Attachmate Announces Multi-Platform Tool for Desktop Connectivity

Attachmate Corporation says it is now shipping a solution that helps securely connect local and remote users to legacy applications on a variety of host platforms including IBM, HP, Unisys, UNIX and OpenVMS. The new release, Attachmate Reflection for the Web 2008 R3 is designed to help administrators use LDAP and Active Directory services to centrally install, deploy and control access to legacy applications. The new release also provides support for emerging platforms such as Linux on System z, Google Chrome and the latest versions of Java.

Reflection for the Web, a terminal emulation product, helps better secure host applications were not planned for security from the ground up, Kris Lall, product marketing manager for Attachmate, tells 5 Minute Briefing. A key way that Attachmate achieves this security is through industry standard encryption that protects data as it goes out over the network between a user's machine and the host system, Lall explains.

This is important because it is often difficult for customers to encrypt connections by turning on encryption on the host since some hosts are not capable of providing encrypted connections, and in other cases the host may be capable of it, but there is too much overhead and expense with doing so, Ed Munoz, product manager at Attachmate, points out. "What's important is not just to provide encryption but to provide it in a manner that is not intrusive and is easy to manage," he emphasizes.

Reflection R3 delivers terminal emulation clients both inside and outside the organization, the vendor emphasizes. The tool is intended to help IT staff to provide users with managed access to applications from nearly any device reducing costly, time-consuming updates typically associated with desktop management. In addition, Reflection R3 includes security options that help extend remote access and facilitate regulatory compliance with security regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and Payment Card Industry (PCI) DSS.

The software also includes new secure token authorization support enables enterprises to use a single LDAP-based security infrastructure for both thick and thin-client host access sessions, simplifying the task of extending secure host access to remote users without exposure to threats from the Internet. In addition, Reflection R3 facilitates compliance with both internal and external security regulations. New support for dynamic LDAP groups also simplifies administration of groups with very large numbers of users, thus providing a scalable management solution for even the largest enterprises.

The new release supports Windows, Mac and Linux clients, as well as Google Chrome and the next-generation Java Plug-in. R3 is also available in Unisys and Airlines Editions. To evaluate Reflection for the Web 3008 R3, go here.