ICL has pulled the plug on its successful Dais object request broker (Orb), and will abandon all efforts to "actively sell" the product.
The Dais development and marketing operation, based in ICL's High Performance Systems Division, is being disbanded and the staff will be redeployed, the company said.
Doubts were cast over the product when ICL signed its cooperative agreement with Microsoft last month.
Microsoft promotes its own Distributed Common Object Model (Dcom) approach, while ICL Dais uses the rival Corba standard from the Object Management Group (OMG).
Dais has been one of the most successful Orbs and is used in two of the largest object technology implementations in the UK - the Home Office immigration system that links terminals at all UK ports of entry to the central records system, and a 4,000-seat application at British Aerospace Airbus.
Last week, ICL announced that it was marketing a brand new object based suite of software for local councils. Significantly, that software is based on Microsoft's Dcom, and not Dais.
An ICL spokesman said that the decision to kill Dais had "nothing to do" with the Microsoft agreement.
"ICL has taken this step as part of its long term plan to move from products into services," the spokesman said.
"While we will no longer actively sell Dais, we will continue to support Dais customers and will use Dais where appropriate in systems integration projects," the spokesman said.
"We had no inkling this was going to happen. It was only after the Microsoft agreement was announced that we heard anything."
Colin Barker is associate editor of Computing.
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