Micro Focus International Ltd has announced plans to port its 64-bit Cobol development and deployment environment Server Express to IBM eServer p5 systems running Linux, but has put no date on the expected release of the port.
Server Express delivers business agility and reduces costs, Micro Focus argues, by integrating Cobol with Java, XML, and Web services. It is essentially a development and deployment environment for Unix Cobol and Linux applications.
With Micro Focus Server Express for p5 Linux, we are easing the concerns for customers who want to build new applications and migrate existing ones to IBM’s high-performance platform, said Tony Hill, CEO of Micro Focus.
In June this year Micro Focus launched Mainframe Express Enterprise Edition, a Windows-based environment for mainframe application development and modernization in support of service-oriented architectures.
According to the company, that software can help users cut up to 30% of their mainframe development costs by taking advantage of its graphical development environment and the lower maintenance costs of a Windows desktop over other host-based systems.