BBN Technologies Inc’s handing its military-strength Corbus ORB object request broker technologies over to Visigenic Software Inc and migrating its customers to a new version of the San Mateo, California-based company’s VisiBroker ORB that will incorporate the Corbus work that it will license back from Visigenic. The deal enables Visigenic gets its hands on ready-made, military- hardened object technology while BBN saves itself future ORB development costs. Corbus is based upon the Cronus technology BBN developed with funding from various US defense agencies. Visigenic will add Corbus’ server object replication, WAN communications, an multiple independent cluster mechanisms to VisiBroker and will sell the resulting product in federal and commercial markets. While VisiBroker’s set to be axed from Oracle Corp’s object-oriented middleware architecture as soon as the company comes up with its own Oracle ORB, Visigenic’s Java-based data access tool, VisiChannel for JDBc, is being bundled with version 2.0 of Sybase Inc’s PowerJ Enterprise Java application development tool. It can access any ODBC-compliant database.
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