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October 5, 2011

Micro Focus releases Test Server to test capacity for mainframe applications

New tool is IBM z/OS compatible environment where application execution behaves as it would on the target production mainframe, claims company

By CBR Staff Writer

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernisation, testing and management offerings, has released Micro Focus Test Server.

The company said that the new tool is a unique technology that will accelerate testing processes while significantly reducing operating costs.

Customers such as the largest listed Portuguese bank, Banco Espirito Santo (BES), are implementing Micro Focus Test Server, claimed Micro Focus.

The company said that Micro Focus Test Server is an IBM z/OS compatible environment where application execution behaves just as it would on the target production mainframe. Testing capacity can now be easily increased to meet business-critical timeframes without incurring prohibitive costs, added the company.

Micro Focus product director Eddie Houghton said there are significant numbers of IBM mainframes in use across the world and 76% of CIOs view them as integral to their business today.

Houghton said, "Applications running on IBM mainframes are nearly always business-critical. It is therefore crucial to provide sufficient test cycles to ensure the software meets the demands of the business and its customers."

"Rehosting testing is a win-win solution for organizations with mainframe capacity issues."

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"It not only allows businesses to contain or cut costs by removing the need to invest in extra MIPS, it also enables testing to be completed faster without compromising quality. Test cycles are no longer constrained by scarce mainframe processing power. Additionally, Test Server demonstrates the feasibility for risk-free deployment of production systems off the IBM mainframe to realise further, significant cost savings," continued Houghton.

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