Sybase and Visigenic Software are squabbling over the database supplier's decision to develop its own object request broker (Orb), nine months after it licensed the latter's product.
Although Sybase licensed Visibroker Orb for inclusion in its product line, it now wants to build its own Orb in order to tighten integration with its Jaguar Component Transaction Server.
Richard Harvey, Sybase database marketing manager, said: 'We thought about loosely coupling Visigenic, but because we need tighter integration in Jaguar to avoid retrograde performance, we decided to do our own.'
He added: 'It would impact performance because you would have to loosely couple Java and Visigenic's code and rely on the performance of its product.
Visibroker has got a lot of functionality we don't need, so we decided to build our own functionality.'
Andy Bellinger, tools marketing manager at Sybase, said the company was unsure what direction Visigenic's product strategy would take, following the announcement of its acquisition by Borland.
'Users will still be able to use Visigenic if they request it, but it has been taken over and is no longer competitive. It could easily make its Orb less open than it is today.'
However, Rich Gerould, Visigenic US director of Western region sales, insisted Visibroker was still going to be deployed in Powerbuilder.
'Sybase did not want the "not invented here" thing and so wanted to build its own. I don't really see how it will benefit Sybase to build its own product,' he said.
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