CHARON-AXP

CHARON-AXP

CHARON-AXP ON LINUX

CHARON-AXP creates a virtual replica of your original Alpha Hardware on a modern 64-bit x86 compatible computer system. It will run the original Alpha binary code, including operating systems OpenVMS and Tru64 UNIX, the layered products and applications.

 

CHARON-AXP benefits from the newer faster hardware, offering owners of most Alpha systems equal or better computing performance. Very few changes are required to the original software – operating system, layered products, or applications.

 

CHARON-AXP runs on Red Hat Enterprise edition  and Fedora 64 bit environments. The hosting OS can be installed on a new physical industry standard server or on a virtual VMware appliance running on VMware.

 

CHARON AXP ON WINDOWS

With the CHARON-AXP virtualization solution you can replace your aging Alpha computing hardware, with newer faster industry standard hardware for better stability and faster performance. The constant innovations Stromasys releases in the CHARON solutions, and the ongoing improvements in raw hardware speeds, combine to continually shift the performance balance in favor of cross-platform server virtualization.

 

CHARON-AXP creates a virtual Alpha environment on a standard Windows-based host system. Stromasys customers can quickly, easily and safely phase out aging and increasingly expensive DEC hardware, and replace it with an enterprise-grade virtual Alpha environment on an industry-standard Windows platform. No risky migration projects are required, and your end users will notice an incredible performance increase! For almost every VAX that was ever manufactured, Stromasys offers a CHARON-AXP equivalent.

 

CHARON-AXP creates a virtualized replica of the original VAX hardware, allowing the VAX/VMS operating system and software to remain working as always in their existing, binary form. No changes to the original software (operating system, layered products or applications), its procedures or handling have to be applied.

 

 

CHARON on VM Ware

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CHARON-VAX and CHARON-AXP are supported on ESXi version 4.1 U1 through 5.1.

 

Improved availability with double virtualization: CHARON on VMware

Hardware requires space and power, both of which add to operational costs, and hardware that is close to end-of-life poses an elevated risk of unscheduled downtime. Stromasys and VMware have developed different solutions to tackle these problems. Stromasys modernizes old legacy hardware with industry standard x86 servers. VMware improves utilization and efficiency of x86 hardware. Both technologies combined offer almost total availability.

 

Double virtualization, double reliability while cutting IT costs

CHARON can run VMS or TRU64 in a VMware virtual machine with either Windows or Linux as the guest OS. In the event of server failure, the CHARON virtual machine running on it can be transferred to another VMware ESX server using vMotion. This incudes VMS or TRU64 Cluster members.

 

Intensive internal testing has proved successful vMotion of an idle CHARON instance, as an application or service, vMotion of a CHARON instance running VMS or Tru64 without 3rd party applications, vMotion of a CHARON instance executing Oracle Swingbench tests and vMotion executing Oracle RDB. Storage vMotion is under development/testing.

 

In summary, CHARON supports vMotion as an application; however there is no guarantee that a particular 3rd party application could survive a move.

CHARON-AXP VIRTUALIZATION BENEFITS

Stromasys cross-platform virtualization solutions let companies protect & extend past investments in expensive enterprise software applications, while lowering hardware maintenance costs and reducing the risk of unplanned downtime.

 

Other benefits our customers enjoy include: 

  • Rapid implementation on industry-standard hardware with increased performance
  • Replaces old and expensive hardware and reduces cost of ownership
  • Runs much faster than the original hardware
  • Preserves the current application investments
  • No change in current business processes or operation skills
  • Extends new platforms, and creates room for future growth.

CHARON-AXP On Linux COMES IN THE FOLLOWING MODELS TO SUPPORT VIRTUALLY ALL ALPHA PLATFORMS:

 

CHARON-AXP/4100

CHARON-AXP/4100 for Linux 64 bit is designed to replace the AlphaServer 400, 800, 1000, 1000A, 1200, 2000, 2100, 4000 and 4100 computer systems by its virtual equivalent running on a Linux host platform.

 

CHARON-AXP/DS10

CHARON-AXP/DS10 for Linux 64 bit is designed to replace the AlphaServer DS10, DS10L and DS15 computer systems by its virtual equivalent running on a Linux host platform.

 

CHARON-AXP/DS20

CHARON-AXP/DS20 for Linux 64 bit is designed to replace the AlphaServer DS20 and DS25 computer systems by its virtual equivalent running on a Linux host platform.

 

CHARON-AXP/ES40

CHARON-AXP/ES40 for Linux 64 bit is designed to replace the AlphaServer ES40, ES45 and ES47 computer systems by its virtual equivalent running on a Linux host platform.

 

CHARON-AXP/GS80

CHARON-AXP/GS80 for Linux 64 bit is designed to replace the AlphaServer ES80, GS60, GS80 and AS 8200 series computer systems by its virtual equivalent running on a Linux host platform.

 

CHARON-AXP/GS160

CHARON-AXP/GS160 for Linux 64 bit is designed to replace the AlphaServer GS140, GS160 and AS8400 series computer systems by its virtual equivalent running on a Linux host platform.

 

CHARON-AXP/GS320

CHARON-AXP/GS320 for Linux 64 bit is designed to replace the AlphaServer GS320 and GS1280 computer systems by its virtual equivalent running on a Linux host platform.

 

 

CHARON-AXP on Windows COMES IN THE FOLLOWING MODELS:

CHARON-AXP/SMA

CHARON-AXP/SMA for Windows is designed to replace the lower end of the Small and Medium Alpha product range. CHARON-AXP/SMA is suited to replace the following Alpha systems:

  • AlphaServer 300
  • AlphaServer 400
  • AlphaServer 1000
  • AlphaServer 2000
  • AlphaServer 2100

 

CHARON-AXP/SMA+

CHARON-AXP/SMA+ for Windows is designed to replace the higher end of the Small and Medium Alpha product range. CHARON-AXP/SMA is suited to replace the following Alpha systems:

  • AlphaStation 500 & 600
  • AlphaStation XP900 & XP1000
  • Digital Personal Workstation (DPW)
  • AlphaServer 800
  • AlphaServer 1200
  • AlphaServer 4000
  • AlphaServer 4100
  • DMCC & Flexor (OEM-systems)

 

CHARON-AXP/Station

CHARON-AXP/Station for Windows is designed to replace:

  • AlphaStation 200
  • AlphaStation 250
  • AlphaStation 255

 

CHARON-AXP/3000

CHARON-AXP/3000 for Windows is designed to replace the first wave of Alpha computer systems. CHARON-AXP/3000 lets you run your DEC3000 based software on non-Alpha hardware, without a change.

CHARON-AXP/3000 for Windows is designed to replace:

  • DEC3000 model 300
  • DEC3000 model 400
  • DEC3000 model 500
  • DEC3000 model 600
  • DEC3000 model 700
  • DEC3000 model 800
  • DEC3000 model 900

 

CHARON-AXP/4100

CHARON-AXP/4100 for Windows is designed to replace:

  • AlphaServer 400
  • AlphaServer 800
  • AlphaServer 1000
  • AlphaServer 1000A
  • AlphaServer 1200
  • AlphaServer 2000
  • AlphaServer 2100
  • AlphaServer 4000
  • AlphaServer 4100

 

CHARON-AXP/DS10

CHARON-AXP/DS10 for Windows is designed to replace:

  • AlphaServer DS10
  • AlphaServer DS15

 

CHARON-AXP/DS20

CHARON-AXP/DS20 for Windows is designed to replace:

  • AlphaServer DS20
  • AlphaServer DS25

 

CHARON-AXP/ES40

CHARON-AXP/ES40 for Windows is designed to replace:

  • AlphaServer ES40
  • AlphaServer ES45
  • AlphaServer ES47

 

CHARON-AXP/GS80

CHARON-AXP/GS80 for Windows is designed to replace:

  • AlphaServer GS80
  • AlphaServer GS60
  • AlphaServer ES80

 

CHARON-AXP/GS160

CHARON-AXP/GS160 for Windows is designed to replace:

  • AlphaServer GS140
  • AlphaServer GS160