Consolidating Terminal Emulators
In this exposition, we’re going to examine specific terms that are universally discussed when dealing with terminal-emulation migration or consolidation. We’ll clarify how Rocket Terminal Emulation can be integrated as both a viable and superior alternative. We are confident it will become obvious that Rocket’s advanced terminal-emulation solutions, when compared to Attachmate, IBM, Micro Focus and other terminal emulation providers, will speak for themselves once it becomes clear that Rocket’s solutions can 1) simplify access to legacy applications and 2) reduce overall terminal emulation costs.
You know the market has changed; and not necessarily for the better. The majority of terminal emulators are now bundled with far more pricey legacy integration and legacy modernization packages, and companies are unfairly obligated to purchase and utilize these expensive options.
Key Discussion Points
- Rocket can serve as a company’s sole supplier for terminal emulation. Utilizing a single supplier can significantly reduce software license and yearly maintenance expenses.
- Rocket can operate as a business’s one-stop technical support team. Consolidation to a single support resource can reduce overall support costs.
- Rocket can function as an audit-free, licensing model. The requirement for tracking software licenses is eradicated once and for all which, in turn, relieves license compliance.
- Rocket’s compatible APIs allow for continued use of screen-based integration software written for HLLAPI and other emulator APIs including Attachmate EXTRA! and Reflection, IBM Personal Communications, Open Text Host Explorer, Micro Focus RUMBA and Chameleon and others. This translates to saying ‘bye, bye’ to creating code modifications.
- Rocket provides a free macro-conversion service. With this, clients can continue to use established and embedded macros, even if thousands of macros are being used.
- Rocket’s SSL/TLS and SSH standards target security matters for terminal emulation as well as file transfers.
- Through Rocket, centralized administration and implementation of terminal emulation can be achieved using a number of publishing methods including Citrix, Microsoft Terminal Server, Microsoft IIS, , MSI, SMS and others.
Change Might Be Inescapable
Converting from your existing emulator or emulators will probably become a reality in the not-too-distant future. It’s very possible that your current terminal emulation provider will inform you that you will no longer have the option to keep your existing emulator, and then attempt to convincingly let you know that an upgraded replacement is in your best interest. You might even be forced to utilize a ‘new and improved’ product. This could involve a slightly questionable motive where upgrading could make one feel coerced into utilizing a packaged application that includes more services than a company realistically needs or even wants.
Audits and Licensing Concerns
It’s no secret that clients of some terminal emulation vendors are being mandatorily pressured to deal with exceedingly inflexible and harsh audits. In fact, some disputed licensing issues have actually resulted in worrisome lawsuits for some companies.
It’s Rocket’s goal to bring licensing stressors to a screeching halt. With a Rocket Terminal Emulation enterprise license, need for any audit, record-keeping of acquired licenses and other license compliance concerns are refreshingly eliminated, once and for all.
Are you aware that Rocket offers free macro-conversion for users with 500 or more licenses of the Rocket Terminal Emulation? This is one sweet deal; and Rocket’s reputation of efficiency and professionalism is well known among its huge insurance-industry clients who have benefitted by Rocket’s ability to convert 2,000 to 3,000 macros within a matter of days or weeks, depending on the inherent complexities involved.
It’s not unusual for huge conglomerates such as banks and insurance companies to have upwards of thousands of recorded macros. These macros impressively automate logons, easily direct users through host sessions and host menus, automatically transfer and relocate files, robustly copy vital information to and from the host session, and so much more!
Macros boost the efficiency of end-users and many times afford some degree of new business logic that can be swiftly and effortlessly introduced externally to a legacy application. As a result, the rewriting or recording of a substantial number of scripts can become an overwhelming and even intimidating undertaking. In many cases, development resources are stretched; and we, at Rocket, have actually observed macros, all on their own, as being the reason that an alternative emulation solution was frustratingly delayed.
Rocket’s cost-free macro-conversion, as mentioned above, combines ease with simplicity!
Screen-Scraping Applications and APIs
A method of legacy integration that can boast of minimal risk and cost-effectiveness involves the simple transmission of data back and forth between applications using the host screen—such as 3270—as an API. If time-to-market is a factor, this model is unsurpassed. Rocket’s products with object-oriented APIs fully allow for virtually seamless and simplistic legacy integration.
Additionally, established HLLAPI or Object Compatible APIs–written for Attachmate EXTRA! and Reflection, IBM Personal Communications, Open Text Host Explorer, Micro Focus RUMBA and Chameleon and others– that are method and property compatible with these terminal emulation’s methods and properties, can be used with little or no code modifications in the majority of circumstances.
End-User Configuration Settings
In many cases, organizations permit users to customize their terminal emulation preferences. Keyboard layouts, keyboard settings, attribute colors and more can become preference-specific. But with Rocket’s conversion tools, end-users’ settings can be automatically converted to use with Rocket Termial emulation.
Security is vital regarding host sessions and file transfer. For clients who require safety interventions and guarantees, Rocket provides support for SSL/TLS and SSH security.
Rocket supports nearly all deployment techniques. Common publishing systems, such as MSI and SMS, can be used to distribute Rocket Terminal Emulation to literally thousands of Windows desktops. Additionally, Rocket Terminal Emulation has the ability to be published from a centralized, integrated server such as Microsoft Terminal Server or Citrix. Rocket’s Web to Host deployment option can also be implemented using traditional web server such as Microsoft Windows IIS or IBM WebSphere Application Server.