Article Title: Stratagies for migrating from Alpha and VAX Systems to HP Integrity Server Systems on OpenVMS
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Article Abstract: The ideal method for migration to OpenVMS on the Intel® Itanium® architecture is to recompile, relink, and requalify. For many users, this strategy has been highly successful. Many
applications, each comprised of hundreds of thousands of lines of source code, have been ported virtually overnight.
Other organizations face more challenging circumstances. Restricted budgets, operational commitments, dependencies on layered products, staff shortages, the sheer number of applications, and the
size of the aggregate source bases make the "all at once" strategy infeasible.
OpenVMS provides unique capabilities that allow an organization to assimilate HP Integrity servers in a phased, structured, extremely low-risk approach. This strategy decouples the different
phases to the maximum extent possible, permitting the assimilation process to proceed transparently to users, with minimal disruption to operations and minimal business risk.
OpenVMS has clustering and image translation capabilities that offer end-user management and technical staff a unique degree of flexibility. In the past, this flexibility has enabled OpenVMS to
confound critics by enabling the assimilation of Alpha processors and, more recently, Intel Itanium processors. The same capabilities that enabled the rapid assimilation of radically different
hardware architectures by the OpenVMS Engineering organization itself are fully available to independent software vendors and end users.
Author Bio: Robert Gezelter, CDP, CSA, CSE, Software Consultant
Robert Gezelter, CDP, CSA, CSE, Software Consultant, guest lecturer and technical facilitator has more than 29 years of international consulting experience in private and
public sectors. He has worked with OpenVMS since the initial release of VMS in 1978, and with OpenVMS Cluster systems since their announcement in 1982. He has worked with portable software,
translation, and cross compilers since 1975.
Mr. Gezelter received his BA and MS degrees in Computer Science from New York University. He also holds Hewlett-Packard's CSA and CSE accreditations relating to OpenVMS.
Mr. Gezelter is a regular guest speaker at technical conferences worldwide such as the HP Technology Forum and Encompass (formerly DECUS) events. His articles have appeared in the Network World, Open
Systems Today, Digital Systems Journal, Digital News, and Hardcopy. He is also a Contributing Editor to the Computer Security Handbook, 4th Edition (Wiley, 2002) and the author of two
chapters in the Handbook of Information Security (Wiley, 2005), including the chapter on OpenVMS Security. Many of his publications and speeches are available through his firm's www site at
He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of Infragard, Encompass, and International Association of Software Architects. He is an alumnus of the IEEE Computer Society's Distinguished Visitors
Program and is a Director of the New York City chapter of IASA.
His firm's consulting practice emphasizes in-depth technical expertise in computer architectures, operating systems, networks, security, APIs, and related matters.
His clients range from the Fortune 10 to small businesses, locally, nationally, and internationally on matters spanning the range from individual questions to major projects
He can be reached via his firm's www site at http://www.rlgsc.com.