Novell is believed to be on the verge of licensing or buying an object request broker (Orb) to underpin its core Netware and Internetware strategy.
But the company has so far failed to deliver on past object promises, such as Appware, and its last prospective deal with Orb market leader Iona fell apart at the eleventh hour over two years ago.
However, Novell is now said to have drawn up a shortlist of two possible new candidates. ICL is top of the list with its Dais product, followed by Visigenics with the Black Widow Orb it acquired when it bought Post Modern.
Drew Major, Novell?s vice president of Advanced Technologies, said: ?We?re very active in the Corba world, but we haven?t really put forward a very strong Corba statement till now. But, we?re just about ready.?
His colleague, Vic Langford, Novell's senior vice president of Internet strategies, added that he was ?extremely aware that Dais is up for sale?.
But Ian Hunter, ICL?s Dais marketing manager, retorted that Dais was ?categorically? not for sale and said he was unable to comment on other specific customer negotiations.
Visigenics was unavailable for comment.
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