|What is the future of
OpenVMS has a very bright future we are making
significant investments in HP OpenVMS in the areas of business-critical
capabilities and software that enables eBusiness solutions.
As outlined in our rolling 5-year strategy, the OpenVMS group
- Release new versions of the operating system every 12-18
- Support all new AlphaServers
- Port OpenVMS to the Itanium processor family
- Provide web-enabling software
- Provide tools and services to seamlessly integrate with
Tru64 UNIX and
|When is OpenVMS Version
is planned to start shipping by the end of December. At that
point it will be shipped with all new AlphaServer systems and
will also be orderable through the standard HP ordering systems
and through our business partners.
|What are the key new
features in the OpenVMS V7.3-2 release?
OpenVMS V7.3-2 supports all the new AlphaServer Series supported
with remedial kits and V7.3-1. Significant features of OpenVMS
- Extended failover capability for LAN adapters
- Component Indictment for errors logged to CPU
- Enhancements to Device Shadowing
- Performance improvements for applications running on SMP
- Updated security standards
- Industry standard encryption options
- UNIX portability enhancements
- Scalability improvements for TCP/IP Services
|Will applications that
run on previous versions of OpenVMS run on new AlphaServer systems?
|Yes. As long as the TIMA
kit is installed applications that were written to documented
APIs will continue to work as the did previous releases of OpenVMS.
|What is the support policy
for OpenVMS V7.3-2?
OpenVMS V7.3-2 will be supported in compliance with HP Customer
Services Length of Support policy which states that HP will
provide software technical support for its software for the
latest, currently shipping version and the immediate prior
version of the product. Moreover, note that in keeping with
our support policy, V7.3-2 will be available for Prior Version
No specific date is available at this time as to when service
life will end for V7.3-2. As soon as that information is available
it will be posted at: http://h18005.www1.hp.com/services/software/ss_openvms.html
|What about customers
who continue to run OpenVMS on AlphaServer systems after Itanium-based
systems are available?
|Our plan is to achieve
single source code between AlphaServer systems and Itanium-based
systems resulting in a common operating environment. We also
intend to maintain our tradition of backwards compatibility
with AlphaServer systems for investment protection.
|What changes will be
made to the current OpenVMS development roadmap?
|The core OpenVMS strategy
remains unchanged and we expect little to no impact on our current
roadmaps. We will continue to be in lock-step with the AlphaServer
roadmaps. Our focus will be on providing increased performance,
price/performance, and application support. We will continue
to deliver on our existing roadmaps.
|What is the maximum number
of soft partitions or Instances of OpenVMS are supported on
the EV7 AlphaServer platforms?
Each system model has different limits for the maximum number
- ES47 is up to two instances of OpenVMS.
- ES80 is up to four instances of OpenVMS.
- GS1280 is up to sixteen instances of OpenVMS.
- Models 8,16 and 32 is up to 8 instances of OpenVMS.
- Model 64 is up to 16 instances of OpenVMS
- This requires at least two 32P hard partitions
with 8 instances in each hard partition.
|Do I need
to buy a Galaxy license for each soft partition or instance
Galaxy is licensed by the number of CPUs in an AlphaServer system
or in a hard partition. For example, the GS1280 Model 16, with
16 CPUs, would require one OpenVMS Galaxy license for 16 CPUs.
This allows maximum flexibility for the number of soft partitions
that you may require as your business needs change.
|Will I need
to buy separate layered product application licenses for each
soft partition of OpenVMS on the AlphaServer system?
OpenVMS Galaxy license terms allow the HP layered product application
licenses to be used for the entire system, regardless of the
number of soft or hard partitions. Again, this is for maximum
flexibility as your business needs change.
|If I already
have an AlphaServer, what do I need to run OpenVMS Galaxy on
should need is the OpenVMS Galaxy license for the number of
CPUs in your system. You do need to review the hardware requirements
in the HP OpenVMS Partitioning and Galaxy Guide, which is posted
|Can I transfer
my OpenVMS Galaxy license from my current AlphaServer to my
new EV7 AlphaServer?
OpenVMS Galaxy licenses are fully transferable to the new AlphaServer
systems for investment protection.
Galaxy be available on the HP Integrity Servers when OpenVMS
plans to be part of the HP Partitioning Continuum to support
hard and soft partitions on the Integrity Servers in 2005.
What resources are available to OpenVMS software developers?
The HP developers program DSPP is a program open to and intended
to support and assist HP OpenVMS partners, consultants, and
service providers. DSPP provides members with various benefits.
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