Monday, November 15, 2010

Veryant introduces isCOBOL for HP OpenVMS Systems

COBOL and Java provider Veryant today announced that its isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) now runs on HP’s OpenVMS operating system, providing an alternative to HP COBOL. The announcement extends Veryant’s support for multiple platforms, including HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows.

The Phoenix, Ariz. company's isCOBOL software streamlines application development by enabling users to maintain a single set of COBOL source code for multiple platforms. The compiler is written completely in Java and is portable, allowing developers to compile programs on their platform of choice and then deploy to any number of environments, instead of maintaining a separate set of source code using HP COBOL for OpenVMS distributions.

With its 'write once, run anywhere' capabilities, isCOBOL will simplify ongoing maintenance and modernization.

“A series of tests using isCOBOL APS and HP COBOL for OpenVMS verified comparable performance,” explained Dovid Lubin, vice president of Technical Operations at Veryant. “With its 'write once, run anywhere' capabilities, isCOBOL will simplify ongoing maintenance and modernization activities for organizations with COBOL-based OpenVMS applications.”

Because isCOBOL-compiled programs run on any device that supports a Java Virtual Machine, it provides a solution for thin client deployment, as well as the ability to expose COBOL business logic directly to a browser, as a Web Service or Java Servlet, without changing back-end program code.

isCOBOL APS extends new data access and distribution flexibility to businesses with OpenVMS assets. isCOBOL applications accessing ISAM files can harness the power of relational database management systems (RDBMs) such as Oracle Database or MySQL without any changes to program code. OpenVMS users can continue using existing data sources on the isCOBOL platform by leveraging ESQL statements or automatically executing COBOL file I/O statements as JDBC calls.

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