The Open Group will announce it has raised $1 million on Monday to help ensure interoperability between Corba compliant Open Source object request brokers (Orbs) by means of compliance testing, certification and branding.
The Common Object Request Broker Architecture (Corba) specification was developed by the Object Management Group (OMG) to enable disparate object oriented applications to talk to each other.
But the Open Group, which has traditionally provided Unix branding and certification, is working with the OMG to ensure that all Orbs on the market that claim to be Corba compliant actually are. The two will also collaborate on requests for mediation if incompatibilities are found among branded products.
Allen Brown, The Open Group's chief operating officer and acting president, said: "The Open Group is committed to enabling integration across the enterprise through efforts like the Corba branding program. We recognise the value represented by the Open Source community in developing robust code through the collective input of software engineers working together."
Products that have already passed compliance testing include the OMG's abstract object model, which includes an Orb, the Interface Definition Language (IDL), the Dynamic Invocation Interface (DII) and the Dynamic Skelton Interface (DSI).
Fujitsu's Orb, AT&T Laboratories' omniorb2 and the Mico 2.2.7 Open Source Orb, developed by Thinkone, a joint venture between France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, also now officially comply with the Corba 2.1 standard.
Open Source vendors will be approved by the Open Group on a case by case basis to guarantee that vendors offer legitimate technical support, can produce Corba compliant objects and maintain compliance to the standard in the future.
The Open Group is also in the early stages of forming the Application Integration Program to provide a forum for users, ISVs, vendors and system integrators to collaborate on evolving and extending enterprise packages. The scheme is additionally intended to help customers identify their requirements for enterprise integration.
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