FAQ

QUESTIONS LIST

  1. Who is VMS Software, Inc.?
  2. Why is VMS Software, Inc. in charge of OpenVMS?
  3. Can Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company license OpenVMS to other parties?
  4. Where can I get more information about OpenVMS?
  5. What architectures are you supporting or planning to support? Is virtualization supported?
  6. What layered products for OpenVMS are there?
  7. How are ECO kits and updates for layered products distributed?
  8. Is there a VSI OpenVMS and layered products roadmap available?
  9. Where do I get freeware and open source software for OpenVMS?
  10. What are your support and development plans?
  11. How will VMS Software, Inc. license OpenVMS?
  12. How do I purchase an OpenVMS license?
  13. How do I renew an OpenVMS license?
  14. How can I try OpenVMS? Do you provide a trial version or hobbyist licenses?
  15. What are your support offerings?
  16. My system manager is retiring. Do you offer professional services?
  17. Does VMS Software, Inc. provide OpenVMS training courses?
  18. How do I contact VMS Software, Inc.?
  19. Who can members of the media contact about interviewing members of the VMS Software, Inc. executive team?
  20. Why is VMS Software, Inc. located in the greater Boston, MA area?
  21. Are you hiring?
  22. I have a suggestion of a feature idea for VMS Software, Inc. Who should I contact?

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

  1. Who is VMS Software, Inc.?
    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 Itanium 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.
  2. Why is VMS Software, Inc. in charge of OpenVMS?
    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.
  3. Can Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company license OpenVMS to other parties?
    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.
  4. Where can I get more information about OpenVMS?
    The description of VSI products is available at the VSI OpenVMS Resources page. You can also get information on OpenVMS concepts and commands in the OpenVMS wiki and on the links available here.
  5. What architectures are you supporting or planning to support? Is virtualization supported?
    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.
  6. What layered products for OpenVMS are there?
    A list of supported layered products for HP Alpha and Integrity servers can be found here.
  7. How are ECO kits and updates for layered products distributed?
    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.
  8. Is there a VSI OpenVMS and layered products roadmap available?
    Yes. The latest roadmap is available on the Current Roadmap page.
  9. Where do I get freeware and open source software for OpenVMS?
    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.
  10. What are your support and development plans?
    We plan to continue supporting Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company customers on the Integrity servers and continue to release versions of OpenVMS on x86. The current roadmap can be found on the corresponding page.
  11. How will VMS Software, Inc. license OpenVMS?
    The same as HP OpenVMS 8.4 on current Itanium-based systems. It is licensed per socket except for certain layered products that are licensed per concurrent user. See our complete list of products.
  12. How do I purchase an OpenVMS license?
    Contact Sales at sales@vmssoftware.com.
  13. How do I renew an OpenVMS license?
    Contact Sales at sales@vmssoftware.com. If you already are an Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company customer, refer to the Redeem page in order to redeem your HPE license PAK for a VSI license PAK.
  14. How can I try OpenVMS? Do you provide a trial version or hobbyist licenses?
    We provide free Community and Student licenses. 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.
  15. What are your support offerings?
    We offer bronze, silver, gold, and platinum support packages for all price and coverage ranges. See Support and Maintenance for more information.
  16. My system manager is retiring. Do you offer professional services?
    Yes we do. See professional services for more information.
  17. Does VMS Software, Inc. provide OpenVMS training courses?
    Yes, VMS Software, Inc. offers both self-paced and instructor-led training. See the training portal for information.
  18. How do I contact VMS Software, Inc.?

    VMS Software, Inc.
    800 District Ave Suite 530
    Burlington, MA 01803
    T: (978) 451-0110
    F: (978) 293-1713
    E: info@vmssoftware.com

    For questions on license and service offerings, use sales@vmssoftware.com. For training questions, use training@vmssoftware.com.

  19. Who can members of the media contact about interviewing members of the VMS Software, Inc. executive team?

    All media interested in establishing interviews or gaining more details about this announcement should contact:

    VMS Software, Inc.
    800 District Ave Suite 530
    Burlington, MA 01803
    T: (978) 451-0110
    E: marcom@vmssoftware.com
  20. Why is VMS Software, Inc. located in the greater Boston, MA area?
    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.
  21. Are you hiring?
    Yes! Send your resume to jobs@vmssoftware.com.
  22. I have a suggestion of a feature idea for VMS Software, Inc. Who should I contact?
    Send your suggestions to info@vmssoftware.com.