Using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Legacy Integration

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Zephyr has created a white paper entitled "Using Microsoft Windows 2008 Server for Legacy Integration". This document, intended for application developers, contains sample source code and is a straightforward, "how-to" guide for common transactions used in most legacy application integration projects.

Research shows that almost every organization using the IBM zSeries mainframe or iSeries midrange hosts for their business applications are also likely to extensively use Microsoft Windows servers and desktops.

As such, Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2 can be the ideal platform for legacy application integration. When used in conjunction with Zephyr's PASSPORT Host Integration Objects (HIO), organizations can quickly create powerful integrated applications to exploit business data and logic from their mainframe hosts and other platforms.

Zephyr's PASSPORT HIO offers a fast and non-intrusive method of integrating IBM 3270 and 5250 applications with .NET or ActiveX applications and can deployed from either a Microsoft Windows Server or desktop platform.

Zephyr has created a white paper entitled "Using Microsoft Windows 2008 Server for Legacy Integration". This document, intended for application developers, contains sample source code and is a straightforward, "how-to" guide for common transactions used in most legacy application integration projects.

About Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 builds on the award-winning foundation of Windows Server 2008.

New virtualization tools, Web resources, management enhancements and exciting Windows 7 integration, help save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and efficiently managed data center.

Powerful tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.5, updated Server Manager and Hyper-V platforms and Windows PowerShell version 2.0, combine to give customers greater control, increased efficiency and the ability to react to front-line business needs faster than ever before.

PASSPORT Host Integration Objects and Sample applications

PASSPORT Host Integration Objects (HIO) is a programmatic legacy integration solution that enables object-oriented access to IBM 3270 and 5250 host applications from customer written applications using .NET or ActiveX. PASSPORT HIO applications can be deployed from a Microsoft Windows Server or desktop.

HIO offers a fast, low risk approach to reusing valuable business processes that have been adapted and perfected over many years. It also eliminates the need for terminal emulation. Examples of PASSPORT HIO are:

  • Three of the largest banks in the U.S. use PASSPORT to integrate vital branch banking applications with their IBM 3270 mainframe applications. These mission critical applications, used daily by tens of thousands of users at each bank, offer an example of how the Microsoft Server can play a secure, intermediary role between the user and the IBM mainframe
  • One of the largest healthcare system providers in the U.S. has built a Medicare access solution with PASSPORT that offers web-based access to Medicare systems and services for hospitals and healthcare organizations. The Medicare applications run on IBM mainframes. This solution has been enormously successful and brought immediate sources of revenue for the organization that developed the solution
  • PASSPORT has been used by car rental companies, telecom providers, government agencies and others to integrate 3270 and 5250 host applications with Windows SQL Server applications, Visual Basic applications and more

For a flying start to your legacy integration project we recommend that you download a free trial version of PASSPORT HIO and read our white paper "Using Microsoft Windows 2008 Server for Legacy Integration"

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