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When production stopped…a Q & A with Wheeler Manufacturing

 

In 2014, everyone at Wheeler Manufacturing was working overtime to fulfill orders ahead of their busy season. Wheeler is a wholesale domestic jewelry manufacturer in South Dakota and its clients were resellers in the travel, resort, tourist, and jewelry industries. Their high seasons are May, June, July, and August and they needed to have orders turned around within three to four days.

But all production stopped when Wheeler’s hardware, a DEC AlphaServer, failed. It wasn’t the first time a drive had failed but it was the first time it had happened during business hours. Wheeler lost a day of production in addition to everything on the drive…and it took three or four days to receive necessary support.

Over the 15 years Wheeler had been using the Alpha server, it was historically a reliable system but it had started to fail and receiving a support quickly was increasingly a difficult challenge. Looking for a solution, the search eventually led Wheeler to Stromasys. We were able to sit down with Jason Rambo, Treasurer and Comptroller at Wheeler, and catch up with what happened at the time and how things have been since then.

  1. What systems were running on the server when it failed?

A completely customized software, called Workwise, ran off the VMS operating system which sat on the Alpha server. That Workwise software handled many aspects of the manufacturing process, including inventory control and order processing, as well as accounts payable and financial statement. It’s a critical piece in our IT structure to our business.

  1. Before deciding to go with Stromasys, what other ideas were you thinking about?

We knew this was an ongoing problem that needed to be fixed. It’s really expensive to completely rewrite the software and it takes a lot of time. We thought about buying another software but that would take more time to customize it and rework it to fit our needs. We needed something that would work quickly and help move us away from the Alpha server.

  1. What made you hesitant at first about the Stromasys solution, Charon?

We had serious reservations about just throwing money out the window and this solution sounded too good to be true. We talked to many customers about how Charon worked and decided to go with it. The Alpha server was growing problem that was becoming worse.

  1. Once you decided to move forward, how did the implementation go?

We arranged for a Stromasys engineer to be on-site and implementation was like a piece of cake. Obviously, we did testing but everything functioned the way it should. Once we installed Charon, it was essentially the exact same product we always used.

  1. How has Charon changed your IT infrastructure?

Performance is about four to five times faster than it was before. Being in IT, we also now have the peace of mind that our server is not going to go down, especially during high production times. As far as I’m concerned for anyone who wants to operate on VMS software, Stromasys is the only ticket in town.

Are you facing challenges with your legacy system? Contact us today for a free consultation of our Charon software solution or to migrate to the cloud.

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Press release: Stromasys announces virtual SPARC, VAX, Alpha, HP3000 for VMware Cloud on AWS and Attains VMware Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS Validation

Stromasys’ virtualizations solution, Charon, provides customers with the ability to move legacy workloads – unchanged – to modern x86 infrastructure or a hybrid cloud

Raleigh, NC, June 21, 2019 — Stromasys, the industry-leading legacy server emulation company, today announced Charon-SSP, Charon-VAX, Charon-AXP, and Charon-HPA are available to customers of VMware Cloud™ on AWS. The company has also attained VMware Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS validation.

VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware’s enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software and elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to give organizations consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud. Charon delivers extended life expectancy for legacy applications, many born last century, to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS .

Charon emulators perform dynamic instruction translation of legacy-to-modern OS hardware commands, while taking advantage of modern processor speeds—without making changes to legacy applications or data. Combining Charon with VMware virtual machines provides additional failure protection should the physical server—which hosts a VMware virtual machine—fail. The associated Charon virtual machine takes advantage of vMotion to transfer to another vSphere-based server. This also works for virtual machines on which Charon is running VMS Cluster.

By validating Stromasys with VMware Cloud on AWS and attaining the VMware Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS logo, Stromasys has tested and verified interoperability and can fully manage customer support requests for Charon solutions with VMware Cloud on AWS.

“Stromasys Charon for VMware Cloud on AWS will help our customers go the last mile in their IT modernization,” said John Prot, CEO of Stromasys. “This collaboration further extends our commitment to the VMware community and enables customers to easily reap the benefits of virtualized legacy systems. We look forward to leveraging the power of the VMware Cloud on AWS to help our customers achieve their goals.

“We are pleased that Stromasys Charon is validated for VMware Cloud on AWS. This signifies to customers that Charon can be deployed with the knowledge and reassurance that the partner fully supports the specified versions and configurations on VMware Cloud on AWS,” said Kristen Edwards, vice president, Emerging ISVs & Solutions, VMware.

The Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS program enables partners to validate their application/infrastructure component on VMware Cloud on AWS. Partners extend their on-premises solution capabilities to the cloud, enabling a consistent user experience and functionality on VMware Cloud on AWS.

Stromasys Charon can be found within the online VMware Solution Exchange (VSX) at https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/virtual-sparc-for-vmware-cloud-on-aws-1-4?ref=search, https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/virtual-vax-fro-vmware-cloud-on-aws-4-8?ref=search, https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/virtual-hp-3000-for-vmware-cloud-on-aws-1-11?ref=search, and https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/charon-axp?ref=search. The VMware Solution Exchange is an online marketplace where VMware partners and developers can publish rich marketing content and downloadable software for our customers.

 

About VMware Cloud on AWS

Jointly engineered by VMware and AWS, VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand hybrid cloud service that is delivered, sold, and supported by VMware and AWS, and the companies’ respective partners. Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation and running in the AWS Cloud on elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure, VMware Cloud on AWS enables customers to run applications across a consistent hybrid cloud environment, with optimized access to the broad range of native AWS services. With the same architecture and operational experience on-premises and in the cloud, IT teams can quickly derive business value from use of the AWS and VMware hybrid cloud experience. For more information on the VMware Cloud on AWS partner ecosystem, visit: http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws.

 

About Stromasys 

Founded in 1998 with global headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and US headquarters in Raleigh, NC, Stromasys is the original and leading provider of enterprise-class, cross-platform virtualization solutions.  Charon software products emulate legacy VAX, SPARC, Alpha, and HP3000/9000 (PA-RISC) systems on new x86 infrastructure (on-prem or cloud), thus extending the life and agility of mission-critical legacy applications.

View the full press release here.

 


Webinar: Moving Away from Aging Hardware: Cost-Effective Solutions

Here the archived webinar from the Digital Government Institute (DGI) here: https://dgi.webinato.com/archives/379476 

Within government organizations, critical and customized applications keep operations running or hold much-needed data, from issuing licenses to keeping tax records.

These applications run on legacy servers and while the hardware is reliable now…they are quickly beyond end-of-life status with critical applications at risk. In addition, the source code for these applications is often not replicable, causing an expensive dilemma for the organization.

Find out how to keep mission-critical applications through cost-effective virtualization, IT modernization and system enhancement.

In this webinar, you’ll learn the benefits associated with legacy server emulation, as well as:
  • The solutions to keep integral applications without having the headaches of aging hardware
  • How migrating away from legacy hardware, you can potentially save your agency excessive operational expenses
  • Maintain the critical applications and operating systems, while adding performance enhancements
  • How these solutions play into your cloud or data center modernization strategy
In conjunction with the Digital Government Institute, presented by:

Kathryn Carson,
Chief of Staff
Joining Stromasys in 2018, Kathryn served as a program and product manager for many years at BBN Technologies, a research subsidiary of Raytheon.

 


Dave Clements, 
Head of AMS Field Engineering
With over 30 years of experience, Dave brings proven technical performance in network infrastructure management and server virtualization  

Introduction by:

Roger Hockenberry,  CEO of Cognitio
The former CTO for the National Clandestine Service of the CIA, he is a proven technologist with over 20 years working with all aspects of IT 

 


Four increasing costs of keeping your aging hardware

 

Things are running smoothly so far…the operating systems and applications, in which you’ve invested thousands of man hours and millions of dollars are still reliable and critical to your company’s operations.

BUT the decades-old legacy hardware these valuable applications rest on is starting to cause you headaches. Your legacy system is reaching end-of-life status and you find yourself in an organization that continues to put off upgrading or replacing these systems.

While it’s tempting to push your hardware to its limits, you’re incurring significant costs. In fact, continuing to use aging legacy hardware can turn out more expensive than investing in our virtualization solutions. Below, we’ve outlined the primary hidden costs of keeping classic hardware:

Hidden Cost #1: Downtime

It’s the most dreaded scenario for any organization. The financial losses that often accompany downtime come in the forms of lost production time, quantities, sales revenue, overtime costs, and IT recovery costs. Gartner put the hourly cost of downtime for computer network at $42,000. In addition to these measurable costs, there are the less measurable ones: damage to employee morale, disruption of ongoing developments, and irreversible damage to the company’s reputation for not delivering on customer products and services. With hardware emulation, eliminate unplanned hardware downtime by running your mission-critical applications on industry standard servers or in the cloud.

Hidden Cost #2: Maintenance

Companies spend large parts of their budgets on maintenance, and it’s a no-brainer than the maintenance for aging hardware systems consumes a large portion of that budget. Mark Gillespie, Data Center Operations Manager at Workflowone stated, “We went from paying over $100,000 in maintenance fees per year to paying just $10,000 per year” after using our emulation solution, Charon.  In addition to eliminating these steep maintenance costs, hardware virtualization also allows companies to save money by extending the life cycle of critical applications. With modern infrastructure and no retraining or recertification required, companies find themselves with budget freed up to invest in other initiatives.

Hidden Cost #3: Decreased Performance

Has your system slowed down over the years? This is a common phenomenon as hardware ages. This not only impacts the machine’s output but also how effectively employees can use their time. Employees working with an aging system may lose a significant number of work hours as they wait for systems to load—resulting in lost productivity. Oliver Sauter, IT Manager at Kraus & Naimer said, “Our employees were enthusiastic about jobs that used to run eight hours now being done in ten minutes.”

Another customer initially mistook a massive performance improvement for a malfunction when a report that took 30-45 minutes to generate on the original hardware was ready instantaneously after the hardware was emulated. Hardware emulation enables the software to work harder and faster, boosting system performance reliably and consistently.

Hidden Cost #4: Energy Consumption

With increasing pressures on organizations to reduce their energy consumption and “go green,” this can be a challenge for companies with aging hardware that requires more power and cooling. Reduce your organization’s environmental footprint by opting for a Charon hardware emulation solution in place of the original legacy hardware. Running in the cloud or on industry standard servers, Charon makes it easier for companies to reduce power usage and overall environmental impact—not to mention the utility bill. “Space is a big commodity. Using the Stromasys solution, we went from refrigerator-sized VAX hardware that also required a refrigerator-sized array to a modern, rackable HP DL 2U server,” said Steve Olson, VMS systems manager at Fidelity National Financial, “And you can just imagine the savings from lower energy consumption and cooling costs.”

Aging hardware is accompanied by a number of hidden costs, and it only makes sense to consider hardware emulation as a cost-effective option that helps companies protect their software investments. Support your classic software stack with a virtualized hardware solution to improve performance, increase reliability, save money, reduce the data center footprint and embrace today’s data center transformation strategies—all in a single move. Contact us to learn how.


Webinar: Decrease your expenses in 2019 by emulating your legacy applications

Legacy systems in your company: The ROI & Organizational Impact

On Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, our engineer and sales experts, Dave Clements and Sandy Levitt, held a webinar in conjunction with IOUG. They discussed the pain points companies felt when having legacy systems within companies and what organizations can do about it.

Legacy hardware is costing companies over $1.1 million in lost revenue a year through downtime, exorbitant service and support fees, lost data center floor space, inefficient processing time and power consumption. Companies need to replace the aging hardware but they have mission-critical applications running or mandated data to reference. What should they do?

In this webinar, you’ll learn the benefits associated with legacy server emulation, as well as:
• What legacy systems are
• Overview of  risks & costs with legacy hardware
• Options for dealing with hardware
• Three different case studies showing the success of virtualization