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Informix Corp has pushed its delivery of the Versant Object Technology Corp-based NewEra repository out to the first quarter of next year, when the product is likely to be unveiled as part of a 3.0 release of the front end client-server development tool under Windows NT, Windows95 and international character sets. Last week, the company released new versions of its ViewPoint and ViewPoint Pro graphical access tools, providing access to non-Informix databases, including Oracle and Sybase over Open Database Connectivity, and to DB2 implementations, through a version of its Gateway with Distributed Relational Database Architecture software. ViewPoint costs $300, ViewPoint Pro $500, on Windows now, with Sun, Hewlett-Packard and IBM Unix implementations due later this quarter. Despite these capabilities, Informix said it will continue to press the infant development system on its installed base, where the 20,000 or so users it already has account for only a few percentage points of the 500,000-odd installations the company now claims for its database. Version 2 of NewEra’s server class libraries, bringing full application partitioning to the tool set, will roll out in September. At Object World last week, Informix was talking to three Object Request Broker suppliers, a couple of which it expects to partner. The company said that it is after the VSAM and CICS developers that have been told to go to client-server and object working, and who are in pain. Casting itself as a component builder, the company said it doesn’t expect object technology to turn into another computer aided software engineering or repository war among the database gang.

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