Iona, Intel Team on Web Services Tool

New tool, which supports Intel's Centrino, aims to help mobile workers-whether they're working on or off the network.

Iona Technologies Inc. has announced its Mobile Orchestrator, a Web services-based business process integration tool built in alliance with Intel Corp. to support Intels Centrino mobile technology.

Ionas Mobile Orchestrator fits into Intels Occasionally Connected Computing model in that it is a "store-and-forward" Web services application that enables mobile workers to work just as efficiently while connected to a network as when not, Iona officials said. Iona, based in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Mass., announced the Mobile Orchestrator Monday.

When not connected to a network, users can use the Mobile Orchestrator from a Centrino-based notebook or platform to work in enterprise applications. The Iona technology will save all the users work and then when the wireless-enabled Centrino device detects a Wi-Fi network or the Mobile Orchestrator hosting device is connected to a wired network, it synchronizes all the users offline with the current online production environment.

The Centrino platform consists of a next-generation Intel motherboard, a chip set and wireless network technology. Intel will formally announce the Centrino family of products at an event in New York Wednesday. Iona will be showcased among the software solutions supporting the launch, sources said.

Ron Schmelzer, an analyst with ZapThink LLC, said: "Well, IONA has finally hit upon a less-crowded segment of the market to focus their attention on, and we at ZapThink think they have a good chance here. The story is fairly clear: disconnected or sometimes-connected devices such as laptops, mobile phones, PDAs and other devices interact with Web Services differently than those always on the network. Basically, there needs to be a way to orchestrate long-running transactions over limited bandwidth and limited interaction capabilities. The traditional app server infrastructure and set of products coming out of Microsoft, BEA and IBM are not appropriate for this environment...Its possible that the other vendors will come to the realization that they too need to play in this space, but for now, IONA has an advantage they can hopefully hold onto."

Ionas Mobile Orchestrator solution features three main parts: the Iona Orchestrator Studio development environment, for building Web services orchestrations and defining adapters to data sources; the Orchestrator Mobile Client; and the Orchestrator Server.