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OpenVMS Migration & Support

OpenVMS Migration & Support Services You Can Trust

Savant has a range of public-sector customers benefiting from the resilience of OpenVMS, including: NHS Blood & Transplant, the States-of-Jersey government and the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service.

Savant has experience in migrating OpenVMS clusters between hardware infastructures and between data centres while maintaining 100% service up-time for life-critical and mission-critical systems.

This remarkable acheivement exploits both the OpenVMS dual-site clustering capabilities and the fail-over and switching mechanisms.

Savant are OpenVMS Boot Camp annual event attendees and are part of the VSI Partner Program.

Safe And Protected Data

Many years of working with XDelta on OpenVMS and OpenVMS clustering projects

Proven Alpha to Integrity hardware migration experience – without service downtime

OpenVMS data centre migration experience – including disaster tolerant clustering

Experience of migrating between HPE and VSI versions of OpenVMS

What is OpenVMS, and How Can it Be Used?

OpenVMS is a proven operating system with 30+ years of history that specialises in helping organisations build resilient and secure infrastructures that can be used in a range of different environments to maintain mission-critical data. One of the key advantages of OpenVMS systems are the many failover mechanisms and data duplication / mirroring capabilities through Volume Shadowing to ensure service uptime and data consistency in the event of hardware failure or during maintenance tasks. The OpenVMS platform allows for synchronised data to be held in multiple locations, without creating security risks, making it a popular choice for large organisations working with sensitive data, such as the healthcare, finance and legal sectors, to name just a few.

Clustering is what makes OpenVMS so successful; the technology was developed by DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) engineers in the late 70’s, and it is this feature that gives OpenVMS an edge over other operating systems currently on the market. OpenVMS has been continually developed throughout the years by DEC, Compaq, HPE and now VSI (VMS Software Inc). In computing terms, clustering two or more servers together to provide failover (in case of a server failure) is of absolute paramount importance. By having two or more servers in a “cluster”, OpenVMS is highly disaster-tolerant and can handle every possible failure without any appreciable or significant downtime, as any and all applications can continue to run on the remaining servers, without any disruption to the end-user.

OpenVMS is currently provided and developed by a company called VMS Software Inc (VSI), with who we have a very close working relationship at Savant. OpenVMS was originally developed in the late 70’s early 80’s by DEC (Digital Equipment Corp), which was then taken over by Compaq and then by Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE). This is a system that is heavily used by the finance industry and security sectors, along with healthcare and some private enterprises to provide a range of infrastructure and network services.

Who Can Use OpenVMS Systems?

OpenVMS is used by a wide range of different businesses across a huge range of sectors, including both private and public sector organisations. Generally, OpenVMS is used by larger organisations with multiple sites or extensive data infrastructure requirements. Because OpenVMS is a system that is designed to offer support and continuity, even in difficult situations, it is ideal for use in a range of high-uptime sectors, such as hospitals and medical institutions.

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OpenVMS Migration & Support Services from Savant

At Savant, we have been working with OpenVMS environments for many years, and have a close working relationship with VSI, so our team are always ahead of the curve when it comes to new functionalities, updates and patches. As a trusted VSI partner, we have worked with many different organisations and have helped them implement OpenVMS through OpenVMS Migration, OpenVMS Consultancy and OpenVMS System and Infrastructure Support. 

OpenVMS Migration services include the movement of entire systems into bespoke OpenVMS infrastructure, to set up a brand-new OpenVMS structure for clients. 

OpenVMS System and Infrastructure Support is a service in which clients can receive support on the mission-critical aspects of their operations, and how to implement an OpenVMS system to support these life-critical actions.

OpenVMS Consultancy services allow the Savant team to advise and consult on how OpenVMS systems are set up and ways to improve the existing structure of the system. This includes the creation of clusters and advice on OpenVMS clustering in a new infrastructure system.

To find out more about OpenVMS Migration and Support services, or to learn how the team at Savant can help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team today.

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