|[July 31, 2014]
VMS Software, Inc. Named Exclusive Developer of Future Versions of OpenVMS Operating System.
BOLTON, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
VMS Software, Inc. (VSI) today announced that HP has named it as the
sole developer of future versions of the OpenVMS operating system and
its layered product components.
Under the agreement, VSI will license OpenVMS operating system source
code from HP to expand the OpenVMS product roadmap, by adding new
hardware platform releases, beginning with a new version of OpenVMS for
HP Integrity i4 servers based on Poulson, Intel® Itanium® Processor (News - Alert) 9500
Series (rx2800i4, BL8xxi4). In the future, VSI will support other
hardware platforms, including X86-based servers. VSI's latest roadmap is
available at www.vmssoftware.com/news/announcement/RM.
VSI has assembled an onshore team of veteran OpenVMS developers, many
harking back to the core DEC team responsible for the technical
excellence that has been the hallmark of OpenVMS.
OpenVMS is the platform of choice for many customers because of OpenVMS'
unmatched security, stability and legendary uptime performance. The
agreement between VSI and HP helps protect the long-term investments
customers have made by enabling many more years of future releases and
support. New OpenVMS software releases will undergo the rigorous
qualification and validation testing that has been an integral part of
the OpenVMS tradition.
Customers can continue to purchase new Itanium-based OpenVMS licenses
and support through HP. Customers also have the flexibility of
purchasing licenses and support for new releases directly from VSI. HP
will continue to support older versions of OpenVMS as detailed in HP's
current OpenVMS roadmap. VSI will announce the release date for OpenVMS
for i4 Poulson in the near future. "This is a great day for VSI and for
the thousands of customers who rely on the stability and security of
OpenVMS," said Duane P. Harris, CEO of VMS Software, Inc. "We are
grateful and thrilled that HP has granted us stewardship over the future
of this marquee operating system. Our passion for taking OpenVMS into
future decades is only matched by the many developers and customers who
have relied on it to faithfully run their mission critical applications
over the last 30 years."
"With a complete long-term solution from HP and VMS Software, customers
will now have the flexibility to choose which OpenVMS platform is right
for their business," said Ric Lewis, vice president and general manager,
Enterprise Server Business segment, HP. "Customers who would like to
deploy OpenVMS on current and future HP technologies now have additional
options, and those who choose to stay on their existing OpenVMS platform
will be protected by the extended HP support services announced
previously without interruption or change in process."
VSI was founded by the investors and principals of Nemonix Engineering,
a 30-year provider of hardware components, upgrades and system refreshes
for OpenVMS-based servers. VSI is entirely focused on the development,
sale, and support of OpenVMS, worldwide.
Digital Equipment Corporation launched the first release of OpenVMS in
1977, under the name "VMS." The platform gained legendary appeal for its
disaster recovery, 100 percent uptime, low cost of ownership, and
stellar security. "The operating system has a very loyal installed base
of customers [who] show no signs of wanting to give it up," reported one
user in an InformationWeek article.
About VMS Software
VMS Software, Inc. develops, sells and
supports innovative and advanced releases of OpenVMS, the most secure
operating system on the planet. The company's core motivation is to
support and enable customers to run their mission critical applications
at the legendary uptime levels OpenVMS is known for, at maximum
performance levels, today and into the future. VMS Software is
headquartered in Bolton, MA. For more information, go to http://www.vmssoftware.com.
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