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Status of OpenVMS

The OpenVMS operating system is ready and safe for the transition to the year 2000! We can confidently make this claim for a number of reasons:
  • Software uses 4-digit years
    The OpenVMS operating system has always allowed a 4-digit year format, which is not affected by the transition to the year 2000. Applications that consistently use the 4-digit year format will make a seamless transition into the year 2000.

  • Hardware uses 4-digit years
    At the hardware level, no changes are required because DIGITAL's Alpha and VAX system platforms use 4-digit year representational formats and will be totally unaffected by the transition to the year 2000.

  • Testing found no problems
    OpenVMS is one of the few operating systems that allows users to set the system clock to times in the future, so it is possible to simulate the transition to the year 2000 and beyond. Both DIGITAL and OpenVMS customers have performed such simulations and no problems have been reported.

  • Code investigation found only a few, minor limitations
    A complete, formal, and detailed code investigation on OpenVMS Versions 7.1, 6.2, and 5.5-2 uncovered only a very few, minor limitations in older and rarely used components. Year 2000 enhancement kits for these versions are now available through the normal service channels and on the Web.

Importance of Testing Your Environment

DIGITAL expects that most Year 2000-related problems will occur primarily in layered applications. Therefore, it is important to start evaluating your environments and applications as soon as possible. Even if DIGITAL's products are ready for the year 2000, you must ensure that the environments in which these products operate are also ready.

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