Thin Client Technology with AcuConnect

Our thin client technology is an innovation that enables you to display your ACUCOBOL-GT® graphical server-based application on graphical display hosts.

The thin client technology is designed for two main purposes:

  1. To allow ACUCOBOL-GT programs running on a UNIX, Linux, or VMS server to present a full Windows graphical user interface (GUI) on PCs networked with TCP/IP. The application screens may require conversion to graphical, but your application stays in one piece on the server.
  2. To allow you to host your application on a UNIX, Linux, VMS, or Windows server and enjoy the benefits of centralized application maintenance and to adopt the performance characteristics of a "thin" architecture. Many applications perform better when deployed in a thin fashion compared to other networking techniques, such as remote file access ("thick clients") or distributed processing. This is because thin client configurations execute COBOL programs on the server, where data access is local.

The benefits of our thin client technology are plentiful:

Our thin client solution can work in conjunction with other technologies from the extend family of solutions. If data will be stored on a separate data server in a three-tier architecture, your thin client solution can use AcuServer to provide transparent access to that data. If your application requires access to relational databases like Oracle, Informix, and Sybase, your thin client solution can use Acu4GL or AcuSQL® technologies on the server to provide automatic data translation. You can migrate your character-based application to ACUCOBOL-GT, display it on Windows hosts, and when you're ready, convert your screens to a full-featured graphical user interface. You can develop your GUI in Windows using our integrated development environment, AcuBench®.