HostBridge and IBM® z/OS® Connect: Different Horses for Different Courses

In Performance by Jerry Rackley

As we work with our enterprise customers and prospects on CICS integration opportunities, we’re increasingly hearing about IBM® z/OS® Connect. The question we’re getting is simple: aren’t HostBridge and IBM® z/OS® Connect competing solutions? If so, why would an enterprise IT organization choose one over the other? On the surface, it does appear as if these solutions compete. The IBM …

What You Need to Know About JavaScript on the Mainframe

In Strategy by Jerry Rackley

In 2017, the rumors about Node.js on the mainframe were confirmed! Since then, there’s been a crescendo of interest and information about JavaScript on the mainframe. HostBridge has a strong vested interest in JavaScript on the mainframe, having pioneered the use of JavaScript on the host over 10 years ago as a CICS integration and orchestration layer. Now that Node.js …

CICS Integration Performance Benchmark

In Case studies by James Alexander

As we say on the home page of our website, a core value proposition of HostBridge is speed: we enable the creation of lightning fast (the actual words of a HostBridge customer) integrations based on screen data, not screen geometry, with no disruption to mainframe code. We recently had the opportunity to prove this claim in a head-to-head performance benchmark …

HostBridge Technical Q & A

In How-to by James Alexander

I recently presented a webinar that was hosted by IBM Systems Media: “Making CICS Applications Available as Web Services“. It was a technical, how-to presentation where I spent most of the hour doing a live build of a web service to expose a CICS application. If you have a need to make your CICS applications available in this way, or …

Auto Insurer uses HTAC to Learn What Drives Mainframe Workload

In Case studies by Jerry Rackley

HostBridge is working with an automobile insurance provider to help it understand what is driving its mainframe workload. Using the HostBridge Transaction Analytics Connector (HTAC), this insurer has lifted the veil on CICS application performance. It’s CICS applications now feed data to Splunk via HTAC. This allows the insurer to learn for the first time exactly how business activities consume …