Yesterday, HP announced the official release of OpenVMS 8.2 on both Integrity (based on IA-64 processors) and Alpha-based systems. As reported in my article here, OpenVMS on Integrity is in excellent shape and ready for normal use.There’s already been one press interview with Mark Gorham, but that encounter with HP’s VP of the OpenVMS Systems Division omitted some technical details that warrant further attention. Hence, I thought it appropriate to go on a deep dive with one experienced in OpenVMS and SCUBA diving as well. View the full interview at ShannonKnowsHPC.com…
HP Announces Availability of OpenVMS 8.2; Interview
Submitted by Bob Gezelter 2005-01-19 OS News 4 Comments
Who is going to use this ??
Maybe those who were using OpenVMS 8.1 on Integrity and Alpha-based systems ?
Actually, for most users, there was no 8.0 and 8.1.
On Alpha (and when VAX version is issued), the jump will be from OpenVMS 7.3-2 to 8.2.
8.0 and 8.1 were assigned to the two Field Test versions of the IA-64 variants. 8.0 was used by a VERY LIMITED number of key ISVs. 8.1 was available to a wider audience, but was not intended for production use.
8.2 is a full production release.
As to the general question of “Who is going to use this?”, the answer is “People who want a robust, reliable system”. The applications run from conventional applications to high integrity (pardon the pun) www and database servers. In my consulting practice, OpenVMS uptimes are commonly limited by the reliability of the power sources (plugs pulled out of the wall and acidentally tripped circuit breakers are some of the more common sources of problems). Restarts are a truly exceptional event.
– Bob Gezelter, http://www.rlgsc.com
who is going to use this – people not blinded by the Sun or leage with the Dark one of Redmond !
Seriously VMS has the lowest TCO, best reliability, best security etc. If you want a secure database server, web server, email server etc then why not use VMS. The users don’t care what the server is – they do care when its not available due to crash, installing this weeks patchs, infected by a virus etc.
The entry price of a vms system is now much lower than previously seen and vms should be considered more often.