Veryant Introduces New COBOL Option for Mainframe Migration

vCOBOL Enterprise provides alternative for mainframe rehosting and modernization.

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Veryant has introduced vCOBOL Enterprise, a powerful platform to migrate legacy COBOL applications off IBM mainframes as part of strategic cost-cutting, consolidation, and operational effectiveness initiatives. With an optimized compiler and COBOL-to-Java runtime technology, vCOBOL is the newest software addition to Veryant's portfolio of COBOL application development, maintenance, and deployment solutions.

vCOBOL Enterprise supports transitions from the mainframe to Unix, Linux, and Microsoft Windows systems by preserving the business logic developed in long-standing COBOL programs, without sacrificing performance or availability.

vCOBOL complements Veryant's isCOBOL technology, which utilizes an ANSI-compliant compiler to translate COBOL source code into Java classes and fosters ongoing COBOL application maintenance and modernization. While isCOBOL provides a portable alternative for distributed COBOL applications running on platforms such as Micro Focus ACUCOBOL-GT and RM/COBOL, vCOBOL provides an alternative for mainframe-based COBOL applications.

With vCOBOL Enterprise, Veryant has shifted much of the 'heavy lifting' of operational analysis and execution instructions typically performed by alternative COBOL platforms during runtime, into the highly efficient vCOBOL Compiler. This approach significantly improves critical runtime performance commonly associated with mainframe IBM CICS transactions, IBM IMS applications, CA IDMS workloads, and batch environments that are replatformed to open systems.

vCOBOL technology makes use of memory access and is integrated with UniKix Main­frame Rehosting software from Clerity Solutions, delivering a scalable platform to rehost mission-critical online and batch mainframe assets to open systems. Close integration with UniKix Transaction Processing Environment (TPE) software and UniKix Batch Processing Environment (BPE) software provides a choice of COBOL solutions to enterprise-class customers.

The Java-based runtime environment of vCOBOL takes full advantage of 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and enables programmers to natively call legacy COBOL programs from Java Servlets, Web Services, Enterprise JavaBeans, or any other Java program.

vCOBOL Enterprise is available immediately. Core components of vCOBOL Enterprise include a COBOL compiler, a portable Java-based run-time environment, an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment, a graphical, source-level debugger, and a range of data access and migration utilities to simplify transitions to the vCOBOL platform.

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