Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, has announced the release of RUMBA 8, a version of the company's terminal emulation suite designed to support new technologies and the Windows 7 operating system.
The new version delivers a redesigned, modern user interface with productivity and security enhancements, Micro Focus officials said. RUMBA provides connectivity from Microsoft Windows desktops to virtually any host system with mission-critical reliability, protecting valuable information assets and securing the communications between workstations and host systems with a set of rich features. RUMBA 8 enables customers to extend mainframe applications and realize the benefits of application modernization, including lower costs and increased efficiency.
"The launch of RUMBA 8 is yet another testament to Micro Focus' commitment to provide industry-leading, end-to-end modernization solutions to our customers," said Archie Roboostoff, product marketing director at Micro Focus, in a statement. "Early adopter customers have noticed the speed and enhanced usability provided by this new version. RUMBA 8 enables customers to reduce the cost, risk and complexity of accessing host applications, transforming terminal emulation into an important part of our customers' overall modernization strategy."
In addition to a more modern interface and support for Windows 7, RUMBA 8 includes support for the Microsoft Office ribbon interface and enhanced support for the latest security standards. RUMBA 8 also includes tabbed emulating that lets users connect to multiple hosts from a single Windows desktop.
Jeffrey Rodberg, a systems analyst at the University of New Mexico Hospital and an early adopter of RUMBA 8, said, "The super users who run multiple sessions love the new tabbed sessions."
Overall, RUMBA 8 will give customers improved performance and flexibility when connecting to business applications residing on a variety of host systems, the company said. RUMBA provides an environment for building multitier applications as well as support for third-party tools. It allows users to connect to applications on a wide range of systems, including IBM mainframe, IBM AS/400, DEC VAX, Micro Focus servers, Hewlett-Packard and Unix systems from PC desktops. The latest version was designed specifically to maximize productivity for users of Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, Micro Focus officials said.