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Market Research Digest - 10 Sep 2003

Cast Iron launches company and releases product

Cast Iron Systems, formerly known as IronHide Corporation, announced today the release of its first product, Application Router™ 1000, designed to address the gap between companies' existing integration solutions. "Software-only solutions, while appropriate for large, long-range projects, have a learning and implementation curve which is too steep for many parts of the enterprise," said CEO Fred Meyer, formerly chief strategy officer at TIBCO. "The Cast Iron Application Router™ is a perfect complement to the existing Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Application Server market because it solves a critical yet underserved market that requires low-cost, quick to implement, and easy to manage integration solutions."

See Bob's Guide.

CatchFIRE Systems survey shows impact of web gridlock

CatchFire Systems officially launches in Europe with the publication of a survey of consumer experiences of web gridlock. 90% of online consumers have experienced transaction failure - 70% worth £200 or more - and have been forced to alternative (more expensive) channels (call centres, bricks and mortar) or to competitors. Businesses have responded simply by increasing capacity - adding more web and application servers, databases, hosts and staff. That's increasingly expensive and untenable as ecommerce activity continues to grow.

Using CatchFIRE's FIRENode product, businesses can reliably provision for the capacity they want to serve, and can ensure that they maximise return even during traffic surges by serving valuable customers and transactions in preference to lower value and browsing activity. The FIRENode product can deliver surge suppression, emergency access, and priority management functions.

Read more at The Register: Websites that crash and TechWorld: Web doorman aims to add QoS to the web.

HP snaps up Talking Blocks

In its latest move in the Web services market, Hewlett-Packard announced Tuesday that it will acquire Talking Blocks, a maker of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and management software.

Richard Ptak, president of the eponymous Ptak and Associates, sees the Talking Blocks deal as a "catch-up move" for HP to keep pace with IBM's Tivoli and CA's Unicenter management platforms.

See searchWebServices.

MicroStrategy defeats Business Objects patent charge

A US court has dismissed "with prejudice" a BO claim for damages in excess of $100 million from MicroStrategy in respect of alleged breaches of BO's patent "Relational Database Access System Using Semantically Dynamic Objects" - meanwhile MicroStrategy is countersuing for "patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and tortious interference with contractual relations".

See ebizQ.

MicroStrategy's revenue in the year to June was $147 million, and net income $15 million, so BO's $100 million claim would have made a pretty large dent in the company. Put not thy trust in lawyers!

PrismTech releases new version of its OpenFusion CORBA Notification (messaging) product

"V4 has been entirely re-architected with a new modular design to provide unique levels of throughput in a scaleable CORBA enterprise messaging solution. The significant enhancements in performance are witnessed in real world benchmarking scenarios by beta test customers who have seen performance improvements of up to 20 times compared to the V3 product - which was already the fastest fully-compliant Notification Service available" (they say).

See ebizQ.

OpenFusion competes (in a CORBA environment) with alternative messaging products like MQ, Rendezvous etc, as well as with all JMS (Java Message Service) implementations. Curiously, PrismTech's website seems to have lost all information about Corba/J2EE integration.

Sonic Software stirs things up with TIBCO on benchmarks

Following last week's news, Sonic has challenged a temporary restraining order initiated by TIBCO, requiring that Sonic Software discontinues distribution of a white paper documenting comparative product performance. Tibco claims that Sonic’s use of Tibco’s Enterprise for JMS software and subsequent publication of the white paper violates the terms of their license agreement, and that the white paper results are false and misleading. The case has now been ‘removed’ from the California state court system, and will be considered in a federal court in California within the next few weeks.

See Bob's Guide and story at CNET.

Versata Q3 results: revenue nearly halves, loss doubles sequentially

Total revenue for the quarter ended 31 July was $2.7 million as compared to $4.6 million last year and $4.5 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2003. For the third quarter, license revenue decreased 53% over the same quarter last year with license revenue at $487,000 versus $1 million for the quarter ended July 31, 2002. On a GAAP basis, the net loss for Q3/2003 was $3.8 million, compared to a net loss of $2.4 million for the corresponding quarter in 2002 and a net loss of $1.2 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2003.

See Versata results press release.

Versata has about $16 million left in cash; that's only going to see them through the next year at most. Time for more consolidation?

WS-Reliability interoperability demonstrated

Oracle and others have demonstrated interoperability between their implementations of OASIS's WS-Reliability messaging standard.

See SearchWebServices.

There are two competing standards - this one which is also supported by Sonic Software and Sun Microsystems, and WS-ReliableMessaging, supported by IBM, MS, BEA and Tibco.

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