Mainframe DBMSs Become XML Compatible

Interface XML data directly with mainframe DBMSs with the XML Extender options of FireXML

Slough, England. QED Business Systems, established IT service and enterprise middleware solution specialist, today announced a significant addition to the FireXML suite of mainframe XML interfaces, the XML Extender options of FireXML for DB2 and FireXML for CA-Datacom.

The FireXML XML Extender options allow XML formatted data to be added directly to mainframe DBMSs, and for XML formatted files to be created directly from the data in mainframe DBMSs. XML has become the de facto standard for the exchange of data between incompatible and perhaps disparate systems. With the XML Extender options of the FireXML suite, mainframe DBMSs can now be included in this, with data communicated via MQ Series, EDI, ebXML, FTP and sendmail.

Erik Pattenden, Sales and Marketing Director at QED, says, "This a an exciting new addition to the FireXML suite of mainframe enterprise systems middleware." The vast majority of the world's data is stored on mainframes and often in proprietary DBMSs. Using the powerful and flexible mapping facility of the FireXML XML Extenders, XML data structures are mapped directly to the fields of mainframe DBMS tables.

Then by using the XML Extenders in standard batch processing, XML formatted data is added directly to, or extracted from, mainframe DBMS tables. "Adding XML compatibility to mainframe DBMSs means the enterprise data store can now seamlessly participate in data exchange with other platforms and systems, and the unique aspect of FireXML and the FireXML XML Extenders is that all parsing takes place on the mainframe -- widely regarded as the best platform for high volume, high speed and reliable processing ", added Pattenden.

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