Mainframe apps can be accessed from virtually anywhere with Tubes solution.
Web access to IBM mainframe apps is now possible with the latest version of Tubes for z/OS mainframe, a session management solution from Macro 4.
Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global, boasts that Tubes allows for instant access to mainframe applications from virtually anywhere via a Web browser on a mobile device or PC, delivering savings in IT resources.
Keith Banham, Mainframe R&D Manager at Macro 4, explained: "If, like many of our customers, you have hundreds or thousands of mainframe 3270 applications and want to give your users mobile access, where do you begin?
"Updating all of your applications with Web interfaces can be a daunting and costly prospect. Alternatively you could use the Web enablement feature within Macro 4’s Tubes session management product and give instant access to all of your mainframe 3270 applications. So there is no development overhead at all."
Usually, mainframes are accessed via a terminal emulator on a desktop PC or laptop – no use to users who are in the field.
"The Web enablement feature in Tubes increases convenience and productivity for end-users because they are no longer tied to a computer that is running a terminal emulator," explained Banham.
"At the same time, it generates significant cost savings because you no longer need to pay for terminal emulation software licenses."
Featuring comprehensive security features and a modern menu-driven interface, Tubes is suited to both existing and newer staff who are not familiar with traditional 3270 command-based interfaces. Users can also select multiple apps and easily switch between them with no loss of context.
The software includes a suite of features, including a system management menu for authorised users; online (3270, Eclipse and Web) and batch administration capabilities; and powerful helpdesk facilities.
Tubes can be used alongside z/Ware from illustro, another division of UNICOM Global. The z/Ware software allows companies to completely customise the look and feel of their mainframe applications to meet the needs of Web and mobile users.
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