Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Changes May Affect Many OpenVMS Customers

There are changes happening on December 31, 2020 which may affect your OpenVMS server environments.

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) standard support for OpenVMS V8.4 ends December 31, 2020.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is accepting the last orders for the latest Itanium i6 servers on December 31, 2020.

If you want to speak with VMS Software about these changes and understanding your migration options, please contact VMS Software at for more information.

Jul 30th, 2020

OpenVMS V9.0-C Released

OpenVMS on x86 was made available to the first customer on May 15, 2020. With the 29-July Release V9.0-C, there are now 21 external users testing the system. The rollout plan is to continue adding at least five more customers each month for the rest of 2020.

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Jul 28th, 2020

VMS Software Community License Available

VMS Software Inc. is excited to announce the availability of the OpenVMS Community License that allows the OpenVMS community members (hobbyists, non-commercial software developers, and others) to obtain an OpenVMS license free of charge.

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Jun 10th, 2020

New OpenJDK for OpenVMS announced

We are proud to announce the release of OpenJDK V8.0 u222 for VSI OpenVMS Integrity V8.4-2L1. Support for earlier versions of VSI OpenVMS I64 will be provided in a future release. Note that OpenJDK 8 for VSI OpenVMS I64 is not an update for the Java™ Development Kit (JDK) 8 for the OpenVMS Integrity servers Operating System; it is a separate product.

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Jun 03rd, 2020

VMS Software Releases a New Version of VMS IDE

A new 1.5.14 version of the VMS IDE extension to Visual Studio Code has been released by VMS Software Inc. This release includes quite a significant number of enhancements plus support for embedded SQL with COBOL, Fortran, and Pascal.

VMS IDE allows you to develop code for OpenVMS systems on Windows, Mac, and some Linux, using free Microsoft Visual Studio Code software. It offers:

  • Source code synchronization between the local machine and OpenVMS system
  • A debugger for OpenVMS and JVM projects
  • SSH connection setup to the remote OpenVMS system
  • Syntax highlighting for MMS, CLD, MSG, and 3GL languages
  • Currently supported languages C/C++, Fortran, COBOL, Pascal, BASIC, BLISS (sort of), Java, and Python 3.x

VMS IDE will work with Alpha, Integrity, and x86, HPE and VSI versions of OpenVMS. It works with VSCodium and other Visual Studio Code variants.

Download VMS IDE here.

May 22nd, 2020

OpenVMS V9.0 is Already Running on SCI Servers

"The installation went very smoothly and initial tests look great":

OpenVMS V9.0 has been shipped to the first customer, Software Concepts International, and was successfully booted within the first hour. More details here.

May 18th, 2020

OpenVMS for x86 V9.0 Early Adopter’s Kit is Coming Out

Dear VMS Nation,

It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of the OpenVMS V9.0 Early Adopter’s Kit for x86!

This release is an important milestone in the long history of the OpenVMS operating system, marking the first time that OpenVMS is available on an industry standard, non-proprietary processor architecture.

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May 01st, 2020

VMS Software, Inc. Announces Subscription Price Model

VMS Software, Inc. (VSI) has announced a new Subscription based pricing model applicable for all OpenVMS customers. The new model is for all Alpha and Integrity platforms. Plus, this new model will begin to resemble what is being planned for VSI’s x86 V9.2 scheduled for release in early 2022.

Developed to fit the IT industry and our customers changing business needs, customers planning on upgrading from HPE to VSI OpenVMS can now fund this via OpEx (instead of CapEx) by spreading the cost of licenses over time in place of the single upfront payment previously required. In addition, customers purchasing OpenVMS subscriptions receive rights to new versions (both Major and Minor) for the duration of their subscription.

A VSI Subscription proposal includes both VSI “right to use” licenses and VSI support. The support includes your choice of one of 4 different support levels with each level having various benefits. There is also a term period (1y, 3y, 4y, 5y) associated with VSI support. More details are available from the VSI Portfolio Programs data sheet.

For more details on VSI’s subscriptions, please contact VMS Software, Inc. at or phone +1 978 451 0110.

Apr 22nd, 2020

VMS Software Announces Community License

You may be aware that HPE have announced they are “concluding the HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist license program in alignment with the HPE OpenVMS support roadmap” which essentially means that the Hobbyist program as you know it ceases at the end of 2020.

GOOD NEWS: There has been speculation that VMS Software, Inc. would take over this program, so let us end the speculation and say categorically that VMS Software, Inc. is bringing out a replacement program for the HPE Hobbyist license program.

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