Microsoft has dumped Sterling Software as its partner for developing strategic repository technology in favour of data warehouse company Platinum Technology.
Last week Microsoft announced it had begun collaborating with Platinum on developing the next incarnation of its MS Repository. The first version of the Repository was developed in conjunction with Texas Instruments Software, which was acquired by Sterling earlier this month. It began shipping in March as a key constituent of Visual Basic 5.0, which uses it to store software components.
Commenting on Microsoft's decision, Sterling said it wasn't in the business of building tools for third parties. However, Microsoft said it had been looking to increase the scalability of the MS Repository.
Mike Pryke-Smith, Internet and developer tools product manager at Microsoft, said: "Platinum has a good history in large-scale repositories."
The current MS Repository is only available on the Windows platform and only supports Microsoft SQL Server database. Platinum said it will port the product to Solaris, HP-UX, MVS and AS/400. It will also extend database support to Oracle, Informix, Sybase and DB/2.
Pryke-Smith said: "This is a strategic alliance to take the MS repository forward into the future." He acknowledged that the current version is only suited to teams of small numbers of developers.
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