Iona Technologies is attempting to broaden out its core Orbix object request broker (Orb) product line by tailoring it for specific vertical markets and applications within the enterprise.
The first vertical to be addressed will be the telecommunications sector, which has traditionally been at the forefront of object technology adoption.
OrbixDPE, which is due to ship by the fourth quarter, will include DPE extensions and be targeted primarily at European carriers, which are expected to have money to spend as a result of market liberalisation.
Sean Baker, Iona?s executive vice president for customer services, said: ?We will stay a single product company for the forseeable future. We had planned to come out of that around now, but the market is growing so fast at the moment that we felt we might miss the boat and take our eye off the ball if we diversified. So we?re adding stuff to the basic core product and trying to broaden ourselves out by encompassing different technology such as message queuing with IBM?s MQSeries.?
The company also plans to ship a new offering, targeted at the online processing market, by the end of this month.
OrbixOTS includes a range of packaged up Corba services such as naming and security and can hook into a two phase commit-based transaction undertaken by either a transaction processing monitor or a database.
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