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HYPERDESK UNVEILS BREAKTHROUGH DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING SOFTWARE (Product Announcement)

HYPERDESK UNVEILS BREAKTHROUGH DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING SOFTWARE
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- HyperDesk Corporation today took a major step toward eliminating the roadblocks to interoperability and integrating diverse hardware and software platforms with the introduction of the HyperDesk Distributed Object Management System (HD-DOMS). The HD-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 the first product based on the Object Management Group's Object Request Broker (ORB) standard, the central communication and integration manager for software objects. The HD-DOMS allows developers to now build OMG-compliant applications that can be distributed across various hardware and software platforms.
 "HyperDesk is providing the solution to the fundamental problem facing computer users today -- the proliferation of disparate computing environments, including multiple hardware platforms and operating systems, which place walls between users and information," said HyperDesk President Herb Osher. "The HyperDesk Distributed Object Management System represents a breakthrough in the move toward interoperability and integration for distributed computing by providing users with 'software without walls' -- simplified access to information, wherever it resides on a network."
 The HyperDesk Distributed Object Management System enables the creation of open distributed computing applications in two ways. First, the HD-DOMS, through an industry standard interface, simplifies object access to the underlying distributed computing layers of Application Programming Interfaces, Remote Procedure Calls, network protocols and operating systems. Second, the HD-DOMS features a set of advanced application development tools and services to quickly and easily define, build, store, and modify objects.
 With the introduction of this product, HyperDesk reinforces its position as the emerging leader in the area of distributed object management, an approach to computing in which developers create applications that allow users to quickly and easily access and manage information -- or software objects -- anywhere on a network.
 The HD-DOMS tools include a graphical user interface for development and testing, a dynamic interface to create and modify applications at run-time, and a definition language to create objects. HyperDesk services include an object database with repositories and class libraries for object storage, a Kerberos-based authentication service for user validation, and a location service to track objects. The full suite of HD-DOMS tools and services includes:
 -- Distributed Object Exerciser -- an interactive object
 development and testing tool, giving developers complete
 access to all object tools and services.
 -- Dynamic Invocation Interface -- an OMG standard interface
 for invoking object operations that is part of the ORB-
 API, giving the developer a single view of the operations
 of the entire system.
 -- Implementation and Interface Definition Language (IIDL) --
 a language to define types and operations for the creation
 of objects.
 -- Object Database -- a persistent object storage facility.
 -- The Interface Repository -- a service to store interface
 and type definitions for objects.
 -- Implementation Repository -- a service to store procedures
 that comprise objects.
 -- Class Libraries -- a service in the object database to
 store HyperDesk-supplied objects, giving the developer
 predefined components to build applications.
 -- Authentication Service -- a Kerberos-based authentication
 service for user validation.
 -- Location Service -- a service to track the location of
 system objects.
 A key feature of the HD-DOMS is the support of dynamic operations throughout the entire system. Dynamic operations enable the creation and modification of applications at run-time, eliminating the need to recompile or re-link applications. Another key feature is the HD-DOMS' support for relational and other object-oriented databases, giving developers data management flexibility.
 The HD-DOMS is designed to be easily portable and interoperable across a broad range of PC, workstation and server platforms running MS-DOS and UNIX. The HD-DOMS also supports Windows and Motif.
 Using distributed applications developed with the HD-DOMS, for example, a PC user could transparently access existing data from a database running on a remote network server and sales information from a spreadsheet application running on a workstation, integrate this data into a single word processing document and distribute it to other users via a networked e-mail system. New applications or enhancements can be added to the system dynamically at run-time, ensuring support for users as their needs change.
 The HyperDesk Distributed Object Management System was unveiled here at the UniForum trade show, where the company and independent software vendors demonstrated distributed client-server applications created with this new product, which included PC and UNIX clients and a UNIX server.
 The HD-DOMS is licensed to hardware and software systems OEMs, who will include the product as an integral part of their system. The product is also licensed to independent software vendors, value added resellers, systems integrators, and corporate end-users, who are building and will deploy their applications on the HD-DOMS. Source code and site licensing options are available as well.
 HyperDesk also announced its Premier Partners Program, tailored to meet the needs of early customers. The program includes development kits, comprehensive product training, application development consulting and early access to initial product and future upgrades.
 The HyperDesk Distributed Object Management System Development Kit is priced at $1995 per user, depending on system configuration, and will be available in February. A run-time version of the product, priced at $495 per user, is expected to be released in June.
 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.
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 /CONTACT: Rob Hayes or Gordon Woode of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470 for HyperDesk/ CO: HyperDesk Corporation ST: California IN: CPR SU:


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