Iona Technologies plans to package up a set of components that implement Corba services such as security, and sell them as add-ons to its Orbix object request broker (Orb).
The components will be fully integrated and sold as a bundle, although pricing has not yet been decided. They will run on top of Orbix and are based on specifications within the Corba standard for services such as transaction management and systems management.
No launch or shipment dates have been set as yet, but the aim is to save developers? time in coding services-based software themselves, enabling them to simply buy them off-the-shelf.
Iona also plans to come out with object oriented application development tools further down the line. The goal is to make it easier for programmers to develop packages for a Corba-based environment rather than have to rely on third generation languages such C++.
But Annrai O?Toole, Iona?s technical director, denied speculation that Oracle was about to buy the company. ?An Oracle purchase is a bit unlikely. The offers weren?t attractive enough, and we?re not for sale,? he said, although he added that no formal offers had been made by the database company to date.
He was also unable to comment on rumours that Oracle was about to dump the object request broker it had so far been developing inhouse as the basis of its Network Computing Architecture to go with Orbix. Oracle likewise refused to be drawn.
- Iona is also scheduled to ship what it is calling its Internet Interorb Protocol (IIOP) Engine this week. The product, which runs in 20Kbytes or 32Kbytes of memory, is targeted at the OEM market for embedding in anything from personal digital assistants to cellular phones and databases. It can also be packaged as an ActiveX control.
The IIOP Engine is targeted at manufacturers who do not want to embed a huge C++-based object request broker in their systems software, but wish to make their software Corba-compliant. IIOP is the underwire protocol that forms the basis of Corba.
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