The OpenVMS operating system, since its release in 1977, has been used by businesses worldwide because of its outstanding reliability. While the VAX and Alpha hardware that it typically ran on is no longer manufactured, the operating system has withstood the test of time and the critical applications running on it are still at the core of many business operations.
Is an Upgraded Version of OpenVMS Necessary?
When businesses emulate their legacy hardware with Stromasys, we’re often asked whether an upgraded version of OpenVMS is necessary. There are minimum versions of OpenVMS required, based on the VAX or Alpha servers to be virtualized, but the vast majority of businesses do not need to upgrade. Here’s why:
Our solution is a hardware replacement solution—we don’t change the applications, databases, or legacy operating system running on that hardware.
Our Charon solutions are hardware replacement solutions: we swap out the aging hardware and replace it with a new, industry standard server running our Charon software solution. Because this is strictly hardware emulation, the legacy operating system and application(s) continue to run without any modifications or code recompile. Charon software allows a modern x86 server to function exactly the same way the legacy server always did.
This means that it doesn’t matter what version of OpenVMS, or other legacy OS, you’re running. Those layers are migrated over to the x86 server, and we simply emulate the processes from the prior Vax/Alpha servers.