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Inprise adds Java to middleware

The software and services provider is hoping Java will turn its new version of MIDAS into gold.

Software and services provider Inprise is hoping Java will turn its new version of MIDAS into gold.

Inprise, formerly Borland International, today added a Java client to its MIDAS (Multitier Distributed Application Services Suite)--middleware that supports distribution of enterprise applications. Previously, MIDAS operated exclusively in a Microsoft Windows environment.

With the MIDAS 2 Java client on the front end, companies can load and access software from the server. This system is intended to provide greater control of network bandwidth and require less maintenance, since chunks of software need not be loaded on individual PCs. With MIDAS 2, companies can deliver distributed-database applications on both Sun Pure Java- and Microsoft Windows-based thin clients.

Companies use MIDAS as the base for distributed-database applications. NationsBank, a division of BankAmerica, for example, uses MIDAS to control the company's network resources as new users are added to their systems through industry acquisitions.

Because they are Java-based, MIDAS 2 thin-client applications are easy to develop, simple to deploy, and require no configuration, according to the company.

As part of a new corporate strategy, Inprise changed its name from Borland in April and outlined plans for a new line of application server software targeted at large corporations. The company, founded as a development tool provider, is also entering the lucrative services market with its new services arm and alliances with systems integrators and consultants.

With MIDAS 2, Inprise is targeting companies with many geographically dispersed users. According to the Gartner Group, 40 percent of professionals will be mobile or location-independent by 2000, and the percentage of worldwide IT budgets earmarked to support these users will grow from less than 5 percent in 1996 to more than 30 percent by 2001.