Microsoft plans to launch its first Transaction Server, codenamed Viper, at the Internet World show in New York this Thursday. The move is an attempt to make itself more attractive in the electronic commerce space.
A host of other suppliers including Informix, Sybase and IBM, will also be wheeled out to pledge support for the offering, although Oracle is notably absent from the attendee list.
This will create yet another debate between the two companies. Oracle has adopted the Object Management Group?s Corba standard as the basis of its transaction processing strategy. Microsoft?s friends, on the other hand, will endorse its new application programming interface, OLE TP, which will enable their product offerings to undertake transaction processing in a Windows NT-based world.
Microsoft?s Transaction Server, which was released to manufacturing this week and is due to ship at the end of the year, is connectivity middleware, aimed at developers building applications based on the firm?s Distributed Common Object Model (DCOM).
It provides security services and database connectivity, pool manages sessions between databases and client machines, and manages communication between components. Version 2.0, due next year, will support the XA standard for connecting databases to transaction processing monitors.
Karen Green, Microsoft?s SQL Server product manager, said: ?Transaction Server is the plumbing. It is not a product you could say is competitive with X or Y because I don?t think there?s another similar product out there. You could code it yourself and people have up till now, but this pulls a range of things like transaction processing and connectivity together.?
Microsoft initially intends to sell Transaction Server as a separate product, charging #1,700 per server licence, but plans to offer it as part of a customised suite of products in future. These will be aimed at developers with specific needs in the Internet/Intranet or transaction processing space.
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