Iona Technologies Inc. is now shipping iPortal Server 1.0, Standard Edition, the Web-facing component of an enterprise portal that aggregates back-end applications and manages content. The server is the final element of Iona’s iPortal Suite, a platform for building and deploying enterprise portals. iPortal Server ships with the iPortal Application Server and Orbix 2000 offerings, providing an integrated J2EE-, SOAP-, XML- and CORBA-compliant environment. The server builds, deploys, and manages portal applications through a structured Web design process. Its XML/XSL-based design ensures that Web content is separated from the presentation layer by separating content, presentation, business logic and data layers. This allows the addition of new business logic or protocols without affecting data or Web content. As part of the presentation layer, a Style Manager feature can customize information according to the user’s needs. In addition, the server provides an expandable platform for adding third-party plug-in applications through visible interfaces. The iPortal Server is available from Iona and from partners including Compaq Computer Corp., Ciber, and SAIC, with pricing starting at US$50,000. Currently, it supports Windows NT and Solaris 2.7. By third quarter 2000, the product will support Tru64 Unix. Iona in Dublin is at http://www.iona.com/.
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