Rocket Software Acquires Zephyr Development Corporation

Newton, MA – February 2, 2012 – Rocket Software, Inc. ( announced today that it has acquired Zephyr Development Corporation, a Houston-based developer of terminal emulation software. The Zephyr team has joined Rocket Software’s global organization of more than 900 employees and has become part of Rocket Software’s Application Development, Integration and Modernization business unit.

Andy Youniss, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Software, said, « We have admired Zephyr for years and have a long-standing respect for this great business and the set of terminal emulation products that this team has developed.  The terminal emulation market is a strategic focus area for Rocket Software and we’re excited to continue to sell, develop, and support our new PASSPORT solutions.  We also want to welcome our new customers and look forward to supporting them and helping them achieve ongoing success with PASSPORT. PASSPORT is now another important solution offering within our terminal emulation business here at Rocket Software.“

The PASSPORT solutions provide an essential link between the Microsoft Windows operating systems and critical business applications running on IBM System z, IBM i, UNIX, Linux, and OpenVMS servers. Users include hundreds of global organizations in sectors including banking, insurance, government and healthcare.  To learn more about our PASSPORT solutions, visit our product website or read the PASSPORT FAQ.

About Rocket Software

Rocket Software ( is a global software development firm that builds enterprise products and delivers enterprise solutions in the following segments: Business Intelligence and Analytics; Storage, Networks, and Compliance; Application Development, Integration, and Modernization; and Database Servers and Tools. Rocket is engaged in business and technology partnerships with IBM, EMC, Fujitsu, HP Enterprise Services, Datatel, Avaya, Motorola, and many others. The company is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts, USA