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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vtAlpha: a Green Machine

Aside from being a quick and easy way to prolong the life time of your Alpha applications, applying vtAlpha can be a serious contribution to lowering your energy consumption.

We ran a energy consumption measurement between an AlphaServer of average size and its vtAlpha equivalent. The results were significant.

A four CPU Alpha Server consumed 630 Watts. Its vtAlpha equivalent consumed only 230 Watts. 60% less energy consumption by using vtAlpha!

When you combine two of these Alpha’s on a single host, power consumption will drop from 1260 Watt to 290: 75% less!

Also, the energy candle burns on two ends: power consumption results in heat dissipation, which you have to cool down again, so the gain is x 2. When you have Green Goals to achieve vtAlpha will certainly help you.

And there is more.

We have developed the Eco App, allowing vtAlpha to cut energy consumption even further. Eco App shaves another 25% of your energy consumption. It is packaged with vtAlpha, you only have to add it to OpenVMS or activate it in a Tru64 installation. There are no downsides for its use, no performance loss or anything else, so we recommend to always activate it.

Green Machine

Please check your vtAlpha documentation, your vtAlpha support person, or ask us to contact you.


Alpha running native on x86

The idea of replacing an AlphaServer by a virtual Alpha running on a modern and more common host computer is welcomed by most IT managers. The concept of computer virtualization is a functional and financial very attractive solution. The main advantages are that Alpha virtualization is a very quick and inexpensive way to move your existing applications to a newer platform.
It lets you prolong the lifetime of valuable and important applications by replacing the supporting hardware platform. Not having to change your delicate and expensive software is a very important benefit.

The importance of their applications makes people very wary when they hear that potential solutions run on a foreign operating system like Windows or sometimes Linux. The main concerns focus around security and reliability.

Alphas and VAXes are known to runĀ uninterrupted for years in a row, so their successor faces the same expectations. A foreign host operating system is a reliability risk since the virtual Alpha has no control over it. Changes made to the host operating system are outside the scope and influence of the virtual Alpha. Bug-fix or service pack updates of these host operating systems sometimes cause compatibility problems with the execution of the virtual Alpha. This can result in undesired down-time for the virtual Alpha system(s).

vtAlpha addresses these concerns by running the Alpha virtualization native on a standard x86-type host.

Bare Metal Approach

vtAlpha can run directly on the x86 host. The product includes a Host Hardware Manager that supports a broad range of peripheral devices. This ensures the support of most available x86 related peripherals.

It is an x86-based Alpha, a unique proposition.

vtAlpha also runs on virtual machines. Virtual machines are increasingly becoming the IT infrastructure of choice with our potential users, therefore our solution is designed to support that environment.

In fact vtAlpha has the broadest range of host system support available:

  1. It will run directly on the physical host hardware
  2. It will run on virtual machines

Bare Metal

Read more about the vtAlpha Bare Metal capability on the website.

AVTware Virtualization Weblog

Welcome to the Virtualization Weblog (Vlog) that we will maintain on our site.

With the help of this Vlog we want to keep you abreast of all kind of news related to the world of Alpha and VAX virtualization we operate in.

We will publish relevant articles or share articles we are aware of with you. But foremost we would like to use this Vlog as one of the ways to communicate with you.
Learn from your feedback and use it to improve ourselves.

We are looking forward to meet you on this Vlog.

The AVTware Team