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Integrating legacy mainframe systems: architectural issues and solutions

Butler, John (2004) Integrating legacy mainframe systems: architectural issues and solutions. Master of Science thesis, Dublin City University.

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Abstract

For more than 30 years, mainframe computers have been the backbone of computing systems throughout the world. Even today it is estimated that some 80% of the worlds' data is held on such machines. However, new business requirements and pressure from evolving technologies, such as the Internet is pushing these existing systems to their limits and they are reaching breaking point. The Banking and Financial Sectors in particular have been relying on mainframes for the longest time to do their business and as a result it is they that feel these pressures the most. In recent years there have been various solutions for enabling a re-engineering of these legacy systems. It quickly became clear that to completely rewrite them was not possible so various integration strategies emerged. Out of these new integration strategies, the CORBA standard by the Object Management Group emerged as the strongest, providing a standards based solution that enabled the mainframe applications become a peer in a distributed computing environment. However, the requirements did not stop there. The mainframe systems were reliable, secure, scalable and fast, so any integration strategy had to ensure that the new distributed systems did not lose any of these benefits. Various patterns or general solutions to the problem of meeting these requirements have arisen and this research looks at applying some of these patterns to mainframe based CORBA applications. The purpose of this research is to examine some of the issues involved with making mainframebased legacy applications inter-operate with newer Object Oriented Technologies.

Item Type:Thesis (Master of Science)
Date of Award:2004
Refereed:No
Supervisor(s):Verbruggen, Renaat
Uncontrolled Keywords:mainframe computer systems; CORBA; distributed systems; integration strategies; legacy platforms
Subjects:Computer Science > Computational complexity
Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17323
Deposited On:29 Aug 2012 11:51 by Fran Callaghan. Last Modified 29 Aug 2012 11:51

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