A new technical alliance that will cut the cost of running mainframes and dramatically improve the administration and accessibility of host system environments has been launched by TmaxSoft, a middleware and enterprise software company, and Flynet, a leading supplier of host server integration software and services.
Under the terms of the global technical alliance we will co-operate on a sales and marketing initiative, promoting the ways in which our own OpenFrame rehosting solution and Flynet’s Terminal Emulation and User Experience tools work in tandem to transform legacy mainframe estates to a modernized, cost effective infrastructure with a modern user interface. Users will be able to rehost their mainframe applications to Open System platforms at low cost and reduce or eliminate Million Instructions Per Second (MIPS) payments, with the option of a modern interface that increases the accessibility and usability of their mainframe from any mobile or desktop device.
This is an important alliance in today’s technology industry. The world of IT is changing rapidly and yet throughout this dramatic period of change the old mainframe remains a staple in many enterprises. The challenge in an era of Big Data, Cloud Computing, mobile and social technologies is how to ensure that the mainframe – and the data that resides within it – remain relevant. With the mainframe forming the backbone of many IT departments, supporting many mission critical applications it is still the system of choice for many in terms of security, scalability and reliability.
But here lies the challenge. The mainframe is expensive to run, very often bespoke and the people who developed and maintained them now retiring. There is a very real need for businesses to modernize their mainframe infrastructure, without sacrificing core applications that have served the company for generations.
Christian Rule, Director of Business Transformation at Flynet added: “According to research from Vanson Bourne, 93 per cent of today’s organizations are still using green screen applications. It’s a common misconception that enabling mainframes to freely participate and contribute to modern initiatives like Big Data, Cloud and mobile is difficult and costly to achieve. With the Flynet suite of applications organizations quickly realize you can deliver most of these projects with our out-of-the-box functionality, moreover you can do this in days not years. Allowing you to preserve high value business processes and data whilst increasing their accessibility with commodity skills that are future proof.”
“Our alliance with TmaxSoft will not only deliver costs savings to legacy mainframe estates, but combined with our advanced mainframe terminal emulation and modernization software will make the data that resides within the mainframe accessible to a whole new generation. We look forward to working closely with TmaxSoft,” he added.
As an advanced re-hosting solution that enables mainframe assets, including applications, resources and data residing in a legacy system to be migrated to a more reliable and high-performance open system platform without modifying original business logic and data, OpenFrame from TmaxSoft also offers efficient resource and data extractions from mainframe systems, allowing for less expensive conversions and more flexible open systems.
Flynet Viewer Terminal Emulation software provides an instant web browser based terminal emulation to key business systems, including Mainframe, iSeries, Unix, VMS or multivalue systems, on any device with zero client side software, all managed centrally via the Flynet Viewer administration center. The solution can be installed within minutes and connects automatically to any system that uses typical green screen connection protocols such as 3270, 5250, VT220. These systems are then instantly and securely available via any browser on any platform.