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Open/36 based product contains all the necessary features to guarantee a smooth and  easy migration of your applications and data to an open system. Several optional features can help you modernize your application to today's look and feel. Those features are very easy to implement and require no programming or heavy administrative tasks. 

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 Thin Client
 Report Organizer
 Data Protect
 Virtual Machine
 Hot Fail Over

Additional features like the Thin Client and Report Organizer will enable your applications to go beyond the look of your current applications, without requiring changes to your programs. Other features such as ODBC, file transfer and C programming interface, will allow you to deliver your data to the users and external applications in the form that is expected with great performance and flexibility. The following sections will discuss the based features of Open/36, recently added features will be discussed in more detail, do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.

The recently added features are constantly being enhanced, we welcome any suggestions or need you may have so we can consider those requests for future releases.


Thin Client

The Thin Client is easy to configure and easier to use. Load it onto any PC connected to your Unix server via a LAN or WAN and you’ll have an Open/36 sign-on screen in 2 minutes. Also, unlike many emulators, Thin Client is designed to function seamlessly over the Internet.

Once you install the new Thin Client on your pc, you can contact your server from anywhere (even if you only have a telephone line) - from another property, from home, from the airport, even from the airplane. You can do everything just as if you were sitting in your office - quickly and securely. Do you want to consider closing the month from your home study rather than from the office?

The Thin Client eliminates the need for any terminal emulators. Whether you login through your network or dial up your Internet service provider (ISP), the Thin Client will connect to your server, identify itself and establish a connection. You can then run all your applications from wherever you happen to be. You will get fast screen redisplays, no keystroke delays and you can print onto an attached PC.

Should you be responsible for several sites - as controller or system administrator - you can simultaneously connect to all of them. You can work with each remote property just as easily as you do with the property you are based at.

Using the “GUI” graphical interface features of Thin Client, you can now have your new staff learn to operate your applications using message windows, buttons, combo boxes, list boxes, and other controls they’re already familiar with from other Windows applications (only requires some redesign of your applications’ screen formats – applications provided by Open Universal, or by key strategic partners such as Acom Software, are currently being modified to support these features).  

Report Organizer

Report Organizer (RO) is a Windows based product tightly integrated with the Open/36 spooler. You can do three things with RO. First, you can print Open/36 reports on Windows printers in cooperation with other Windows print jobs. Second, you can store and organize Open/36 reports on a Windows server for viewing from any PC. Third, you can conveniently store any Windows files with the same organization and access.

You no longer need separate printers for Open/36 and Windows. You can make the most of your existing printers by using RO to print both Open/36 and Windows jobs on each printer. You also reduce your system administration; with RO neither UNIX nor Open/36 need to know the make or model of the printer or what control strings to send it. Windows handles all that.

You get improved network performance since Open/36 tightly compresses spool files before transparently downloading them to RO. The benefits may be particularly noticeable with remote printers. Your users can also add and change remote printers without reconfiguring Open/36 or changing your application programs.

You can use Report Organizer to virtually eliminate the need to print reports. Nearly every business prints reams of reports that are then carefully filed, hardly ever to be looked at. You can instead use RO to automatically archive selected or all reports on a central PC. Users can browse these reports on their PCs or delete them when no longer necessary. You may significantly reduce your paper and storage costs while simultaneously increasing your users' ease of access to information.

You organize your reports in RO by storing them in any number of folders and subfolders. You can quickly find your report and view it using RO's interface that is strongly based on Microsoft's popular Outlook Express. You can easily change your Open/36 print programs to automatically place new reports in their proper location.

You will probably also want to store other items in the Report Organizer. No problem. You can copy any Windows file, including Microsoft Word and Excel, into any RO folder and RO will automatically recognize it. When you double click the file, RO will start the proper application to display and handle the file.

You can use RO to quickly set up a relatively comprehensive centralized repository of Open/36 and Windows information, accessible by everyone in your company with the proper authority.

MOIT (Microsoft Office Interoperability Tools)

MOIT provides the tools you need to tightly integrate your Open/36 applications with Microsoft Office and other ODBC compliant applications.

MOIT contains several categories of capabilities. First you can use it to transfer Open/36 data or spool files to any Windows PC or the Report Organizer (RO). Similarly you can transfer data files to Open/36. You will find MOIT friendlier to use and faster than competitive products due to its tight integration with Open/36.

MOIT can also convert typical report formats into Microsoft Query ODBC compatible data files. You can therefore immediately select rows and columns from this downloaded information into any ODBC compliant application. This access may be significantly faster than using Open/36 as the ODBC source since only the PC network and Microsoft code is involved with MOIT.

Another MOIT category is its tight integration with Excel. Open/36 data and spool files can be downloaded directly into Excel workbooks, even ones that are open and being worked on. Similarly Excel worksheets and ranges can be uploaded to Open/36 even from open workbooks. These transfers are full featured with workbook read/write passwords, workbook templates, multiple file/Excel formats, date format control and all the options of Get External Data. Excel macros can also be executed before and after a transfer.

MOIT also allows an Excel macro or VBA application to execute Open/36 commands, to type data into an Open/36 interactive application, and to "scrape" an Open/36 ASCII screen. Since MOIT is tightly integrated with Open/36, your Excel application is always aware of what type of screen is being displayed (menu, application, message) and what screen format is being used.

You can use MOIT to make it easier for people to work with your Open/36 data in Excel. Or you can build a comprehensive, rugged application in which Excel and Open/36 interact as peers.

MOIT is also tightly integrated with Word and Mail Merge. You can use Open/36 data to produce mass mailings using all the Mail Merge features of Word.  

Data Protect

You restart your Windows PC after it freezes. You then see the message "There are 171 lost clusters in 1 chain" and now it's your blood that freezes.

Similar data corruption can happen on any computer running any operating system. However Data Protect guarantees your Open/36 files will be internally consistent and ready to use when Open/36 is rebooted.

Data Protect does this by keeping track of every logical file and index change that has not yet been committed to disk via the cache. Should the system unexpectedly hang due to an internal UNIX or hardware problem, Data Protect will correct at high speed any files that are potentially corrupted.

No software feature can completely protect data from every conceivable circumstance, however Data Protect provides a very high level of comfort if data integrity is of concern to you.

Data Protect is the key to protecting your data from catastrophic system failures.  

Open/36 Virtual Machine

Are you looking at consolidating multiple Open/36 hosts onto a single centralized host? Do you want an isolated application testing or development environment on your present machine? Would you like to run multiple Open/36 file servers for a high throughput environment?

If you answered yes to any of these, you will want to look at the Open/36 Virtual Machine (O36VM). O36VM lets you run multiple, independent copies of Open/36 simultaneously on one host. Each copy acts as if it was running on separate hardware. There are no user ID, or printer ID conflicts; n0r library name, member name, or file name conflicts. Yet all O36VMs share the same host resources such as network terminals and printers, disks, modems and so on.

A user can sign onto any one or several of these O36VMs and transparently run applications, use ODBC and do file transfers. Developers can move data files, library members and Open/36 configuration parameters between O36VMs with minimal fuss.

Open/36VM is the key to centralizing your distributed hosts and to improving your support environment.  

Hot Fail Over

Is high availability critical to your applications? Will your business be negatively affected if your system is down for 1 hour, 1 day, 2 days? More and more the answer is yes as distributed hosts become consolidated on single centralized hosts.

Open/36's Hot Fail Over provides a high availability solution for groups of mutually supportive hosts. Here's how it works: You have Host-A and Host-B on the same LAN supporting many users over a WAN. Let's say each host generally supports half your user base.

Host-A then fails due to hardware or operating system problems. You simply software mount Host-A's external disk drives onto Host-B and start a second copy of Open/36. Hot Fail Over, using Data Protect and Open/36 Virtual Machine support, brings up the HOST-A applications on HOST-B without the normal HOST-B users noticing.

HOST-A and HOST-B are configured to use different port numbers for Thin Client, Report Organizer, ODBC, MOIT and file transfers. So all you have to do is to change the IP address of HOST-A to point to HOST-B. HOST-A users can immediately sign on again using their normal PC shortcuts for HOST-A. They connect to their switched over applications and continue to use ODBC and MOIT as normal.

The HOST-A data is clean thanks to Data Protect; there are no conflicts with user/printer/terminal IDs or file/library/member names. Reports will continue to print where expected; data keeps being transferred where it is expected.

Hot Fail Over is the key component to solve your Open/36 high availability needs.