Zephyr Certifies Passport for WebLogic

Web-based terminal emulation software certified for use with BEA’s WebLogic environment

Zephyr Development Corp. announced that its Passport Web-to-Host terminal emulation software can now be used with the WebLogic application server from BEA Systems. Zephyr indicates that it has certified the use of Passport with BEA’s WebLogic Application Server.

Passport is a terminal emulation program that can be installed and deployed from a Web server. It provides TN3270, TN5250 and VT100/VT220 host access to S/390 and zSeries mainframes, along with iSeries minicomputer and Unix hosts. Passport also exploits FTP for file transfers between systems.

Previous versions of Passport Web-to-Host were commonly deployed on Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 from Microsoft Corp, or on an S/390 mainframe running Unix System Services and IBM’s WebSphere Application Server. In addition to BEA’s WebLogic and WebSphere, Passport supports Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS) Web server environment, which ships by default with Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. Zephyr says that Passport Web-to-Host can be deployed on any Web application server that can display static Web pages and run Java servlets.

Passport Web-to-Host’s software and configuration files reside on a Web server. When invoking a terminal emulation session, the user downloads an ActiveX applet from the Web server that runs inside of a Web browser. To facilitate the management of users and terminal emulation settings, Passport Web-to-Host includes an administration program that facilitates centralized configuration and administration of end user terminal emulation sessions. Administration of Passport Web-to-Host is accomplished by means of a Web portal that interfaces with a Java servlet application.

BEA’s WebLogic is available for a variety of mainframe, Unix, Windows and Linux operating environments. It includes a high-performance Web server for hosting static content and dynamic web applications.

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