is taking on Microsoft
with new push-based messaging
Tibco writes software that automatically routes--or pushes--financial information, news, and other data from a publisher to an individual personal computer. The software
works on corporate or public computer networks.
On Monday, the company will launch TIB/Rendezvous 4.0, a new version of
the company's flagship product, tuned for Web and data warehousing
The new software includes fault-tolerance features, so that data isn't
lost in transmission, and load-balancing tools to take maximum advantage
of server processing power, said Mark Bowles, vice president and chief
technology officer at Tibco.
Rendezvous is similar to other messaging middleware, such as Microsoft's
Message Queue Server and IBM's MQSeries software.
The software is used to pass messages among various dissimilar networked
applications. The software makes sure that messages are delivered across
the network by storing them in a queue and forwarding them when
networked systems are online and ready to receive the messages.
That fault-tolerant feature of message queuing software makes it popular
among large companies that transmit crucial information across
networks, such as banks that conduct monetary transactions.
Bowles claims that Tibco's software, unlike competing products, includes
additional components, such as load-balancing tools, that make it easier
for corporate developers to build systems.
Tibco has also been trying for the past year to make its push
software one of the standards for sending information through
the Internet. That puts the company in direct competition with Marimba and Netscape Communications.
Several companies said in December they would use Tibco
technology, including Cisco Systems,
the biggest maker of computer networking equipment. Cisco has also
purchased a minority stake in the company.
The company earlier this year announced a second round of partnerships
that will help it establish its software as a standard, Tibco executives
Tibco, based in Palo Alto, California, is a unit of Reuters
Holding, the parent company of the Reuters news
TIB/Rendezvous is priced at $600 per client system, and at $2,500 for a
developer's kit. The software runs on all major operating systems.