ColdFusion MX extends J2EE platform with ColdFusion hosting productivity layer

SYDNEY, Australia – 8 January 2003- Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) announced the immediate availability of an update to Macromedia ColdFusion MX to support IBM WebSphere Application Server 5. Macromedia ColdFusion MX brings the proven ease of use and productivity of ColdFusion to the highly scalable, standards-based Java technology architecture. The update is available for immediate download from

"By leveraging IBM WebSphere for delivering web applications, Macromedia helps customers be more competitive in today's e-business arena," said Scott Hebner, director of marketing, IBM WebSphere software. "IBM WebSphere provides the highly scalable and reliable foundation for ColdFusion MX to deliver powerful Java-based applications."

"Macromedia ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere enables developers to rapidly build applications that harness the power, scalability, and reliability of the J2EE standard WebSphere platform," said Jeff Whatcott, senior director, Macromedia. "Our relationship with IBM enables customers to leverage their strategic investments in the WebSphere platform while expanding the reach of ColdFusion MX technology."

Deployed as a standard Java application, ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere provides a robust productivity layer that enables development organisations to better leverage their investments in the J2EE infrastructure. Using high-level ColdFusion scripting, built-in services, and seamless integration with the Java platform, ColdFusion MX provides a fast track to J2EE for developers who already know ASP, CFML, PHP, or other scripting languages. By adding rapid server scripting to their J2EE environment, organisations can empower non-Java developers to tightly collaborate with Java developers to deliver integrated, standards-based rich Internet applications while reducing costs and development time.

"As a full-service web media developer, we face a daily tug-of-war to provide higher quality at low costs. With Macromedia Studio MX and ColdFusion MX, we can deliver both consistently and without compromise," said Steven A. del Sol, vice president, development, NETPACQ Systems, Inc., a Macromedia Alliance partner. "With the power and flexibility of ColdFusion MX for J2EE and the IBM WebSphere platform, our development and technical teams can rapidly create feature-rich web infrastructures that are highly reliable with easy upkeep. Most important to our own bottom line, the Macromedia MX tools allow us to deliver true value, reliability, and profitably to our clients."

Macromedia ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server is part of the ColdFusion for J2EE product line. Macromedia and IBM will continue to work together through joint sales, marketing, and technical support activities. ColdFusion MX also added support for users running WebSphere 4 or 5 on AIX. IBM resells ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere via its Passport Advantage volume licensing program.