Gartner Research

Best Practices: Migration Planning for Alpha Server Users

Published: 25 March 2009

ID: G00164706

Analyst(s): Andrew Butler

Summary

OpenVMS and Tru64 Unix users commonly ask several questions regarding best practices for ongoing Alpha and Itanium deployments, or migration to x86 or reduced instruction set computer platforms.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • When will HP stop selling Alpha-based computers and upgrades?
  • What are the estimates for the support of Alpha servers by HP? Does Gartner know when HP will stop its support?
  • Are the migration options different for Tru64 and OpenVMS users?
  • Based on Itanium processors, what are the prospects for OpenVMS? Is migrating to Itanium a low-risk strategy?
  • Is OpenVMS on Itanium a safe target for business-critical business workloads?
  • What about third-party OpenVMS applications that need to be migrated to Itanium? Are companies converting these products?
  • I want to migrate completely away from OpenVMS or Tru64. Which platform(s) should I consider?
  • When should we plan to migrate? For how long is it "safe" to run OpenVMS or Tru64 on Alpha?
  • Can I migrate my applications without developing new ones? For instance, is it possible to run OpenVMS workloads as a VM on other platforms such as Windows or Linux?
  • How do I undertake the migration? Are there vendors who can help me achieve this?

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