VMS Software: Frequently Asked Questions

VMS Software, Inc. (VSI) is the sole provider of the OpenVMS operating system and layered products. In 2014, VMS Software, Inc. licensed exclusive rights from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE) to develop new versions of the operating system. Since this time VMS Software, Inc has enhanced the operating system to run on the latest HPE Integrity servers and is porting the operating system to the x86-64 processor architecture. VMS Software, Inc. additionally provides a growing portfolio of open source software for OpenVMS along with a wide range of services to help customers to get the most from their OpenVMS environments. With VMS Software, Inc. continually improving and modernizing the operating system, OpenVMS customers can be confident that their investment in OpenVMS will continue to meet their business need.

In 2013, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company realized that it needed a partner to meet OpenVMS customer demands for future enhancements, modernization, and maintenance and support of the operating system. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company chose VMS Software, Inc. to take on this task. VMS Software, Inc. is a unique mixture of highly experienced OpenVMS engineers complemented by a group of young and enthusiastic engineering talent. The VMS Software team are proud to work with OpenVMS and to provide our customers with a highly robust, reliable, and secure operating system platform to address their business-critical computing needs.

No, this is a co-exclusive agreement between Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and VMS Software, Inc. VMS Software, Inc. will be the only OpenVMS developer and provider going forward.

Visit our OpenVMS page, view features of OpenVMS, compatible hardware, and versions of OpenVMS currently available. To learn more about products that run on OpenVMS, visit our Product List. You can also get information on OpenVMS concepts and commands in the OpenVMS wiki and on the links available here.

VMS Software, Inc. is currently supporting OpenVMS on HP Alpha and Integrity servers. Starting with OpenVMS V9.0, the x86-64 architecture will also be supported, primarily on virtual machines and eventually on bare metal systems. For more information about the currently supported platforms, refer to Quickspecs & SPDs. For more information on the products currently being developed, see the current roadmap.

A list of supported layered products for HP Alpha and Integrity servers can be found here.

ECO kits and updates are distributed to all VMS Software, Inc. customers via a mailing list; downloads are available from the SFTP server managed by VMS Software, Inc. We are working on setting up HTTPS download; stay tuned for updates.

Yes. The latest roadmap is available on the Current Roadmap page.

See the list of OpenVMS Freeware products distributed on the Freeware CD (download links included). The list of open source software for OpenVMS and download links are available here.

We plan to continue supporting Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company customers on the Integrity servers and continue to release versions of OpenVMS on x86-64. The current roadmap can be found on the corresponding page.

The same as HP OpenVMS 8.4 on current Integrity-based systems. It is licensed per socket except for certain layered products that are licensed per concurrent user. Alpha systems are available in VSI license and support bundles. See our complete list of products.

Contact Sales at sales@vmssoftware.com.

We offer evaluation licenses. To get one, please contact Sales at sales@vmssoftware.com.

For non-commercial uses, free Community and Student licenses are available. The Community license is intended for non-commercial use on Alpha and Integrity hardware and emulators; you can apply for it here. The Student license is distributed as a pre-installed system with the FreeAXP Alpha emulator that works with Windows. It provides less flexibility but requires no system management, which is helpful for people with no prior OpenVMS experience. You can download the Student package here.

We offer bronze, silver, gold, and platinum support packages for all price and coverage ranges. See Support and Maintenance for more information.

Yes we do. See professional services for more information.

Yes, VMS Software, Inc. offers both self-paced and instructor-led training. See the training portal for information.

Please visit our Contact page for all contact details.

All media interested in establishing interviews should contact:

VMS Software, Inc.
800 District Ave Suite 530
Burlington, MA 01803
T: (978) 451-0110
E: marcom@vmssoftware.com

To take advantage of the rich pool of both OpenVMS and general software technical expertise in the area. The Boston area is home to some of the best universities in the world. VMS Software, Inc. may also take advantage of other USA-based and overseas partners to assist in developing other components and/or layered products.

Yes! Please visit our official job board.

Send your suggestions to info@vmssoftware.com.