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August 29, 1988

EMERALD TECHNOLOGY MAKES 36, 38 UPGRADE TO IBM AS/400 EASY AS PIE, IT RECKONS

By CBR Staff Writer

Seattle, Washington-based IBM terminal emulation products manufacturer Emerald Technology Inc has rushed out details of what it claims is the first non-IBM package for moving data from a System 36 or 38 to the AS/400, without the use of an intermediate storage device. The migration kit combines Emerald’s existing emulator transfer utility with Multi-Twin, the company’s new set of multi-host attachment software and hardware, which provides the single IBM MS-DOS micro-to-host link, and is also available as a separate product. Emerald marketing director Allison Cole claims that the kit sets the standard in terms of price, multiple uses and the speed in which it migrates files, and argues that, thanks to Multi-Twin, it can also provide file transfer and multi-host support once migration has been completed. Key kit features include ease of operation; according to Ms Cole, users simply scan existing System 36 or 38 applications to determine which functions are left unsupported by the AS/400, select – via the menu-driven interface – the file to be transferred, start the transfer process, and walk away. The interface also eliminates the need for any hardware or software reconfiguration on the part of Multi-Twin users, when switching between host processors. Potential applications for Multi-Twin, which supports up to seven concurrent host sessions, include third party software development, securities firms, and banks, and any other situation where users need to access database information or applications distributed across different systems. The AS/400 migration kit comes with a one-year warranty, and costs between $3,000 and $3,250, depending on configuration, while as a single product, Multi-Twin is priced at between $1,800 to $3,000 depending on the number of host attachments; Emerald says that both products will be available in October.

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