Software AG and Microsoft are joining forces to provide a link between Windows servers and mainframe computer platforms.
Under the agreement announced today at Cebit, Software AG, a provider of data management technology, will provide an integration bridge to connect Microsoft's Host Integration Server 2000 to mainframe systems such as IBM's CICS transaction processing software and other host resources.
Host Integration Server 2000 is scheduled for release this summer. Windows NT Server customers will then be able to integrate their existing host applications with the Windows platform.
Dr Erwin Konigs, chief executive of Software AG, said: "We are extremely pleased to deliver the essential connectivity for Microsoft Host Integration Server 2000. By combining our complementary strengths, Software AG and Microsoft are working together to integrate the enterprise platform universe."
The companies said customers will benefit from being able to plug any application from any mainframe platform into applications running on a Windows NT Server. This will be done through clips or add-ons to the server.
Software AG and Microsoft will jointly sell the product, which will be available later this year. The companies said it was too early to providedetails of pricing and revenue forecasts.
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