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From Microsoft Azure: Charon-SSP Solaris emulator on Azure VMs

 

This reference architecture shows how an emulator called Charon-SSP from the Microsoft partner, Stromasys, can run SPARC processor-based Solaris virtual machines (VMs) in Azure. Charon-SSP is a member of the Charon cross-platform hardware virtualization product family. The emulator can create virtual replicas of Sun-4m, Sun-4u, or Sun-4v SPARC family members on standard x86-64 Linux physical computers or hypervisors.

Read more on the Microsoft website


Press release: Stromasys to show new product offering at Nutanix .NEXT

 

Stromasys, a Nutanix Ready AHV partner, announced it will demo its latest hardware virtualization product, Charon SSP 4.0, at the Nutanix Global .NEXT Digital Experience from September 8th to September 11th. A leading provider in hardware virtualization solutions, Stromasys, with its SPARC emulation software, allows IT professionals with endof-life legacy hardware to continue using essential Solaris applications, without modification, while also lowering operational risk, costs, and energy consumption.

“We work closely with Nutanix to bring their customers through the last mile of IT modernization,” stated John Prot, CEO of Stromasys. “For many IT managers, migrating away from aging hardware is an integral part of business continuity and disaster recovery plans, especially during this uncertain time. With the release of Charon SSP 4.0 and in partnership with Nutanix, we can emulate more widely-used SPARC systems on hyper-converged infrastructure.”

Charon SSP 4.0 creates a virtual replica of Sun4M, Sun4U, and Sun4V SPARC systems on standard x86-64 computer systems. These virtual legacy systems run on Nutanix AHV hypervisor and the associated applications are freed to run “as is” on Nutanix infrastructure (hybrid or public cloud) in a matter of days.

The Nutanix Global .NEXT Digital Experience will bring together visionaries, developers, and IT leaders from around the globe to share the latest in hybrid and multi-cloud computing, datacenter infrastructure, storage, end user computing, database and more. The interactive event will feature a virtual “expo floor” where attendees can explore and discover new ways to modernize and optimize their datacenter operations.

See the full press release here.


IT modernization for the new workplace: Migrating legacy apps to the cloud

 

As governments worldwide put stay-at-home measures in place, organizations moved quickly to have their employees work from home while continuing normal business operations. It fell on IT managers to rapidly respond with an optimized IT infrastructure that ensured complete business continuity.

Cloud computing, with its flexibility and IT agility, is a major component for optimizing operations. Migrating to the cloud adds several benefits, such as scalability with new technologies, lower cost of ownership, and security patching. In 2018, according to LogicMonitor’s Cloud Vision Study, main factors to move to the cloud are “IT agility, excelling at DevOps, mobility, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT) adoption.”  Further, once migrated to the cloud, IT professionals are seeing that data analytics and disaster recovery are “two application areas with great opportunity.” The ongoing pandemic intensified this need, with organizations “realizing the importance of cloud computing, as it has emerged as the biggest enabler for business continuity.”

However, the one issue in many organization’s data centers, and often their last hurdle in IT modernization, is critical and essential legacy applications running on legacy hardware. Aging technology is at an increasing risk of failing, recently highlighted  with State department legacy IT systems seized with the recent influx of activity.

Not only are they at risk of failing, legacy systems are holding organizations back from moving to new technologies, better performance and faster delivery. In 2018, 76% of companies wanted to migrate to a cloud model to accelerate IT service delivery. Since the pandemic started, and the demand for employees to keep working in remote locations, the legacy applications trap has become more clear. In a study from Advanced, “98% of those surveyed reported active plans to move legacy applications to the Cloud in 2020.”

To optimize operations with full IT modernization, IT leaders currently have two options for their legacy applications: migration to a modern platform or emulation. Migration is often time-consuming and expensive and rarely stays to its proposed schedule. Emulation means IT managers can “lift and shift” the essential programs off the old hardware and onto a virtualized equivalent on the cloud. The Charon™ Solution, by Stromasys, can be installed remotely and does not require re-authentication or re-certification by system administrators. No changes are made to the applications, users experience the same “look and feel” and agencies can accelerate to full-speed operation, without the reliance on aging hardware.

Professional Target Marketing, a company based out of Toronto, migrated an essential application to the cloud remotely using the Charon emulation solution. Martin Novak, PTM’s IT Manager had peace-of-mind as this ultimately created a disaster recovery and business continuity plan before governments started issuing stay-at-home orders in North America.

For more information, visit the Stromasys ROI calculator to see your full cost-savings to migrate legacy applications away from hardware and into the cloud; or contact us today for a free demo.


Press release: Government IT paralysis can be instantly cured with “lifting and shifting” legacy applications

As over 26 million Americans file for unemployment due to COVID-19, the computer systems processing state unemployment benefits are straining under the unprecedented increase in claims. 40-year old Cobol-based systems need extra capacity and the expertise of engineers who have the know-how to address decades-old servers.

The Charon solutions, by Stromasys, is “lift and shift” software; can be installed remotely and does not require re-authentication or re-certification by users. No changes are made to the applications, users experience the same “look and feel” and agencies can accelerate to full-speed operation, without the reliance on aging hardware.

“We’re here to help. Our solution will dramatically decrease the time it takes to process benefits and hopefully bring everyone some peace of mind during this uncertain time,” stated CEO, John Prot. “We understand state and government dependence on mission-critical programs, and we can quickly deploy and install our software to address the current crisis.”

Within a few days, legacy applications can be migrated on to modern hardware with legacy server emulation and can quickly scale, enabling antiquated systems to run on modern platforms or the cloud. State and government employees can then process claims quickly and efficiently.

More than 7,000 Federal, DOD, State, Municipal and Enterprise users have already implemented Stromasys software to rapidly unclog or cloud-enable legacy applications and servers developed in the 80s, 90s and 2000’s.

Read the full press release here


Dramatically Decrease Constituent’s Time-to-response, Time-to-benefits, and Time-to-peace of mind

 

As the Covid-19 crisis continues, state governmental IT systems are struggling and buckling with the near-instantaneous influx of teleworkers and constituent processing of unemployment insurance, federal benefit programs and other social safety-net submittals and processing. Legacy apps created over 20 years ago (and end-of-life hardware servers installed 25/30 years ago) cannot maintain the capability persistent streams to service the high demands and many have seized or crashed.

We can help stop this. Since 1998, we specialize in migrating legacy hardware and applications onto modern platforms or onto the cloud. Our “lift and shift” solution can be done remotely and doesn’t need recertification. No changes are made to the applications but they are off the aging hardware.

More than 7,000 Federal, DOD, State, Municipal and Enterprise users have already implemented Stromasys software to rapidly unclog or cloud-enable legacy applications and servers developed in the 80s, 90s and 2000’s – WITHOUT RIP & REPLACE.

Give us a call today to hear how we can quickly get you away from struggling legacy systems (i.e., potentially within 24 hours we can remotely configure, implement and eliminate many of you legacy vulnerabilities and bottlenecks.).

Our government team is standing-by and ready to help your team during this crisis.

 


Emulation in disaster recovery plans: How and why it works

 

Martin Novak, IT Manager at Professional Target Marketing (PTM), needed to protect one of the company’s main assets. A large database of customer information was mission-critical for the company and Martin knew he needed to ensure business continuity and put a strong disaster recover (DR) plan in place. Based in Toronto, PTM is a marketing firm primarily servicing the pharmaceutical industry.

We sat down with Martin to find out the “hows” and the “whys” he got to the DR plan he ultimately put in place.

Tell us about your company and why it was a priority to have a DR plan
PTM, formerly Formedic Communications, helps pharmaceuticals target Health Care Professionals (HCP’s) as part of their go-to-market strategy. With ongoing work with a dedicated team of data professionals, we continue to update our growing database of HCP’s and their information for marketing campaigns on behalf of our clients with their consent. So, essentially, the customer database forms the “bread and butter” of what we do. If it’s gone, our main asset is gone.

I knew I needed a strong DR plan and it was up to me to find it.

What were the different options you looked at before choosing Stromasys?
At that point, most of our production VM servers were backed up to the cloud. Except, I had an OpenVMS system running on two Alpha servers. OpenVMS was being used as the critical application server to update data in our Oracle database.

I knew I could buy another Alpha server used, set it up in a cold location and create a connection. But then, I would still be dealing with hardware and I would still have to back up the data in the cold location both locally and then remotely back to our head office. This would also require additional hardware for the local backup.  It wasn’t a good long-term plan for DR…and I would still have hardware including a new backup device for local backups!

How did you find Stromasys?
In a January 2019 at an Oracle seminar, they were looking for beta testers to migrate VMS systems to the Oracle cloud. Stromasys was recommended as an expert in migrating away from hardware to the cloud and Stromasys already had experience in migrating to the Oracle cloud.

How did the implementation plan go?
As this was my DR plan, I had a lot of questions about back-up. But the Stromasys team, particularly Greg Reut, were patient, helpful, and extremely responsive. Greg even wrote a script for me for the back-up plan. And it didn’t matter when I would email him, he would respond promptly. I never had to wait long. I felt like I was in good hands with Greg and the whole team.

How has the Charon solution helped with your overall IT strategy?
I finally have a real DR solution! The alternative still had hardware in the plan and it was expensive. I feel confident with Greg and the Stromasys engineering team and I’m sleeping at night knowing there is a business continuity plan in place. The customer database, our “bread and butter” is protected.

 

Are you facing challenges with your legacy system? Contact us today for a free consultation of our Charon software solution or to migrate to the cloud.

Use our FREE ROI calculator to get a quick snapshot on how much you could save in budget and resources.


On the Microsoft blog: Legacy Alpha application gets a new life as SaaS on Microsoft Azure

For years, a successful actuarial services company relied on a vital financial application that ran on Alpha hardware—a server well past its end-of-life date. To modernize its infrastructure with as little risk as possible, the company turned to Stromasys Inc., experts in cross-platform server virtualization solutions. In a matter of days, the company was running its mission-critical application on Azure. Soon after, it began to offer the software as a service (SaaS) to other companies, turning the formerly high-maintenance legacy software into a growing profit center.

Read the full success story on the Microsoft blog….


Stromasys announces a new product version, Charon-SSP 4.0, to include emulation of the hardware SPARC-V9 64-bit processor

Stromasys announced today its release of Charon-SSP version 4.0 (SSP 4.0), which extends the number of processors the Charon software can emulate to a modern platform or the cloud, as well as offering more memory and increased performance. IT professionals with end-of-life SPARC servers can use the Charon-SSP emulation software in order to continue using mission-critical applications, while also lowering operational costs and energy consumption.

With SSP 4.0, Stromasys enhanced its cross-platform hardware virtualization product to include a virtual replica of sun4m, sun4u, and sun4v SPARC systems on standard x86-64 computer systems. These systems are running Linux on top of physical hardware, or a hypervisor, and can be emulated on a cloud through a cloud-specific product variant.

“The SPARC-V9 64-bit processer is more widely used than other SPARC systems.  Thanks to this addition to our product line, more companies can now fully modernize their IT departments, use new technologies, have IT agility and take part in cloud migration,” stated John Prot, CEO of Stromasys. “They will not be held back by aging technology.”

Key features of SSP 4.0 include an integrated SSH tunnel in Charon manager, an automatic initial password change, emulator suspend and resume, USB removable device support, and various bug fixes and improvements.

For more information about Charon-SSP 4.0, please download the Software Product Description or contact us for a free demo.

View the full press release here.


Press release: Stromasys releases its legacy Sun SPARC emulation product in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Microsoft Azure customers can now migrate any Sun/Solaris applications – without modification – from their aging SPARC hardware to the Azure cloud, ridding themselves of the increasing risks of aging hardware.

Stromasys, a leading provider of enterprise-class cross-platform virtualization solutions for SPARC, Digital Alpha and VAX; HP 3000 and HP 9000; and PDP-11, announced today that its Charon-SSP solution for aging SPARC hardware is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Stromasys customers can now move critical applications running on SPARC servers into the Azure cloud platform in a reliable and cost-effective way.

Business-critical and customized applications run on these aging servers, and while they are at risk of failing, legacy systems are also holding organizations back from embracing new technologies. Classic hardware doesn’t run on modern IT infrastructure that could easily migrate to the cloud. The Charon-SSP solution from Stromasys virtualizes the SPARC hardware layer on industry-standard x86 computer systems, with no need for conversion code or source code.

“Our participation in the Azure Marketplace marks our expanding commitment to Azure customers to help embrace new technologies by moving away from aging hardware,” stated Stromasys CEO John Prot. “Classic hardware, such as SPARC, should not keep an organization from IT agility, and we’re here to offer a solution.”

The virtual layer acts as SPARC hardware and is compatible with any Sun/Solaris software running on it. Charon-SSP is fully binary compatible with SPARC hardware, including storage, Ethernet, and serial line I/O. Charon-SSP can replace SPARC systems from the sun4c, sun4m, and sun4u families and allows all applications on these legacy systems from Sun Microsystems to continue running without modifications.

Sajan Parihar, Senior Director, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp. said, “We’re pleased to welcome Stromasys to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, which gives our partners great exposure to cloud customers around the globe. Azure Marketplace offers world-class quality experiences from global trusted partners with solutions tested to work seamlessly with Azure.”

The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling cloud solutions certified to run on Azure. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use.

Learn more about Charon-SSP at its page in the Azure Marketplace.

See the press release here.


Press release: Stromasys announces the release of virtual SPARC in the Amazon Web Services Marketplace as an AMI

Stromasys, an industry-leading legacy server emulation company, announced today that Charon-SSP is available to customers in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace as an AMI offering (Amazon Machine Image). Charon-SSP recreates a virtual SPARC hardware layer on AWS. The layer is compatible with any Sun software running on it and acts as SPARC hardware, with no need for code conversion or source code.

Charon-SSP is one of a family of cross-platform hypervisors (emulators) from Stromasys which extend the lives of mission-critical legacy applications by freeing them from the underlying, past-end-of-life SPARC, VAX, Alpha, HP 3000, and PDP-11 servers. In particular, the Charon-SSP can replace SPARC systems from the Sun4m and Sun4u family and it supports SunOS 4.1 to Solaris 10. Additionally, this AMI is also offered on AWS GovCloud to U.S. government customers and their partners.

“We can now help our customers completely modernize their IT operations,” said John Prot, CEO of Stromasys, “By having our Charon-SSP in the AWS Marketplace, we are giving customers access to modern cloud hardware without recompiling. We are excited for this latest development and for being able to offer a solution on a problem that seemed unsolvable.”

Charon-SSP is fully binary compatible with SPARC hardware, including storage, Ethernet, and serial line I/O. Stromasys also offers a bare-metal version that is available but not under this AMI.

See the full press release here.