Candle Corp is pushing ahead with its diversification into middleware and services, and plans to reveal a slew of new products and services in a couple of weeks code-named Roma which it says will deliver an open messaging environment. Candle, which for most of its existence has been synonymous with the rather staid technology of […]
Candle Corp is pushing ahead with its diversification into middleware and services, and plans to reveal a slew of new products and services in a couple of weeks code-named Roma which it says will deliver an open messaging environment. Candle, which for most of its existence has been synonymous with the rather staid technology of mainframe systems management software, has recently been re-modeling itself to deliver new middleware products and services, most based around IBM Corp’s MQSeries asynchronous messaging technology. But Candle is not exclusively tied to IBM and will also develop and support products for use with Microsoft Corp’s MSMQ Message Queue Server, code-named Falcon, currently in second beta and due to ship by year-end on Windows NT 4.x. The Roma products are expected to include services which can broker between MQSeries and Falcon. Candle plans to resell the FalconMQ middleware Level 8 Systems Inc will introduce on September 17 which extends the Falcon APIs to a variety of operating systems and provides interoperability with MQSeries and CICS. Candle says it’ll ship products for use with Falcon within 90 days of its release. Roma will include GUI services to connect services and will also be used to develop links between SWIFT interface products – SWIFT is the banking industry’s provider of financial messaging services – and banks’ in-house applications using MQSeries. Candle chairman and CEO Aubrey Chernick says Candle’s approach is different from other systems management vendors such as Boole & Babbage and BMC Software because it will offer the full gamut of application design, testing, configuration and event services. It’s gradually building up its portfolio, by acquiistion and in-house development. According to Candle’s own delivery timescale any application in a Tivoli Systems Inc management domain should now be accessible from the Candle Command Center management environment. Candle says messaging can support legacy batch, CICS and storage environments but just as easily utilize new technologies such as Java, ActiveX or resource planning software. Candle has 165 people, 11% of its staff, working on messaging products.