows interactions between departments, business units, or with business partners to be defined in coarse-grained business terms, rather than in complex and brittle application interfaces. As a result, ESBs can accommodate and absorb significant change in the implementation details of individual applications or services connected to the bus.</p>
<p>2) Enterprise-grade communications backbone. ESBs must provide an enterprise-grade communications backbone required to reliably connect applications across multiple geographic, administrative or security domains, based on the Java™ Message Server (JMS™) standard.</p>
<p>3) Support for standards. By supporting standard methods and mechanisms to develop and interconnect applications across the enterprise, such as WSDL, SOAP, JMS and J2EE-CA, ESBs dramatically reduce the implementation time and total cost of ownership of integration projects.</p>
<p>4) Intelligent routing. ESBs automate business transaction routing based on XML document contents and business rules. This eliminates the need to hardcode this functionality into application code or establish rigid relationships between services.</p>
<p>5) Deployment flexibility and distributed management. ESBs provide the
ability to centrally configure, deploy, and manage services that are distributed across the enterprise. Unlike centralized, monolithic application server or integration broker architectures, ESB’s allow for optimal flexibility, and further allow services to be managed and scaled independently of each other for operational efficiency. Location transparency allows services to be upgraded, moved, or replaced without having to modify any application code</p>
<p>“The ESB is an open standards-based technology concept that will revolutionize IT and enable flexible and scalable distributed computing for generations to come,” said Sally Hudson, research manager of software infrastructure, IDC. “The ESB is emerging as the backbone of the distributed framework within enterprise IT, because it allows not only the retention and deployment of existing business critical applications, but also allows the user to introduce and remove newer applications as needed.”</p>
<p>“ESBs enable incremental integration, allowing organizations to start with departmental integration projects, safe in the knowledge that they can readily extend the integration infrastructure as broadly as necessary,” said Chris Henderson, Vice President Asia Pacific for Progress Software. “As a result ESBs are cost-effective, yet provide organisations with the ability to scale to large numbers of applications and services across a distributed enterprise. Moreover, ESBs allow organisations to leverage the two most highly valued assets in the IT organization: the existing infrastructure and their IT staff.”</p>
<p>Enhancements in Sonic ESB 5.0 include:</p>
<p>· Enhanced Distributed Management Framework¾A Java Management Extensions (JMX)-based management infrastructure makes configuration, deployment, monitoring and diagnosis of thousands of distributed services possible. All of these management functions can be performed from a unified management dashboard.</p>
<p>· High Availability &amp; Scalability¾Sonic ESB provides transparent access to redundant communication servers to enable the high-availability required by mission critical deployments.</p>
<p>· Pluggable Security¾A pluggable security framework provides the ability to integrate across the multiple security domains that co-exist within an enterprise, or between business partners. This ensures that connected information and applications honor established security policies.</p>
<p>· Integrated Development Tools¾Sonic ESB is integrated with Sonic Stylus Studio, an award-winning XML development tool that includes a visual XSLT transformation mapper and debugger and an XQuery expression builder, as well as XML document and schema editors. With this new tool bundle, developer productivity increases to rapidly accelerate time-to-deployment for these projects</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 US$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:
Chris Henderson Progress Software 02 9496 8400
Shuna Boyd BoydPR 02 9418 8100</p>

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