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IBM and Macromedia Team to Bring ColdFusion MX Capabilities to WebSphere

Companies to collaborate on development, sales, marketing, and technical support

SAN FRANCISCO - 29 Apr 2002: IBM® Corp. and Macromedia®, Inc. today announced a strategic relationship that brings the Macromedia ColdFusion® MX rapid server scripting environment (announced today, see separate release) to the IBM WebSphere® Internet infrastructure software platform. As a result of this agreement, the large Macromedia developer community will have the option of developing and deploying ColdFusion MX applications on WebSphere. The agreement includes joint development, sales, marketing, and technical support activities to serve customers using the integrated IBM/Macromedia platform.

As part of the agreement, IBM will be the first J2EE platform provider company to resell ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server to customers worldwide through the IBM Passport Advantage licensing program. Macromedia will also offer the product through its own sales channels. Both companies will mobilize their sales forces and partner networks to offer solutions based on the combined capabilities of WebSphere and ColdFusion MX.

Macromedia also plans to enable Macromedia Dreamweaver® MX, its development tool for building ColdFusion applications (announced today, see separate release), to integrate with IBM's WebSphere Studio development environment via Eclipse, an open-source development platform for fast and easy tool integration. Both Macromedia and IBM's support for Eclipse will enable developers to enjoy the best of both development environments within an open and unified application development platform.

The integration of ColdFusion MX and Dreamweaver MX with WebSphere will lower development and deployment costs and protect customer investments by allowing web developers to work in a consolidated environment. In addition, the combined solution will provide a powerful foundation for millions of business application developers seeking a way to take advantage of the J2EE platform.

"IBM's expanded relationship with Macromedia makes it possible for the Macromedia web developer community to deploy applications on WebSphere," said John Swainson, general manager, IBM Application and Integration Middleware Division. "Macromedia ColdFusion developers requiring enterprise-level reliability and performance will be able to take advantage of optimized deployment to WebSphere Application Server. In addition, IBM and Macromedia are working together to support industry standards such as J2EE, web services, and Eclipse to increase productivity for developers using the unique combined capabilities of Macromedia Dreamweaver and WebSphere Studio tools."

With this announcement, IBM extends their leadership in providing solutions that solve the integration challenges of all customers.

"Macromedia ColdFusion MX is a perfect complement to the WebSphere platform, as both are built to harness the inherent power of open standards, including J2EE and web services architectures," said Rob Burgess, chairman and CEO, Macromedia. "This partnership expands the reach of ColdFusion MX technology and offers customers a way to leverage their investments in the WebSphere platform."

Developers can use the new Macromedia Flash Remoting, built into ColdFusion MX, to connect applications running in the Macromedia Flash Player to server-side business logic and data, enabling the creation of rich Internet applications that combine the responsiveness and functionality of client/server applications with the reach and low cost deployment of the Internet. ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server allows organizations to harness the power of rich Internet applications in conjunction with new or existing Java and .NET Framework applications and components.

ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server will be available in the third calendar quarter of 2002 from IBM via the Passport Advantage licensing programs and from Macromedia via the Macromedia Volume Licensing Program and other Macromedia distribution channels. For more information, visit http://www.ibm.com/software/webservers/coldfusionmx.

Contact(s) information

Laurie Friedman
IBM Media Relations
(914) 766-1299
laurie1@us.ibm.com

Melissa Sheridan
Macromedia, Inc.
(415) 252-2246
msheridan@macromedia.com

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