Attachmate Corp. announced general availability of Reflection for the Web 2008, the company's flagship browser-based host access offering, and showcased its product offerings designed for Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 at the recent Microsoft Tech.Ed North America 2008 conference in Orlando, Fla.
Reflection for the Web 2008
Reflection for the Web 2008 is terminal emulation software that securely connects browser users to applications on IBM, HP, UNIX, OpenVMS, Unisys, and Airlines hosts. Strong authentication and encryption capabilities safely deliver fully functioning host applications across the public Internet. A secure token authorization feature adds a layer of Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) access control in front of host applications, integrating them into modern security infrastructures.
A recent implementation of Reflection for the Web has resulted in a successful migration of more than 50,000 users at the U.S. government's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
"As an IT professional who has worked with federal software vendors for over 30 years, this is the first time I have experienced customer support that went above and beyond the call of duty," said Judith A. Janney, Hardware Support Branch, Infrastructure Division, Computing Services, DISA. "With Attachmate's dedicated and timely efforts, we have successfully accomplished our mission to migrate over 50,000 users to the Mainframe Internet Access Portal (Reflection for the Web) and eliminate Secure Web Access (IBM Host on Demand) from our software inventory. Our customers, both in the private sector and at the Department of Defense, are now able to access critical applications in both a secure and reliable manner. We have both stabilized and enhanced the product for use within the DISA environment."
Key features in Reflection for the Web 2008 include:
· Centralized installation, deployment, and management lessen the administrative burden on IT.
· Secure host sessions with secure token authorization and AES or 3DES encryption over SSL/TLS.
· Authenticate users with Active Directory, LDAP, X.509 smart cards, Kerberos, and Web portal authentication methods.
· Use existing LDAP users and groups to control user access to sensitive data and resources.
· Facilitate compliance with regulations such as Payment Card Industry (PCI), Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, HIPAA, and Basel II.
· Leverage existing security technology infrastructures - including X.509 certificates, Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP), and Certificate Revocation Lists (CRL) - via Reflection.
· Extend legacy host applications to users on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux operating systems.
Reflection for IBM 2007
Currently available and attaining traction in the market, Reflection for IBM 2007 is Attachmate's built-for-Windows Vista terminal emulation solution. Combining the comprehensive productivity and security feature sets found in Attachmate's existing EXTRA! and Reflection host access offerings, Reflection for IBM 2007 strengthens mainframe security, maximizes IT flexibility, and provides a set of features that significantly boost user productivity. Reflection is certified for Windows Vista and takes advantage of multiple security, manageability, and productivity enhancements found in Microsoft's latest operating system. Additionally, Reflection provides support for Microsoft Windows XP operating system.
Reflection for IBM 2007 is Attachmate's second terminal emulation offering to carry the Certified for Windows Vista software logo, following the certification of EXTRA! X-treme 9.0. Further demonstrating its commitment to the Microsoft platform, EXTRA! X-treme 9.0 was the first software application to be certified for Windows Vista. Multiple certifications for Windows Vista serve to enhance Attachmate's entire host access product family, including Reflection, EXTRA! and INFOConnect, helping mutual customers maximize the value of their legacy assets to drive business productivity and lower the total cost of ownership, the company says.
Boosting end-user productivity
Reflection for IBM 2007 offers multiple features and tools designed to increase and improve user productivity. Reflection for IBM 2007 includes tools that bring modern productivity enhancements to traditional green-screen host applications, including Spell Check, Screen History, Auto Complete, Auto Expand, Scratch Pad and Recent Typing.
Increasing users' ability to find and share information, Reflection for IBM 2007 supports Windows Desktop Search as well as tight integration between legacy green-screens and Microsoft Office applications.
Support for the new Office 2007 Fluent user interface, used under license from Microsoft, allows Reflection for IBM 2007 users to work within a familiar Microsoft Office environment resulting in higher productivity. Alternatively, administrators can opt for a "Classic" interface within Reflection.
Strengthening mainframe security
Reflection for IBM 2007 offers security features and functionality to help customers safeguard private data, shore up network defenses, and meet increasingly stringent regulatory requirements.
Integrated cryptographic modules provide client-side support for SSL/TLS, SSH, and Kerberos security protocols.
Facilitate compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Payment Card Industry (PCI) audits, European Data Directive and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
Reflection's cryptographic modules are built to meet strict U.S. federal government security standards including: Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2, Department of Defense (DoD) Class 3 PKI Public Key-Enabled (PKE), and Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC).
Privacy Filters and Trusted Locations features secure the Reflection runtime environment, and protect sensitive host data from invasion or theft.
Reflection for IBM 2007 and Reflection for the Web 2008 are part of Attachmate's terminal emulation and secure host access product family, providing secure connections to any host from any desktop, inside or outside the firewall. With Reflection's robust Web- and Windows-based products, customers can meet their host access needs while minimizing costs, maximizing IT flexibility and safeguarding critical business data. Attachmate Reflection works collaboratively or as a stand-alone tool along with the company's host access, security and management products, enabling companies to extend the use of existing IT investments while adopting valuable new technologies to improve their business.
For over 25 years, Attachmate has developed industry-leading products that are installed on over 16 million systems worldwide. Attachmate's entire range of solutions are backed by an award-winning team of highly trained and tenured service professionals who possess, on average, more than nine years of experience supporting Attachmate products. Organizations are switching to Attachmate and are realizing management, productivity and cost benefits in the process.
Reflection for IBM 2007 and Reflection for the Web 2008 are now available. For additional information on how to evaluate and purchase, visit www.attachmate.com/Products/Host+Connectivity/Terminal+Emulation/emulation.htm.
Attachmate, owned by an investment group led by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital and Thoma Cressey Bravo, enables IT organizations to extend mission critical services and assure they are managed, secure and compliant. Attachmate's leading solutions include host connectivity, systems and security management, and PC lifecycle management. Our goal is to empower IT organizations to deliver trusted applications, manage service levels, and ensure compliance by leveraging knowledge, automation and secured connectivity. For more information, visit http://www.attachmate.com/.