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The concept behind OpenVMS-IA32 is very simple: port VMS to THE most ubiquitous computing platform in the world: Intel's "x86" architecture, also known as "IA32".
Although it is widely believed that the market for OpenVMS on IA32 would be small and economically impractical, the truth is that given the desire of the market for a secure, reliable operating platform, the actual market for OpenVMS on IA32 is likely to be much larger than anyone currently is inclined to believe.
Given the size of the IA32 market, and the fact that IA32's market continues to grow, even today - on the threshold of ubiquitous 64-bit computing, even a miniscule share of that market is enough to justify the expense of doing the port.
This has never been more true than it is today. The port to "IA64", also known by the name "Itanium", has yielded significant improvements in the platform-independence of OpenVMS. Where the earlier efforts at an IA32 port were perhaps less successful than desired, renewed efforts would likely overcome much of the difficulty experienced then.
Further, the world-wide market for IA32 has never been greater. Let's put that into real numbers: The world wide market for IA32 is in the tens of billions of dollars annually. Even a 1 percent share of that market would still yield hundreds of millions of dollars annually - more than enough to justify the effort.
The benefits to HP of OpenVMS on IA32 are (at least) five-fold:
The benefits to the ISVs of OpenVMS IA32 are (at least) four-fold:
The benefits to the End User are (at least) five fold:
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