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Host Integration Server 2000: New Name, New Functions

Host Integration Server 2000 is Microsoft Corp.’s new SNA gateway for the end-user to Internet, intranet or client-server environments, permitting the integration of existing mainframe application and database information into new Windows applications.

The platform is the Windows 2000 upgrade of the SNA Server that performed the same function for the BackOffice Suite on Windows NT systems – plus features unique to Windows 2000 that are geared toward high-end use.

Applications are integrated using COM+, XML and SOAP technologies. The new product makes it possible to make multiple data copies and move them to varying locations while automatically synchronizing data. It permits a two-way relationship between Oracle and SQL Server databases and also is designed to integrate with SQL Server 2000, BizTalk Server 2000 and Commerce Server 2000.

In March, Microsoft entered into an agreement with Software AG (www.softwareag.com) to use its COM Transaction Integrator (COMTI) on Host Integration Server in order to covert Customer Information Control System (CICS) 3270 applications on IBM mainframes into running on a Windows 2000 or Windows NT Server. – Ted Williams

 For Microsoft’s overview of Host Integration Server 2000, see www.microsoft.com/hostintserver.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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