From the early beginning vtAlpha and vtVAX were installable directly on the X86 hardware (Bare Metal), which was a great benefit of this product set. Using the included hypervisor vtServer it was possible to run multiple virtual Alphas and VAXes in parallel on that X86 host.
Support for Virtual Machine installations was also available. VMware, Hyper-V, KVM and Xen are the most popular ones. Our virtual Alpha and VAX products run well on these virtual host infrastructures.
One of our prospects asked if we were VMware certified. Since we didn’t even know such a thing existed we weren’t. So we applied, went through the procedures VMware has in place for this and obtained this certification without a problem.
So from now on we can proudly say: vtAlpha, vtVAX and vtServer are all VMware certified. We made no changes to the products, we only got the certification.
Find more about this here: OpenVMS and Tru64 on X86
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.
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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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During the HP event in Vienna I attended a presentation about HP’s project Odyssey and that looked like a very interesting development to me, especially for the owners of Tru64 and the older OpenVMS systems.
In fact this is a blade concept, supporting Itanium and Intel Xeon processor based blade boards that will be seamlessly integrated in one box.
“And what does that bring me?” you might say as owner of one of these retired Alpha or VAX systems.
When you consider the combination with vtAlpha and vtVAX it can bring you a lot. Your current Alpha and VAX-based systems got a more and more isolated position due to the retired status of that hardware, but now they can be brought back in a recent and company wide platform, without changing your software.
vtAlpha and vtVAX are thin layers on top of an x86 based host computer creating an Alpha or VAX environment wherein you can run the virtual equivalent of your hardware Alpha or VAX system.
It are actually Alpha and VAX hypervisors (or Virtual Machine Managers, if you like) creating multiple Alpha and VAX systems on top of the x86 host. And that x86-host can now be part of the Odyssey infrastructure.
This means that with project Odyssey and vtAlpha/vtVAX you can reunite your older OpenVMS and Tru64 systems with your other, more current Itanium-based, HP-UX, Linux, Non-stop and Integrity/VMS systems on the same platform.
Odyssey, Hypervisors, Virtualization, no this is not an episode of Star Trek. It is a real opportunity to update your retired Alpha and VAX installation to a more modern platform and (re-)combine it with the rest of your IT-infrastructure, with little effort.
Time to beam-up your existing Alpha or VAX installation?
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