By the middle of next year, mainframe users will be able to run Enterprise Java Beans and access IBM San Francisco Project, Big Blue IBM's attempt to build an enterprise architecture for Java.
The mainframe already supports Java but IBM is planning to deliver a version of Sun's Enterprise Java Beans and its San Francisco architecture for the mainframe in a move which could revitalise existing legacy applications.
Rich Lechner, director of server platforms at IBM, said that as users move to advanced e-businesses they need to extend their existing transactional systems.
The mainframe provides the best performance and scalability and lower cost of management compared to other servers. "By having Enterprise Java on the mainframe, users' applications become highly portable and are shielded from the back-end systems."
Lechner said San Francisco would give users an integrated security model for building Java applications for the mainframe that support secure transactions over the Web.