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Virtual VAX: VAX Emulation, VAX Migration and VAX Replacement

A VAX can be virtualized (emulated) on a modern computer, which allows the existing operating system (such as VAX/VMS, OpenVMS, VAXELN), its software, and all applications to be run without change. No reprogramming is required. Most customers report that the emulated system is faster than the original. The CHARON-VAX/6660 Plus product, running on an 8-core PC, is faster than any VAX ever built!

VAX emulation offers the following advantages:
Software successfully used with CHARON-VAX include:
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For more information, please email or call 1-888-I-LUV-VAX (1-888-458-8829) toll-free in both the US and Canada. Skype users, click here. For fastest service, please include information about your system in one of these forms.
If you don't know how to check your VAX for most of these values, please click here.

Evaluation and migration support is available from Quayle Consulting. Even if you don't migrate, QCI offers VMS System Administration services.

Need to replace an Alpha? See the CHARON-AXP page. PDP-11 replacement is also available with the CHARON-TB product.

Who the heck is CHARON?

The Product Families


References

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Thanks! It's been a pleasure working with you and the system continues
to be rock solid. This has definitely been one of our better investments.

Russ

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CHARON-VAX User Training

Training is available for customers who wish to perform their own migration, or who have to support CHARON-VAX systems on an ongoing basis. Current training opportunities include:
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CHARON-VAX/66x0 Plus Family

The CHARON-VAX/66x0 Plus family of products emulate high-end VAX systems.

Included is support for both emulated and external disks and tapes, and up to three Ethernet networks. Directly boots system images from VAX 6000 and VAX 7000 systems. The Plus capability, which increases processor performance by a factor of two to four, is standard. Supports VMS V5.5-2 or later.

Requires a multi-core host with an available USB port. One core is required for network and disk emulation, plus one core for each emulated VAX processor.  Current supported host operating systems:  Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7, 32-bit or 64-bit.

Hardware Model
CHARON Product
Relative Speed
(VUP)
Emulated Number
of VAX Processors

Emulated
Memory

VAX 7820
VAX 7810
VAX 7720
VAX 7710
VAX 7640
VAX 7630
VAX 7620
VAX 7610
VAX 6400 series
VAX 6610
CHARON-VAX 6610 Windows 125 (on CORE i7 3.2 GHz based system) one
1 GB
VAX 7840
VAX 7830
VAX 7750
VAX 7740
VAX 7730
VAX 7650
VAX 6650
VAX 6640
VAX 6630
VAX 6620
CHARON-VAX 6620 Windows 200+ (on (CORE i7 3.2 GHz based system 2
2 GB
VAX 7860
VAX 7850
VAX 7760
CHARON-VAX 6630 Windows 300+ (on CORE i7 3.2 GHz based system 3
2 GB on 32-bit Windows
3 GB on 64-bit Windows
VAX 6660
CHARON-VAX 6660 Windows 700+ (on CORE i7 3.2 GHz based system 6
2 GB on 32-bit Windows
3 GB on 64-bit Windows

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CHARON-VAX/XM, /XK, /XL Family

The CHARON-VAX/XM, /XK, /XL family of products covers small to mid-range VAX systems. Supports VMS V4.5 or later, depending on the model emulated.

Included is support for both emulated and external disks and tapes, and up to two Ethernet networks. Serial lines are also completely supported, to both physical serial ports on the hosts and by virtual serial lines that are TCP/IP ports on the host system. The Plus capability, which increases processor performance up to a factor of four, is optional.

Requires a dual-core (minimum) host with an available USB port.  Current supported host operating systems:  Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7, 32-bit or 64-bit.

Performance measurements against a physical MicroVAX 3100-80 at the HP site.

Emulated VAX Models
CHARON
Product
Relative Speed
(VUP)

Maximum Emulated RAM
Minimum VMS Operating System Version
VAX 4000-106
VAX 6310
VAXserver 3600
VAXserver 3900
MicroVAX 3100-96
MicroVAX 3600
MicroVAX 3900
MicroVAX II
VAXstation 3600
VAXstation 3900
VAXstation 4000-90

CHARON-VAX XM 75 standard version

125 Plus version (on CORE i7 3.2 GHz based system)
16 MB to 128 MB
(depending on VAX model emulated)
V4.6 or V5.5-2
(depending on VAX model emulated)

Operation against V4.0 through V4.5 possible when emulating a MicroVAX II, but not tested.
VAX 4000-108
VAX 3100-98
CHARON-VAX XK Plus 125 (on CORE i7 3.2 GHz based system) Note: Only available as Plus version
256 MB
V5.5-2
V5.5-2H4 required for 2 emulated disk controllers
VAX 4000-108
VAX 3100-98
CHARON-VAX XL 75 standard version

125 Plus version (on CORE i7 3.2 GHz based system)
512 MB
V5.5-2
V5.5-2H4 required for 2 emulated disk controllers

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CHARON-TB for Windows

Emulated Models
CHARON
Product
Emulated RAM
Minimum VMS Operating System Version
MicroVAX II

CHARON-TB
16 MB
V4.6

Operation against V4.0 through V4.5 possible, but not tested.
MicroVAX 3600
VAX Server 3600
CHARON-TB
512 MB
V5.5-2
V5.5-2H4 required for 2 emulated disk controllers
PDP-11/93 (click here for more PDP-11 information)
PDP-11/94.
CHARON-TB
N/A Click here for PDP-11 specific information

Included is support for various peripherals, including:

Requires a dual-core (minimum) host with an available USB port.  Current supported host operating systems:  Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. Supports VMS V4.5 and later for VAX emulation. All versions of PDP-11 operating systems are supported.

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Open Source

What About Open Source? Here are some pluses and minuses about CHARON-VAX versus open-source VAX emulators.

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