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Stromasys receives Amazon Web Services (AWS) Migration and Modernization Competency

Stromasys has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Migration and Modernization Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Competency status for AWS Partners. This designation recognizes that Stromasys has demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success automating and accelerating customer application migration and modernization journeys.

AWS launched the AWS Migration and Modernization ISV Competency to allow customers to quickly and confidently engage highly specialized AWS Partners that help AWS customers modernize their applications. The AWS Migration and Modernization ISV Competency takes on the heavy lifting of identifying and validating industry leaders with proven customer success and technical proficiency in migration and application modernization tooling.

“Customers want migration and modernization solutions that remove obstacles and preserve the applications that are critical to their organizations.” said John Prot, CEO of Stromasys, “With Charon in AWS Marketplace, we make it easy for them to virtualize and preserve their applications in the cloud without changes. Receiving the Migration and Modernization Competency is a recognition of the hard work our teams have done helping customers achieve those goals. I am so proud of the team that achieved this and of the company they represent.”

Achieving the AWS Migration and Modernization ISV Competency differentiates Stromasys as an AWS Partner with deep domain expertise in helping organizations around the world modernize their operations and extend the lives of their mission-critical legacy applications. With Charon® legacy server emulation software, available in AWS Marketplace, Stromasys enables customers to remove the constraints associated with legacy application modernization by freeing them from the underlying, past-end-of-life SPARC, VAX, Alpha, PA-RISC, and PDP-11 hardware and accelerate their cloud migration journeys.

“The AWS Migration and Modernization ISV Competency raises the bar again by choosing to solve the hardest challenge faced in application migration and modernization,” said Bill Platt, General Manager, AWS Migration Services. “I am confident that their solution, validated by the AWS Migration and Modernization ISV Competency, will provide an even more complete portfolio of migration and modernization solutions to customers and partners.”

For organizations struggling with compatibility challenges between mission-critical applications and modern cloud computing, Stromasys provides the most efficient solution to modernize and preserve applications. Charon legacy hardware emulation seamlessly virtualizes the respective legacy host system in the cloud with proven performance to quickly eliminate the time and costs associated with managing hardware or rewriting software. Quickly re-host to the cloud without making any changes, eliminate the downtime associated with legacy hardware, and realize the full benefit of cloud computing without compromises. Stromasys makes it possible to lift and shift your mission-critical applications to the cloud and leave your legacy hardware behind.

Learn more about Charon Solutions on the AWS cloud.

To learn more about how Stromasys can help you accelerate your cloud migration to AWS, contact us today.

 


Announcing a new version of Charon-SSP® 5.4, Stromasys enhances its solution to migrate legacy applications from aging SPARC hardware to the cloud

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – June 22, 2022 – Stromasys announced the release of its new version 5.4 of Charon-SSP. With this update, Charon-SSP features support for Rocky Linux, new graphics and Ethernet emulation features, and an updated version 2.0.1 of the VE License Server.

IT departments with SPARC hardware running mission-critical applications can use Charon-SSP to migrate applications off legacy hardware to the cloud or a modern platform. Organizations can continue to use their existing application binaries without recompilation or recertification. IT professionals will have a lower maintenance cost without the worry of unplanned downtime.

Updates to version 5.4 include:

  • Redesign of graphic card emulation remote rendering, eliminating the open-source dependency
  • Added support for Rocky Linux
  • New suspend & resume function in SSP/4V
  • SCSI EFI booting in SSP/4V
  • More virtual Ethernet cards in SSP/4V
  • BGE emulation in SSP/4U
  • Floppy emulation in SSP/4U
  • Several minor bug fixes

The VE licensing model, designed and implemented by Stromasys, offers flexible individual cloud installations or preconfigured images on selected marketplaces. Version 2.0.1 of the VE License Server included in this update adds an AutoVE license model as well as bug fixes and other minor updates.

“We’re thrilled to offer this update as IT departments continue to shift their operations to the cloud,” stated Stromasys CEO, John Prot. “As our most popular product, Charon-SSP offers what our customers need: more options to modernize legacy IT infrastructure.”

Version 5.4 is available now from Stromasys or in selected cloud marketplaces.  For more information, please download the Software Product Description (datasheet) or contact us for a free demo.

Download the full press release.


Legacy Applications on modern hardware made possible with Charon-SSP cross-platform hardware virtualization

Rochester Electronics relies on legacy intellectual property (IP) to support customers with the challenges of semiconductor obsolescence as part of a fully authorized semiconductor replication process. Legacy applications on unsupported hardware can be a vital part of Rochester’s procedures and workflow. They provide a link to intellectual property (IP) that may still hold significant value. This link is at risk of being lost due to aging hardware and the inability to repair systems.

By utilizing Charon-SSP by Stromasys Rochester was most recently able to preserve legacy licensed design IP written and compiled in 1996 for Sun Sparc architecture. Stromasys is an original and leading provider of enterprise-class cross-platform virtualization solutions. They offer a remedy that allows for continuous use of legacy applications and mining systems for legacy IP.

Charon-SSP/4M/4U/4V are members of the Charon cross-platform hardware virtualization product family. Charon-SSP creates the virtual replica of the original SPARC hardware inside a standard 64-bit x86 compatible computer system.

For Rochester, the transition from legacy hardware to emulated system started with imaging the storage from the legacy system and saving it to a modern system. Merging the commands of the past and the technologies of the present, the Stromasys and Rochester teams preserved the operating system, legacy application, and design data.

This preservation meant no software rework was necessary. Original operating systems settings (Solaris 2.5.1), including kernel options, were kept intact. No translation of commands or data was necessary.

Accessing the emulated machine with Free and Open Source (FOSS) provided an upgraded user experience and improves productivity.

The overall performance of the emulated system has been enhanced. CPU intensive tasks that would have taken hours, can now be executed in minutes. Disk performance has increased since it is no longer reliant on SCSI disks that spin at low speeds. By using modern hardware at modern networking speeds, network and other IO performance accelerate as well.

Stromasys’ Charon-SSP software has extended the lifecycle of Rochester Electronics’ mission-critical applications through virtualization, modernization, and system enhancement. Rochester’s legacy design system, powered by Charon SSP, creates one of many solutions available to Rochester customers as part of their semiconductor lifecycle solution.

About Stromasys

Stromasys is the original and leading provider of enterprise-class cross-platform virtualization solutions for PDP-11, Digital VAX and Alpha, PA-RISC, and SPARC servers. The company extends the lifecycle of business and mission-critical applications through virtualization, modernization, and system enhancement.

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and in Raleigh, North Carolina, with sales offices as well as engineering, development, and research labs located around the world, Stromasys has implemented cross-platform virtualization solutions for the world’s leading companies in over 70 countries.

For more information visit: www.stromasys.com

About Rochester Electronics

Rochester Electronics is the world’s largest continuous source of semiconductors–100% Authorized by over 70 leading semiconductor manufacturers.

As an original manufacturer stocking distributor, Rochester has over 15 billion devices in stock encompassing more than 200,000-part numbers, providing the world’s most extensive range of end-of-life (EOL) semiconductors and broadest range of active semiconductors.

As a licensed semiconductor manufacturer, Rochester has manufactured over 20,000 device types. With over 12 billion die in stock, Rochester has the capability to manufacture over 70,000 device types.

Rochester offers a full range of manufacturing services including Design, Wafer Processing, Assembly, Test, Reliability, and IP Archiving providing single solutions through to full turnkey manufacturing, enabling faster time-to-market.

Rochester is the Semiconductor Lifecycle Solution. No other company compares to the breadth of Rochester’s product selection, value-added services, and manufacturing solutions.

With direct sales and support staff in all major markets, complemented by a network of regional and global authorized channel partners, we aim to meet your needs over the phone or via our e-commerce platforms anytime, anywhere.

For more information visit: www.rocelec.com

https://www.rocelec.com/news/rochester-electronics-stromasys-preserving-intellectual-property


Accenture leverages Charon-SSP on AWS Cloud to preserve mission critical legacy applications

As part of their end-to-end migration to AWS, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) faced numerous challenges. One of them was the fact that as per not having updated their infrastructure for a significant period of time, they were hosting some parts of their IT platform using rather ancient and legacy technologies. AWS, as other key hyper-scalers, do not often support legacy systems, and this is generally a substantial drawback for legacy-system-based enterprises trying to migrate their IT infrastructure to the cloud.

When Enimbos Part of Accenture was appointed as UOC migration partner, there was no clear direction on what to do with some Solaris servers containing critical applications and information for UOC, because both UOC and Accenture migration teams knew legacy systems not being supported in AWS would present an impediment for the whole success of the transformation program.

Thanks to Stromasys’ Charon emulator and support team, the project team was able to successfully deploy an environment to contain these Solaris servers that were critical to UOC operation.

Once migrated, connectivity from the Charon-contained instances to the rest of the environment is effective and smooth. Now, these Solaris servers run efficiently within the Charon emulator and the client is more than happy with a cloud-based solution for a critical part of their operation than before the migration they resignedly accepted to host on-premises. – Javier Tavera, Accenture – PMO UOC Transformation Program

 


Charon enables OpenVMS footprint reduction

The most important steel company in Europe needed a recovery plan for IT disasters. Disaster Recovery (DR) is essential to non-stop operations like the one at the ArcelorMittal plant in Sestao, Spain. The challenge was to build recovery infrastructure for an AlphaServer system. Manufacturing of such systems stopped more than a decade ago.

ArcelorMittal has run OpenVMS on an AlphaServer for more than 20 years. The company was facing a shortage of replacement servers, a problem for thriving enterprises that depend on legacy systems. Moving its DR system to an emulated platform was a way to release its hold on legacy hardware. “We scouted four different solutions and tested them extensively,” says Process Engineer Jose Luis Laso. “We finally chose Charon-AXP from Stromasys, based on advantages that we experienced during our testing.”

Emulation-based architecture succeeds when it triggers no changes to applications. An identical platform is the goal, one where more common hardware—easy to procure, maintain, and upgrade—stands in for legacy servers. With more than two decades of solid service from its Meltshop and Rolling Mill software, ArcelorMittal wants to preserve investments in mission-critical technology.

Standing at the heart of the steel company’s meltshop and mill solution is an Alphaserver DS20. The hardware continues to serve, but its future is assured because of the Stromasys Charon emulation. “We found superior stability, ease of use, and no need to change anything in our applications,” Laso says of Charon-AXP.

On the other hand, some new opportunities will enhance the ArcelorMittal operations. “Our problem was the hard drives, because the SCSI discs in the original hardware are now out of stock,” Laso says. “We could only purchase used disks.” Building its DR systems upon standard Intel-based servers, running Charon, means IT operations will use everyday, well-provisioned storage devices.

The options for standardizing components and servers are so rich that Laso believes Charon will replace the operation’s original Alphaservers. The DR system will be leading the way to establish emulation as a production-grade choice. “By using Charon-AXP, we’re able to reproduce the same level of performance of the original systems, but with modern, standard x86 servers,” Laso says.

Adding window-driven interfaces for the legacy software is now within reach, he adds. OpenVMS applications with such a long history were first introduced with legacy user interfaces. Charon delivers windows to OpenVMS apps.

The improvements in IT infrastructure will translate to more cost-efficient operations. Laso estimates that “we’ll reduce our systems’ footprint by 90 percent” using emulated Charon servers. “We’ll be hosting all of our OpenVMS environment in one rack of x86 servers.”


Migrating Solaris workloads to AWS with Charon

A global supply chain management company that helps companies in dozens of industries replace manual and complex processes with efficient, automated, and more reliable ones was faced with the challenge of modernizing their aging data center. This included databases and applications on aging SPARC/Solaris infrastructure, something no cloud provider offers. They turned to Effectual for its technical resources and expertise and to find a solution for lifting and shifting their applications, without modification, to a modern environment.

To resolve one of the primary issues preventing a rapid migration, Effectual identified the Charon solution by Stromasys as the answer to lifting and shifting Solaris workloads, without modification, to modern x86 environments.

Following an on-premises proof of concept, the Solaris workloads were assessed for performance requirements in their native legacy environment, and virtual SPARCs were sized for VMware Cloud on AWS for hosting Solaris and native applications. Workload performance in the cloud matches that of the original SPARCS and the legacy applications (without modification) now have access to elastic storage and data protection services available in AWS.

“This project shows the true strength of what companies can accomplish together,” says Tom Spalding, Effectual’s Chief Growth Officer. “Our customer’s team and partners were able to provide business value that far exceeded what a single company could have achieved on its own. This was a result of the customer’s openness, partnership, and willingness to pursue a holistic solution; Effectual’s creativity, focus on business outcomes and desire to execute on behalf of our customers; and Stromasys’s incredible technical solution.”

By using Charon to migrate Solaris workloads, Effectual was able to clear a path and guide their customer through a complete data center evacuation. As a result, the company can now accelerate its modernization strategy and pursue its larger technical goals of making the right future-proofing selections for maintaining its leadership status on the global stage.

Learn more about this successful data center exit and examine every step of the process on the AWS Partner Network Blog


Charon-SSP enables UNITEC to complete their data center exit to Google Cloud in 24 days

Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC) is one of the post-secondary education learning institutions under the Laureate Education, Inc., umbrella of Laureate International Universities. The CIO of UNITEC decided it was time to modernize the university’s IT infrastructure and that the most efficient way to do this was a full data center exit to migrate all IT workloads to Google Cloud.

UNITEC took full advantage of Charon-SSP’s SPARC system virtualization to move the legacy applications to Google Cloud, with no change to the applications or operating systems. The project was completed in twenty-four days.

“Given the time-crunch situation we were in, the Stromasys and Google Cloud teams stepped up and migrated all the servers, applications, and data in the promised time. I couldn’t have been more proud of the team.”

—Ivan Alonso, CIO, IT Services, Laureate International Universities

 

Laureate was running a SPARC T5-2 server ( 512 RAM | 32 Cores) to host their application servers, whereas the database back end was in an on-premises VMware cluster. The SPARC system had eight LDOMs, each with around 3-10 zones running Solaris OS versions 8-11.

 

UNITEC data center exit of 8 SPARC servers to Charon on Google Cloud

 

The legacy application now running on Google Cloud not only gets a new lease on life, but can now take advantage of options and new capabilities. The benefits of Charon cross-platform virtualization of legacy SPARC, DEC, and PA-RISC systems on Google Cloud:

  • Risks of a legacy workload failure are mitigated (legacy hardware is gone)
  • Costs are optimized with Google Cloud pay-as-you-go consumption model
  • Google Cloud CPU fast-clock speeds deliver enhanced performance for applications
  • Organizations can now include legacy systems in their Google Cloud mass migration plans
  • No application recertification and end-user retraining is required (it is the same application)
  • System capacity becomes flexible with possible adjustments in minutes
  • New Google Cloud high-availability schemes and disaster/recovery best practices become available

Stromasys offers product support for Charon on Google Cloud during business hours or 24/7 for all emulators worldwide. Support typically applies to the Charon emulator software itself. Stromasys can also offer operating system support such as support for OpenVMS 7.3 and earlier.

Stromasys is a Google Technology Partner that addresses the data center modernization needs of customers by allowing the movement of legacy system applications and data to x86 infrastructure without changing any legacy code or data.

Read more about this amazingly fast transformation to the Google Cloud then contact us to learn more about how Stromasys and Google can help you modernize or exit your datacenter today.


About Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC)

Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC), one of two private universities under Laureate International Universities, offers high school, bachelor, and postgraduate programs on 10 campuses in Mexico City and in the states of Guanajuato, Jalisco, Mexico, and Querétaro, as well as online. With more than 90,000 students, it is the largest private university in the region.


Charon does not use Log4J

 

Our engineers have been following the news of the highly publicized Log4J vulnerability. Our Charon legacy hardware emulation products do not use Log4J and are unaffected.

We recommend that customers continue to monitor updates from other vendors and refer to the official bulletin and detail regarding this vulnerability below.

https://www.cisa.gov/uscert/ncas/current-activity/2021/12/10/apache-releases-log4j-version-2150-address-critical-rce

https://logging.apache.org/log4j/2.x/security.html


Press release: Announcing a new product version with Charon-SSP 5.0, Stromasys expands its offering to migrate legacy applications from aging SPARC hardware to the cloud

Stromasys announced the release of its new version 5.0 of Charon-SSP. With this update, Charon-SSP can accommodate more versions of Solaris (including 11.4) and the virtual environment (VE) licensing is now extended to VMware and additional cloud vendors.

For more information about Charon-SSP 5.0, please download the Software Product Description or contact Stromasys for a free demo.

Download the full press release here.


Press release: Stromasys announces product version Charon-SSP 4.2, which includes easier cloud licensing to migrate mission-critical applications from end-of-life SPARC hardware to the cloud

Stromasys announced updates to its emulation solution, Charon-SSP 4.2, which now allows organizations to implement secure licensing in all major cloud provider environments. IT professionals using aging SPARC hardware to run essential legacy applications can migrate them to the cloud or a modern on-prem platform. They can continue using the apps without the fear of unplanned downtime and enjoy lower operational costs.

Companies can use the new Virtual Environment (VE) licensing model, designed and implemented by Stromasys, for flexible individual cloud installations or with preconfigured images offered on selected marketplaces.

“IT Managers have struggled to find solutions to quickly lift and shift mission-critical applications off end-of-life hardware as they modernize their infrastructure,” stated CEO John Prot. “The ongoing pandemic has further highlighted the urgency to take steps towards a cloud strategy. Charon 4.2 enables IT departments to accomplish this effort for legacy workloads.”

Charon-SSP 4.2 has additional key features, including a new appliance-type package for easy on-prem installation and management as well as support for Red Hat/CentOS 8.

For more information about Charon-SSP 4.2, please download the Software Product Description or contact Stromasys for a free demo.

Download the full press release here.