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HYPERDESK AND OBJECT DESIGN FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

 HYPERDESK AND OBJECT DESIGN FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- HyperDesk Corporation and


Object Design, Inc. today announced an agreement to incorporate ObjectStore, Object Design's object-oriented database management system (ODBMS) into HyperDesk's newly-announced Distributed Object Management System (HD-DOMS). The integration of the products will be based on the Object Management Group's (OMG) first published standard, the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA).
 The two companies have agreed to jointly develop an HD-DOMS-to- ObjectStore interface which will result in the first CORBA-compliant ODBMS interface on the market. The integration provides programmers with an industry standard interface upon which to build applications that achieve high performance in accessing an ODBMS in local area networks (LANs). This same interface also can be used to integrate these applications into wide area networks for distributed enterprise- wide object computing.
 HyperDesk has licensed ObjectStore from Object Design and will offer it to customers as a shared repository for the HD-DOMS. ObjectStore will provide the HD-DOMS with persistent storage for object "types" -- the templates that describe a family of objects -- and the object "implementations" -- the data and code representing the functions that can be performed on software objects.
 The HD-DOMS product integrated with the Object Store repository is expected to be available in the second half of 1992.
 The HyperDesk DOMS is the first suite of advanced software tools and services designed to enable application developers to build and integrate truly open distributed applications for diverse computing environments that include PCs, workstations and servers. The HD-DOMS is also the first product based on the OMG CORBA standard, the central communication and integration manager for software objects. The HyperDesk DOMS allows developers to build OMG-compliant applications that can be distributed across various hardware and software platforms.
 "With the HD-DOMS, HyperDesk is providing the first distributed object management system," said Ken Marshall, president and CEO of Object Design. "It will provide developers with the tools they need to create CORBA-compliant applications. Our companies are committed to working closely to help professional developers gain the benefits of standards-based distributed object computing."
 "We are pleased to be working with Object Design, a market and technology leader among developers of object-oriented database management systems. The combination of an ODBMS and the dynamic distribution of objects will provide even more power and flexibility to our applications developers and integrators," said Herb Osher, president of HyperDesk.
 Both companies participated in the creation of the Object Management Group's CORBA specification by submitting technologies in conjunction with other industry partners. The final CORBA specification that was adopted by OMG last fall was based on the merged submissions of HyperDesk, Object Design, Digital Equipment Corporation, NCR Corporation, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett Packard.
 ObjectStore is an ODBMS for developers of highly interactive, design-oriented applications written in C and C++. It provides complete DBMS functionality for distributed applications that run on workstations and high-end PCs in a LAN environment. ObjectStore provides the basis for workgroup collaboration and the sharing of not just files -- but objects -- among multiple users over the network.
 HyperDesk Corporation is the emerging leader in the development of standards-based distributed object management software and tools. HyperDesk products enable professional application developers to give computer users simplified access to information --wherever it resides-- across diverse, distributed computing environments. An independent software company, HyperDesk is committed to developing, marketing and supporting distributed object management products that support a broad range of hardware and software platforms. HyperDesk is headquartered in Westborough, Mass., and maintains offices in North America and Europe.
 Object Design, Inc. develops and markets ObjectStore, the leading object-oriented database management system for UNIX and Microsoft Windows environments. ObjectStore provides complete distributed database functionality for developers of object-oriented applications with complex data models and high performance needs. ObjectStore is designed for developers of CAD-CAE, publishing, CASE tools, imaging, modeling, simulation and office information, including multimedia-based applications. The company also offers comprehensive training and consulting services.
 Headquartered in Burlington, Mass., Object Design maintains regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and Menlo Park, Calif.
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 /CONTACT: Rob Hayes or Gordon Woode of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470, for HyperDesk; or Lee McEnany or Malinda Banash of The Weber Group, 617-661-7900, for Object Design/ CO: HyperDesk Corporation; Object Design, Inc. ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU: SH -- NE012 -- 2860 01/23/92 13:49 EST
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