DOC Group, OW2 Consortium Merge CORBA Component Model Initiatives

PrismTech(tm), a leader in high-performance middleware and development tools, announced that the two leading open-source middleware communities are merging their CORBA® Component Model (CCM) initiatives, underpinning the company’s new OpenFusion CCM offering. The Distributed Object Computing (DOC) Group and the OW2 Consortium — with support and contribution from PrismTech — are combining their efforts to advance the development and deployment of CCM technology.

The CCM defines features and services that enable application developers to implement, manage, configure, and deploy components that integrate commonly used CORBA services. It enhances software reuse and provides a flexible platform for deploying and configuring CORBA applications within mission-critical environments, such as defense, aerospace, air traffic control, transportation management, utilities, and financial trading.

“The combined efforts of the DOC Group, OW2 Consortium, and PrismTech truly creates a CCM dream team,” said Douglas Schmidt, Ph.D., chief technology officer at PrismTech and founder of the DOC Group. “These open-source middleware communities represent the most widely recognized innovators and thought leaders within the industry. Combined with PrismTech’s expertise and experience providing quality products, support and services, you have all the right ingredients to meet CCM market requirements.”

OpenFusion® CCM is PrismTech’s productized version of the combined open-source initiatives. It is based on the thorough industry-grade quality assurance processes PrismTech has built over many years for its other open-source CORBA offerings. This new product now positions PrismTech as a complete provider of CCM and CORBA offerings covering products, technical support, training, consulting, and outsourcing services.

“We continue to see strong demand for CORBA related technologies where other middleware distribution and integration solutions either do not scale or lack sufficient quality-of-service (QoS) runtime features and end-to-end lifecycle support,” said Andrew Foster, OpenFusion product manager at PrismTech. “OpenFusion CCM represents a significant advance for our customers interested in leveraging and expanding their CORBA investments within large-scale and complex mission-critical applications. OpenFusion CCM delivers best-of-both-worlds: open-source technology and commercial support.”

In addition, OpenFusion CCM provides ease-of-use and performance benefits through the lifecycle of a distributed application. It provides a standard application framework and productivity tools for CORBA components that can be modeled, assembled, deployed into containers. It also reduces complexity — development, assembly, configuration, deployment and redeployment — and increases robustness of complex distributed applications. OpenFusion CCM is language-independent and supports advanced QoS features, such as fault tolerance and predictable end-to-end latency.

The Distributed Object Computing (DOC) Group is a distributed research consortium consisting of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University, the Center for Distributed Object Computing in the Computer Science department at Washington University and the Laboratory for Distributed Object Computing in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of California, Irvine. The goal of the DOC Group is to create and transition technologies based on open systems principles and open-source software models to maximize R&D impact.

The OW2 Consortium is an open-source community committed to making available to everyone the best and most reliable middleware technology. OW2′s mission is to develop open-source code middleware and to foster a vibrant community and business ecosystem. The OW2 Consortium was initiated on January 1, 2007 through the merger of ObjectWeb and Orientware, two leading open source middleware communities of renowned industry players, innovative start-ups, prominent academic organizations, and individuals from across the world.

About PrismTech
PrismTech is an acknowledged leader in advanced software integration solutions. The company develops, markets, and supports a wide range of standards-compliant, high-performance middleware products whose quality-of-service (QoS) properties significantly exceed those offered by conventional middleware. PrismTech also offers developer productivity tools and a comprehensive range of professional services. PrismTech’s differentiators are most highly valued in markets where business-critical and mission-critical systems require high-performance middleware. These systems are pervasive in a number of vertical markets, such as Telecom, Mil/Aero, Finance, Utilities, Transportation, and Homeland Security, and range from Net-centric OSS to Software-Defined Radio. PrismTech’s customers constitute an impressive list of major systems integrators, OEMs, and ISVs, including many Fortune Global 500 companies. PrismTech was founded in 1992 and is a privately-held group with US operations based in Boston, MA and Saddle Brook, NJ, and European operations in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and France.

CORBA is a registered trademark of the Object Management Group, Inc in the U.S. and other countries. OpenFusion is a trademark of PrismTech.