OpenVMS – A guide to the strategy and roadmap

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VSI OpenVMS Software Product Roadmap Highlights

VMS Software is enabling the OpenVMS ecosystem on industry standard x86 servers to enable customers to deploy applications on industry standard hypervisors, on bare metal servers and in the cloud. VMS Software provides services and support to keep mission critical environments operational and available as well as migration services to seamlessly move customers forward.

OpenVMS V9.0 EAK releases for x86 (x86-64 Limited Early Adopters Kit)

Starting in May of 2020, V9.0 releases were provided to select ISVs, partners, and customers so they can compile and link x86 applications using cross tools available for IA64 and test their applications on x86. V9.0-H, released in April 2021, was the final release of the V9.0 EAK series.

OpenVMS V9.1 Field Test releases for x86 (x86-64 General Early Adopters Kit)

V9.1 Field Test releases will be available to all VSI ISVs, partners, and customers. While still intended for early adoption testing purposes, V9.1 Field Test releases will provide full OpenVMS operating system functionality, additional hardware support and it will include most layered and Open Source products.

OpenVMS Integrity V8.4-2L3

This release introduces support for the 12Gb Smart Array (P441) and consolidates defect repair.

VSI TCP/IP Services V6.0 for Integrity with updated SSH, BIND, and DHCP

OpenVMS V9.2 (Production Release – x86-64)

V9.2 will be the first production release of OpenVMS for x86. In addition to continuing to improve OpenVMS on x86, this will be the basis for new security features along with native build tools that will enable the compilation and linking of x86 applications.

OpenVMS V9.2-X (Production Releases – x86-64)

Support for additional platforms, features, and enhancements will be provided in releases following V9.2.

VSI OpenVMS Software Rolling Roadmap

CY2021

February/June

OpenVMS V9.0 EAK releases, V9.0-G and V9.0-H for x86 (x86-64 Limited Early Adopters Kit)
  • VMware hypervisor support was added in V9.0-G
  • Additional Layered Products and Open Source Applications
  • Additional OpenVMS features support on x86
OpenVMS V9.1 EAK for x86 (x86-64 General Early Adopters Kits)

OpenVMS V9.1 for x86 Field Test releases available to all VSI customers – The
first V9.1 Field Test was released in June 2021 is a complete OpenVMS operating system.
This will be followed by periodic 9.1 updates to rollout additional products and features:

  • Available to all ISVs, Partners & Customers
  • Additional Layered Products and Open Source Applications
  • Native build tools will be added over time – compile/link/run on x86
  • OpenVMS as a virtual machine guest – VirtualBox, KVM, VMware
  • VSI TCP/IP v6.0 for x86 (FTP and Telnet)
  • OpenSSH Beta

September

OpenVMS V9.1-A EAK for x86 (x86-64 Limited Early Adopters Kit)

OpenVMS V9.1-A for x86 Field Test releases available to all VSI customers – The
next V9.1-A Field Test released in September 2021 is a complete OpenVMS operating system.
This will be followed by periodic 9.1 updates to rollout additional products and features:

  • Available to all ISVs, Partners & Customers
  • Additional Layered Products and Open Source Applications
  • Native build tools will be added over time – compile/link/run on x86
  • OpenVMS as a virtual machine guest – VirtualBox, KVM, VMware
  • VSI TCP/IP v6.0 for x86 (FTP, Telnet, BIND and NTP4)
  • OpenSSH Beta
  • Debugger (limited language support)
  • DECnet-Plus

Applications and Tools

  • Python 3.10 (Itanium)

September-December

  • Hardware support for the HPE DL380 (Intel) server
  • Shared Stream IO Beta (SSIO) (Non-clustered)
  • PostgreSQL Database Beta (Itanium – SSIO is required)
  • VSI TCP/IP Services V6.0 Beta w/updates to BIND and NTP4
    • Integrity
    • Alpha
  • OpenSSH Beta
    • Integrity
    • Alpha

CY2022

April

OpenVMS V9.2 (Limited Production Release)
  • Additional hypervisors – OpenVMS as a guest for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Additional Layered Products and Open Source Applications
  • New Security Feature – Entropy Engine
  • Native compilers with LLVM backend code generator:
    • BLISS, XMACRO, C++ (Phase 1)

May-November

  • Additional Layered Products and Open Source Applications
  • Additional native compilers
    • C, COBOL, and C++ (Phase 2 – VMS Extensions)
  • VSI TCP/IP Services enhancements and bugfixes
    • GATED

November/December

OpenVMS V9.2-1 (Production Release – x86-64)
  • HPE DL380 (Intel) server
  • Additional hypervisors – OpenVMS as a guest for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Additional Layered Products and Open Source Applications
  • Cloud Platforms – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure (researching, customer input requested)
  • FIPS 140-2 features on V9.2 or later and V8.4-2L3
  • VSI TCP/IP Services enhancements and bugfixes
    • PTP (Precision Time Protocol)
  • Additional Server Platforms based on customer demand
  • OpenJDK for x86
  • Native compilers with LLVM backend code generator:
    • Fortran, BASIC, and Pascal

Applications and Tools

  • Availability Manager V3.2-1 for Windows 10/11 and OpenVMS

CY2023

OpenVMS V9.2-2 for x86
  • Additional hypervisor and cloud platform support driven by customer requirements
  • Additional bare metal server support driven by customer demand
  • Cluster security features
  • VSI expects to release new operating system versions on a yearly basis after 2023, with release content determined by customer requirements and industry trends.

OpenVMS x86 Server/IO Roadmap

V9.0 EAK V9.1 Field Test EAK V9.2 V9.2-x
Server Model N/A Limited support for HPE DL380 (Intel) Limited support for HPE DL380 (Intel) Full Support for HPE DL380 (Intel)
Other two socket model hardware
VM HyperVisor Oracle VM
VirtualBox;
KVM;
VMware
Oracle VM
VirtualBox;
KVM;
VMware
Oracle VM
VirtualBox;
KVM;
VMware;
Microsoft Hyper-V
Oracle VM
VirtualBox;
KVM;
VMware
Microsoft Hyper-V
Cloud Platform N/A N/A N/A Amazon Web Services (customer input requested)
Microsoft Azure (customer input requested)
SmartArray / RAID / HBA N/A P440ar (Gen 9) P408i (Gen 10)
P440ar (Gen 9)
P408i (Gen 10)
P440ar (Gen 9)
Fibre Channel N/A QLogic 26601/2 – 16Gb single/dual port QLogic 26601/2 – 16Gb single/dual port QLogic 26601/2 – 16Gb single/dual port
32Gb Fibre – researching
Network Interface Card N/A 1 Gb – Intel I350
1 Gb – BCOM 5719
FlexLOM and add-in cards
1 Gb – Intel I350
1 Gb BCOM – 5719
10 Gb – Intel X550/X560
Formats: FlexLOM and add-in cards
1 Gb – Intel I350
BCOM 5719
10 Gb – Intel XL710
10 Gb – Intel X550/X560
Formats: FlexLOM and add-in cards
USB N/A N/A USB 3.1 USB 2.0/3.x

Prior VSI OpenVMS Releases

September 2021 V9.1-A Field Test for x86
July/August 2021 V9.1 Update Kits 1 & 2
June 2021 V9.1 Field Test for x86
April 2021 V8.4-2L3 for Integrity
April 2021 V9.0-H Limited EAK for x86
February 2021 V9.0-G Limited EAK for x86
December 2020 V9.0-F Limited EAK for x86
October 2020 V9.0-E Limited EAK for x86
August 2020 V9.0-D Limited EAK for x86
July 2020 V9.0-C Limited EAK for x86
June 2020 V9.0-B Limited EAK for x86
May 2020 V9.0-A Limited EAK for x86
May 2020 V9.0 Limited EAK for x86
June 2017 V8.4-2L2 for Alpha
January 2017 V8.4-2L1 for Alpha
August 2017 V8.4-2L1 for Integrity
March 2016 V8.4-2 for Integrity
May 2015 V8.4-1H1 for Integrity

VSI OpenVMS Support Roadmap

VSI OpenVMS Integrity & x86 Support Roadmap:

Integrity and x86 Support Roadmap

VSI OpenVMS Alpha & VAX Support Roadmap:

Alpha and VAX Support Roadmap

  • 24 Month notice will be provided before support is ended

Comments

Dear VMS Nation,

VSI has released the first of two OpenVMS V9.1 for x86 Field Test versions, plus two Update Kits. With each release, we continue to focus on stability, reliability and extensibility while working to improve core operating system functionality and stability, network infrastructure, debugger and compilers, layered products, and support for hardware and virtual environments.

With the recent release of OpenVMS V9.1 for x86 Field Test release, VSI OpenVMS customers, partners, and ISVs now have access to the most up-to-date operating system and layered product improvements.

Our next release of OpenVMS will be V9.1-A for x86 Field Test. It will include support for the HPE DL380 (Gen 9 and Gen 10) server using Fibre channel and SAN configurations as well as support for a variety of network interfaces.

VSI expects to release OpenVMS V9.1-A for x86 Field Test on September 30, 2021. This release will add more system components and Open Source products, moving the total environment closer to the V9.2 content. Visit OpenVMS V9.1 page for additional information as we get closer to release.

After our release of OpenVMS V9.1-A, our focus will be on V9.2 for X86. We have moved this next release to the CY2022 timeframe, this is to ensure we meet the highest standards of quality expected from an OpenVMS release. We, at VSI, want to continue providing a complete operating system with the right tools and technologies to support our customers. Our continuing focus will be stability, reliability, and extensibility in support of all production environments.

VSI will continue to provide an OpenVMS installation ISO kit for the HPE DL380 and Virtual Box, KVM, and VMware hypervisor guest instances.

We are looking forward to your continuing support and we are excited about the future of OpenVMS.

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