Zephyr Launches Rumba® Replacement Campaign

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With the sale of NetManage to Micro Focus, Zephyr is fielding an increased number of enquiries regarding the replacement of the Rumba®, OnWeb® and OnNet terminal emulation software products. In response, Zephyr is pleased to launch a new Rumba® replacement campaign to help customers seamlessly switch to Zephyr's PASSPORT terminal emulation software.

With the sale of NetManage to Micro Focus, Zephyr is fielding an increased number of enquiries regarding the replacement of the Rumba®, OnWeb® and OnNet terminal emulation software products. In response, Zephyr is pleased to launch a new Rumba® replacement campaign to help customers seamlessly switch to Zephyr's PASSPORT terminal emulation software.

Zephyr's PASSPORT terminal emulation software provides access to legacy applications found on IBM zSeries (mainframe), iSeries (AS/400) and UNIX systems. Like Rumba®, PASSPORT can also be used to integrate Visual Basic and C++ applications with legacy applications on the Windows desktop and features the use of VB Script as a foundation for productivity enhancing macros. Similarly, Zephyr's PASSPORT WEB TO HOST offers centralized administration, easy deployment and other features found in OnWeb® and OnNet.

In most cases, screen scraping applications written for Micro Focus' products like Rumba® that utilize the HLLAPI application programming interface can simply be used with PASSPORT as-is and no programmatic changes are required. This API compatibility is critical since many HLLAPI applications support Rumba® as a standard.

As organizations worldwide seek to cut costs and lower operational expenses, PASSPORT is the number one solution chosen to replace incumbent terminal emulation solutions such as Micro Focus' Rumba®, Attachmate's EXTRA! ® and IBM® Personal Communications or Client Access. Considerable savings can be realized through a flexible and tailored Zephyr software licensing plan.

The principal reasons to consider Zephyr's PASSPORT PC TO HOST® or PASSPORT WEB TO HOST® terminal emulation software as a replacement for Micro Focus Rumba® and OnWeb® are:

Reduced Cost - We can and regularly do reduce organizations terminal emulation costs by up to 73%, with no loss of functionality.

Simple and Fast Transition - With it's ability to be configured for Rumba® compatibility, customer trials show that PASSPORT can replace Rumba® simply and quickly.

Easily Administered, Flexible Licensing Options - Previous users of Rumba® have sited complex, time consuming license tracking and administration requirements. Zephyr offers flexible, hassle-free licensing plans tailored to suit each customer's individual needs.

Protect Existing Screen Scraping Applications - As mentioned, in most cases, HLLAPI-based screen-scraping applications written for Rumba® can be used as-is with PASSPORT and no programmatic changes are required.

Pure IP Design- PASSPORT, which was developed specifically for IP communication, is considerably smaller in terms of the installation size of Rumba® and is often quoted as being faster.

Ease of Deployment - Zephyr offers many standard ways to deploy PASSPORT: MSI, SMS, Citrix, Microsoft IIS and WebSphere.

Certified for Windows® Vista® - Unlike Rumba, PASSPORT PC TO HOST 2007 is Certified for Windows® Vista®.

If your organization uses Rumba®, OnNet or OnWeb® for host access and you are considering a replacement solution, please contact Zephyr to discuss the technical considerations and financial benefits associated in making a transition to a Zephyr solution.

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PASSPORT PC TO HOST®, PASSPORT WEB TO HOST® and PASSPORT Host Integration Objects are registered trademarks of Zephyr Development Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information about the RUMBA® Replacement Program, visit http://www.zephyrcorp.com/rumba-replacement-program.htm.

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