ClearPath OS 2200 Software Release 17.0 is an integrated software stack of 107-plus software products – all of which are design, developed, tested, and qualified together delivering a single system where every component works in an effective and optimized manner with each other. Since Unisys has done the integration, it enables clients to save time, cut costs, and reduce risk when migrating to OS 2200 Software Release 17.0. It is available for the ClearPath Forward Dorado 800, 4100, 4200, 4300, 6300 and 8300 series of systems.
ClearPath OS 2200 Software Release 17.0 delivers 107-plus software products, stability and performance enhancements, and over 50 new feature updates – 32 of which were the result of new feature suggestions from ClearPath Forward clients.
The updates and new features of OS 2200 Release 17.0 deliver significant benefits in three distinct areas:
With this release, you can more effectively utilize readily available developer skills and at the same time execute application modernization initiatives that better align IT investments with business objectives.
ClearPath Forward ePortal for OS 2200 is a point-and-click Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) enabler that can rapidly extend ClearPath applications to reach new partners, channels, and markets through Web, Mobile or Web Services technologies.
ClearPath Forward ePortal enables application developers to automatically deploy, manage, and secure ClearPath applications for Web, mobile device, and Web services solutions.
ClearPath Forward ePortal automates a solution at every point: from development to deployment.
ClearPath Forward ePortal for OS 2200 has been updated in OS 2200 17.0 with enhancements to ePortal Developer that help to reduce application complexity, so you can develop web service applications faster. In addition, ePortal now supports Apache CordovaTM 5.1.1 for multi-device application development.
The OS 2200 Release 17.0 contains several features that make it easier for developers to develop and maintain OS 2200 applications that integrate with applications on other platforms.
Open TI 64-bit: To enable application integration between .NET and OS 2200 transactions and services, Open TI now supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows environments. The 64-bit capability includes support for .NET 4.6.1 or higher, enabling your developers to take advantage of the features in the latest Microsoft® Windows® tools and technology.
CS2200 for (socket based) .NET: A new product that’s included in OS 2200 Release 17.0, CS2200 provides a simple, socket-based program interface for .NET applications to access OS 2200 files and applications.
XML: OS 2200 17.0 includes the ability to generate XML from an OS 2200 COBOL data record. Developers can now export OS 2200 COBOL data records into XML and import that into their .NET applications.
Data Center Transformation In OS 2200 release 17.0 there are several updates that improve the way customers interact with and process data.
MCB: Significant performance and scaling improvements make it possible to increase OS 2200 application workloads without impacting performance or system limits. As a result, you can support higher transaction rates, increase the number of concurrently running transactions, and, in some cases, place more messages on the queue.
RDMS: Improved query performance will help you access your data faster, enabling you to better support business requirements that involve data warehousing and online analytical processing (OLAP). Understanding and viewing RDMS databases is simpler in OS 2200 17.0, as well. Apex now provides various views of the RDMS databases available to each application group, making it easier for your database administrators to understand the physical layout of OS 2200 databases and view the active configuration, as well as the database's schema, storage area, and table objects.
Integrated Recovery Utility (IRU): New enhancements enable faster access to archived audit information, reduce I/O overhead, and improve database backup performance for Universal Data System (UDS) files.
WebSphere MQ for ClearPath OS 2200 (WMQ2200): OS 2200 17.0 includes support for IBM® WebSphere® MQ version 8. With this update, your OS 2200 applications can securely and reliably exchange messages with applications residing on a wide range of operating systems and platforms. In addition, new channel improvements help system administrators determine whether other systems should be upgraded and allow for more predictable latency when there is a mixture of large and small messages. And, new security features in WMQ2200 include Object Authority Manager (OAM) user-based permissions, updated cryptographic standards compliance, and more.
Operations Sentinel: The latest version of Operations Sentinel provides many valuable features that enable you to monitor your infrastructure’s health from end to end. Specifically, it enables you to monitor ClearPath Forward ePortal for OS 2200 implementations, back up and restore configuration data, and forward Operations Sentinel alerts as SNMP traps to other SNMP listeners. Also, Operations Sentinel now supports Windows 10 and Microsoft Windows Server® 2016.
Enterprise Output Manager: Enterprise Output Management includes the new Web Assistant RESTful service feature, which enables you to implement a heavily customized user interface. The mobile print feature is new as well. With it, you can access files posted from the Web Assistant on a mobile app and send them to any printer configured in the Enterprise Output Manager Server. Additionally, seamless integration with enterprise content management (ECM) solutions helps you significantly improve business processes that rely heavily on high volumes of paper and electronic documents.
ClearPath OS 2200 Release 17.0 builds on the proven security of the OS 2200 environment by adding over 30 new features to several key capabilities:
Single Sign On: OS 2200 has used Kerberos or NTLM protocols to support single sign on for several releases. However, each of those solutions required another Windows server in the domain to assist with authentication. The new TLS-secured single sign on feature in OS 2200 17.0 requires no additional server. You now have the ability to use your X.509 certificate from a smart card or elsewhere on your workstation to initiate TIP and Demand sessions when using a terminal emulator that has been updated to support this new feature.
Apex: Apex is a new product introduced in OS 2200 Release 15.0 that provides an easy-to-use, intuitive, Web-based interface for managing the OS 2200 operating system. In the initial release, Apex provided capabilities to manage OS 2200 users and accounts. In OS 2200 release 17.0, Apex receives additional features – such as the ability to manage file security and quota sets and configure network authentication – that make it a comprehensive alternative to the Security Administration for OS 2200 Security Client Windows application. You can also use new security auditing features in Apex to report on the details of changes to Access Control Records (ACRs) based on the ACR change log entries introduced in this release.
Network Security: Enhancements in CPComm, CPCommOS, and CryptoLib make OS 2200 17.0 the most secure release ever from a network communications standpoint. This release enhances OS 2200 Secure Hashing Algorithm version 2 (SHA-2) support with SHA-2-based signature creation. This is particularly important, as many browser vendors are phasing out support for SHA-1 signatures. It also supports enhanced security for PKCS private keys. And for Intel® based Dorado systems, OS 2200 17.0 includes Domain Name Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and support for virtual LANs.
As with previous releases, OS 2200 is available in the Traditional (non-metered) and the Pay-for-Use (metered) business models. Additionally, General Purpose (GP), Software Development Kit (SDK), Business Information Server (BIS), and Enterprise Application Environment (EAE) workload licensing continues to be offered where applicable.
Moving up to the latest release of the ClearPath OS 2200 operating environment will help your organization:
- Reduce operating expenses by automating labor-intensive manual processes and enabling business process integration
- Streamline and accelerate business process by integrating heterogeneous applications and databases
- Cut development times through a common set of Open Source, Eclipse-based tools for all platforms
- Increase business agility via a reliable, more secure, real-time infrastructure that accommodates flexible, SOA enabled applications
- Improve speed, reliability, and efficiency in the way applications communicate with one another
- Protect your assets from internal and external attacks by enhanced security
- Realize a robust transaction-processing environment with complete data integrity