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Press Release: Stromasys Charon-AXP and Charon-VAX is powered by Oracle Cloud and now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Oracle Cloud Customers Can Use Cross-Platform Alpha and VAX Server Virtualization Solutions for Oracle Cloud

May 13, 2019 – CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Stromasys, the original and leading provider of enterprise-class cross-platform virtualization solutions for PDP-11, HP 3000 and HP 9000, SPARC, Digital Alpha and VAX, and a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announces its Charon-AXP and Charon-VAX has achieved Powered By Oracle Cloud and is now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace offering added value to Oracle Cloud customers. The Charon-AXP and Charon-VAX helps enable Oracle Cloud customers to move critical applications running on their aging Alpha and VAX servers into the cloud in a reliable and cost-effective way.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications and service providers offering unique business solutions, including ones that extend Oracle Cloud Applications. Oracle Cloud is the industry’s broadest and most complete public cloud, delivering enterprise-grade services at every level of the cloud technology stack including platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

“With our Charon virtualization products, we now have an expanded cloud solution by collaborating with Oracle,” stated John Prot, CEO of Stromasys. “Stromasys’s participation in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace further extends our commitment to the Oracle community and enables customers to easily reap the benefits of Charon-Alpha and Charon-VAX. We look forward to leveraging the power of Oracle Cloud to help us achieve our business goals.”

“The Oracle Rdb team has been successfully running the Stromasys emulators in our development environment for many years”, said Steven Hagan, vice president, Server Technologies, Oracle. “This technology gives our OpenVMS customers the opportunity to move to Oracle Cloud today and experience all the price/performance advantages Oracle Cloud has to offer.”

A recent performance study by Stromasys partner, Software Concepts International – who tested Rdb workloads on OpenVMS on Charon-AXP (Alpha emulation) in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure – revealed astonishing results: up to 50% faster legacy application performance for virtualized Alpha GS1280 workloads on Oracle HPC versus running on classic Alpha hardware. To download a PDF of the full analysis please, click here.

Powered by Oracle Cloud status recognizes OPN member solutions that have been tested or verified to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. This achievement offers customers confidence that the partner’s application is supported by the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure SLA , enabling they have full access and control over their cloud infrastructure services as well as consistent performance.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace offers an intuitive user interface to browse and search for available applications and services, as well as user ratings and reviews to help customers determine the best business solutions for their organization. With its new automated application installation features, customers can easily deploy provider business applications from a centralized cloud interface.

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, HP 9000, 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 thousands of cross-platform virtualization solutions to the world’s leading companies in over 50 countries.

About Software Concepts International (SCI)
SCI, a US-based company with over 32 years’ experience supporting OpenVMS, Oracle Rdb, and CODASYL DBMS database environments, is known internationally as the leading provider of Managed Services for OpenVMS System and Database Management with a consulting specialization in extreme performance for the most complex, demanding environments. As a Stromasys Premier Partner, SCI has over 15 years’ experience migrating VAX and Alpha customers to Charon emulators for mission critical legacy system environments.

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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Eliminate the risk of Alpha Server hardware failure

Wheeler Manufacturing, a jewelry manufacturer based in South Dakota, needed to protect their critical production applications running on an AlphaServer. These applications were highly customized, and the system itself had been in use for 15 years. When a disk drive failed and a full day of production was lost—in addition to the drive’s contents—Wheeler knew they needed to find a way to reduce the risk of future downtime. Replacing the broken drive would solve the immediate problem, but Wheeler wanted a more permanent solution.

For businesses like Wheeler Manufacturing, classic systems house time-tested, mission-critical applications that oversee production. These have been running for a very long time, and have been customized and perfected over the years to accommodate the precise specifications of the company’s manufacturing process. When the hardware begins to malfunction or fail, companies must assess their options:

They can search for spare parts and ongoing support, but this can be hard to find as classic systems are reaching End of Life. New parts are no longer readily available, and the workforce of knowledgeable technicians to support and repair these machines is dwindling.

An alternative is to invest in a new system. A new system can of course be customized to the company’s needs, but the process is time-consuming, expensive, runs the risk of losing years or even decades of important data, and requires extensive retraining of employees. For companies that work with tight budgets and can’t afford to shut down production for long periods of time, this isn’t a viable option.

For Wheeler Manufacturing, these options weren’t attractive. Maintaining the original hardware was risky, and an entirely new system would necessitate enormous costs and excessive downtime—not to mention risking loss of data in the conversion process.

Then Pyramid Technology, a Stromasys Partner, mentioned CHARON-AXP from Stromasys. What began as a search for a replacement part ended with the installation of a Stromasys solution at Wheeler Manufacturing. With the help of CHARON-AXP/SMA Plus from Stromasys, Wheeler has succeeded in extending the life of the applications on which their business relies—and have benefitted from a substantial performance improvement.

In the words of Tony Waller, CIO of Wheeler Manufacturing: “All our software works like it always did, only twice as fast.” For Wheeler, Stromasys has proved to be a gateway to business continuity.

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