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HP gives OpenVMS new life

Patrick Thibodeau | Aug. 1, 2014
Hewlett-Packard has changed its direction on OpenVMS, giving the operating system -- and users -- something of a reprieve.

VSI hopes to expand the OpenVMS footprint and sell it to new customers. It intends to modernize its application development tools, and well as improve the capabilities of the operating system — including the number of cores it can support. Harris believes the operating system's security will be a particularly strong point, as well as its fault tolerance.

"We feel very strongly that OpenVMS is the most secure operating system out there, and certainly more secure than Windows and certainly more secure than Linux," said Harris.

VSI said it has assembled a team of veteran OpenVMS developers, some from the core Digital Equipment Corp. team that developed the operating system. The system traces its roots back to the mid-1970s. Digital was acquired by Compaq and Compaq by HP.

"We want to take OpenVMS into the future," said Harris.

 

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