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Veryant Introduces isCOBOL for HP OpenVMS Systems
Extends COBOL and Java modernization solution to popular OpenVMS platform

November 15, 2010 - Veryant, the COBOL and Java technology innovator, today announced that its industry-leading isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) now runs on HP's OpenVMS operating system. This new offering provides an alternative to HP COBOL (formerly known as Compaq or DIGITAL/DEC/VAX COBOL) that simplifies application maintenance by enabling "write once, run anywhere" multiplatform deployment, and brings flexible Web and thin client distribution options to OpenVMS users.

isCOBOL software streamlines application development by enabling users to maintain a single set of COBOL source code for multiple platforms. The isCOBOL Compiler, written completely in Java, is 100% portable. This allows developers to compile programs on their platform of choice and then deploy to any number of environments, instead of maintaining a separate set of source code using HP COBOL for OpenVMS distributions.

Using isCOBOL technology, organizations with OpenVMS systems can add the power and flexibility of the Java platform to COBOL programs and make existing investments easily accessible to the Java world. isCOBOL compiled programs run on any device that supports a Java Virtual Machine. This provides an instant solution for thin client deployment as well as the ability to expose COBOL business logic directly to a browser, as a Web Service or Java Servlet, without changing back-end program code.

isCOBOL APS extends new data access and distribution flexibility to businesses with OpenVMS assets. isCOBOL applications accessing ISAM files can harness the power of relational database management systems (RDBMs) such as Oracle Database or MySQL without any changes to program code. OpenVMS users can continue using existing data sources on the isCOBOL platform by leveraging ESQL statements or automatically executing COBOL file I/O statements as JDBC calls.

"A series of tests using isCOBOL APS and HP COBOL for OpenVMS verified comparable performance," explained Dovid Lubin, vice president of Technical Operations at Veryant. "With its "write once, run anywhere" capabilities, isCOBOL will simplify ongoing maintenance and modernization activities for organizations with COBOL-based OpenVMS applications."

The announcement extends Veryant's support for multiple platforms, including HP-UX, IBM® AIX®, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows.

Sue Myers
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Veryant's isCOBOL technology opens new markets for us because of its pure Java deployment model and the foreign language localization capabilities. It makes us more competitive and will help expand our business.
Larry Turley, president, RTA

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