Software developer Acucorp has pledged to continue developing products that complement Hewlett-Packard's e3000 server, which the hardware giant last month said was coming to the end of its life.
The specialist COBOL developer said it understands the commitment that users have made to this 30-year-old product.
"Like HP's e3000 users, Acucorp has made a significant investment in this platform as well as the COBOL programs that run on it. We intend to support this server, and the HP community, by providing solutions to enable users to remain competitive," said Dr Pamela Coker, chief executive at the firm.
John Newlyn, business development manager at Software manufacturer Attachmate, said it is imperative that companies such as Acucorp continue to support the technology.
"End-users need this because although the e3000 platform is mature, the logic is still relevant. While the business process is still effective, there is no reason to throw the e3000s away," he said.
But Thomas Meyer, an analyst at research firm IDC, said that once the hardware support is stopped for the product, it will have a limited lifetime unless HP goes back on its decision.
"The possible merger with Compaq means that more product lines might be frozen, abandoned or replaced, and any developments for proprietary platforms will be difficult."
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