Lower operational costs have been addressed in a way that not only reduces
the cost of running existing applications, but also adds the value of SOA and
web services capabilities at little extra capital cost and virtually zero
additional operating costs.
Shadow v7 expands the range of SOA and data connectivity options available to
existing System z mainframe users. For example, native SQL support is being
added via an ANSI-92 compliant SQL Engine, allowing mainframe data
applications to now issue SQL queries and open up those data assets. This
allows, for the first time, the mainframe to integrate with ‘new world’ web
services and SOA-based real-time, event-driven business applications at the
data level as well as the business logic and screen logic levels.