IONA Technologies

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IONA Technologies, Inc.
IndustryComputer software
IT Services
Defunct2008 (2008)
ProductsIONA Artix, Fuse ESB, Orbix, Orbacus

IONA Technologies was an Irish software company. It was founded in 1991.

The company began life as a campus company in Trinity College, Dublin[1] and maintained headquarters in Dublin, Boston and Tokyo. The company specialized in distributed service-oriented architecture (SOA) technology. IONA products connect systems and applications by creating a network of services without requiring a centralized server or creating an information technology project.


On 25 June 2008 it was announced that IONA would be acquired by Progress Software for about $162 million, which occurred shortly thereafter.[2]

On 24 December 2012 Progress Software sold the IONA-related Orbix, Orbacus and Artix software product lines to Micro Focus International plc for $15 million.[3]

The open-source group was later spun out into its own entity, FuseSource Corp, which was acquired by Red Hat in 2012. This group consisted of individuals and technologies involved in the various open-source projects and communities, including those that joined as part of the acquisition of LogicBlaze.

IONA and standards[edit]

IONA was involved in the development of standards that are relevant to large-scale IT integration. IONA employs the Web service, Java, TMF and Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) families of standards in their products, and was involved in the following standards bodies:

IONA and open source[edit]

IONA promoted both open-source and commercially licensed software, participated in several open source initiatives, and acquired LogicBlaze.[4] IONA was involved in the following open-source projects, and offered enterprise versions of the projects that are tested, certified and supported.[5] These became part of FuseSource Corp., now within Red Hat .

IONA products[edit]

IONA's initial integration products were built using the CORBA standard, and more recent products were built using Web services standards.

IONA's products include

  • IONA Artix – advanced SOA infrastructure suite. Components include:
    • Artix ESB (Enterprise Service Bus)
    • Artix Registry/Repository
    • Artix Orchestration
    • Artix Mainframe
    • Artix Connect for WCF
    • Artix Data Services (formally Century 24's Integration Objects (IO). C24 was acquired by IONA in March 2007. In April 2011 C24 Technologies Limited acquired the product and brand from Progress Software and relaunched the product as C24iO.[6])
  • FUSE – IONA's enterprise version of open source projects that include testing and professional services. Components include:
  • Orbix – enterprise CORBA solution
  • Orbacus – embeddable C++ CORBA ORB
  • Professional services – training, consulting, and support


  1. ^ Irish Independent Archived 27 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine Thu, 24 Jan 2002
  2. ^ eWeek Wed, 25 June 2008
  3. ^ Micro Focus International plc Archived 4 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine 2012-12-24
  4. ^ eWeek 10 April 2007
  5. ^ ebizQ 9 July 2007
  6. ^ [1] Archived 15 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine"C24 Integration Objects" [C24iO], 6 April 2011

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