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OpenVMS has, for many years, suffered a certain "anonymity" in the EDP marketplace. Past management of Digital Equipment Corp., and later, Compaq, and now HP have viewed OpenVMS as an item of EDP memorabilia whose time has come and gone, and yet holds a loyal following whose needs and devotion can provide an added income to the owner of OpenVMS - currently, HP as of this writing.
Although it is widely believed that the market for OpenVMS is small and economically impractical to actively pursue, the truth is that given the desire of the market for a secure, reliable operating platform, the actual market for OpenVMS on any platform is likely to be much larger than anyone currently is inclined to believe.
While corporations continue to lose untold billions of dollars to vulnerabilities in other platforms, and the ever-increasing number of exploits being foisted upon them by the unsavory, OpenVMS's cards are still held close to the vest of its owner, and the market for OpenVMS languishes in a sea of viruses, worms, trojans and other exploits for the vulnerabilities inherent in platforms which while not actually specified by any known or accepted standards body are, nonetheless, called "Industry Standard" due to their ubiquity and the familiarity of the user base with those platforms and the applications for them upon which the market has come to depend for everyday function of their business.
The needs of the market for secure, scalable computing have never been greater. We see products like VMware making up in the Intel market for the lack of such features as "Galaxy" found in the Alpha market, and OpenVMS Clusters found in the Alpha and I64 markets, as well as the VAX markets before them.
The time for OpenVMS's rebirth into the marketplace has never been better, and gets better still with each passing day.
Corporations search desperately for secure, stable systems with low operating needs and high levels of stability and productivity. OpenVMS meets all those needs in ways that no other operating environment can.
The vision of the OpenVMS customer's needs, as held by its previous owner and originator, Digital Equipment Corporation, built a legacy whose benefits are now enjoyed by those at HP who still derive their livelihood from the OpenVMS marketplace.
That vison, that legacy CAN live again.
OpenVMS is not merely a "cash cow" with a deluded and lost following, OpenVMS is the pathway to the future of database systems, middle-tier systems, even so-called "Front-end" systems.
The opinion is widely held in the marketplace that "VMS is dead". The time is now to re-awaken the sleeping giant and let the world see that OpenVMS is alive and well, and is in touch with the needs of today's market.
OpenVMS's leadership believed that OpenVMS could be ported to the 64-bit Intel processor called "Itanium". It passed that belief on to the engineers and architects of OpenVMS in the form of positive messages and encouragement.
Let OpenVMS's leadership come to believe that OpenVMS can once again be made a vital, revenue producing product with strong visibility in the marketplace. Let them pass that belief on to their people.
Amazing things will begin to happen in relatively short order.
The benefits to HP of Actively Marketing OpenVMS are (at least) five-fold:
The benefits to the ISVs of Actively Marketing OpenVMS are (at least) four-fold:
The benefits to the End User are (at least) five fold:
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program and even the much dreamed-of but never realized OpenVMS-Intel.
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