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Cross-platform virtualization solutions allow applications created for one CPU and operating system to run on different platforms, without modifications to source code or binaries. Stromasys, a pioneering leader in cross-platform virtualization, offers the CHARON family of software emulators to help customers replace their outdated VAX, Alpha, and PDP-11 legacy hardware with industry-standard systems, using combined methods of virtualization and hardware abstraction layers (HAL); put simply this acts as an interface that makes it possible to add support for new devices and new ways of connecting devices to the computer, without modifying every legacy software application that uses the device.
Virtualization technologies are helping businesses around the world to reduce costs, energy consumption, and the footprint associated with computer hardware. Virtualization breaks the traditional dependencies between hardware and software, allowing customers to save money and increase efficiency, while IT departments are able to do more with less. Analysts at Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, report that virtualization will be the highest-impact trend changing infrastructure and operations over the next four years.
You may still have many valuable applications running on VAX or Alpha computer systems, but their continuity is threatened. VAX and Alpha computer replacement parts are difficult to find since HP retired the systems. Service and operational costs continue to spiral higher. Migration is an option, but when you consider the expense, labor, time commitment and risk involved, it certainly does not seem the most appealing or cost-effective method; the source code for the current system may not be available or even owned by the client. Above all, porting, migrating or rewriting your existing applications is expensive relative to the cost of a new system.
Virtualization with CHARON products automatically increases performance by using modern computer, storage and network systems. Virtualization preserves current investments and enables users to keep their existing applications and business practices. Because everything continues to run without modification, no re-training or re-staffing is required. CHARON products dramatically lower cost of ownership by reducing computer footprint, energy consumption, and cooling costs, while no significant migration efforts are required.