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Major aXes Revamp from LANSA Extends Cloud Computing for the IBM i

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V2 boasts new cloud computing and API for batch access to 5250 programs and enhancements to browser-based DB2 query and spooled file Explorer tools.

LANSA has announced V2 of the aXes 5250 Web enabling tool with the capability to offer access to new and existing IBM i RPG/COBOL applications via the cloud, a complete overhaul of the pair of aXes browser-based query, access and reporting tools – DB2 Query and Spooled File Explorer – and the ability to interact programmatically with 5250 data streams.

aXes-Cloud Computing Software — aXes-Cloud significantly enhances the current cloud computing offerings available on the IBM i.

Routing via a cloud gateway IBM i on which aXes is installed, users get browser-based access to their IBM i server running their line-of-business applications wherever their IBM i is situated. For a full description please visit: http://www.axeslive.com/products/cloud-computing-software.htm

As a bonus, the browser access to the IBM i occurs on-the-fly without having to change any of the application code or install any new software on the client PC.

aXes-Cloud, installed on the cloud gateway, enables any device that runs a browser (e.g., desktops, laptops, mobile devices) to be automatically connected to multiple IBM i servers. aXes-Cloud is a perfect solution to automatically connect users to their applications spread across multiple IBM i servers. Users log on to aXes-Cloud and it automatically routes them to the IBM i server and applications. Users don't need to be aware that the cloud gateway exists – they logon as normal.

aXes-Cloud provides a perfect opportunity for cloud computing service providers to add the IBM i to their offerings.



  • Companies can use aXes-Cloud as a gateway to provide their own employees with access to different applications running on multiple IBM i servers.
  • Hosting companies can host a cloud gateway that provides a switch connecting a single company’s multiple fixed and mobile users with browser access to that company’s IBM i server(s).
  • Hosting companies that host IBM i servers belonging to multiple companies can use aXes-Cloud as a switch to route users from multiple different companies to the correct IBM i server(s) within the hosted environment.
  • Application Software Vendors (ISVs) can host their application with a hosting company and use aXes-Cloud to offer the application to their customers via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model.
  • No additional software needs to be installed anywhere except for a single copy of aXes-Cloud installed on a cloud gateway server. aXes-Cloud operates as if aXes were installed on each of the connected servers. Users enjoy access to their applications from any device and any location.

    As aXes-Cloud is an extension to aXes it provides all of the aXes features for multiple IBM i servers and applications. From any browser, aXes users can securely access all their applications, work with their spooled files, query databases and manage operations on any connected IBM i server.

    aXes Data Explorer for querying DB2 data from a browser — aXes Data Explorer is a Web-based DB2 query tool for querying DB2 databases on IBM i servers, using the SQL services provided by IBM. To use aXes Data Explorer, you only need a browser and a connection to an IBM i server. 

    Some of the features include:

    • Create and save SQL queries for later execution
    • Handles SQL queries from the simple to the complex
    • Export retrieved data to spreadsheets
    • Works with all major browsers
    • Nothing to install on the client device
    • Accessible via mobile devices

    aXes Spool File Explorer for accessing spooled file output from a browser — aXes Spool File Explorer is a tool for interrogating output queues and viewing spool files on IBM i servers. To use aXes Spool File Explorer, you only need a browser and a connection to an IBM i server.

    Some of the features include:

    • Create and save spooled file queue searches for later use
    • Export retrieved data to spreadsheets
    • View spooled files data as HTML, text, PDF, or Image 
    • Works with all major browsers
    • Nothing to install on the client device
    • Accessible via mobile devices

    aXes-Robot for programmatically driving 5250 programs — aXes-Robot is an Application Program Interface (API) that developers access when creating applications that programmatically drive 5250 programs. aXes-Robot caters to a wide range of programming options with three versions of the API available: .NET (runs on Windows); Java (runs on Windows and IBM i); and RPG (runs on IBM i). No ActiveX controls are used.

    The primary uses of aXes-Robot are:

    • Performing data entry using a batch program
    • Exposing as Web service data that is accessible only through a 5250 application
    • Using a 5250 application as a back-end to your ASP.NET Web site

    The aXes family of products is available for license from a worldwide network of reseller partners or from your local LANSA office. Visit http://www.axeslive.com for details.

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