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Pure Web Alternative for IBM Host On Demand (HOD)

How will IBM Host On Demand work on browsers that no longer support Java plug-ins, and Oracle stops supporting Web Start?

Short answer: It won't, at least not as you expect it to.

When Mozilla announced the end of NPAPI support in August 2018 from Firefox 52 and Oracle announced the deprecation of the Java Applet in Java 9, IBM Host on Demand customers started to encounter browser-based access issues. Without the Java plug-in, applets cannot work within the updated browsers. This made cached and plugin client variants of Host On Demand unusable. Customers found that the following would not work on the browsers that did not support java plug-ins:

  • All the default pages that use either cached or download clients are affected, including:
    • HOD Administration client
    • Database On Demand client
    • New User creation applet
  • Cached and Download client pages created with the HOD Deployment Wizard
  • Portlets created with the HOD Deployment Wizard
  • Custom Programmable HOD applets
  • Session Manager APIs to communicate between JavaScript and HOD Applets

Despite these challenges, some customers persisted with HOD, using the Web Start workaround. That was until recently, when Oracle announced end of support for Web Start. Many organisations are now looking to completely remove any Java reliance, especially with something as critical as their mainframe access.

The solution
Host On Demand customers should consider alternative, zero client terminal emulators to access their applications, like Flynet Viewer™ TE. Flynet Viewer TE is a pure HTML web based terminal emulator, it doesn’t have any client side software. This means it works on any device, in any browser instantly.

Extra Benefits
Customers have been migrating from HOD to Flynet Viewer for a number of years, even before browsers started dropping support for the plugins. Flynet Viewer offers the following extra benefits:

  • Out of the box, pure responsive HTML to any browser
  • Any device, including PC, thin client, tablet and mobile
  • Zero client side software – no plug-ins or installs
  • Centrally maintained
  • More cost effective and flexible licensing
  • Supports most SSO products and IAM Strategies
  • Completely secure – Penetration tested by KPMG
  • HTTPS, WebSockets and latest SSL/TLS
  • Can be hosted in the cloud, remote data centre or locally on premises
  • Supports virtualisation and centralisation strategies
  • Macro Wizards – common server and client tasks reduced to a key press
  • Custom UIs to increase accessibility
  • As well as Mainframe, also connects to Unix/Linux, VAX, VMS, MultiValue
  • Fully programmable - documented API
  • Full MS Office and Office 365 integration
  • Ultra high performance - engineered for the web
  • Up to 1000 times data lighter than competition
  • Up to a 100 times faster than competition

Provides a solid foundation for further modernization and integration using Flynet’s no code web service generator and no code user interface modernization tool.

Flynet offer a fully supported, free 30-day evaluation of the Flynet Terminal Emulator, please select your preferred download method.