vtAlpha version 3 available

This week we released version 3 of our Alpha and VAX virtualization product. Version 3 contains mainly updates at the vtAlpha side, like increased CPU performance by assigning more resources for Alpha virtualization.

vtAlpha now covers the full range of Alpha computer products, up to the Enterprise Class AlphaServer GS320.

Also added are the virtual equivalents of the EI1000 and DEGXA Gigabit Ethernet adapters that can be found in these bigger Alpha systems.

In version 3 we also introduce a new back-plane for the virtual AlphaServer 2000 and 4000 models to support older OpenVMS and Tru64 releases.

The vtMonitor management interface was modernized as well to support the new functions and reflect the importance of the changes in version 3.

For more information contact your local vtAlpha and vtVAX representative, they will be happy to update you about all the new features.

vtAlpha/vtVAX v2.9

Version 2.9 (released July 7, 2014) includes quite a few interesting new features, the most important items summarized here:

  • vtVAX can now replace 5 and 6 CPU VAX6000 and VAX7000 systems, addressing the very high end segment of the VAX replacement market
  • vtVAX already performed factors faster than the original VAX hardware, this version adds even more virtual CPU performance
  • vtAlpha increased its Floating Point performance and added the DE600 Ethernet adapter to its virtual adapter list (= EIx device in OpenVMS).
  • FibreChannel storage was already supported, this version adds autosensing of changes in a FibreChannel storage infrastructure. Adding and removing of devices is automatically detected and instantly available for the running virtual Alpha and VAX instances without having to stop/start them.
  • Support for iSCSI storage is added in this version. Your virtual Alpha and VAX can use local storage of any kind of network based storage (NFS, SAN, iSCSI).
  • vtAlpha resource monitoring. When a virtual Alpha frequently  exhausts the CPU or memory resources it has available, the system manager is notified. Now more host resources can be allocated to ensure the virtual Alpha can work at the maximum speed.
  • Multiple DNS servers. Support for up to 3 DNS addresses is included in this new version for maximum flexibility.

There are many more smaller improvements included in this release. If you want to know more about that, contact your local vtAlpha/vtVAX reseller. They will be happy to give you the information you need.

Or send us an email.

Mix vtAlpha and vtVAX on the same host

vtAlpha and vtVAX are created/supported by AVTware and Vere Technologies who work in close unison to bring virtualization to OpenVMS and Tru64 users to prolong the lifetime of their software.

vtAlpha started as Bare Metal, running Alpha virtualization without the need of a pre-installed operating system like Windows. vtVAX was originally developed on Windows since there was a high demand for that environment. Now vtVAX is also available in a Bare Metal version, able to run side-by-side with vtAlpha on the same host computer. The vtVAX Windows version remains available, updated and supported.

Mixed vtVAX and vtAlpha Bare Metal

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This image shows the vtMonitor management interface running a virtual Alpha DS10 and a VAX 4000-105 (marked green in the left hand pane) together on the same host system. The console on the right shows the VAX4000, the left one the DS10.

This shows that the vtVAX and vtAlpha products provide the best integration of virtual VAX and Alpha in the market.

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Springtime, the birth of a new vtAlpha version

On April 3, 2013 AVTware gave birth to vtAlpha v2.7.

Additional characteristics of this brand new vtAlpha family member:

  • Support for legacy storage types (MSCP, DSSI, IDE and RAID).
  • Network File Storage (NFS) included. Interesting for “on the fly” off-host backups.
  • vtAlpha full system partition backup and restore.
  • Email alerts to notify system management of critical issues.
  • Virtual PBXDA (Serial Line Adapter) enhancements.
  • Full VMware Vmotion support (migrate a running OpenVMS/Tru64 system from one host to another)
  • Various improvements in the management tool.

With this new version vtAlpha shows its constant growth in functionality, again including many requests we receive from our customers.

We encourage you to keep us on the edge, improving the product by telling our local representatives about your desires and requirements for vtAlpha.

Let us know what you like to see in the next version.

 

vtAlpha Eco App: save on energy consumption and costs

When replacing your physical Alpha by its virtual equivalent in vtAlpha you will cut down your energy bill quite some since the Alpha computers were not exactly ‘Green Machines’. You can cut the energy bill even more by combining multiple virtual Alpha’s on a single host system.

Slash VAX/Alpha energy consumption by 80%

To further cut down the energy consumption we  developed the vtAlpha Eco App (Energy Conservation Application).

The vtAlpha Eco App (freeware) detects inactivity in the virtual Alpha CPU-usage and releases the host CPU(s) when this is the case. This downsizes the energy consumption (power, fans, cooling, heat dissipation) a great deal. Running the Eco App has no negative side effects and we recommend to install and activate it at all times.

Other virtual Alpha products run the Host CPU at full throttle, consuming lots of energy and wearing down the physical host fast, forcing early replacement. Using the Eco App on vtAlpha prevents this from happening.

The installation and activation method depends on the type and version of the guest operating system (OpenVMS/Tru64). For Tru64 v5 installations the Eco App can be activated by executing the ‘set ecoapp‘ command in console mode. For OpenVMS we developed a client package that needs to be installed in OpenVMS. A similar client for pre-v5 Tru64 versions will become available in the near future.

Ask your vtAlpha provider for the vtAlpha Eco App or contact our support people for more details.