The other day I was working with our Citrix Ready partner, Attachmate (Microfocus) to get their Reflection product line verified as “Citrix Ready” with Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Citrix XenApp and Reflection solution allows organizations to access any of their legacy type mission-critical applications securely from any device in a highly productive way. The joint solution allows you to interact with your legacy applications with a cleaner and modernized UI attuned to what endpoint you are connecting from besides automating many of your routine tasks!

Why Citrix XenApp + Reflection

Many organizations are encumbered with a huge portfolio of legacy technologies that dampen innovation and agility. Now, I come from the “millennial age” and on my first encounter, mainframe systems just seemed too rudimentary to me!


However, I do grasp the value and fundamental reasons that these terminal emulators are mission critical. If it ain’t broken why fix it?

Migrating these systems to newer tools can be painful, never mind the overhead of training costs and slow end-user adoption. These naturally increase operational costs for an organization with a limited ROI justification. At no point should IT become a ‘burden’ to an organization instead of actually empowering end-users.

This is where the Citrix and Attachmate story fits right in. Mainframe systems continue to remain critical to many large organizations’ business processes. In fact, according to an IDC research report finding, mainframe system is undergoing an evolution to support increased server virtualization and cloud-based services. Citrix and Attachmate enable organizations to make that shift in a cost-effective way.

Terminal Emulator applications or green screen applications are common in hospitals, call centers and real estate agencies. Atos Healthcare and PostFinance are few of such success stories in the healthcare and financial service industry vertical that modernized their legacy application delivery to improve quality of work for users.

Deeper Dive: Reflection features on XenApp

Optimized to run on Citrix XenApp, Attachmate terminal emulation products (Reflection, Extra, and InfoConnect) provide secure connections to applications running on IBM, HP, UNIX, Unisys, OpenVMS, Tandem (HP NonStop), and CRS/GDS (reservation systems) hosts.

Together, Attachmate terminal emulators and Citrix XenApp provide these important benefits:

  • Security: Centralized installation and management of host-access software.
  • Mobility: On-demand access and secure connections as users move their location, or workstation or even devices.
  • Flexibility: Interact with host systems on any device, from any location, in any way you choose.

One of the many cool features in Attachmate’s new releases is the ease with which mobile users can access their mission critical applications from an iPad. The modernized UI gives them the native-like experience when using ‘TouchUx’ template built specifically on Citrix.


Other cool features include :

  • SmartUx for modernizing IBM host applications using Reflection VBA or the .NET API.
  • Integration with Reflection Security Gateway for host access control and centralized management.
  • MSI Versioning Support via Attachmate Customization Toolkit (ACT).
  • Improved encryption protection with Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 support.
  • Support for SHA-256/RSA-2048 digital signatures helps to meet DoD and NIST 800-131A requirement

For more details, check out this solution on the Citrix Ready marketplace: