IONA Announces...

CORBA Market-leader Establishes Australian Base to Expand Presence in Pacific Rim

IONA Technologies opens PacRim HQ in Perth, Western Australia

Perth, Western Australia, May 8th, 1996: IONA Technologies, the leading developer
of CORBA-compliant solutions, today announced the opening of its Pacific Rim
headquarters. Located in Perth, Western Australia and initially staffed by a
combination of six technical and sales personnel, its presence will provide even
faster technical support and product advice to IONA's customer base throughout
Australia and the Pacific Rim.

IONA's Orbix is the market leading implementation of the Object Management
Group's Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA). With Orbix,
corporations can build distributed, object-oriented applications which
interoperate across 20 different operating systems. 

The move to Perth is also in line with IONA's push to provide the best support
for its customers around the world. With offices in Boston., MA., Dublin, Ireland
and Perth, IONA can now switch its communications network to provide
round-the-clock technical support for Orbix customers. 

"IONA is renowned for top quality service and support. As our customer base
expands we want to be able to maintain our own rigorous standards. Having a
technical presence at three locations around the world makes it easy to provide
frontline support 24 hours a day," said Dr. Chris Horn, CEO at IONA Technologies.

The Australian office will be headed up by Dr David Glance who has over ten years
experience in systems development, six of these in distributed object-oriented
systems in a commercial setting. "The Pacific Rim represents an exciting new
market for us. We already have distributors and resellers in Japan, and
Australia. Establishing a presence in Perth will enable us to provide closer
support for these partners as well as for our growing number of blue chip
customers in the region," Dr Glance.

Dr Glance will also work to form new partnerships throughout the Pacific Rim. In
addition to Toyo Information Sytems in Japan and Object Design in Australia IONA
is keen to sign up resellers and distributors primarily in Taiwan, Korea,
Malaisa, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Discussions are already at an advanced stage
with potential partners in many of these locations. 

IONA Technologies Ltd., was formed in 1991 and launched its first product, Orbix
in June 1993. Orbix is an implementation of the Object Management Group's Common
Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) specification. This cutting edge
technology offers a standard way for corporate developers to develop distributed,
client/server software applications. According to the Gartner Group, Orbix
accounts for the largest installed base of any object request broker. IONA is
partly owned by Sun Microsystems subsidiary, SunSoft, Inc.

Orbix currently runs on 20 operating systems from a single code base. Platforms
include: Windows 3.1x, Windows NT, Windows 95, OS/2, Macintosh System 7.5, twelve
different UNIX systems, OpenVMS AXP, MVS and significant real-time operating
systems. Orbix for Windows includes powerful integration allowing OLE-enabled
applications to transparently invoke remote and local CORBA objects.

OrbixWeb is a full implementation of the CORBA specification in the Java
language. The combination of Orbix and Java enables the creation of downloadable
applets which are capable of accessing multiple, shared backend CORBA services
located across intranets and the Internet. 

Orbix is used by thousands of developers world-wide in large and small
corporations. Reviewers, Editors and other industry-knowledgeable judges at UNIX
Review magazine picked Orbix as one of the outstanding products of 1995 in the
December issue of the magazine.
Orbix is a registered trademark of IONA Technologies Ltd.
OrbixTalk is a registered trademark of IONA Technologies Ltd.
OrbixWeb is a registered trademark of IONA Technologies Ltd
All other products or service names mentioned herein are
trademarks of their respective owners.

Further Information

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Telephone call 1-800-orbix4u [672 4948] in the USA
+353-1-6686522 elsewhere.
Air Mail contact IONA and give your name and address,
information will be mailed to you.
Training & Consultancy
(information is also available on our Web site).

IONA Technologies, Inc. IONA Technologies Ltd.
201 Broadway, Floor 3, 8-10 Lower Pembroke St.,
Cambridge MA., 02139-1955. Dublin 2, Ireland

tel: 617 679 0900, tel: +353-1-6625255,
fax: 617 679 0910. fax: +353-1-6625244
In the USA call: 1-800-orbix4u [672 4948]

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