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OBJECTSPACE TO ENTER APPLICATION SERVER MARKET.

ObjectSpace Inc is to be one of the next entrants into the fast expanding application server market, the company told ComputerWire this week. The six year-old software house from Dallas, Texas has built up its business by concentrating on object technology, specializing in merging the two opposing object management group Corba and Microsoft Corp DCOM groups. The new application server, currently unnamed, will support Sun's Enterprise Java Beans, transaction and security services, according to David Norris, president, CEO and co-founder of the company. The server, expected to emerge at the Java Business Expo event in New York next month, is currently going into beta testing and should be ready by the first quarter of next year. ObjectSpace says it isn't concentrating on application integration with the product, but instead wants to provide a standards-neutral platform for distributed object development, management and deployment. It will support Corba, DCOM, RMI and Java, with Enterprise Java Beans as the preferred component model, but says it will also support full interoperability with Microsoft ActiveX components. By the end of the year the company says it will support Sun Microsystems Inc's Jini distributed directory services as well, and anticipates moving Jini beyond the Java-only focus that Sun is giving it. More details of the company's work on Jini are also likely to emerge next month. Novell Inc - an investor in ObjectSpace - is expected to talk about the work it is doing with ObjectSpace on technology similar to Jini and JavaSpaces that it intends to incorporate into future versions of its NDS Novell Directory Services (CI No 3,524).
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