Database and tools vendor Oracle last week signed a multimillion-dollar licensing deal with development tools vendor Inprise. Under the terms of the multiyear deal, Oracle will continue to use the Inprise VisiBroker as one of its CORBA technology standards. The CORBA standard, promoted by the Object Management Group, enables different vendors' object request brokers (ORBs) to communicate with each other. The database vendor has previously talked about developing its own ORB. Larry Ellison, Oracle's chairman and CEO, revealed in June 1997 that the company was working on its own ORB that would, over time, replace VisiBroker. However, last week's agreement suggests that Oracle will stick with VisiBroker.