Bull Launches HooX Java Connection Tools to Link Open Server-based E-business Applications to Legacy Transactions.Business/Technology Editors
BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 23, 2001
HooX tools use J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) A platform from Sun for building distributed enterprise applications. J2EE services are performed in the middle tier between the user's machine and the enterprise's databases and legacy information systems. 1.3 Connector Architecture to integrate new
e-business applications developed on the BEA WebLogic A software suite from BEA Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA (www.beasys.com) that is used to deploy Web and SOA applications. The core product is BEA WebLogic Server, a J2EE application server. (R)
E-Business Platform with operational transactions
running on Bull and IBM mainframes Following are the mainframe architectures used in IBM mainframes since the original System/360 introduced in 1964.
Year Architecture Model numbers System/360 1964 System/360 2xxx (2020 to 2195) System/370
Bull Infrastructure & Systems today announced HooX (Host Object-Oriented ConneXions), a Java-based family of software connection tools for legacy system integration. HooX is designed to operate in the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.3 Connector Architecture environment provided by BEA WebLogic(R) from BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS). BEA BEA - Basic programming Environment for interactive-graphical Applications, from Siemens-Nixdorf. is one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies. This new capability will enable organizations to get their e-business applications up and running faster by facilitating their seamless integration with legacy transaction processing environments.
The J2EE Connector Architecture is a standard architecture for connecting back-end applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning See ERP.
(application, business) Enterprise Resource Planning - (ERP) Any software system designed to support and automate the business processes of medium and large businesses. (ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) An integrated information system that serves all departments within an enterprise. Evolving out of the manufacturing industry, ERP implies the use of packaged software rather than proprietary software written by or for one customer. ), Customer Resource Management (CRM (Customer Relationship Management) An integrated information system that is used to plan, schedule and control the presales and postsales activities in an organization. ) systems and legacy transaction processing systems with a J2EE application server, such as BEA WebLogic Server(TM), the world's #1 Java application server.
Companies with significant investment in legacy applications can now expose those applications in scalable Web application servers with minimal, or often no, changes required to their back-end programs.
Bull's HooX Java connectors provide standardized access to existing Bull and IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) mainframe-based transactions from environments compatible with J2EE 1.3, such as BEA WebLogic Server. They encapsulate en·cap·su·late
1. To form a capsule or sheath around.
2. To become encapsulated.
en·cap host transaction calls in Enterprise Java Beans (EJB (Enterprise JavaBeans) A software component in Sun's J2EE platform, which provides a pure Java environment for developing and running distributed applications. EJBs are written as software modules that contain the business logic of the application. ).
HooX consists of the following elements:
-- A toolkit for generating EJB access components to legacy transactions.
-- JCA (1) (Java Cryptography Architecture) An umbrella term from Sun for implementing security functions for the Java platform. It includes Sun's Java Security API as well as the Java Cryptography Extension (JCE), which adds more programming interfaces for encryption standard transactional connectors (resource adapters) for both line and screen mode legacy transactions for Bull GCOS (General Comprehensive OS) An operating system from Bull that, originally used in its minis and mainframes, has migrated to its Intel-based servers. GCOS was originally developed by GE in the early 1970s as GECOS (GE Comprehensive OS), then changed to General 7, GCOS 8 and IBM hosts.
Bull's Interoperability 8 organization, based in Phoenix, Arizona, developed HooX in close cooperation with long-time partner Gallagher & Robertson, the Norwegian software company specializing in communications tools. According to Carl Morelli, director GCOS 8 Interoperability, "This is one more example of how Bull has responded to our GCOS customers e-commerce requirements. HooX provides a critical link between mainframe platforms and open sever based environments."
"The BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform provides an extremely robust and reliable framework to help customers transform their processes and IT infrastructure into an e-business environment," said Boris Auche, director e-Infrastructure Programs, Bull Infrastructure & Systems. "BEA WebLogic Integration(TM) represents a huge step forward in developing a consistent integration environment based on open standards and extends the power of the BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform."
"We are delighted to continue our close cooperation with Bull Infrastructure and Systems," said Jim Gallagher, joint founder of Gallagher & Robertson. "The exciting HooX technology ensures that the legacy transactions at the heart of many enterprises' information systems can be easily and transparently integrated with new-e-business applications, which can be implemented and deployed faster."
"For companies with significant investment in legacy applications, Bull provides the capabilities and services to link back-end programs to Web services," said Ivan Koon, president of the BEA E-Commerce Integration Division. "Bull is one of BEA's top partners in Europe, and its efforts to provide a robust Java-based enterprise infrastructure have nice synergy with our own vision of the truly integrated enterprise."
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