Bea Systems is beefing up its products on the Windows NT platform in an attempt to broaden its appeal outside its traditional Unix marketplace.
The middleware supplier has now ported its Tuxedo transaction processing monitor to run natively under NT. The Tuxedo development environment has also been integrated with Microsoft?s Visual C++ development language to provide programmers with more options for building their high end transaction-based applications.
Although Tuxedo has supported the operating system since late 1995, it can now be installed and administered through the NT control panel and comes with an NT-based look-and-feel.
Mark Blessing, Bea?s UK marketing director, said: ?NT is an important operating system for us. Most accounts don?t use it for mission critical systems, but for workgroup and branch automation purposes. But, it?s important at the departmental level and we want to ensure we provide cusomers with the connectivity they need. Few organisations do not have heterogeneous platforms these days.?
The move now means that all Bea?s middleware is available under NT. The Object Broker Corba-compliant object request broker and MessageQ message-oriented middleware, which the company bought from Digital Equipment in February, have been available under the operating system for some time.
Bea has also launched two new NT-based products, Bea Builder for ActiveX and Bea Manager Web Console.
Bea Builder, which will ship this summer, is an application development environment that enables users to build ActiveX controls to access Tuxedo-based transaction services.
Bea Manager, which is shipping now, is a Java-based console for systems administrators to manage Tuxedo monitors via Browsers and the Internet or Intranet.
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