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Distributed Object Middleware: An Introduction

Published: 10 January 2001

ID: G0090666

Analyst(s): Deborah A. Hess


Modern enterprise and Internet-based applications offer multitiered, component-based architectures that incorporate middleware for distributing components across multiple platforms. This middleware is customarily built using one of three architectures--the Object Management Group's CORBA, Microsoft's COM, or Sun's Java RMI or EJB. While Java and CORBA architectures are similar enough to interoperate easily, Microsoft's COM is relatively incompatible with the other two. A fourth technology, transaction monitoring, is simultaneously being absorbed by Java and CORBA middleware and emerging as a stand-alone product category by Microsoft.

Table Of Contents
  • Technology Basics
    • CORBA ORBs
    • Java, Remote Method Invocation (RMI), and Enterprise Java Beans (EJB)
    • Microsoft COM, DNA, and .NET
    • Object Transaction Monitors
  • Technology Analysis
    • XML, SOAP, and Application Servers
    • Business Use
    • Benefits and Risks
  • Technology Leaders
    • Sun Microsystems
    • BEA Systems
    • IBM
    • Microsoft Corp.
    • Borland (formerly Inprise).
    • IONA Technologies
    • Other Vendors
  • Insight

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