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Microsoft Host Integration Server

Microsoft Host Integration Server facilitates rapid and flexible deployment, simplified integration of applications, data, and network. You can use the Host Integration Server to enable data retrieval from a wide range of database servers, ranging from Microsoft SQL Server to DB2 in Windows NT, 2000, UNIX, AS400 Servers. Further, you can use the Host Integration Server to integrate the legacy host systems with the information networks that can either be client-server based or web based. Actually, "Host Integration Server is a follow-up release of Microsoft’s SNA Server. It comprises a wide range of tools and services that gives clients transparent access to data on mainframes, AS/400, UNIX, Windows 2000, and Windows NT servers. This means you can continue to use your back-end servers and applications but provide access to them in new ways, including Web-based interfaces."

According to Microsoft, "Microsoft Host Integration Server 2006 offers key enabling technologies that allow enterprise organizations to integrate their mission-critical host applications, data sources and security systems with new solutions developed using the Microsoft Windows platform. Host Integration Server 2006 features and technologies, including network integration, host access with enhanced security, data and application integration, enable Windows developers to publish business processes in IBM mainframe and AS/400 data and applications as XML Web Services, which brings their Host applications and processes into a Services Oriented Environment."

The major features provided by the Host Integration Server include:

·         Identity Management

·         Data Integration

·         Application Integration

·         Network integration


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