============================================================================ SUBJECT: HP INTRODUCES DISTRIBUTED-COMPUTING SOLUTION FOR BUILDING SCALABLE, OBJECT-ORIENTED APPLICATIONS DATE: September 27, 1993 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE) via First! -- Hewlett-Packard Company today introduced a distributed-computing solution for building scalable, object-oriented applications. With HP ORB Plus, programmers can develop scalable, object-based applications that can be distributed throughout the enterprise. HP also introduced an enhanced version of HP Distributed Smalltalk. HP ORB Plus and HP Distributed Smalltalk are major components of HP's overall distributed-computing strategy, which is designed to give customers integrated, desktop access to enterprise-wide information and resources in distributed heterogeneous systems environments. Of all computer companies, HP believes it is best positioned to help customers take advantage of distributed computing. HP provides a wide variety of distributed-computing products, understands how to help customers adopt new technology for maximum business benefit, and offers worldwide support and training programs, ranging from analysis and design to deployment. HP ORB PLUS: CORBA AND DCE COMBINED HP ORB Plus is the only environment that combines the complete CORBA 1.1 specification from the Object Management Group with the DCE standard from the Open Software Foundation(tm) as its transport mechanism. DCE is designed to let developers write one application and then deploy it -- without modification -- on any other system that supports DCE. HP ORB Plus reduces the complexity of developing distributed applications so programmers can concentrate on the application itself without needing to know multiple operating systems, networking protocols or where application objects are stored. The DCE (Distributed Computing Environment) standard provides an integrated set of services that can be used separately or together to provide a distributed computing environment that's easy to administer. The CORBA (common-object-request-broker architecture) specification provides a standard for how objects (in applications, repositories or class libraries) make requests and receive responses across a distributed network. HP ORB PLUS DETAILS HP ORB Plus consists of several components: the Distributed Object Management Facility (DOMF), object services, developers' and administrative tools, and sample applications. HP's DOMF provides a location-transparent object-communication mechanism across heterogeneous networks by using the DCE standard. This object- enabling technology specification was jointly developed with SunSoft. By following a common specification, HP and SunSoft have made it easier for their customers to port applications between their platforms. In addition, HP is working with IBM to integrate HP's DOMF with IBM's System Object Model with extensions for distribution. This integration will eventually provide users with complete scalability, portability and interoperability of distributed applications across HP and IBM platforms. This is part of the companies' planned approach toward a standards-based, "plug-and-play" object-oriented environment. This will give developers, system administrators and end users language-neutral, enterprise-wide, heterogeneous support for building, managing and using distributed object- oriented applications. "We're so convinced of the value of object technology that we're staking our entire company on it," said Richard Tanler, president and chief executive officer of Information Advantage, Inc. "Our object-based applications for retailers provide the means to a competitive business edge. We plan to use HP ORB Plus to develop new object-based products that retailers can distribute to end users throughout headquarters, all chain stores, and warehousing and distribution operations." HP DISTRIBUTED SMALLTALK 2.0 In a related announcement, HP introduced Version 2.0 of HP Distributed Smalltalk. This toolset works with VisualWorks from ParcPlace Systems to provide programmers with a rapid development environment for creating and running distributed applications. These applications can use object databases (currently OpenODB from HP and Gemstone from Servio) as their storage mechanism to facilitate the reuse of objects. Applications built using HP Distributed Smalltalk currently run without modification on HP, Sun and IBM UNIX(R) system-based workstations. They also will run on Apple Macintosh computers and on any PC running the Windows 3.1 or Windows NT operating systems from Microsoft(R) Corp., once VisualWorks 2.0 is released (expected within two months.) New HP Distributed Smalltalk 2.0 features include the following: -- easier deployment, with the ability to run multiple HP Distributed Smalltalk-based applications on a single system; -- up to 400 percent increased performance, through quicker sending and receiving of remote messages, and reusable object libraries; -- run-time version, for full production deployment; and -- easier development, with remote object browsing so developers can find and use objects more quickly. TECHNICAL DETAILS AND AVAILABILITY HP's DOMF includes the object request broker, interface- definition- language compiler, static and dynamic invocation interface and interface repository. In addition to these OMG-specific features, most developers writing distributed, object-oriented applications require additional interfaces to use objects effectively. So developers don't need to create their own, HP has supplied several object-service interfaces for developers to use. That's why HP ORB Plus includes OMG interfaces and implementations for properties, life cycle, associations, event notification and naming. HP's limited release of HP ORB Plus to key developers is designed so that customer input can be incorporated into the product early in its development cycle. The initial version will work with the C++ programming language. For the generally available Developer's Kit, C++, C and Smalltalk interoperability is planned so objects written in different languages can be combined into one application. The Developer's Kit is scheduled to be available mid- 1994; prices will be announced then. HP ORB Plus runs on the HP Apollo 9000 Series 700 workstations and HP 9000 Series 800 business servers. Hewlett-Packard Company is an international manufacturer of measurement and computation products and systems recognized for excellence in quality and support. The company's products and services are used in industry, business, engineering, science, medicine and education in approximately 110 countries. HP has 94,900 employees and had revenue of $16.4 billion in its 1992 fiscal year. EDITORIAL CONTACTS: Hewlett-Packard Company Lynne Hanson, 408/447-1415, Cupertino, Calif. Jill Kramer, 408/447-4275, Cupertino, Calif.
================== For more information about HP ORB Plus, contact Kathy Litch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information about HP Distributed SmallTalk, contact Jerry Boortz (email@example.com).
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