CNT Brixton's networking software to be offered with UniKix CICS-API software; Agreement builds on four-year development and distribution alliance for SNA integration.CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 24, 1995--CNT/Brixton Systems Inc. (Brixton) announced today that two more products in its family of Open Systems-to-SNA connectivity software are being distributed with UniKix Technologies' (Billerica, Mass.) CICS-API, a popular transaction processing software program for UNIX systems.
By integrating CICS-API with Brixton's networking software BrxPassThru and BrxUNIXGateway, UniKix users can convert SNA (Systems Network Architecture) IBM's mainframe network standards introduced in 1974. Originally a centralized architecture with a host computer controlling many terminals, enhancements, such as APPN and APPC (LU 6. 3270 terminal traffic into asynchronous Refers to events that are not synchronized, or coordinated, in time. The following are considered asynchronous operations. The interval between transmitting A and B is not the same as between B and C. The ability to initiate a transmission at either end. terminal data and pass the data across TCP/IP TCP/IP
in full Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances. networks.
Brixton provides flexible 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) connectivity solutions based entirely on software. The Brixton suite of products runs on most major platforms and includes: Brixton for Connecting 3270s, allowing legacy users to connect to popular UNIX systems and applications; Brixton for Accessing Host Applications, giving open systems users access to business-critical applications on the mainframe and midrange; and Brixton for Internetworking, connecting remote sites and integrating TCP/IP users into wide-area networks.
UniKix software is a full-function transaction processing solution for porting and running CICS (Customer Information Control System) A TP monitor from IBM that was originally developed to provide transaction processing for IBM mainframes. It controls the interaction between applications and users and lets programmers develop screen displays without mainframe applications on UNIX-based open platforms. Designed to support large numbers of users, UniKix provides high-performance improvements associated with open systems. UniKix supports distributed client/server processing for production applications and provides a number of additional solutions, including an MVS (Multiple Virtual Storage) Introduced in 1974, the primary operating system used with IBM mainframes (the others are VM and DOS/VSE). MVS is a batch processing-oriented operating system that manages large amounts of memory and disk space. JCL (Job Control Language) A command language for mini and mainframe operating systems that launches applications. It specifies priority, program size and running sequence as well as the files and databases used.
JCL - Job Control Language automated conversion tool set and UNIX UNIX
Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics). batch management system, GUI-based TP and distributed UNIX system monitors, and other system administration tools.
"The combined development efforts of Brixton and UniKix have resulted in a powerful cross-platform solution," said Herb Rush, general manager and vice president of CNT/Brixton Systems. "Being able to downsize a mission-critical application like CICS in a smooth, efficient manner and with minimal user retraining is a tremendous advantage -- it saves the customer time and money."
Joint Solutions for UNIX-to-SNA Connectivity
UniKix and Brixton develop advanced network integration solutions for companies migrating IBM CICS-based applications from mainframes to the UNIX platform, thus providing direct 3270 terminal access across an SNA network to these applications. In addition to BrxPassThru and BrxUNIXGateway, UniKix already distributes Brixton's BrxPU2.1 SNA Server and BrxLU6.2 API to support cross-platform IBM mainframe-to-UNIX connectivity and effective distributed processing.
Pricing and Availability
BrxPassThru and BrxUNIXGateway are available immediately from UniKix Technologies as part of the CICS-API solution, priced from $1,700.
Based in Billerica, Mass., and Phoenix, Ariz., UniKix Technologies is a leading software and services company specializing in enterprise mainframe migrations to open systems. UniKix Technologies offers a combination of services and multi-vendor products to help customers best leverage their information-systems investments.
CNT/Brixton Systems Inc. is a subsidiary of Computer Network Technology Corp. (CNT (Carbon NanoTube) See nanotube. ), a leader in the enterprise networking industry. Brixton has over 20 products that enable client/server integration by providing connectivity between UNIX, Windows and Windows NT systems and IBM mainframe and midrange computers. CNT's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CMNT CMNT Comment .
CONTACT: CNT/Brixton Systems Inc., Cambridge
Ilyssa Greene, 617/661-6262 x173
UniKix Technologies, Billerica
Mike Kott, 508/663-4176