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PROGRAM CONSOLIDATES MAINFRAME CONSOLES ON UNIX WOKSTATIONS.

I/O Concepts, Bellevue, Wash., dedicated to creating simple solutions for mainframe connectivity, has released the I/O Concepts MVS Console Consolidation System, a complete system that makes the consolidation of mainframe consoles onto both UNIX and Windows workstations easier and more affordable than ever before.

"At last, operations managers with IBM mainframes can now take full advantage of inexpensive distributed computing," noted Virgil Presta, Director of Sales and Marketing. "Our product includes many advanced features to consolidate the administration of mainframe operations onto one or more workstations, while permitting many operators to access multiple console sessions simultaneously. Other notable features include automatic failover and an API interface for connection to third-party resource management software."

The X-Direct and Win-Direct Console Consolidation system provides an easy and intuitive way for displaying multiple images of a single mainframe console anywhere along a TCP/IP network. Thanks to an easily-configured control panal, an administrator can monitor who is accessing a particular console, and can define a console window as read/write or read only. This sanctions some operators to use the interactive sesssions, while others can monitor the sessions. Password protection guarantees security.

The Console Consolidation operates as a client/server application. The server, running on a UNIX or Windows NT platform, starts an X-Direct or Win-Direct 3270 terminal emulation client that is attached to a Multi-Host Coax Gateway. Each coax card can support up to five: consoles, VTAM sessions, or 3270 printers. Since each workstation can handle many gateways, unlimited flexibility and distribution is made possible.

Of particular importance for critical applications: a failover option allows a client to automatically switch to a backup console consolidation server if the primary server goes down; ensuring nonstop operation.

The X-Direct and Win-Direct 3270 client software includes a sophisticated macro language that aids in automating many aspects of a console session. Macros can be configured to automatically enter responses to a mainframe or to log onto a session.

I/O Concepts was formed in 1989 by innovative people seeking ways to create a simple solution for UNIX-to-mainframe connectivity, using TN3270E technology. They have also recently developed a new family of products for the Windows 95/98 and Windows NT marketplace, and a suite of Web-based solutions for mainframe access.

For additional information, call (425)450-0650.
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