Bea Systems announced its next generation middleware, M3, yesterday, targeting the object space.
Formerly codenamed Iceberg, the software combines the Bea Tuxedo transaction processing monitor with the Object Broker object request broker, which complies with the Corba standard and which Bea acquired from Digital Equipment last year.
The company is describing M3 as an Object Transaction Server, a new type of middleware that it claims will bring the robustness and scalability of TP monitors to object based applications. The announcement came on the same day that Microsoft announced links from its own object technology to transaction based systems (see Newswire 2 June).
M3 has already been used by about 20 companies in an early adopter programme.
Bea said M3 will run existing Tuxedo applications. On the server, it will initially support only applications written in C++. However, a version that supports server-side Java will be available in an early adopter programme starting this autumn. It will support Enterprise Java Beans.
On the client side, M3 will support Com (Component Object Model) from Microsoft.
Bea managed to line up support from a number of tool vendors, including Symantec and 4GL suppliers Compuware, Dynasty Technologies and Prolifics. Database vendors Informix, Versant and Ardent also supported the launch. Unisys said it would resell M3 to run on its servers, including its recently announced Cellular Multiprocessing systems.
The new product will ship on 24 July. It will be available on most Unix platforms and Windows NT, with other server versions to follow. Pricing starts at $395 per user.
It is expected to clash in the marketplace with Microsoft's Transaction Server, Sybase Jaguar CTS and Inprise's forthcoming Inprise Application Server. Inprise is building its solution around the Visibroker object broker it acquired from Visigenic.
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