DataDirect Technologies, the unparalleled leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, announced today the fifth anniversary of the industry's first mainframe Web services product. The Shadow z/Services technology, as it is known today, was first released in December 2001 as a solution for transforming mainframe screen and business applications into Web services and arguably, ushered in a new period of mainframe interoperability with distributed platforms.

The Shadow z/Services platform for mainframe Web services has expanded significantly from its early versions, providing in its current form a comprehensive list of features, including:

  • Wide range of mainframe business logic and screen environments
  • Functionality for Web services access to data
  • Support for Web services consumption (ability for the mainframe to consume and host external, distributed Web services)
  • Support for leveraging SOAP over an existing MQ messaging infrastructure

The Shadow z/Services product is a component the DataDirect Technologies Shadow RTE mainframe integration suite which provides a unique, real-time foundation architecture to support all of the industry standard paradigms for integrating mainframe data, business logic and screens with distributed application development initiatives.
When first introduced, the Shadow Web services technology was a significant advancement over existing mainframe integration techniques. DataDirect has continued to advance mainframe interoperability with the delivery of the unified Shadow RTE mainframe integration suite. Just as an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) provides industry standard connectivity between disparate platforms, the Shadow RTE product provides interoperability across multiple mainframe data and application environments - offering customers a Mainframe Services Bus (MSB).

More than 350 leading companies worldwide use the Shadow RTE product to simplify the process of integrating mainframe data, applications and screen environments with Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) and other distributed application development initiatives.

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