BEA has announced an extension to its Tuxedo middleware product that will allow it to run on Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS). BEA made the announcement at its annual user conference in San Jose, California.
At the user conference, Tuxedo was demonstrated on a cluster of two Compaq ProLiant servers running Microsoft Cluster Server. The integration with Cluster Server will allow applications that are written to the Tuxedo middleware to benefit from the high-availability features in Cluster Server.
Microsoft has itself developed Microsoft Transaction Server, which offers some of the same functionality as Tuxedo.
The BEA Tuxedo Extensions for Microsoft Cluster Server were developed together with Compaq. They will initially ship as an add-on to Tuxedo 6.4 in the second half of this year. Pricing has not been announced.
Also at the BEA User Conference, the company announced new versions of two of its products, BEA Manager and BEA Builder, as well as new service offerings. The company also looked ahead at its next-generation Object Transaction Manager, code-named Iceberg.
BEA Builder, a suite of tools to help developers create Tuxedo applications, now offers support for developers using Visual Basic, PowerBuilder and Visual C++.
BEA Manager, a suite of products for the management of Tuxedo applications, now offers links to the most commonly used systems management consoles: HP OpenView, CA Unicenter, Sun Solstice, IBM NetView and, soon to follow, Tivoli TME.
In the summer, BEA is planning to ship Project Iceberg, a product that is the result of the integration between Tuxedo and ObjectBroker, the Corba-compliant Object Request Broker it purchased from Digital in 1997.
Iceberg, which is now in early customer release, is being billed as an Object Transaction Management system. According to the company, this new type of middleware will allow the development of component-based applications that support tens of thousands of users.
"Object Request Brokers support no more than ten transactions per second", says BEA chairman and CEO Bill Coleman. "Object Brokers are great development environments, they are not good deployment environments." Coleman claims that Iceberg, when it ships, will be the only environment that will allow large-scale deployment of component-based applications.
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