Sybase Inc yesterday duly launched its Powersoft Jaguar CTS component transaction server into beta, which combines a transaction processing (TP) monitor, an object request broker (ORB) and a component-based Java, ActiveX, C/C++ and Corba development environment. Jaguar is the middle-tier component of Sybase’s unified strategy that is due to be announced at next week’s user group meeting in Orlando, Florida by chief executive Mitchell Kertzman. The ORB comes from Visigenic Software Inc, the ever-popular ORB vendor that has managed to snag a long list of eligible partners for its technology (CI No 3,129). Sybase has taken Visigenic’s VisiBroker for both C++ and Java. The Visigenic stuff enables developers to deploy Corba 2.0 objects within the Jaguar framework, and Sybase is the last of the big three database vendors to license Visigenic’s stuff, following Informix Software Inc and Oracle Corp. Jaguar CTS enables what Sybase is calling NetOLTP, or online transaction processing over the internet. The multi-component and multi-protocol support allows for the deployment of different types of clients accessing various types of servers, and Sybase has around 20 independent software vendors (ISVs) signed up to extend Jaguar with client extensions for various services, including electronic commerce and messaging. The Java-based administration tool enables Jaguar components to be linked with transaction information and loaded into the Jaguar environment. Components can be built with Powersoft’s Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools or tools from other vendors. Jaguar CTS will be up in beta at http://www.sybase.com from tomorrow, April 2 and will be generally available in the third quarter. Meantime, Sybase said its jConnect Java DataBase Connectivity (JDBC) implementation is now generally available, having been in beta since December. It is said to give access to Sybase and 25 other vendors’ databases with a thin client application designed for just-in-time download from servers. The jConnect runtime Workplace version, mostly for systems running on Windows NT, costs $500 per server, while the Enterprise version costs $2,000 per server.