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Charon Hardware Emulation Solutions Achieve AWS Well-Architected Status

As an AWS Well-Architected solution, Charon meets AWS criteria and is found to be aligned with the best practices for the use of AWS. By granting Charon solutions the AWS Well-Architected status, AWS acknowledges that Stromasys offers a trustworthy solution for AWS cloud customers and potential customers who need legacy system cross-platform virtualization.

Charon hardware emulation solutions were evaluated against the following five criteria in order to be determined AWS Well-Architected solutions:

  • Operational Excellence
  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Performance
  • Cost Optimization

Charon is known for being a high-quality and cost-effective way to preserve mission-critical applications while simultaneously reducing the risks associated with legacy hardware failure, such as increased maintenance costs and unplanned downtime. Now AWS customers can implement Charon in the cloud with the assurance that AWS has found it to be aligned with their best practices.

Protecting Your Charon Instance from Vulnerabilities to Meltdown and Spectre

If you’ve heard about Meltdown and Spectre, the security issues that allow cybercriminals access to your digital information, you may be concerned about the vulnerability of your Charon instances and whether the currently available patches are necessary. We want to help our customers be sure they are protected. The following information addresses the cybersecurity concerns related to Meltdown and Spectre.

Is my Charon instance vulnerable to attacks from inside the Guest Operating System (VMS, Tru64, Solaris, MPE-iX)?

No. Charon products do not emulate out-of-order execution, speculative execution and cache. The binary code is translated dynamically into a subset of x86 instructions which do not allow Meltdown or Spectre attacks. Nobody with access to the Guest OS can compromise the system on the Charon virtual system level or at the hosting system level.

Is my Charon instance vulnerable to attacks from inside the Host Operating System (Linux, Windows)?

The hosting system that runs the Charon software stack (including the emulator, guest OS, and guest applications) can be affected by Meltdown and Spectre. However, as long as the hosting system (Linux or Windows) is protected, Charon users can rest assured knowing their Charon system is secure. This means that someone who has access only to the Charon virtual system cannot compromise the system on a virtual level, or at the host level, because the host is protected.

Do I need to get a patch?

We don’t recommend that customers patch their host systems at the moment. The patches, either from Intel or OS vendors, are not stable. Further, they generate visible performance degradation, and the Charon software stack may be affected. Furthermore, when only the virtual system is accessible from the network, there is no need to patch the host. We recommend waiting for the stable patch releases and applying them to the test systems first to determine the performance impact.

If you have additional questions, please contact Stromasys Support.

Press Release: Stromasys Announces Increased Presence in Latin America


Stromasys, the world’s leading provider of enterprise-level cross-platform virtualization and emulation solutions, announces its increased presence in Latin America and the appointment of Robert Ruiz as General Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Robert Ruiz, Stromasys General Manager for Latin America

In this role, Ruiz will be responsible for developing Stromasys’ strategy for the region, building relationships with partners and expanding the Stromasys presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Ruiz commented, “We believe that emulation and virtualization are key to reducing the risks and costs associated with legacy systems without compromising the business. Our solution has a return on investment that can be monetarily measured, compared to costs of unplanned downtime due to hardware failure.”

According to a study by IDC in the Fortune 1000 companies segment, the impact of these unplanned failures can amount to up to 2 billion dollars per year. Ruiz added, “One of the keys to managing risk is simply to plan for the future: anticipating the weaknesses of legacy hardware and taking steps to reduce business impact by implementing our emulation and virtualization solution.”

Ruiz has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout his career he has held leadership positions with companies such as HPE, 3Com Corporation, Lucent Technologies, FORE Systems, BlueCoat and Digital Equipment Corporation. His work highlights his experience successfully integrating companies into new markets as well as creating high-performance sales teams, managing key alliances, and generating strategies for new market routes, leading to significant improvements in the sales leadership of these companies.

This is an abridged translation of a press release made in Latin America. Read the full press release in Spanish or Portuguese.

Press Release: Stromasys Announces First Cross-Platform Server Emulation Solution for Oracle Cloud




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–Stromasys, a pioneer in legacy server emulators and Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, announces Charon as the first solution to migrate SPARC, Alpha, VAX, and HP 3000 critical applications to the Oracle Cloud Platform.

The Stromasys Charon on Oracle Cloud offering enables SPARC applications to run on the cloud in a reliable and cost-effective way, within just a matter of days.

“We are thrilled to offer a robust cloud solution to our customers by collaborating with Oracle,” says John Prot, Stromasys CEO. “This is the perfect fit for our SUN SPARC emulator, powered by the reliable Charon technology for which Stromasys is renowned.”

“The cloud represents a huge opportunity for our partner community,” said David Hicks, vice president, ISV, OEM and Java Business Development, Oracle. “Stromasys’ Charon technology coupled with Oracle Cloud can help deliver effective solutions for migrating SUN SPARC environments.”

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, 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 more than 5,000 cross-platform virtualization solutions to the world’s leading companies in over 50 countries.

About Oracle Cloud

Oracle Cloud is the industry’s broadest and most integrated public cloud, offering a complete range of services across SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. It supports new cloud environments, existing ones, and hybrid, and all workloads, developers, and data. The Oracle Cloud delivers nearly 1,000 SaaS applications and 50 enterprise-class PaaS and IaaS services to customers in more than 195 countries around the world and supports 55 billion transactions each day.

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:


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Meeting Performance Goals with Virtual SPARC from Stromasys

For many organizations considering virtualizing their legacy systems, the joy of eliminating the risk of aging hardware is just one piece of the puzzle. Another important consideration is whether a virtual environment can achieve the same performance levels as the original hardware. While hardware emulation often carries with it the implication of a slower system, we work with our customers to optimize our solutions to meet performance requirements — and, in some cases, even surpass them.

Thales Alenia Space used a SPARC system to support the Centre National des Etudes Spatiales (CNES, the French space agency). It processed assembly, integration, and testing data from the IASI instrument before its long journey in space. The SPARC hardware was aging, and in order to protect the applications and data, they needed a solution that could emulate the SPARC hardware without changing the software. It was essential that the virtual solution be able to meet the speed and floating point precision performance requirements of the original system.

Stromasys engineers collaborated with the Thales Alenia Space team to implement CHARON-SSP, our virtual SPARC solution, making sure that it would achieve the required performance. The team found the SPARC emulator from Stromasys to be both high-quality and cost-effective, allowing their application to continue running on new industry standard hardware just as it had on the legacy server. They can now continue to support the research goals of CNES without the risks associated with the aging SPARC hardware.

Interested in learning more? Click here to read the full case study.

We’re exhibiting at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this week, September 18-22, showcasing our CHARON-SSP solution. Contact us to schedule a conversation and demonstration at the show or to set up a remote meeting.

Announcing CHARON-SSP Version 1.0.36


We have now released our newest version of our Legacy SPARC Emulator – CHARON-SSP: Version 1.0.36.

If you are currently running CHARON-SSP and have an active support contract, contact the Stromasys Sales Team or your Stromasys Partner to request your upgrade.

Benefits of CHARON-SSP Version 1.0.36:

  • CHARON Manager layout improvement
  • Introduction of CHARON Director for centralized management of CHARON SSP instances running on many Servers
  • X11 nested server panel with keyboard layout and graphics resolution configuration options
  • Password encryption between CHARON Manager and Agent
  • New Barebone versions based on CentOS with ISO images and USB installers
  • Bugs fixed

In addition, the following updates were released for specific versions of CHARON-SSP:


  • Performance improvement of approximately 10%
  • Up to 32 Serial Ports support with full modem control


  • Support for 2nd Ethernet Adapter emulation
  • Serial lines support for full modem control

Interested in more information about CHARON-SSP?

Thank you,

The Stromasys Support Team