CPU and Backplane

vtAlpha-ES virtualizes a multi-CPU AlphaServer backplane with 10 PCI slots for virtual adapters. vtAlpha-ES starts with one CPU in the Base License and can be extended  to four CPUs with extra virtual CPU licenses.

Virtual Alpha memory

vtAlpha-ES supports up to 32 GB of virtual Alpha memory allowing you to expand the memory of your virtual Alpha without additional costs.

Supported Alpha operating systems

  • OpenVMS 7.1-2
  • Tru64 4.0F

Clustering is supported (both OpenVMS and Tru64)

Storage subsystem

vtAlpha connects the virtual Alpha with modern storage. This allows to store the Alpha data on devices that were never originally supported by the OpenVMS or Tru64 operating systems on the AlphaServers.

The Alpha software continues to address its regular storage structure (SCSI disks and tapes, MSA/EVA SAN) despite the fact that the host side may use different technology (like SATA, iSCSI, NFS, or modern SAN (e.g. 3PAR, EMC, etc).
vtAlpha hides the X86 technology differences for your software.

Network subsystem

vtAlpha virtualizes most Alpha Ethernet adapter types. Virtual adapters can connect to a host Ethernet adapter or share a single host Ethernet link. All Alpha supported protocols will run on vtAlpha (TCP/IP, DECnet, Multinet, LAT, etc.).

vtAlpha offers extra virtual network options like the Virtual Network Switch and Bonding Devices, allowing to combine multiple virtual network links in a single host link. VLAN is also supported.

These extra features help you to design the optimal network infrastructure for your virtual Alpha(s).

Serial lines

vtAlpha supports the OPA0 and COM2 serial ports by default. These can be mapped to a serial line or Ethernet port.

vtAlpha also supports virtual PBXDA serial lines adapters, each of which add eight serial lines to the two that are always available.

Host computer recommendations

For vtAlpha-ES we recommend a X86 Server with Intel Xeon E5/E7 and a CPU frequency of at least 3 GHz.

See Host Computer Recommendations for more details.

User documentation

User documentation is included in the product and accessible via the Management Interface in HTML and PDF format.

Software license protection

vtAlpha software is available under an End-User License. The license is stored on a physical license key (Smart Card technology) using a USB-connector for reasons of compatibility.

Multiple vtAlpha and vtVAX licenses can be combined on a single license key. The vtAlpha license mechanism is network capable and can be made available across the company network to all virtual Alpha(s) and VAX(es) in the network.

Product items

Base License.
Virtualizes one AlphaServer ES-class system, one CPU, up to 32 GB virtual memory, and all virtualized devices.

Additional CPU option.
Adds one extra virtual CPU to the vtAlpha-ES Base License.

Software Support Service.
Access to the support desk with questions or problems and free upgrades to the latest version of the purchased product.

Disaster Recovery License.
720 hours of vtAlpha-ES usage that can be used for failover when the original license is unavailable or damaged.

vtAlpha-ES can replace:

  • AlphaServer ES40
  • AlphaServer ES45
  • AlphaServer ES47

vtAlpha-ES virtualizes:

  • 1 - 4 Alpha CPUs
  • Up to 32 GB Alpha memory
  • AlphaServer ES back-plane
  • 10 PCI slots
  • Ethernet Adapters
  • - DE600, DE500
  • - DE450, DE435
  • - DEGXA, EI1000
  • Serial Line Adapters
  • KZPBA SCSI Adapters
  • KGPSA Fibre Channel Adapter
  • VTDSK Legacy Storage Adapter
  • Logical disks and tapes
  • Physical disks and tapes
  • Generic SCSI devices

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