Microsoft has just moved its mainframe migration package, codenamed Cedar, into beta and is aiming to ship the offering this summer.
The product is an important one for Microsoft if it wants to fulfil its aim of becoming a serious player in the enterprise space. It is targeted at users of IBM mainframes running MVS 4.3 and above, the Cics transaction processing monitor and IMS flat file database, wanting to move to Windows NT.
Cedar accesses and captures business logic in a given MVS application via Microsoft?s SNA Server terminal emulation package. It then acts as a mainframe proxy, which means it holds the mainframe data without changes having to be made to its format, and also reroutes transactions out of Cics and into Microsoft Transaction Server.
Kirstin Wiley, Microsoft?s Back Office product manager, said: ?Cedar is aimed at application developers that want the ability to extend the life of their mainframe programs, but also at customers who?ve made their investment in mainframe technology, but don?t want to invest in new mainframe applications. It?s useful for them if they want to migrate their packages bit by bit to leverage their investment in the mainframe model.?
Although packaging and pricing has not yet been decided, Cedar will be marketed as part of the Back Office family of products. The first beta version can be downloaded at [email protected]
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