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May 14, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:51pm


By CBR Staff Writer

DEC is making it more attractive for users to run OpenVMS and Windows NT systems alongside each other by offering new products in its two-year-old Affinity OpenVMS-NT integration program. It claims the connectivity software is designed to enable the two environments to co-exist and share data and services, rather than an attempt to migrate OpenVMS users to NT. It claims 20,000 OpenVMS customers are also running NT systems. Wave 4 of the Affinity program includes an OpenVMS Data Mart offering which uses International Software Group’s ISG Navigator to enable users connect NT-based Informatica data extraction and Business Objects OLAP query tools to databases running on OpenVMS systems. Prices start at $105,000. Simple OpenVMS data access from NT and web applications using ISG Navigator costs from around $10,000. DEC has extended its TP Web Server to supports ActiveX; the software enables web-based access to ACMS or ACMSxp transaction applications. The product ships next quarter. DEC is offering a version of its STDL compiler for use with Microsoft’s ‘Viper’ MTS Microsoft Transaction Server, enabling developers to port existing ACMSxp TP applications running in OpenVMS or DEC Unix to MTS. It requires Microsoft’s Distributed Transaction Coordinator to be integrated with ACMSxp, which is due in the fourth quarter. In addition there are upgrades for a slew of DEC’s mail and messaging products to support comparable Microsoft technologies. For applications development DEC Cobol 2.4 is now up on NT-on- Alpha, PC access to CMS libraries on OpenVMS is provided through CMS Client 1.2 for Windows while SNA Access Server for NT provides access to OpenVMS SNA applications across the Microsoft SNA server without rewrites. Wave 5 will include new file system technologies providing disk and file storage for NT application servers; Ultra SCSI; new internet application support; data warehousing and additional email, messaging and TP integration. Further out expect additional systems management and file system technologies, Fiber Channel, Memory Channel II, Intercluster Connection APIs and OpenVMS 7.2 supporting DCOM and more NT connections.


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