Finding VMS People

This information is provided as a service to the OpenVMS community by Quayle Consulting Inc.

VMS. OpenVMS. VAX/VMS. Three names. One operating system.

When Digital Equipment Corporation, commonly known as DEC, released its first 32-bit computer, the VAX-11/780, in 1977, the operating system was known as VAX-11/VMS (Virtual Memory System). The name was shortened to VAX/VMS for the second release in 1980.

In 1991 the name was changed to OpenVMS for two reasons: to reflect the support of the POSIX open system standard and to remove the association to the VAX hardware platform in anticipation of the release of a second hardware architecture that would use OpenVMS – the 64-bit Alpha.

Although VMS has never been the official name of the operating system, it has been commonly used from the beginning due to the awkwardness of VAX-11/VMS. It is still commonly used today, despite the potential confusion arising from other common uses of the same acronym.

OpenVMS now runs on three different hardware architectures: VAX, Alpha (also known as AXP), and Itanium (I64). It can also be run on Intel x86 processors using emulator software such as the Stromasys CHARON VAX and Alpha product (which we sell and support!).

Over the years, the OpenVMS operating system has been owned by a number of companies through a series of acquisitions and spin-offs: Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Compaq, Hewlett-Packard (HP), and,Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).

Where Can I Find Qualified OpenVMS Support People?

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Of course, Quayle Consulting Inc. is available, too!

For more information on our products and services or a free consultation, click on the button below to contact Quayle Consulting.

Quayle Consulting has over 25 years experience providing products and services for OpenVMS systems.

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