Clerity Plans UniKix Enhancements for Microsoft Application Platform

Clerity Solutions, a provider of mainframe modernization solutions, announced a statement of direction for its newly designed Windows- and .NET managed-code version of the company's UniKix Mainframe Rehosting software. It will include migrating mainframe applications to the Windows Azure cloud. Based on UniKix technology, Veryant's vCOBOL Enterprise software, and Microsoft Visual Studio, this new solution is planned to be delivered in two phases, starting in the fourth quarter of 2011.

"Clerity's rehosting solution provides an innovative and dynamic environment for rehosted mainframe enterprise applications and data," said Glenn Dent, CTO of Clerity's Microsoft Practice. "Enabling customers to take full advantage of the .NET Framework and Windows Azure cloud in combination with UniKix will deliver improved cost and performance benefits for IBM shops migrating mission-critical mainframe applications."

Phase One deliverables will include integration of Microsoft Visual Studio, IIS, and System Center Operations Manager to Clerity's robust mainframe rehosting platform, as well as a complete redevelopment of the Windows user experience within UniKix. This solution will make a rich user experience available to developers maintaining and modernizing legacy applications on the Windows Application Platform, as well as provide a full Windows look and feel for installation, configuration, and management of the rehosted environment.

Another planned Phase One deliverable includes a cloud hosting option with Windows Azure. Organizations looking to lower cost-per-transaction rates and protect existing application and data investments will be able to take advantage of Clerity's proven rehosting technology on public and private Windows Azure deployments.

Phase Two is expected to extend Clerity's mainframe rehosting technology to a complete .NET framework that will take full advantage of Windows Azure. By enhancing UniKix technology to provide a Windows Azure Web Role and a Worker Role, in addition to a VM Role, users will be able to leverage software as a service (SaaS) features such as automated provisioning, fault-tolerant data storage, and continuous application availability to further simplify IT management requirements and lower costs during migration.

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