Magazine article American Banker

IBM's Newest Operating System Relies on OS/2 Server

Magazine article American Banker

IBM's Newest Operating System Relies on OS/2 Server

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International Business Machines Corp. unveiled details Tuesday of an operating system, WorkSpace On-Demand, that reaffirms the computer giant's commitment to its OS/2 specification.

Formerly known by the code name Bluebird, WorkSpace On-Demand is the newest member of IBM's eNetwork software family. It is designed to run on network computers. Applications are stored on remote servers and are called down to client desktops.

"I'm not sure there is a competitor that can offer so many applications and connectivity on such a thin client," said Jin Kim, a consultant at Computing Solutions in Denver. "It can run on DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows NT, Java, and OS/2 and has connectivity to the Internet, Unix, AS/400 (midsize computers), and mainframes. It has minimal hardware requirements with a lot of software functionality."

In banking, it is particularly well suited to institutions that want to make the transition to network computing.

"It is ideal for transaction-oriented employees, say, at teller workstations and call centers," said Mr. Kim.

The network computing approach enables applications or changes to be made at the server, then quickly reflected at the user, or client, site.

WorkSpace On-Demand consists of a client operating environment and a set of server-side utilities, all stored on an OS/2 Warp server.

"It drives the ability to build, deploy, and maintain applications from a central environment," said Anthony W. Brown, IBM's business line manager for network computing clients. …

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