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CHARON-VAX creates a virtual VAX environment on a standard Windows-based host system. Now companies can quickly, easily and safely phase out aging and increasingly expensive DEC hardware, and replace it with an enterprise-grade virtual VAX 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-VAX equivalent.
CHARON-VAX creates a virtualized replica of the original VAX hardware, allowing the VAX/VMS operating system and software to remain working in their existing binary form. No changes to the original operating system, layered products or applications, procedures or handling have to be applied.
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.
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:
CHARON-VAX/XM (PLUS) for Windows is designed to replace VAXstation 4000-90, VAX 4000-106, VAX 3100- 96, VAX 3600, VAX 3900 or MicroVAX II systems by its virtual equivalent running on a standard computer system.
CHARON-VAX/XL (PLUS) for Windows is designed to replace VAX 4000-108, VAX 3100-98, VAX 3600, VAX 3900 and VAX 6310 systems (with up to 128 MB or 256 MB RAM) by its virtual equivalent with 512 MB emulated VAX RAM running on a standard computer system.
CHARON-VAX/XK PLUS for Windows is designed to replace VAX 4000-108, VAX 3100-98, VAX 3600, VAX 3900 and VAX 6310 systems (with up to 128 MB or 256 MB RAM) by its virtual equivalent with 256 MB emulated VAX RAM running on a standard computer system.