Beginning in 2002, the FastTrack team has worked closely with partners to help port their applications to OpenVMS on Integrity servers, providing focused, skilled engineering resources, secure lab
access to Integrity servers, and membership in a hardware loan program. This foundation of resources helped a select group of pioneer partners guarantee a quick start for their application
Working with partners in the healthcare and manufacturing industries, the first two FastTrack participants staged major applications, each with more than three million lines of code, on
AlphaServer systems in Nashua, New Hampshire. When OpenVMS v8.0 was released on June 30, 2003, the porting to Integrity servers began.
The first two third-party solutions ported to OpenVMS on Integrity servers were completed using the FastTrack lab, a secure, remote environment for testing and porting applications. The partners
never saw the Integrity rx2600 systems they were using—they were thousands of miles away in this secure lab—but the dynamic nature of the FastTrack program enabled HP technicians and
partners to work seamlessly together.
The manufacturing application was primarily written in Fortran; the healthcare application was written in C and C++. As expected, bugs were found immediately and fed back to the appropriate
engineering teams. Fixes and new base levels were then provided and progress was immediately made.
Enormous successes were achieved for the partners as well as for OpenVMS on Integrity servers. With the help of FastTrack engineers, the manufacturing solution was running successfully in October
2003 and this solution was demonstrated at the partner's worldwide user conference later that year. Major progress was also made with the healthcare application.