Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Mar 2017 21:08 UTC, submitted by uridium
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This latest 2017-2019 product roadmap includes, for the first time, the latest support roadmap. There is also further details about the next OpenVMS V8.x and V9.0 release for Itanium, along with the "early adapter" release of V9.0 of OpenVMS for x86 servers.

Development is continuing at a steady pace.

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RE: That is impressive
by vocivus on Wed 8th Mar 2017 14:51 UTC in reply to "That is impressive"
vocivus
Member since:
2010-03-13

I suppose it is what DEC should have done all that time ago instead of putting the effort into Alpha hardware/software and then onto Itanium with HP. A better move would have been to migrate to Intel x86 despite the hardware initially being a generation behind.

A little perspective:

At the time that VMS was ported to Alpha, x64 wasn't even a dream, and there was nothing enterprise about the x86 hardware offerings. Alpha served DEC well.

In hindsight, the Itanium effort was a complete waste, but even then, Intel wasn't even thinking about x64 - and it would have been even more ridiculous to port to 32-bit x86.

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RE[2]: That is impressive
by Anachronda on Wed 8th Mar 2017 15:02 in reply to "RE: That is impressive"
Anachronda Member since:
2007-04-18

In hindsight, the Itanium effort was a complete waste,


Hindsight? Ha! Everyone knew it was a waste while it was going on. That's why many of us are still bitter about the Alphacide.

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yerverluvinunclebert Member since:
2014-05-03

I'd agree about hindsight - but at the time it was clear to many that itaniaum was the wrong choice but probably the only one available to DEC/Compaq/HP. A better bet would have been to wrest x86 away from Intel and extend it to 64bits just as AMD eventually did. DEC still thought of themselves as big players (as they really were for a while) and they thought that their own proprietary 64bit Alpha hardware was the sure fire way to lock in existing customers. x86 was not considered a grown-up solution at the time. Hindsight is a good thing but AMD got it right, grabbed the x86 specification and took it to 64bit before Intel even knew what was happening, killing Itanium in the process but it still didn't help AMD that much...

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RE[3]: That is impressive
by vocivus on Wed 8th Mar 2017 18:15 in reply to "RE[2]: That is impressive"
vocivus Member since:
2010-03-13

"In hindsight, the Itanium effort was a complete waste,


Hindsight? Ha! Everyone knew it was a waste while it was going on. That's why many of us are still bitter about the Alphacide.
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That is true. I mourned Alpha's passing too. I've still got an Alphastation 500 sitting around. Itanic was more about Intel positioning product than it was about advancement of the state of the art.

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