GT Software has unveiled its platform for outfitting mainframe applications with web services functionality and linking legacy data into service-oriented architectures.
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Conforming to Web Service Interoperability Organization standards, GT’s Ivory Web Services provides a programmatic solution without requiring programming for deploying web services applications. Developers can include legacy applications in a service-oriented architecture, generating web services for mainframe applications and data and consuming other web services.
Ivory Web Services incorporates Ivory Studio and Ivory Server. Ivory Studio is a Windows-based application for graphically building and publishing web services from mainframe assets. Ivory Server is a mainframe-based server for deploying web services. The aim is to allow users to generate WSDL without long development time and high costs.
“Ivory Server is a mainframe-based solution running CICS," said Sal Apollo, vice-president of sales at GT. "It gives you the ability to build web services for existing mainframe applications and also allows you to access data on the mainframe from within those mainframe applications from the data layer as well as the process layer.”
As an example of how the product works, a user site could expose information from a CICS-based insurance application on a mainframe as a web service.
Ivory Web Services costs around $150,000 (£83,000) based on configuration.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld