REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 15, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced beta availability of the newest version of its industry-leading legacy integration solution, Host Integration Server (HIS) 2004, part of Microsoft® Windows Server System (TM) . With innovative support for XML Web services, Visual Studio®
.NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework, HIS 2004 represents a significant advance for customers seeking to connect to their IBM mainframe and midrange systems in a more cost-effective, industry-standard and efficient manner. Host Integration Server 2004 will include enhanced features for securing cross-platform access and will offer improved application and data integration capabilities, giving enterprise developers and administrators a complete, seamless host integration experience.
“Today the challenge for customers is that the solutions on the market do not efficiently support a services-oriented architecture approach to legacy integration,” said David Kiker, general manager for E-Business Servers at Microsoft. “With Host Integration Server 2004, we are reducing the complexity of our customers’ infrastructure, enabling greater interoperability, and providing them with a standards-based solution to link information from mainframe and midrange computers to partners and customers through XML Web services. This is another way our e-business customers can achieve value from their IT systems.”
New Features Aimed at Lowering Development Costs and Improving Time to Market
Scheduled for release to customers by mid-2004, Host Integration Server 2004 will provide customers with new tools aimed at reducing the cost of developing and deploying legacy integration solutions, thereby dramatically shortening a customer’s time to market for new host integration projects. The new tools include the following:
Support for industry-standard HRP/IP protocol. Host Integration Server 2004 will include an IP-DLC link service, a feature set developed jointly by Microsoft and Data Connection Ltd. This functionality provides connectivity for Systems Network Architecture applications across a routable Internet protocol (IP) network by supporting the industry-popular HPR/IP (high-performance routing over IP). This enables customers to simplify their network infrastructure and connect more seamlessly to OS/390 and z/OS mainframes.
Extended application integration. Through innovative integration with the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET, the new Transaction Integrator (TI) enables Windows®
-based computers to extend the functionality of existing IBM mainframe and IBM midrange AS/400 line-of-business applications. The new TI Designer allows developers to wrap existing line-of-business applications, such as Customer Information Control System (CICS) and Information Management System (IMS), as .NET client components. In addition, TI offers host-initiated processing that allows a Windows Server (TM) -based computer to function as a “peer” to IBM mainframe and AS/400 computers, thereby allowing customers to migrate portions of their line-of-business solutions onto the Microsoft Windows platform.
Improved data integration. HIS 2004 offers customers improved tools to integrate vital data from line-of-business data sources using industry-standard ODBC, Component Object Model-based OLE DB, or .NET Framework-enabled Data Providers for DB2, as well as an OLE DB Provider for AS/400 and mainframe file systems. HIS 2004 will offer reliable two-phase commit distributed transactions over TCP/IP to DB2 running on most popular computing platforms, plus an intuitive new data access tool allowing administrators and developers to easily create and manage connections to DB2 and host file systems.
Enhanced security. New support for secure sockets layer (SSL) and transport layer security (TLS) will help improve network security for customers accessing mainframe terminal and printer resources via the HIS 2004 TN3270 service.
Building on the success of Microsoft SNA Server 4.0 and Host Integration Server 2000, HIS 2004 will provide enterprise organizations with essential technologies for integrating their mission-critical host applications, data sources, messaging and security systems with new solutions developed using the Microsoft Windows platform.
About Windows Server System
Microsoft Windows Server System is an integrated and interoperable server infrastructure that reduces IT complexity to enable IT professionals to deliver innovative solutions that meet the changing needs of business. With Windows Server 2003 at the foundation, Windows Server System is engineered from the ground up for XML Web services based on Microsoft .NET technologies to connect information, people, systems and devices. Based on a common software architecture that spans all facets of IT from design, development and deployment through ongoing management and usage, Windows Server System provides comprehensive IT infrastructure for operations (security, systems management, networked storage), applications (data management and analysis, e-business), and information work (messaging, communications and collaboration). More information on Microsoft Windows Server System can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/ .
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