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Getting out of the legacy IT trap

 

When mission-critical systems get older, operating costs skyrocket and the risk of outages increases dramatically. But what if the legacy environments cannot be replaced, but continue to operate for years to come?

Despite cloud, Internet and digitization, very few organizations can move their mission-critical applications to modern architectures overnight. Frequently, legacy applications continue to be used- with some dating back to the last century. These systems are often the headaches of the IT department. With each year of operation, they become more unreliable and error prone. As the underlying hardware is outdated, maintenance and repair become increasingly difficult. As a result, IT staff spend more and more time on eBay – not because they are bored with their jobs but looking for spare parts for the long-deadlocked computer systems.

Despite these difficulties, legacy issues are not a priority in many companies. More pressing challenges and more important tasks such as digital transformation, and integration of cloud resources into the IT infrastructure and are far more burdensome to IT than a few legacy systems in one corner of the world Server room do their service. No wonder, then, that there is little budget for the replacement or further development of legacy applications.

Only when the neglected systems fail, companies realize just how important these legacy applications are. They often occupy key positions in production, the supply chain or financial accounting. Production stoppages, delivery shortages or defaults are often the result of such failures. In regulated industries such as healthcare or the financial sector, additional risks are added. If legacy systems stop functioning and therefore lost patient records or account data, this can lead to high penalties.

But even legacy systems can pose a risk. Often, they do not meet the IT security requirements. In addition, they cost more and more in operation with age. In some industries and areas, such as the financial sector and public administration, 80 to 90 percent of the total IT budget is spent on legacy hardware maintenance. Many companies pay $ 50,000 a year or more just to keep a single legacy system operational.

 

Strategies against the Legacy Dilemma

Companies cannot sit out on their legacy problem without taking on high risks and incurring great costs. Business have the following three strategies to consider:

 

1. Continue operation

Maintaining legacy operation is an option, especially, when the impact of downtime on business-critical processes is low, enough spare parts and know-how are available for quick repair, and / or the system is only run for a limited time because it requires transitional periods for legislative changes.

 

2. Migration or replacement

In some cases, existing applications can be modernized to run on current hardware, but others require complete reprogramming. In any case, the costs and risks of such a migration or replacement should not be underestimated; the duration of such a project is usually months or even years, during which the legacy systems must continue to be operated and maintained. There is no guarantee of success. Almost half of all IT migration projects fail ,with just under 20 percent of projects completing their budgets and schedules.

 

3. Hardware emulation

An alternative is to emulate legacy hardware on standard x86 servers. Applications can continue to operate without any changes. The migration of the application is usually done in a few days. By moving to modern, centrally managed hardware, the operating and maintenance costs can be significantly reduced. Customers at Stromasys have saved around 50 percent in the first year and as much as 95 percent of the operating costs of a legacy system from the second year onwards. In many cases, emulation even allows you to take advantage of the cloud and run the legacy applications on virtual servers in cloud environments.

The emulation works well as an interim solution to bridge the time until migration or reprogramming has taken place. But it is also suitable for the long-term operation of legacy applications.

Conclusion

Many legacy systems cannot be replaced for operational or regulatory reasons, or only with high cost risk. Companies therefore face a dilemma: continued operation as before engulfs large sums of money, binds valuable human resources and becomes riskier the older and more vulnerable the hardware becomes. But even a migration or replacement of legacy systems involves risks. Many projects fail, are delayed by months or years and are many times more expensive than planned. The emulation of legacy hardware on standard x86 servers offers a way out of this trap. It enables legacy applications to be deployed without adaptation to powerful, easy-to-administer standard hardware or even migrate them to a cloud environment.


Press release: Stromasys announces virtual SPARC, VAX, Alpha, HP3000 for VMware Cloud on AWS and Attains VMware Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS Validation

Stromasys’ virtualizations solution, Charon, provides customers with the ability to move legacy workloads – unchanged – to modern x86 infrastructure or a hybrid cloud

Raleigh, NC, June 21, 2019 — Stromasys, the industry-leading legacy server emulation company, today announced Charon-SSP, Charon-VAX, Charon-AXP, and Charon-HPA are available to customers of VMware Cloud™ on AWS. The company has also attained VMware Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS validation.

VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware’s enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software and elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to give organizations consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud. Charon delivers extended life expectancy for legacy applications, many born last century, to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS .

Charon emulators perform dynamic instruction translation of legacy-to-modern OS hardware commands, while taking advantage of modern processor speeds—without making changes to legacy applications or data. Combining Charon with VMware virtual machines provides additional failure protection should the physical server—which hosts a VMware virtual machine—fail. The associated Charon virtual machine takes advantage of vMotion to transfer to another vSphere-based server. This also works for virtual machines on which Charon is running VMS Cluster.

By validating Stromasys with VMware Cloud on AWS and attaining the VMware Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS logo, Stromasys has tested and verified interoperability and can fully manage customer support requests for Charon solutions with VMware Cloud on AWS.

“Stromasys Charon for VMware Cloud on AWS will help our customers go the last mile in their IT modernization,” said John Prot, CEO of Stromasys. “This collaboration further extends our commitment to the VMware community and enables customers to easily reap the benefits of virtualized legacy systems. We look forward to leveraging the power of the VMware Cloud on AWS to help our customers achieve their goals.

“We are pleased that Stromasys Charon is validated for VMware Cloud on AWS. This signifies to customers that Charon can be deployed with the knowledge and reassurance that the partner fully supports the specified versions and configurations on VMware Cloud on AWS,” said Kristen Edwards, vice president, Emerging ISVs & Solutions, VMware.

The Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS program enables partners to validate their application/infrastructure component on VMware Cloud on AWS. Partners extend their on-premises solution capabilities to the cloud, enabling a consistent user experience and functionality on VMware Cloud on AWS.

Stromasys Charon can be found within the online VMware Solution Exchange (VSX) at https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/virtual-sparc-for-vmware-cloud-on-aws-1-4?ref=search, https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/virtual-vax-fro-vmware-cloud-on-aws-4-8?ref=search, https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/virtual-hp-3000-for-vmware-cloud-on-aws-1-11?ref=search, and https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/charon-axp?ref=search. The VMware Solution Exchange is an online marketplace where VMware partners and developers can publish rich marketing content and downloadable software for our customers.

 

About VMware Cloud on AWS

Jointly engineered by VMware and AWS, VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand hybrid cloud service that is delivered, sold, and supported by VMware and AWS, and the companies’ respective partners. Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation and running in the AWS Cloud on elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure, VMware Cloud on AWS enables customers to run applications across a consistent hybrid cloud environment, with optimized access to the broad range of native AWS services. With the same architecture and operational experience on-premises and in the cloud, IT teams can quickly derive business value from use of the AWS and VMware hybrid cloud experience. For more information on the VMware Cloud on AWS partner ecosystem, visit: http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws.

 

About Stromasys 

Founded in 1998 with global headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and US headquarters in Raleigh, NC, Stromasys is the original and leading provider of enterprise-class, cross-platform virtualization solutions.  Charon software products emulate legacy VAX, SPARC, Alpha, and HP3000/9000 (PA-RISC) systems on new x86 infrastructure (on-prem or cloud), thus extending the life and agility of mission-critical legacy applications.

View the full press release here.

 


Press Release: Stromasys Charon-AXP and Charon-VAX is powered by Oracle Cloud and now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Oracle Cloud Customers Can Use Cross-Platform Alpha and VAX Server Virtualization Solutions for Oracle Cloud

May 13, 2019 – CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Stromasys, the original and leading provider of enterprise-class cross-platform virtualization solutions for PDP-11, HP 3000 and HP 9000, SPARC, Digital Alpha and VAX, and a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announces its Charon-AXP and Charon-VAX has achieved Powered By Oracle Cloud and is now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace offering added value to Oracle Cloud customers. The Charon-AXP and Charon-VAX helps enable Oracle Cloud customers to move critical applications running on their aging Alpha and VAX servers into the cloud in a reliable and cost-effective way.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications and service providers offering unique business solutions, including ones that extend Oracle Cloud Applications. Oracle Cloud is the industry’s broadest and most complete public cloud, delivering enterprise-grade services at every level of the cloud technology stack including platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

“With our Charon virtualization products, we now have an expanded cloud solution by collaborating with Oracle,” stated John Prot, CEO of Stromasys. “Stromasys’s participation in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace further extends our commitment to the Oracle community and enables customers to easily reap the benefits of Charon-Alpha and Charon-VAX. We look forward to leveraging the power of Oracle Cloud to help us achieve our business goals.”

“The Oracle Rdb team has been successfully running the Stromasys emulators in our development environment for many years”, said Steven Hagan, vice president, Server Technologies, Oracle. “This technology gives our OpenVMS customers the opportunity to move to Oracle Cloud today and experience all the price/performance advantages Oracle Cloud has to offer.”

A recent performance study by Stromasys partner, Software Concepts International – who tested Rdb workloads on OpenVMS on Charon-AXP (Alpha emulation) in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure – revealed astonishing results: up to 50% faster legacy application performance for virtualized Alpha GS1280 workloads on Oracle HPC versus running on classic Alpha hardware. To download a PDF of the full analysis please, click here.

Powered by Oracle Cloud status recognizes OPN member solutions that have been tested or verified to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. This achievement offers customers confidence that the partner’s application is supported by the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure SLA , enabling they have full access and control over their cloud infrastructure services as well as consistent performance.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace offers an intuitive user interface to browse and search for available applications and services, as well as user ratings and reviews to help customers determine the best business solutions for their organization. With its new automated application installation features, customers can easily deploy provider business applications from a centralized cloud interface.

About Stromasys
Stromasys is a pioneer in enterprise-class cross-platform legacy server emulation solutions, providing modern infrastructure for legacy applications running on PDP-11, Digital VAX and Alpha, HP 3000, HP 9000, and SPARC servers. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with sales offices as well as engineering, development and research labs located around the world, Stromasys has implemented thousands of cross-platform virtualization solutions to the world’s leading companies in over 50 countries. www.stromasys.com

About Software Concepts International (SCI)
SCI, a US-based company with over 32 years’ experience supporting OpenVMS, Oracle Rdb, and CODASYL DBMS database environments, is known internationally as the leading provider of Managed Services for OpenVMS System and Database Management with a consulting specialization in extreme performance for the most complex, demanding environments. As a Stromasys Premier Partner, SCI has over 15 years’ experience migrating VAX and Alpha customers to Charon emulators for mission critical legacy system environments. www.sciinc.com

About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.

View the full press release here.


Webinar: Moving Away from Aging Hardware: Cost-Effective Solutions

Date: Wednesday, May 8

Time: 2:00-3:00pm EST

REGISTER TODAY: https://dgi.webinato.com/register/37221553182165

Within government organizations, critical and customized applications keep operations running or hold much-needed data, from issuing licenses to keeping tax records.

These applications run on legacy servers and while the hardware is reliable now…they are quickly beyond end-of-life status with critical applications at risk. In addition, the source code for these applications is often not replicable, causing an expensive dilemma for the organization.

Register now and find out how to keep mission-critical applications through cost-effective virtualization, IT modernization and system enhancement.

In this webinar, you’ll learn the benefits associated with legacy server emulation, as well as:
  • The solutions to keep integral applications without having the headaches of aging hardware
  • How migrating away from legacy hardware, you can potentially save your agency excessive operational expenses
  • Maintain the critical applications and operating systems, while adding performance enhancements
  • How these solutions play into your cloud or data center modernization strategy
In conjunction with the Digital Government Institute, presented by:

Kathryn Carson,
Chief of Staff
Joining Stromasys in 2018, Kathryn served as a program and product manager for many years at BBN Technologies, a research subsidiary of Raytheon.


Dave Clements, 
Head of AMS Field Engineering
With over 30 years of experience, Dave brings proven technical performance in network infrastructure management and server virtualization  

Introduction by:

Roger Hockenberry,  CEO of Cognitio
The former CTO for the National Clandestine Service of the CIA, he is a proven technologist with over 20 years working with all aspects of IT 

 


Four increasing costs of keeping your aging hardware

 

Things are running smoothly so far…the operating systems and applications, in which you’ve invested thousands of man hours and millions of dollars are still reliable and critical to your company’s operations.

BUT the decades-old legacy hardware these valuable applications rest on is starting to cause you headaches. Your legacy system is reaching end-of-life status and you find yourself in an organization that continues to put off upgrading or replacing these systems.

While it’s tempting to push your hardware to its limits, you’re incurring significant costs. In fact, continuing to use aging legacy hardware can turn out more expensive than investing in our virtualization solutions. Below, we’ve outlined the primary hidden costs of keeping classic hardware:

Hidden Cost #1: Downtime

It’s the most dreaded scenario for any organization. The financial losses that often accompany downtime come in the forms of lost production time, quantities, sales revenue, overtime costs, and IT recovery costs. Gartner put the hourly cost of downtime for computer network at $42,000. In addition to these measurable costs, there are the less measurable ones: damage to employee morale, disruption of ongoing developments, and irreversible damage to the company’s reputation for not delivering on customer products and services. With hardware emulation, eliminate unplanned hardware downtime by running your mission-critical applications on industry standard servers or in the cloud.

Hidden Cost #2: Maintenance

Companies spend large parts of their budgets on maintenance, and it’s a no-brainer than the maintenance for aging hardware systems consumes a large portion of that budget. Mark Gillespie, Data Center Operations Manager at Workflowone stated, “We went from paying over $100,000 in maintenance fees per year to paying just $10,000 per year” after using our emulation solution, Charon.  In addition to eliminating these steep maintenance costs, hardware virtualization also allows companies to save money by extending the life cycle of critical applications. With modern infrastructure and no retraining or recertification required, companies find themselves with budget freed up to invest in other initiatives.

Hidden Cost #3: Decreased Performance

Has your system slowed down over the years? This is a common phenomenon as hardware ages. This not only impacts the machine’s output but also how effectively employees can use their time. Employees working with an aging system may lose a significant number of work hours as they wait for systems to load—resulting in lost productivity. Oliver Sauter, IT Manager at Kraus & Naimer said, “Our employees were enthusiastic about jobs that used to run eight hours now being done in ten minutes.”

Another customer initially mistook a massive performance improvement for a malfunction when a report that took 30-45 minutes to generate on the original hardware was ready instantaneously after the hardware was emulated. Hardware emulation enables the software to work harder and faster, boosting system performance reliably and consistently.

Hidden Cost #4: Energy Consumption

With increasing pressures on organizations to reduce their energy consumption and “go green,” this can be a challenge for companies with aging hardware that requires more power and cooling. Reduce your organization’s environmental footprint by opting for a Charon hardware emulation solution in place of the original legacy hardware. Running in the cloud or on industry standard servers, Charon makes it easier for companies to reduce power usage and overall environmental impact—not to mention the utility bill. “Space is a big commodity. Using the Stromasys solution, we went from refrigerator-sized VAX hardware that also required a refrigerator-sized array to a modern, rackable HP DL 2U server,” said Steve Olson, VMS systems manager at Fidelity National Financial, “And you can just imagine the savings from lower energy consumption and cooling costs.”

Aging hardware is accompanied by a number of hidden costs, and it only makes sense to consider hardware emulation as a cost-effective option that helps companies protect their software investments. Support your classic software stack with a virtualized hardware solution to improve performance, increase reliability, save money, reduce the data center footprint and embrace today’s data center transformation strategies—all in a single move. Contact us to learn how.


Re-Hosting SPARC, Alpha, or Other Legacy Systems to AWS with Stromasys

By Thomas Netherland, Global Head of Alliances at Stromasys

Companies still rely on mission-critical applications running on Sun SPARC, Alpha, or other legacy systems like PDP, VAX, or HP 3000. As time goes on, however, the maintenance costs for these systems goes up, and reliability declines due to their age.

Re-architecting these applications is complex and expensive. Fortunately, they can be re-hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a matter of days using cross-platform hypervisors from Stromasys, an AWS Partner Network (APN) Standard Technology Partner.

In this post, we’ll describe the challenges customers face with legacy systems, the Stromasys technical solution, and a successful customer migration to AWS.

Read the full post on the AWS Partner Network Blog: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/apn/re-hosting-sparc-alpha-or-other-legacy-systems-to-aws-with-stromasys/ 

 


Digital Business Transformation Benefits From Emulation

June 28, 2018- Stromasys, the world’s leading provider of business class multiplatform emulation and virtualization, provides an analysis of how emulation and virtualization are key to the digital transformation process of any company.

Emulation and virtualization are regarded today as technologies that drive important transformations in industries by allowing something rigid and obsolete to become more flexible and capable of offering companies numerous benefits; but what does it mean? According to Eduardo Serrat, CTO of Stromasys, “Legacy systems include legacy software and hardware. Actually, it is software that has been in operation for a long time and that still satisfies a need of the company.”

Legacy technology has a critical mission and is subject to a version of an operating system or hardware model (subject to an exclusive provider) that has already reached the end of its existence. Often, the life of the hardware is shorter than that of the software. Over the years, the hardware becomes more difficult to maintain, but it is retained because it is installed and (for the moment) working and it is too complex or expensive to replace it. Further, the applications themselves are excellent: they work, they address a business need, and they don’t need to be replaced. It is the hardware—not the software—that presents a business risk and added expense. Stromasys virtualizes the legacy hardware and thus extends the system’s useful life.

In this scenario, legacy systems are everywhere: banks, energy companies (including nuclear plants), production of all kinds (process control), the defense industry, transportation, hospitals, government and educational entities, insurance, and more. “At Stromasys we work with organizations of all sizes and in almost all areas in critical business or production environments,” Serrat explained. “Companies that use critical applications on aging hardware platforms would benefit from hardware emulation, since depending on the supply of spare parts for the replacement of faulty components is both unreliable and a short-term solution. System performance declines over time, due to greater frequency of hardware failures, low reliability of reconditioned spare parts, and higher cost.”

Companies that in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s implemented VAX, Alpha, HP 3000, HP 9000 and SPARC machines are ideal candidates to consider emulation and virtualization of their systems. In Latin America, these legacy systems are mostly operating in government entities, educational institutions, financial institutions, and oil and hospital organizations, among others. Serrat concludes, “Stromasys helps to preserve critical applications by emulating previous hardware architectures, preserving the functionality and operating environment, contributing to the extension of their useful life and reducing costs associated with the maintenance of obsolete equipment.”

7 business benefits of emulation and virtualization:

1- Mitigation of risks to a catastrophic failure of the Legacy systems.
2- Modernization of their legacy systems. Emulation and virtualization solutions can be used in all types of industries and the company can continue to operate its legacy applications without having to go through a retraining process.
3- Minimizing operating costs through the reduction of up to 85% of physical space, and up to 90% the costs of energy consumption and heat dissipation.
4- Increase of productivity, since these modern systems have better functioning in terms of “performance”.
5- Incorporation of high availability schemes and the ability to respond quickly to the needs of customers.
6- Being part of the trend digital transformation that we are experiencing and better collaboration, since these inherited systems that were isolated systems in the past, become part of the ecosystem and the digital transformation of the company.
7- Automation, being part of the ecosystem old manual processes can be automated.

Spanish Article Coverage: http://computerworldmexico.com.mx/como-la-emulacion-puede-ayudarlo-a-alcanzar-la-transformacion-digital/


Stromasys Security Advisory: Intel Releases Information on Lazy FP State Restore Vulnerability

Intel released security advisory SA-00145 classified as moderate on June 13th, 2018 about a vulnerability in their Intel Core processors using Lazy FP state feature that delays the update of Floating point state until it is used. An unprivileged attacker could reveal FP register values using a cache side channel techniques as in the reported Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities.

Mitigation on Linux Hosts: 
On systems running Charon that are not exposed to external access this exploit cannot happen.
Additionally Charon products do not set FP Lazy mode and when running on new Intel core processors (Sandy Bridge and later) with RedHat/Centos 7.x Linux will default to FPU setting of eagerfpu=on which disables Lazy FP state vulnerability. For older versions of RedHat/CentOS this can be mitigated using “eagerfpu=on” as boot parameter.
Users can check the CPU flag eagerfpu to make sure Lazy FP mode is disabled with the following command in their Linux systems:
# cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep eagerfpu
The “eagercpu” flag should be displayed.
RedHat official advisory can be read here.

Mitigation on Microsoft Windows OS:
Microsoft has acknowledged the vulnerability and will provide workaround shortly. Refer to ADV180016.
MS Windows hosts running Charon should be protected from external access in the meantime.

Charon AXP+ Considerations:
Charon AXP+ contact support for kit with patches.


Leading Classic Hardware Virtualization Provider Webinar on the ROI of SPARC Emulation

With options to emulate legacy Sun SPARC hardware on an x86 server or in the cloud, Charon-SSP enables customers to preserve mission-critical applications, mitigating risk of unplanned downtime and improving ROI. This webinar will address a number of benefits of SPARC emulation:
• Modernize business by eliminating legacy hardware and providing a modern x86 or cloud environment for legacy applications
• Reduce the costs associated with aging hardware, including costly maintenance, high utility fees, and the costs associated with unplanned downtime
• Experience enhanced capabilities in the cloud over on-prem (ex: additional storage, CPUs, disaster recovery, etc.)
• Significantly reduce risk of downtime due to hardware failure
• Expand business to the cloud with SaaS cloud offering
• Gain potential performance improvements over original hardware platform
The top 3 customer takeaways:
1. Preserve your legacy software investment
2. Eliminate costs associated with legacy hardware
3. Reap all the benefits of modern infrastructure

Watch the full-length webinar here:

http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=153


Leading Classic Hardware Emulation Provider, Stromasys, Leverages Expertise to Enhance Support Options for OpenVMS Clients

RALEIGH, NC — April 18, 2018 – Stromasys, Inc., the global leader in legacy system virtualization solutions, today announced the launch of its OpenVMS Operating System support on both the original VAX hardware and emulated platforms. This new initiative complements its virtualized Charon VAX platform. It is a seamless service solution that guarantees the legacy hardware clients an outstanding ongoing service experience.

The primary role of this additional support offering is to assist this passionate community of software professionals in keeping their mission-critical applications and systems running smoothly around the clock. The classic VAX/ OpenVMS OS clients will benefit from the launch of the new Support platform through:

1) Industry- leading service levels and response times.
2) Support during standard business hours on a global basis.
3) Multiple support channels to make sure any event is logged, processed, and resolved.

“We approached the new offering as a way to support a thriving software community,” said John Prot, CEO of Stromasys. “We welcome all OpenVMS OS customers to the Stromasys family and are excited to provide support to those customers still utilizing VAX physical or emulated hardware to run mission-critical applications. By providing ongoing support to classic systems, the organizations can keep moving forward with their company’s key business initiatives and with increasing their footprint.”

The leading provider of legacy hardware emulation solutions in the world with an installed base of more than 70 countries, Stromasys has the skills, experience, personnel and resources to support the OpenVMS customer base. With the addition of the new support offering, Stromasys will have the capabilities to service and support organizations utilizing VAX physical and emulated servers running OpenVMS globally.

About Stromasys, Inc.:
Stromasys is a pioneer in enterprise-class cross-platform legacy server emulation solutions, providing modern infrastructure for legacy applications. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with sales, engineering, and research and development offices located around the world, Stromasys has cross-platform virtualization implementations in over 70 countries to help organizations lower costs, protect their investments, improve performance, reduce risk, and provide easier maintenance.

Our virtualized environments include:
Charon PDP- Virtualization/ Emulation of PDP-11 systems.
Charon VAX- Virtualization/ Emulation of VAX/ VMS configurations.
Charon AXP- Virtualization/Emulation of Alpha/ VMS/ Tru64 solutions.
Charon HPA- Virtualization/ Emulation of HP 3000/ MPE technologies.
Charon SSP- Virtualization/ Emulation of SPARC/ SunOS/ Solaris infrastructure.
Charon on the Cloud- Virtualization/ Emulation of SPARC, Alpha, VAX, and HP 3000 environments in the cloud.
For more information on Stromasys, call 919-239-8450, or visit at http://www.stromasys.com/.

Contact:
Matt Barker
Chief Marketing Officer
Stromasys, Inc.
919-239-8452
matthew.barker@stromasys.com
www.stromasys.com