Visigenic Software's object request broker (Orb) will be part of Novell's flagship Intranetware, under a deal announced yesterday by the two companies.
The agreement ends speculation that Novell would buy an Orb, possibly from ICL, and also brings it closer to new friend Oracle (see separate story), which also licenses the Visigenic product.
Novell is also preparting to make Open Market's electronic commerce package its primary Netware Loadable Module (NLM) in this area.
The Visigenic deal, which covers Java and C++ versions of the Visibroker Orb, allows Novell developers to support the Object Management Group's Corba and IIOP specifications. The new partners have jointly funded a research laboratory and claim the move hands developers open tools for building network applications.
The company also revealed that its electronic commerce NLM, based on Open Market's Transact, is close to a formal launch and is being beta tested now.
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