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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

 


Visit us as the AWS Summit Berlin May 11-12

Connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS

The AWS Summit Berlin will be held at Station-Berlin May 11-12, 2022.  It’s been over two years since we were able to greet our customers and those new to AWS at regional Summits. The Station-Berlin is an amazing venue with a long history and we can’t wait to see you there.

AWS Summits are free events that bring the cloud computing community together to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS and the latest technology advances.
With that focus on the latest and greatest products and services, it’s easy to overlook the continued reliance on older, proven, and often mission-critical applications. If your mission-critical applications run on legacy hardware, you’re at risk.

For more than 20 years, Stromasys has provided the world’s leading organizations with a better way to break free from the growing risks associated with legacy hardware maintenance.

Stromasys at-a-glance
We hope you can join us at this exciting event and stop by booth B4 to learn more about modernizing your legacy applications. We can give you a live demo, discuss your modernization efforts, or catch up. We’d love to see you there.

Registration is free, so sign up today and let us know if you’d like to schedule a personal demo.


Visit us at the AWS Summit London

Connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS

The AWS Summit London is back. It’s been over two years since we were able to greet our customers and those new to AWS at regional Summits. This year’s London Summit is happening April 27th, 2022, at the unique ExCeL London right in the heart of London’s historic Royal Docks.

ExCeL London Convention Center

AWS Summits are free events that bring the cloud computing community together to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS and the latest technology advances.
With that focus on the latest and greatest products and services, it’s easy to overlook the continued reliance on older, proven, and often mission-critical applications. If your mission-critical applications run on legacy hardware, you’re at risk.

For more than 20 years, Stromasys has provided the world’s leading organizations with a better way to break free from the growing risks associated with legacy hardware maintenance.

Stromasys at-a-glance
We hope you can join us at this exciting event and stop by booth B7 to learn more about modernizing your legacy applications. We can give you a live demo, discuss your modernization efforts, or catch up. We’d love to see you there.

Registration is free, so sign up today and let us know if you’d like to schedule a personal demo.

 


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


Stromasys support on a lonely Saturday morning

 

At work on a late Friday afternoon, an IT manager at a global company looked forward to a relaxing weekend with his wife. It was going to be sunny and they had plans with good friends. While enjoying a cup of coffee on Saturday morning, his phone rang. He saw it was from the office. His heart sank; it could not be good.  

 

His colleague told him that a Windows server had been shut down yesterday for routine maintenance. However, the mission-critical OpenVMS system, the manager’s responsibility, wouldn’t come back online. At that point in time, the entire Northern European database of customer membership information was not accessible to about 50 agents.

 

The IT manager’s first thought was that it could be the Charon™ emulator by Stromasys. Several years ago, he had aging VAXes with critical applications on them, such as the Northern European system. He had a vendor for hardware support but the service had been unsatisfactory. His counterparts in North America recommended Stromasys’ “lift and shift” software, Charon. Within the North American offices, it proved to be a cost-effective solution to migrate away from legacy hardware. The European manager worked with Stromasys to successfully shift the legacy applications to a Windows server running Charon-VAX emulation. Until that Saturday morning, operations had been running smoothly.  

 

He needed the system back online ASAP, and in a panic, he sent an email to the Stromasys support team. With his past experience of customer service, he didn’t have much hope for help. To his surprise, a Stromasys engineer, Alexandre Souf, replied within an hour with eight other engineers CC’d on the email. 

 

Working with Alex, the manager figured out it wasn’t the Charon emulator and yet, the system was still offline. Alex stayed on the phone with him to troubleshoot the problem and they eventually found that it was a VMS system issue. Alex continued to work with him as he ran the checks to get the system back online.  

 

“It’s a lonely situation to be told on a weekend that a system you’re responsible for, is down,” stated the IT manager. “It was such a relief to get an immediate response from the Stromasys support team, even though the problem was not Charon. Their software is a great solution for legacy hardware and their support makes the product outstanding.” 


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.


Stromasys Explains: What is Emulation?

 

Mission-critical (and often customized) applications, running on legacy hardware, are subject to a constant threat of unplanned hardware downtime. Other considerations, such as diminishing support, increasing maintenance costs, and a growing cyber security risk, lead IT organizations to seek ways to rid themselves of legacy servers.

A daunting task is figuring out where to begin and how to modernize. In some situations, the application source code is gone, and the original developer has long-since retired. Modernization projects can also suffer from lengthy timelines and out-of-control costs, never mind the headaches of securing new hardware or the potential of having to rewrite the applications.

What is the solution? Stromasys emulation software, Charon. Charon makes the migration of legacy applications to a modern x86 platform (either on-prem or to the Cloud) possible. Charon employs a “lift and shift” process, negating the need for recertification of the applications or retraining of end users.

To better assess how emulation may work in your environment, below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers:

1. Which operating systems can Stromasys migrate?

Stromasys can migrate MPE/iX, OpenVMS, Tru64, SunOS, Solaris, and HP-UX (up to 11.23).
Stromasys can migrate these systems to a modern x86 platform or to the Cloud. We work with all major cloud providers, including AWS, MS Azure, Oracle Cloud, and Google.

2. Which legacy hardware do you replace?

Charon replaces legacy SPARC, DEC Alpha and VAX, PDP-11, and PA-RISC systems.

These legacy systems were introduced in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. The Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) introduced PDP in 1969, VAX in 1978 and Alpha in 1994, while Hewlett-Packard released PA-RISC systems in 1972. Oracle (formerly Sun Microsystems) first released SPARC servers in 1987.

Legacy hardware is characterized by a proprietary architecture which is no longer manufactured and supported. Stromasys is continually developing new solutions for the next generation of hardware on the path to becoming “legacy.”

3. How long does a typical emulation project take?

Most Charon implementations average three to five days. This timeframe is dependent upon the amount of data being migrated over to the new platform.

4. How do we get started?

The Stromasys sales team will help coordinate discovery around your current environment, engaging our field engineers to collect information about your current system and performance requirements, including the amount of data to be migrated. We can then make a recommendation in terms of x86 specifications or cloud instances, as it relates to the specific cloud provider.

A proof-of-concept (POC) may be offered which is an implementation of our Charon solution in your specific environment. POCs assist in proving out whether Charon is the right path for your requirements. POCs also showcase the benefits of securing your applications while improving their performance.

Additionally, if there are special or peripheral devices attached to your legacy systems, we may be able to assist in finding updated options or alternatives.

5. How is Charon implemented?

Below is a chart outlining the tasks involved in installing Charon.

6. What about performance?

Depending on the legacy system’s age, the applications and how the system is being utilized, the installation of Charon combined with a new x86 platform, tend to increase the performance.

7. How much does Charon cost?

Costs for a POC, software licenses, and implementation can vary depending upon the original legacy hardware and the amount of data being migrated.  Engineering assessments help determine the appropriate solution (and related costs) for your environment.

To better understand your savings using Charon, please see our ROI calculator which calculates your estimated cost savings post-migration.

Contact us today for more information on how we may help you.


Certification of non-vulnerability from SolarWinds Orion

In light of the security alert published on December 13 (https://cyber.dhs.gov/ed/21-01/), we certify that none of our products or internal tools for development or management of our IT infrastructure is impacted.

We do not use the Orion product to manage any of our assets and none of the solutions developed by SolarWinds are used to build, monitor, or analyze performance of our Software products in any phases of our processes from Research and Development up to Support. The only exception is the ‘SolarWinds IP Address Tracker’, an IP scanner from SolarWinds and not a product affected by the breach, which we are removing out of abundance of caution.


Continued support throughout COVID-19

 

To our valued customers and partners,

The effects of COVID-19 are being felt all over the world. Our first heartfelt thought is that everyone stays safe and protected during this time.

Stromasys has always been dedicated to ensuring the business continuity of all the companies we serve and this pandemic is no exception to this commitment. We want you to know that while the world navigates around these uncertainties, we remain devoted to supporting your business and protecting your IT investments.

We will continue to provide our support services and understand that it is vital we do so. For over two decades, companies globally have relied on our Charon solution across all industries to keep their critical operations intact and avoid downtime. In this time of crisis, you can continue to count on us to do just that.

Stromasys is following the guidelines from local governments, public health officials and the WHO in order to mitigate the risks of this virus. Our management team is also continuously assessing and responding to situations arising out of this.

We continue to ensure the safety of all our employees and at the same time work hard to ensure your business is supported by our teams and Charon solutions.

Sincerely,

John Prot

CEO


Stromasys partners with Equinix at SITB

 

In 2017, Stromasys and Equinix embarked on partnership to deliver an end-to-end solution for transiting legacy applications from outdated, unreliable hardware platforms to modern, cloud-based infrastructure.

As technology alliance partners, Stromasys and Equinix are teaming up to take part in the Swiss IT Business Exhibition (24th-25th April 2018) in Geneva, Switzerland along with other 250+ companies who will also exhibit their business software and IT solutions.

Stromasys and Equinix will reveal how Charon, Stromays’ cross-platform server virtualization solutions and Equinix’s global data center and interconnection services, provides an end-to-end solution for transitioning legacy applications from ageing hardware platforms to modern, cloud-based infrastructure, enabling companies to lower costs, reduce risks and improve performance.

Visit Stromasys and Equinix at booth #IT95 during the show to speak with an expert and learn more about Charon virtualization solutions. You can receive a complimentary pass from Stromasys and schedule a free demo at the event by clicking here.