Iona adds enterprise products to Web services line-up

Boosting its Web services line-up, Iona Technologies is now shipping the Collaborate and Partner editions of its Orbix E2A Web...

Boosting its Web services line-up, Iona Technologies is now shipping the Collaborate and Partner editions of its Orbix E2A Web Services Integration Platform.

"We now are providing an integration product line that spans from the low end up to enterprise-class," said John Rymer, vice-president of marketing.

The Orbix E2A Collaborate edition includes QoS, security, and packaged application adapters for SAP, PeopleSoft and Baan. Collaborate also adds support for the ebXML and RosettaNet protocols.

Iona's Partner edition is designed as a business-to-business integration tool for connecting to trading partners.

At the low-end, Iona offers the E2A XMLBus edition, which is designed for development, deployment and management of Web services and integration.

Rymer said that Iona's platform is different to rival products in that Iona based it on native Web services standards, rather than tacking support for such standards onto existing applications and integration platforms.

"We're making the whole architecture based on Web services standards," Rymer said, who claimed that Iona's architecture is cheaper and more flexible than rival offerings.

Shawn Willett, a principal analyst at Current Analysis, said that Iona offers EAI (enterprise application integration), whereas most of the other vendors tie integration to the application server.

"Iona has Web services support, but so do Microsoft, BEA and the other players. What Iona has done, though, is merged that with back-end integration," Willett said.

As a result, companies can build a Web service, or other applications for that matter, and have them call on information from the back-end systems via Iona technology, including an application server, EAI and CORBA tools.

Earlier this week Microsoft released a new incarnation of its data integration platform, BizTalk Server 2002. The latest version of BizTalk includes tighter integration with the new Visual Studio.Net toolkit, enabling developers to use the server and tools to take advantage of Web services protocols to integrate business processes.

"It starts to look a little bit similar," Willett said.

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