A row has broken out over the future of Corba (Common Object Request Broker Architecture), with supporters of the standard attacking analysts who predicted its demise.
The Object Management Group (OMG), which invented the standard, has slammed a report on Corba from Ovum, accusing the market analyst firm of basing its findings on "a mixture of outdated facts, half-truths and opinions".
The report, entitled Ovum Evaluates: Object Request Brokers, criticised the immaturity of object request broker (ORB) technology based on the OMG's Corba standard. In the report, Ovum stated that the OMG standard has no future.
Chris Stone, chairman of OMG, who last week announced he was joining Novell, claimed Ovum predicted a year ago that the Corba market would be worth $10 billion (#6.4 billion) by 2000. "This year they're saying it has no future," he commented. Stone also accused Ovum of not doing its homework: "Proper research requires a certain amount of fact-checking."
The OMG also blasted Ovum's prediction that Microsoft's competing DCOM architecture would triumph over Corba, pointing out that Corba is available on over 30 platforms while DCOM is only available on Windows.
The OMG also accused Ovum of falsely stating that its IIOP protocol for communicating between ORBs did not work. As proof, the group pointed to a demonstration on the Corbanet web site (www/omg.com/news/corbanet.htm) showing ORBs working together.
In response to the OMG's remarks, Rosemary Rock-Evans, author of the Ovum report, replied: "Corba is essentially a flawed architecture. It does not offer the kind of scalability and availability that people expect."
Rock-Evans stated that on the multi-platform front, DCOM is catching up with Corba. She said that as well as the Windows platforms, DCOM is also available on Solaris and MacOS. Other Unix platforms are in the pipeline.
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