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Web-to-Host Software: An Introduction

Published: 08 March 2001

ID: G0091113

Analyst(s): Serena Ann Lambiase


Web-to-host software uses Internet browser technology to allow large numbers of users access to information contained within corporate mainframes and promises to strengthen a company's e-business strategy by shortening time-to-market. Until recently, most mainframe usage was accessed with fat-client terminal emulation connectivity and provided only the proverbial "green screen" interface. The lengthy learning and training curve, software maintenance and user management resulted in steep costs. Web-to-host software changes this scenario-- it offers the alluring promise of cutting costs and gaining a competitive edge. Expensive fat-client connectivity is replaced with a user-friendly GUI, centralized access management, faster responsiveness to business requirements and increased user productivity.

Table Of Contents
  • Technology Basics
    • Introduction
    • What Is Web-to-Host?
    • Web-to-Host Components
  • Technology Analysis
    • Business Use
    • Benefits and Risks
    • Standards
    • Price vs. Performance
    • Selection Guidelines
  • Technology Leaders
    • Attachmate Corp.
    • Attachmate e-Vantage Host Access Server
    • Esker, Inc.
    • IBM
    • IBM WebSphere Host On-Demand, Version 5.0
    • NetManage, Inc.
    • OpenConnect Systems, Inc.
    • OC://WebConnect Pro 4.4
    • WRQ, Inc.
  • Technology Alternatives
  • Insight

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