Microsoft has unveiled Host Integration Server (HIS) 2004, claiming that the legacy integration application will lower the cost of integrating existing IBM mainframe and midrange systems with Windows.
The software giant said that HIS 2004 includes newly developed transaction integrator design tools which will help developers wrap existing host business applications, such as XML web services or .Net server components, to be used in service-oriented architectures (SOAs).
Ted Kummert, business process and integration division corporate vice president at Microsoft, claimed that HIS 2004 will give users new ways to get more out of their existing IT systems.
"Customers have told us that they need technology that enables them to use their mainframe assets and expose those assets as web services," he said.
"We are now providing an opportunity for companies to integrate their mission-critical mainframe applications, data sources and messaging and security systems through web service-enabled SOA solutions that are reusable and extensible."
Microsoft said that it has made enhancements to HIS 2004 that will boost customers' ability to integrate applications and improve interoperability and migration between IBM's host systems and DB2 databases and Windows Server and SQL Server.
These include a managed provider for IBM's DB2 designed to publish data stored in DB2 databases as XML web services, and integrate DB2 data with systems based on Windows forms, web forms, web services or Microsoft Office applications such as Excel and InfoPath.
And the development of TI Host-Initiated Processing is designed to allow a Windows Server-based computer to function as a peer to an IBM mainframe and AS/400 computer.
This will enable customers to build distributed peer-to-peer applications, and move portions of their host application logic and data to Windows Server and SQL Server.
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