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PeerLogic Inc. will unveil Version 6.0 of its UniKix TPmonitor and emulation tool next month. The software lets
mainframe customers run legacy apps based on CICS, VSAM, or
DB2 on IBM AIX, HP-UX, Sun Solaris, or Microsoft Windows NT
servers. The newest version of UniKix includes support for
C, C++, Java clients, and Java server pages, and will start
David Matthews, VP of marketing at PeerLogic, says the
product is aimed at customers who run just a handful of
applications on their mainframes, an expensive proposition.
Mainframes are a less expensive platform than Unix or
Windows NT systems only when users are running a large
number of apps on them. "Even the customers who are
otherwise content with mainframes often want a cheaper way
to run the apps," he says. "Often, we cut those costs in
Jim Johnson, president of the Standish Group, agrees that
mainframe costs can add up for users running light loads. He
says, for example, that it's 75% cheaper to run a single
application on a Sun Solaris server than it is to run just
that one application on a mainframe. "The only way the
mainframe makes it is to put nearly all the apps on it,"
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