MACROMEDIA COLDFUSION MX FOR IBM WEBSPHERE APPLICATION SERVER NOW AVAILABLE
New product brings rich Internet application development capabilities of ColdFusion to market-leading J2EE web services platform
San Francisco—September 9, 2002—Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) today announced the immediate availability of Macromedia ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server. Macromedia ColdFusion MX, the rapid server scripting environment for creating rich Internet applications, brings the proven ease of use and productivity of ColdFusion to the highly scalable, standards-based Java technology architecture. Macromedia ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server is available for immediate download from the Macromedia Online Store at www.macromedia.com/go/buycfmx_j2ee/ or from IBM's website at www-3.ibm.com/software/webservers/coldfusionmx/.
Macromedia ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server is part of the ColdFusion for J2EE product line (see separate release). Macromedia and IBM jointly developed the product and will also work together through joint sales, marketing, and technical support activities. IBM is the first third-party J2EE platform provider company to resell a version of ColdFusion MX. ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server is now available directly from Macromedia and will be available for purchase via IBM's Passport Advantage at the end of September.
Web application developers without Java programming skills can easily leverage ColdFusion MX to productively build and deploy applications on the IBM WebSphere platform. Additionally, ColdFusion developers can now take advantage of the extended J2EE Web services technologies and the broad WebSphere portfolio, including portal, business integration, and modernizing enterprise assets. A trial download of Macromedia ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server is available at www.macromedia.com/go/cfmx/.
"Macromedia ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server protects customer investments by allowing developers to work within their existing infrastructure, harness the power of open standards, and reduce development and deployment costs," said Jeff Whatcott, senior director, Macromedia. "Our partnership with IBM expands the reach of ColdFusion MX technology and offers customers a way to leverage their investments in the WebSphere platform."
"We're pleased with the success of the ColdFusion beta program involving hundreds of customers and the tremendous value they see in the integrated environment," said Scott Hebner, director, IBM WebSphere marketing. "Our customers are focused on reducing cost and optimizing their investments as they bring together the power of rich Internet interaction and robust enterprise middleware technologies delivered by this offering."
"Macromedia ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server provides us with the opportunity to combine two of our more powerful development islands, Java and ColdFusion," said Bob Hoffman, manager, web development and maintenance, Idaho Power Company. "We successfully ported an internal analysis and reporting application to ColdFusion for IBM WebSphere and were impressed by the relative smoothness of migration and its performance. Marrying the rapid development capabilities of ColdFusion with the reliability and scalability of WebSphere under a single area of development can only lead to an increase in efficiency and productivity."
Macromedia is also enabling Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 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. More than 175 vendors are building tools on Eclipse technology, which has been downloaded by more than two million developers.