Cisco Systems networking enhancements link Windows apps with IBM mainframes

Cisco Systems networking enhancements link Windows apps with IBM mainframes

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

An enhancement to Cisco Systems Inc.'s Internetwork Operating System will extend TCP/IP router access to IBM Corp. mainframe resources.

The Cisco Transaction Connection is an IOS feature in the company's 7500 and 7200 routers.

CTRC 1.0 can connect Microsoft Windows and Unix applications directly to DB2, IBM's relational database manager for mainframes. Version 2.0 also can route the Inter-System Communications protocol used for IBM's Customer Information Control System transactional applications, letting the router take the place of a general-purpose Systems Network Architecture gateway.

When purchasing CTRC, enterprises receive a free site license for the StarSQL Enterprise Edition client, which is DB2 middleware from StarQuest Software Inc. of Berkeley, Calif., that transfers host data to desktop PC and Unix server applications. The StarSQL EE client is downloadable from the Web, at

Cisco of San Jose, Calif., prices CTRC 2.0 at $200,000 for 500 concurrent connections from each router.

Contact Cisco at 408-526-8000.

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