Users are pushing middleware suppliers into making their products more multi-functional, claims the latest report from IT consultancy Ovum.
?The market wants multi-purpose middleware and that?s why vendors are buying up smaller software companies and consolidating their products,? said Rosemary Rock-Evans, author of the report 'Ovum Evaluates: Leading Middleware'.
The report is Ovum?s fourth year of tracking the middleware market and it claims traditional boundaries between such products have now blurred, with suppliers no longer focusing exclusively on such areas as message oriented middleware (MOM) or database connectivity, or based on one programming paradigm, such as objects.
While Ovum had previously evaluated 25 different middleware products, this report focuses on the 14 products it defines as the market leaders, with the leading products in its evaluation being BEA Top End and Tuxedo/M3, Encina and Mqseries from IBM, Dcom from Microsoft and TIB/Activeenterprise.
Products such as Tuxedo, Top End, and Encina are all multi-purpose middleware products as they support objects, procedural programming, message queuing, message passing, transaction processing and security services.
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