Candle Corp has ended an agreement to resell New York city company Level8 Systems Inc’s software to link IBM Corp’s MQSeries messaging system with Microsoft Corp’s Falcon. Candle had agreed to take Level8’s FalconMQ messaging gateway product, but will now be developing its own software enabling messages to be passed between the MQSeries and MSMQ Falcon asynchronous messaging environments. Candle needs to have the program ready in time for the release of a next-generation product called Roma, will supposedly enable customers to deploy applications which can run over multiple asynchronous messaging environments and is due to be available next year (CI No 3,239). Candle said the two companies simply had a different philosophy about the future direction of their technologies and found they were increasingly coming into competition with each other. Candle said it wouldn’t have broadcast the fact except that Level8 is a public company and the news may have a material affect on its business. Other distribution and licensing agreements Candle has with Level8 remain in place, and Candle will retain its 4% stake in the company. The company said that in any case the first cut of FalconMQ didn’t satisfy its requirement for a technology that would actually attach message queue managers at each end of the service. It says the initial FalconMQ Client and Bridge products only provide bypass bridging to clients.
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