Microsoft yesterday released the beta version of its Host Integration Server (HIS) 2004 legacy integration product.
The company claimed that the addition of support for XML web services is a "significant advance" for customers seeking secure cross-platform access to IBM mainframes and midrange systems.
Scheduled for commercial release in the summer, HIS 2004 includes support for industry-standard high-performance routing over IP, and includes an IP-DLC link to provide IP connectivity for mainframe systems network architecture applications.
A Transaction Integrator, delivered through .Net Framework and Visual Studio .Net, is included to run IBM mainframes and midrange AS/400 line-of-business applications on Windows-based computers.
HIS 2004 will also ship with improved tools to integrate data from line-of-business sources using ODBC, COM-based OLE DB, or .Net Framework-enabled Data Providers for DB2, as well as an OLE DB Provider for AS/400 and mainframe file systems.
The new version will support secure socket layer and transport layer security to improve network security for customers accessing mainframe terminal and printer resources through HIS 2004.
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