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Micro Focus unveils Cobol migration for Linux

Micro Focus International will roll out a version of its Server Express development environment to enable migration of Cobol applications to IBM's eServerzSeries Linux mainframe.

The Micro Focus Server Express for zSeries is available now and developers will be able to build, test and deploy application, said Irving Abraham, Micro Focus product manager for Unix solutions.

The package could assist with IBM server consolidation, enabling IT personnel to run applications on a single environment or partition hardware to feature different system images.

"Because it's the same product that [Micro Focus has] on other platforms, it gives us a seamless sort of migration path," Abraham said.

ABK Systeme, a German-based company that provides solutions for banking payment transactions and clearing for the euro currency, has had significant performance gains by moving its legacy Cobol to the IBM eServerzSeries Linux-only mainframe, via the latest version of Server Express.

Working with IBM and Micro Focus, ABK offers a business payment system capable of processing 50 million domestic German payment transactions or more than 500,000 SWIFT (Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) messages within six hours.


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