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  • 9 February 2010 10:45

Micro Focus Announces Availability of server express Remote Development Option

Micro Focus® (LSE.MCRO.L), a leading provider of Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management solutions, today announces Micro Focus Server Express Remote Development Option (RDO), a new development environment option for its industry-leading development platform that helps slash time and costs for companies building or maintaining Micro Focus COBOL applications for deployment on UNIX and Linux servers.

Micro Focus® (LSE.MCRO.L), a leading provider of Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management solutions, today announces Micro Focus Server Express Remote Development Option (RDO), a new development environment option for its industry-leading development platform that helps slash time and costs for companies building or maintaining Micro Focus COBOL applications for deployment on UNIX and Linux servers.

Using Micro Focus Server Express RDO, customers can now remotely develop, debug and test core COBOL applications in a powerful Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE). This eliminates expensive and tedious manual development processes and frees up valuable IT resources. The new solution enables customers to keep COBOL programs and the source-code on the target server, removing the costly and time-consuming need to transfer code between the development environment and the UNIX or Linux server on which the application will be tested and run.

“Micro Focus Server Express Remote Development Option is the first COBOL development tool to enable developers to create and maintain applications on a remote server while sitting on a local machine,” said Peter Anderton, Product Solutions Director, Application Development at Micro Focus. “Development projects that once took several days to complete can now be finished in mere hours, with customers seeing tenfold productivity gains in the development process. This allows customers to greatly reduce costs and enables IT staffs to redeploy personnel for more strategic initiatives. At the same time, RDO brings customers one step closer to developing applications remotely for deployment directly on the cloud.”

Micro Focus Server Express RDO combines a high-performance workstation-based IDE with support for the entire edit-compile-debug cycle on Linux or UNIX servers. It features standard Eclipse functionality so Eclipse developers can immediately take advantage of the solution while enabling non-COBOL developers to quickly develop and modernize existing COBOL assets on UNIX or Linux servers.

“It is critical that organizations debug and test applications in an environment that is as close to production as possible. In the past, this has meant sacrificing powerful tools when that platform was UNIX or Linux,” continued Anderton. “Micro Focus Server Express RDO solves this problem, and developers become instantly more productive as programs stay on the target server, using local databases and services, while the Eclipse IDE provides a state-of-the-art developer tool set.”

The Server Express RDO solution includes a set of lightweight client plug-ins for Eclipse that communicate with the Remote Development Server (RDS). The RDS uses the COBOL server and Server Express functionality to execute builds and provide debug services while source code remains on the server, accessed via the Eclipse IDE. Server Express RDO uses a single application interface throughout the edit-compile-debug process, eliminating the requirement of learning to navigate multiple interfaces.

For more information, please visit www.microfocus.com/eclipse.

About Micro Focus

Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information, please visit www.microfocus.com.

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