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Micro Focus teams with Oracle to modernise legacy systems

  • 04 April, 2006 10:03

<p>ROCKVILLE, Md., April 3, 2006 ­ Micro Focus® (LSE: MCRO) today announced collaboration with Oracle to deliver best-in-class database, middleware and infrastructure software for modernisation of legacy mainframe systems. The effort to migrate critical legacy applications to lower cost, more agile platforms running Oracle® Database 10g and Oracle Application Server 10g aims to help customers reduce the high cost of maintaining and modernising their aging mainframe environments. Customers will be able to combine the power of Micro Focus® Server™ technology that reuses their business applications with the open platform environment of Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Application Server 10g.</p>
<p>Oracle infrastructure software offers extremely high quality of service, availability, scalability, performance, manageability, security, features, and functionality running on low cost, industry standard hardware. Micro Focus Server is a high performance deployment environment complemented by Micro Focus® Studio™ that provides a rich collection of tools to migrate and extend legacy applications. Micro Focus is a Partner in Oracle PartnerNetwork.</p>
<p>Working with Oracle, Micro Focus protects customers’ investments in legacy applications by migrating them to open, flexible, and cost-effective platforms.</p>
<p>This effort has already paid dividends for BUPA Australia, who saved $2 million a year by migrating business applications from an IBM mainframe to a lower-cost UNIX Sun Solaris platform running Micro Focus Server and Oracle Database. BUPA Australia now plans to take advantage of their new environment by adding a web services layer to integrate various systems. BUPA Australia is Australia’s third largest health insurer, covering more than 1 million lives, and is part of the worldwide healthcare company, BUPA.</p>
<p>“Many options were considered, including creating a completely new system in Australia, or using the same system as our parent company as a base for the new system,” said Peter Powell, CIO, BUPA Australia. “However, none of these options really matched our requirements or fitted into the time available. Plus, the savings we’re making by migrating our applications to UNIX are being re-invested to extend the services we provide our members.”</p>
<p>The software and hardware migration to Micro Focus, Oracle, and Sun was completed in 14 months. Powell estimates an ROI of just under three years for the migration, which saw the conversion of 5,000 programs, six million lines of code, four programming languages, and tens of thousands of files.</p>
<p>“Customers can clearly benefit from our combined technology,” said Lance Knowlton, vice president of Oracle Modernisation Solutions, Oracle. “This effort allows customers to capitalise on the strategic value of Oracle technology while advancing their most difficult application modernisation efforts.”</p>
<p>The most recent work between the companies is the validation of Micro Focus Server with Oracle Real Application Clusters, an option of Oracle Database 10g Enterprise and Standard Editions. Oracle Real Application Clusters uses a shared cache architecture across multiple, inexpensive computers to host one logical database with non-stop availability and scalability. When a machine in the database cluster is lost the rest continue to operate.</p>
<p>"Micro Focus recognises the significant investments many organisations have made in legacy applications and the challenges they face as they evaluate approaches for deriving further benefits from those investments," said Mike Gilbert, vice president of worldwide marketing at Micro Focus. "By working with Oracle, we are committed to providing a robust and extensive modernisation strategy for organisations to unearth even greater value from their legacy systems."</p>
<p>About Oracle PartnerNetwork</p>
<p>Oracle PartnerNetwork is a global business network of 16,000 companies who deliver innovative software solutions based on Oracle software. Through access to Oracle’s premier products, education, technical services, marketing and sales support, the Oracle PartnerNetwork program provides partners with the resources they need to be successful in today’s global economy. Oracle partners are able to offer customers leading-edge solutions backed by Oracle’s position as the world's largest enterprise software company. Partners who are able to demonstrate superior product knowledge, technical expertise and a commitment to doing business with Oracle qualify for the Oracle Certified Partner levels. http://oraclepartnernetwork.oracle.com</p>
<p>Micro Focus - Unlocking the Value of Legacy</p>
<p>Micro Focus is a leading provider of legacy development and deployment software for enterprise platforms. Micro Focus enables organisations to reduce costs and increase agility with minimal risk by reusing their legacy applications with contemporary architectures and Web services. Founded in 1976, Micro Focus is a global company with principal offices in the United Kingdom, United States and Japan. For more information, visit www.microfocus.com.</p>
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<p>Micro Focus is a registered trademark and Lift and Shift, Micro Focus Studio, Micro Focus Server, and Unlocking the Value of Legacy are trademarks of Micro Focus. Oracle, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Siebel are registered trademarks of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. All other products mentioned in this announcement are trademarks of their respective owners.</p>

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