Candle Software will start beta testing software this autumn to help users integrate IBM?s MQSeries message queuing software with its rival, Microsoft?s Falcon messaging middleware, which is due to ship at the start of next year.
The Candle project, codenamed Roma, will consist of translation software to act as a bridge between the two environments and will also include a set of application programming interfaces for customers to write applications to.
The mainframe systems management software supplier is also building a directory based on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)standard to enable users to locate where supported applications are in the enterprise, although they will need to add LDAP addresses to each of the packages.
Aubrey Chernick, Candle?s chairman, said: ?Most suppliers' implementation of LDAP covers names and email, but we?re using it to define the position of applications. It?s a replicated directory in terms of hierarchy, so users can replicate it on different platforms, which increases scalability. We were keen to do this work because MQSeries is an important product for us, and we derive a lot of revenues from it.?
Roma is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 1998.
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