Skip to comments.Call off the firing squad: HP grants stay of execution to OpenVMS
Posted on 08/03/2014 10:59:47 AM PDT by OneWingedShark
In a surprise move, HP has granted OpenVMS a new lease on life, effectively reversing last year's decision to mothball the venerable server OS.
HP hasn't changed its mind about its latest OpenVMS roadmap, which has it ending standard support for some versions of the OS next year and pulling the plug completely by 2020. Rather, it has granted an exclusive license to another company, VMS Software Inc. (VSI), to take over after its own support ends.
That doesn't just mean providing hospice care for geriatric servers, either. VSI says it plans to produce new builds of OpenVMS for newer hardware architectures, beginning with the latest Intel Itanium chips and eventually crossing over to the x86 architecture.
"We are grateful and thrilled that HP has granted us stewardship over the future of this marquee operating system," VSI CEO Duane Harris said in a press release. "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."
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Could we get a tech-ping for this?
I’m cool with VMS, not so much with Itanium.
I used VMS on a couple of VAXes (or would the be VAXen?) back in the late 80s early 90s. Seemed like an ok OS then. Not sure what the latter versions are like.
They just handed it off to another company? Nobody ever hands their product rights off to me!
"We moved our base camp last night and were now positioned literally
within feet of the river. Have been sitting here watching the border
patrol patrolling in their riverboats all night and all morning..."
Good old VMS. 25 years of experience with the OS.
Secure, stable, easy and logical to manage. I’m not
sure there’s a better operating system alive. Regards.
There are a couple of products that could use a bit of effort/attention.
For example, I think WordPerfect could be top-notch again were Corel to put a little effort in re-writing it using formal methods. (Actually I think the first [full-featured] word processor that goes w/ formal methods would have a huge marketing opportunity.)
FireBird is a decent DB, but could use a bit of polish on the GUI/initial-setup and a bit of improvement on the SQL.