Microsoft is preparing to push the second beta version of its Message Queue Server, codenamed Falcon, into beta later this month, for shipment this summer.
Falcon is a Windows NT-based asynchronous message queuing, store-and-forward mechanism for ActiveX-based transactions.
The offering is part of Microsoft?s Active Server family of products, aimed mainly at Intranet and Internet environments. The family also includes Microsoft Transaction Server, Internet Information Server, and DCOM.
Falcon, however, works in conjunction with Microsoft?s Transaction Server, enabling transactions to take place, but kicking in when a transaction cannot be processed immediately to ensure it is not lost. The transaction is stored and reactivated when and wherever the most suitable processing capacity becomes available.
Such offerings have been available in the Unix world for years, but despite talking up the so-called enterprise capabilities of NT for a long time, this will be the first time Microsoft has delivered on the promise.
Karen Green, Microsoft?s SQL Server product manager, said: ?Products such as Falcon, Transaction Server and SQL Server all wrap together as part of our enterprise strategy, and we need this stuff to be seen as serious in the enterprise.?
Although Falcon only runs in the NT environment, Microsoft has commissioned Level8 Systems to make the Falcon application programming interface (API) available for IBM?s MVS and AIX, Sun?s Solaris and HP/UX. This means users could develop a Falcon-based application that runs on any of these platforms.
Level8 has also developed a Falcon gateway to IBM?s MQSeries, which enables message traffic to flow from Falcon applications to MQSeries or Cics queues and from MQSeries applications to Falcon queues.
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