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TSI Software has purchased Novera Software for about $55 million. With the purchase, TSI gains software that helps businesses link their Web applications to information in databases. TSI competes with Neon Software, Vitria, and others in the enterprise application integration market that develop software that connects mainframe, client/server, and Web-based applications together.
Novera Software is bundling its jBusiness software with IBM's WebSphere and Allaire's ColdFusion application servers. Novera, which used to call its software an application server, is now marketing it as an add-on to other application servers. Novera's jBusiness connects other application servers to information in databases and legacy systems, company executives said. Novera struck similar deals with SilverStream and Sun's NetDynamics last month.
Struggling to capture market share, Novera ditches plans to sell its application server as a standalone product and is now marketing it as an add-on to other application servers.
Upstart SilverStream Software is beefing up its family of e-commerce software to avoid being crushed by giant competitors such as Microsoft and IBM.
Novera Software announced an upgrade to EPIC, its package for building enterprise-class Java applications. EPIC 2.0 offers support for the CORBA/IIOP model, an interface based on Sun Microsystems JavaBeans, and load-balancing capabilities. The new application development software will be available this month at prices starting at $150 per concurrent user.
Oracle, Sun, Apple Computer and Allaire captured the most revenue in the application server market last year, according to a new study.
To compete in the booming, but crowded application server software market, many vendors in the next year will need to carve out a specialized niche.
Compaq Computer announced that it will license easy-to-use home networking technology from Tut Systems for inclusion in the company's products. Tut makes technology that allows computer users to set up a network using existing phone lines in their home. Compaq would not disclose the specific products that will include Tut's technology, but it will likely find its way into the company's PCs. Separately, Compaq licensed Java-based application server technology from Novera.
The company says it will release the source code for its Directory Software Developer's Kit for free on the Internet.
The recent rash of security bugs will repeat itself in other Internet software releases, developers say. It's the cost of progress.