Cloud-Ready Terminal Emulation - Host Access Anywhere, Anytime and Any Device

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Cloud Ready Terminal Emulation

Multiple forces are driving organizations to re-visit how users access mainframe terminal-based applications:
  • Java Applets are Going Away
  • The "Bring Your Own Device" invasion
  • Increasing use of Cloud-based I.T. Solutions

Java Applets are Going Away

Many organizations have integrated terminal emulation with their web-based applications using a number of Java applet-based terminal emulators, such as IBM Host on Demand. Using Javascript and the Applet API, users enjoy synchronization between a web application and the screens in the terminal emulator. But Oracle has dropped support for Java applets running in a browser, as have all the major browser development teams. This means that if you have a Java terminal emulator solution in-place, you will need to move to an HTML-based terminal emulator or lose major functionality and user productivity!

The Bring Your Own Device Invasion

As more and more users move both their home devices to work (and their work to their homes), I.T. organizations are increasingly challenged to deliver secure and consistent access to applications. Accessing the mainframe and/or AS400/IBM i terminal applications is vital for many users and Flynet Viewer is the best option today for multi-device, multi-location access.

Cloud-based I.T. Solutions - How to Integrate?

Legacy desktop terminal emulators have been able to use macro scripting with Visual Basic and ActiveX to integrate host data with Microsoft Office and other resources. The new WebFlow Macros feature includes Excel, Word and EMail Plug-Ins to provide the same capability!  But, if you are also interested in Cloud options, such as Google Apps or Microsoft Office 365, Flynet Viewer is the natural choice!

Cloud-Based I.T. Integration Comparison

Terminal
Emulator
Cloud Integration Examples
Ease of ScriptingGoogle AppsOffice 365
Flynet ViewerWebFlow Macros - Drag and Drop Logic
Client-side Javascript Shared on Server
Use Google Apps Javascript APIUse SharePoint Javascript API
Desktop EmulatorProprietary Scripting or VB and ActiveXNo API AvailableCustom External .NET ActiveX Call for Each Action
Java AppletBrowser applets no longer supportedNo Client API AvailableNo API Available
ActiveX ControlObsolete--IE only supported up to version 11 (not Edge)No API AvailableNo API Available
iPad AppKeystroke record/playback onlyn.a.n.a.

Compatibility Comparison

Terminal
Emulator
Compatibility
PCMaciPadSmartPhone
Flynet ViewerAny Web BrowserAny Web BrowseriOS SafariiOS Safari, Android, others...
Desktop EmulatorYesMaybeNoNo
Java AppletYesApple recommends removing JavaNoMaybe
ActiveX ControlIE OnlyNoNoMaybe
iPad AppNoNoYesMaybe iPhone

Administration Comparison

Terminal
Emulator
Installation Requirements
PCMaciPadSmartPhone
Flynet ViewerWeb URL: Just use it!Web URLWeb URLWeb URL
Desktop EmulatorInstall at each PC (Individual License)Install at each Mac (Individual License)n.a.n.a.
Java AppletNow must be installed like PC program, Permissions & Security IssuesDownload, Permissions & Security Issuesn.a.Download
ActiveX ControlDownload, Permissions & Security Issuesn.a.n.a.Windows Phone Only
iPad Appn.a.n.a.Individual PurchaseMaybe iPhone

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