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Cisco's New WebClient Software Simplifies and Reduces Cost for Web-Enabling Mainframe Applications

Cisco Expands its Solution Set for Web Access to Host
Jan 11, 1999

Cisco Expands its Solution Set for Web Access to Host Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- January 11, 1999 -- Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today introduced Cisco WebClient, an entry-level, Web-based client software for quick, reliable "green-screen" access to mainframe applications.

WebClient is a cost-effective, simple alternative to terminal emulation software that can be difficult to distribute and maintain. It is distributed once over a corporate intranet or over the Internet as a lightweight Java applet to users' desktops. WebClient also reduces equipment and administration costs because it is a two-tier solution that eliminates the requirement for middle tier servers between the desktop and the mainframe. WebClient works in conjunction with the Cisco TN3270 Server available on the Channel Interface Processor (CIP) and Channel Port Adapter (CPA) as well as other industry-standard TN3270 gateways.

According to industry analysts, approximately 70 percent of corporate mission-critical data resides on mainframe computers. And more than half of the desktops in U.S. companies are equipped with Web browsers. Therefore, enterprises are seeking efficient ways to integrate legacy applications and Internet technologies to leverage their investment.

Cisco Offers Complete Web-to-Host Solutions

WebClient, a 100 percent Pure Java TN3270E client, is an entry-level alternative to Cisco's more advanced OC//:WebConnect Pro product. It offers traditional 3270 terminal emulation capabilities such as cut-and-paste, screen printing, and local user configuration of graphical keyboard and color remapping. OC//:WebConnect Pro is a three-tier solution that requires an intermediate server for Web access to the host for added features addressing security, enhanced printing, and application rejuvenation.

"Corporations are looking for convenient, affordable ways to provide employees with access to valuable information that resides on the mainframe via the Web," said Lori Bush, product line manager at Cisco's InterWorks Business Unit. "This new product rounds out Cisco's portfolio and demonstrates our commitment to provide enterprises with reliable alternatives for Web-to-host access."

WebClient leverages the reliability, security and quality of service (QoS) features inherent to Cisco IOS. software. Mainframe applications can be accessed via Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browsers on Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT platforms.

Availability and Pricing

WebClient is the first Cisco product that is both ordered and delivered via the Web. Licensed users of the Cisco TN3270 Server can receive 50 licenses of the WebClient software for free. Additional licenses can be purchased for $50 per user with a minimum purchase of 500 user licenses. Cisco WebClient will be available on January 11, 1999.

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