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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


Stromasys Names VMS Software Guru Susan Skonetski to the Director of Customer Development Position

RALEIGH, NC — April 3, 2018 – Stromasys, Inc., the global leader in legacy server virtualization solutions,

has named Susan Skonetski to the position of director of customer development. Ms. Skonetski will be responsible for assisting Stromasys with user modeling, forming a legacy hardware and software ecosystem, expanding growth opportunities, and helping to execute the company’s product strategy.

Ms. Skonetski was most recently employed as vice president of customer advocacy at VMS Software Incorporated. Sue has extensive experience in customer relations, client development, and community building within the OpenVMS user base.

“Stromasys continues to grow at a record pace,” said John Prot, CEO of Stromasys. “Charon is now deployed in 70 countries, offering conclusive evidence of the benefits it brings to our customers: preserving classic applications with faster performance and at lower cost. Sue will enhance our growing team, which is focused on reaching even more companies and organizations, through new channels.”

Sue Skonetski added, “Through my experience, I’ve seen up close the critical role that these legacy systems play in daily business cycles. Helping to ensure the availability of these applications is imperative with decreasing service and support options for SPARC, Alpha, VAX, and HP 3000. Stromasys’s innovations—along with their strong team of software designers, solution’s executives, and account management professionals—made joining the organization a natural fit. I’m proud to help bring to market both cutting-edge solutions and the user communities of these systems. It will create efficiencies for the unique business needs of organizations while also driving improved performance.”

Sue will be focused on the market success of the product portfolio, developing and executing a communication strategy to engage with the Stromasys customers and potential clients. In addition, she will utilize her deep knowledge of the market to drive a well-rounded ecosystem for users of legacy hardware and software. Through the knowledge gained, Skonetski will be aiding the organization’s product strategy into a new phase of integration.

Ms. Skonetski has extensive software training and provides a passion for applying technology automation to enhance business processes, reduce costs, and provide tools to allow companies to capitalize on investments they use every day.

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


An Interview with Chris Li on Semiconductors and Legacy Hardware Emulation

Read an interview with Chris Li, Stromasys managing director in Asia Pacific, about the important role of legacy hardware emulation in the semiconductor industry:

SEAJ: What do you understand about Japan’s semiconductor industry?

Mr. Chris Li, Stromasys managing director, Asia Pacific: I have been following the trends of the semiconductor industry worldwide, as I have spent a good amount of time studying semiconductors at university. I was an electronics and electrical engineer, and I graduated from London Imperial College in the early 90s. Semiconductors fascinate me with their ability, with the ever increasing packing of transistors, and their versatility, with manipulation by doping. Japan is the world’s third largest electronics manufacturer and the fourth largest export market for SME (semiconductor manufacturing equipment).

The semiconductor monthly sales figures for Japan are over three billion U.S. dollars. The industry had been facing some stiff challenges in the past few years due to a stagnant economy and the fact that Japan missed the mobile trend. However, consumer trends directly impact the semiconductor industry and the trend is moving towards IoT (Internet of Things). Japan is poised to tap this opportunity over their time.

SEAJ: How could Stromasys contribute to Japan’s semiconductor industry?

Li: Given the long history of Japan’s semiconductor industry and the mission-critical applications that have been in use in various stages of the semiconductor manufacturing process, there are inevitably legacy systems being used. By legacy system, I mean a previous or outdated computer system for which production had been stopped for a long time. There are various reasons for these legacy systems to be kept, perhaps due to the risk of rewriting applications, return on investment challenges, interface with peripheral devices, etc. In all cases, these companies are incurring high maintenance charges on the legacy systems; they are bearing the reliability risk of buying used replacement parts, etc.

Stromasys has a very unique range of products called “Charon,” which emulate (or virtualize) various legacy systems. This means that Charon replaces the legacy hardware. Users can port their existing applications (with no re-installation necessary) to a Charon emulator that runs on Linux or Windows on the latest x86 machine or in the cloud. We preserve our clients’ software investment across hardware generations.

SEAJ: How would this benefit our members?

Li: In the semiconductor industry, precision is paramount, and therefore there are good reasons to keep the existing applications intact. With a Charon solution, users don’t have to make a single change to their applications. Even if they have lost the source code, Charon emulation can help. The time and effort for porting the application to a Charon emulator is minimal.

With no dependency on the aged legacy systems, maintenance costs are reduced significantly. Also, users are able to significantly reduce risk of hardware failure and improve performance. The new system provides a wider range of peripheral devices. Finally, there are savings in operation costs, such as decreased power consumption, heat dissipation, and space occupation.

SEAJ: Any success cases of Stromasys in Japan and worldwide?

Li: Stromasys has implemented cross-platform virtualization solutions for the world’s leading companies in over 70 countries. We have been doing businesses in Japan for well over 10 years. One recent semiconductor client is Renesas (at their Palm Bay, Florida site), where they had five SparcStations,
five Sparc Ultras, and a Sun Blade. The Sun Blade ran on Solaris 8, and the rest ran on SunOS
5.6. Nine of these systems were dedicated to controlling furnaces, and the others played various
roles in controlling the tools and equipment related to semiconductor production.

SEAJ: That all sounds good. How about emulation coverage and costs?

Li: Currently, our Charon emulation covers SPARC, Digital VAX, Alpha and PDP-11 and HP 3000 servers. Within each of these server types, there are a large variety of models that we support. We are also partnering with Oracle to provide our Charon solutions in the cloud. In terms of cost, return on investment to clients is phenomenal. In most cases Charon would be less than one year’s maintenance and operation costs. I strongly recommend your members contact us for a free consultation with no commitment. Please see our contact details below.

About Stromasys

Stromasys is a pioneer in enterprise-class cross-platform legacy server emulation solutions, providing modern infrastructure for legacy applications. 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 systems in the cloud.

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with sales, engineering, and research and development offices located around the world, Stromasys has implemented cross-platform virtualization solutions in over 70 countries to help organizations lower costs, protect their investments, improve performance, reduce risk, and provide easier maintenance. To find out more visit www.stromasys.com or follow us on twitter @stromasys_HQ.


An Interview with John Prot, Stromasys CEO

Read a recent interview with John Prot, CEO of Stromasys, as he discusses the company’s success in 2017 and plans for growth in 2018:

 

How did Stromasys perform in 2017? What were the major accomplishments?

2017 was a record breaking year for Stromasys. Not only did our financials turn out to be the best in company history, but we also solidified ourselves as the worldwide leader in legacy platform emulation solutions with our added Charon-SSP Sun/Solaris virtualization solution. Customers continue to trust Stromasys to help them modernize their legacy systems, and we are seeing  healthy growth across all of our platforms.

What is Stromasys’s vision and focus for 2018?

Our vision for this year is to continue our company growth through three major channels:

  1. Our people: We are adding new positions to the organization to support new product lines and key performance initiatives.
  2. Our products: We are currently testing new product lines to support additional emulation solutions, as well as expanding our bare metal solution and cloud implementations.
  3. Our customers: In 2018 we will continue our growth through industry leading support and services. We have re-engineered portions of our staff to better accommodate our customer-first philosophy.

Are there strategic plans for 2018? In which countries or regions do you see the greatest growth opportunity for Stromasys? Why?

During 2017 we strengthened our position in the USA, EMEA and APAC markets, and launched our LATAM strategy. As we move forward we are looking for LATAM to accelerate, while looking at global geographies with sustainable business potential to add a local presence. It is part of our growth plans as we want to get closer to our customers and partners.

What opportunities do you see for Stromasys in Cloud Solutions? What is your strategy for Cloud?  

The benefits of cloud are clear and have been broadly demonstrated in most industries. Businesses are continually shifting to a Cloud first mentality when thinking about IT investments due to the efficiencies. Stromasys’s full portfolio of legacy server emulation solutions are available as a Cloud service offering. Last year we partnered with Oracle Cloud for our Stromasys SPARC offering, and have completed solutions on all of the major public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, and Microsoft Azure. In 2018 we are continuing our work with major Public Cloud providers to expand our Cloud offering and provide customers additional flexibility.

What are the trends that you are seeing in emulation and virtualization?

The growing trend we are seeing is customers continue migrating their applications to the cloud. According to IDC, the worldwide public cloud services market grew 28.6% year over year in the first half of 2017 (1H17) with revenues totaling $63.2 billion. At Stromasys we will continue to work with customers to help migrate their legacy systems to on-prem solutions or the Cloud. In 2018 we will be extending our offering to support more platforms. Stay tuned!

Which industries benefit the most from Stromasys solutions? 

Our cross platform virtualization and emulation solutions are being deployed across all industries around the globe. Depending on the platform we see certain industries’ preference to those platforms, like Manufacturing, Utilities, Education and Government in the case of Vax and Alpha, and Telecom, Oil and Gas, and Banking/ Finance in the case of SPARC. With the stability of legacy hardware, many of these industries still rely on these servers for mission- critical applications, so we layer additional benefits like decreased service and support costs, energy/ power saving, operational efficiencies, and increased performance onto these applications.

Which industries haven’t yet adopted these solutions that you believe could benefit greatly?

The question is not industry specific, it is more organization specific. With the rise of IT over the last two decades, as wells as the reliability of these legacy servers, companies have been able to focus on other projects. Due to the age of many of these systems and the critical nature of the applications, we feel it is time for everyone to evaluate their IT infrastructure and look towards virtualization as a way to cost effectively migrate these solutions.

What differences do you see between the different markets in which you are already present?

We see different solutions in different markets. For instance due to the nature of the hardware and OS, verticals like healthcare tend to utilize VAX solutions for some of their patient records, where as financial institutions tend to run SPARC solutions for their customer information.

Are you planning to offer educational webinars on the benefits of using Stromasys to modernize legacy platforms, including customer use cases?

Yes. It’s part of our marketing initiatives for 2018, and we will also be speaking at major industry trade shows to extend the brand and educate the general IT public on how to achieve more and continue to maximize their investments through virtualization and emulation.

Do you plan for more strategic alliance aside from HPE and Oracle/Cloud?

Yes, some will be around Global SI partnerships, others around Cloud. We also continue strengthening our Technology Alliance partnership – like the recent partnership with Nutanix to extend Stromasys for HyperConvege environments.

 

Lea los artículos en español o portugués:

Stromasys, consolidación y proyección en Latinoamérica (Prensario TI Latin America)

Stromasys se consolida como especialista en soluciones de emulación para plataformas heredadas (Gerencia)

El 2017 consolidó a Stromasys como líder mundial (IT Users)

​​​​​​​​​​Stromasys se consolida como líder mundial em soluções de emulação para plataformas legadas (Inforchannel)

 


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.