Telemarketing group gets its Cics on Java-based Unix kit

Telemarketing services firm AFFINA has decided to abandon its mainframe and has moved its legacy applications to an HP Unix server, writes Caroline...



Telemarketing services firm AFFINA has decided to abandon its mainframe and has moved its legacy applications to an HP Unix server, writes Caroline Davis.

Using the Java Cics (JCics) from PeerLogic, the Chicago-based company transferred more than 12,000 Cobol programs and 600 Gbytes of data to Unix servers over a period of six months. It wanted to integrate its existing Cics (customer control information system) transaction processing applications with a Java inventory system.

"We have no regrets at leaving the mainframe," said AFFINA's technical manager Steve Lehman. "We had moved the mainframe to an outsourcer which had a 24-hour outage. This was unacceptable, so we wanted to move the system back in-house."

JCics forms a shell around Cobol/Cics applications, allowing them to be rehosted on a Unix or NT server.

"It's cheaper to run applications on a Unix server than a mainframe," said Dave Matthews of PeerLogic. "And it's easier to get e-commerce applications for Unix or NT platforms."

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