OPENVMS

OpenVMS Migration

Our comprehensive, tools-based approach and proven expertise can take your existing legacy OpenVMS COBOL, Fortran, Pascal, C or BASIC application, user interface (SMG, FMS or DECForms), DCL command files and associated data (RMS, Rdb or Oracle) to your choice of Unix, Linux or Windows.

 

We can improve the functionality and handle the conversion of your data to the new relational format. Alternatively, you can take your RMS files directly to an equivalent ISAM structure on your target platform.

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30 YEARS' EXPERIENCE IN
APPLICATION MODERNISATION

300 PROJECTS SUCCESSFULLY
COMPLETED WORLDWIDE

2.5 BILLION LINES
OF CODE PROCESSED

CHALLENGES

Understanding key issues

Finding specialists

OpenVMS developers can be difficult to recruit and retain. It’s a specialist skill set developed over the years and many specialists are reaching retirement or leaving the industry.

Less hardware available

VAX and Alpha chips have not been sold since 2000/2007 respectively and Intel is stopping production of the Integrity chip and OpenVMS support on Integrity will cease at the end of 2022.

Difficult integrations

Middleware can be purchased to improve interoperability between legacy and modern technologies as well as ease data management, but this is expensive and not always successful.

Unsafe infrastructure

Workarounds are often not permanent fixes – nor are they robust or secure enough to support an IT estate safely and effectively over a sustained period of time.

Time-consuming

Developers are time-poor. Moving to a modern infrastructure, which can integrate easily, will significantly improve productivity as less workarounds are needed.

High costs

Maintenance costs are increasing as the knowledge and hardware required to support an OpenVMS platform are becoming scarcer.

Make a Difference

How our OpenVMS Migration services can help you

PROCESS OVERVIEW

How we handle each element of an OpenVMS migration

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“Advanced's proven migration methodology and initial PathFinder process helped us to analyse the migration before we even started, and gave us the confidence that Advanced was able to handle this complex project.”

Alan King, Chief Engineer

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“There are no package replacements for our applications – so migration offered the quickest, cheapest and lowest-risk option for us to move from this ageing DEC VAX platform to an open Windows server environment.”

Martin Heaton, Control Systems Development Manager

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"We retained the business logic and uniqueness of our system, increasing our return on investment, with no retraining required. There was no need for a code freeze, so we could make changes during the migration.”

Rob Hussey, Head of Solutions Delivery

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RESOURCES

Additional insights to help you transform

News & Opinions

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Why Itanium’s imminent demise further increases the risks associated with OpenVMS applications

The OpenVMS operating system was developed back in the 1970s, and it continues to drive numerous mission-critical business systems worldwide. These often custom core applications are invaluable to organisations across industries ranging from nuclear power to international financial services. Large sums of money and decades of time have been invested in these OpenVMS applications to meet very specific needs - but end-of-life is looming large and planning for their future is now a matter of urgency.

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What is the true cost of legacy applications on your business?

Many organisations rely on an assortment of legacy systems to keep their business operating. However, this dependence on an ageing infrastructure is becoming ever more expensive. There are plenty of statistics suggesting that maintaining and operating legacy applications consumes anywhere from 60 to 80 per cent of corporate IT budgets – money that could be redirected to digital innovations that would bring greater competitive advantage.

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