Microsoft and Micro Focus form mainframe migration alliance.Micro Focus International Ltd. (Micro Focus) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq "MSFT MSFT Microsoft (stock symbol)
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Redeploying mainframe legacy assets to newer, cheaper platforms saves time and money. Costs can be reduced by up to 50 percent when moving IT operations to an equivalent Windows platform. Customers have also reported improved performance, enabling them to improve key business processes without significant additional investment.
"As organizations increasingly realize that they need to re-use rather than replace their existing mainframe applications, any initiative that enables them to do this at lower cost and risk is extremely valuable to them," said Gary Barnett
Micro Focus Enterprise Server with its new Mainframe Transaction Option underpins the new platform alliance and now enables the migration and deployment of CICS/COBOL mainframe applications to the Windows platform. Enterprise Server offers the most rapid and lowest-risk way of re-hosting mainframe applications on Windows. Once the application has been re-hosted, it can be extended more easily and effectively through the use of the .NET Framework, SQL Server An earlier relational DBMS from Sybase and from Microsoft. Sybase introduced SQL Server in 1988 for various Unix versions. In that same year, with help from IBM, Sybase created an OS/2 version that Microsoft licensed and branded as Microsoft SQL Server. 2000, XML XML
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"We have seen outstanding results by migrating our IT operation to the Windows environment through Micro Focus' solutions," said Leo Leo, in astronomy
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Over the years, most mainframe customers have made substantial investments that support key business processes. However, to remain competitive and deliver more value per application dollar, CIO's and technology managers face mandates to reduce these costs and drive business agility by migrating CICS/COBOL applications to a more modern and extensible platform. Customers can obtain a significant increase in their flexibility and ability to respond to business changes by migrating off the mainframe.
"The opportunity to work with world-class partners implementing enterprise-scale technology for customers is very important to Microsoft," said Eric Rudder, senior vice president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. "Our relationship with Micro Focus helps customers move monolithic and expensive mainframe systems to the more agile Microsoft platform."
"We're pleased to be working with Micro Focus through Intel Early Access Program," said Melissa Laird, general manager, Software Enabling Division at Intel. "Our objective is to provide customers with access to resources that will help them derive more value from their existing IT investments and complement new technology initiatives that support the migration to lower cost, higher efficiency Intel architecture-based platforms."
"Micro Focus recognizes the significant investments that many organizations have made in legacy applications and the challenges the enterprises face as they evaluate approaches for deriving further value from those investments," said Tony Hill, chief executive officer at Micro Focus. "Working with partners, we are committed to providing the most reliable modernization strategy for organizations to unlock the value of their legacy systems."