Connect OpenVMS Bootcamp - Call For Papers - closing 1 June 2010 
Friday, April 16, 2010, 03:56 PM
Posted by Administrator
The Call For Papers for the 2010 Connect OpenVMS Bootcamp will close 1 June 2010. All proposed sessions need to be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT.

This week long event, 12/17 September 2010, will be the most comprehensive technical education and training event dedicated exclusively to the HP OpenVMS Community with information driven by users for users that will be available in 2010.

Here are the topics we are at looking for sessions:

- Storage HW
- Storage SW
- OpenVMS Futures
- Hardware Roadmap with Blades
- Virtualization/Emulation
- Oracle (Rdb/Codasyl/Classic)
- Hands-on demo/learning sessions
- Disaster avoidance/High Availability/Mission Critical
- Open Source
- Modernization
- Software Development
- Middleware

Some of the session titles already submitted include:

- Introduction to modern runtime environments and languages
- OpenVMS and Web Services: myth or reality?
- To queue or not to queue?
- Integration Technologies and Products for OpenVMS
- Lessons Learned from Porting Software to OpenVMS
- Tutorial on implementing Web Services using gSOAP
- OpenVMS File System Performance Topics
- OpenVMS Dynamic Volume Expansion
- Achieving the Highest Possible Availability
- Using Shadowsets with More than 3 Members
- Using IP Networks as an OpenVMS Cluster Interconnect
- Who Survives Disasters and Why, Part 1: People
- Who Survives Disasters and Why, Part 2: Organizations
- Principles of Troubleshooting and Problem Solving
- Case Studies of Disaster Tolerance and Disaster Recovery
- Using OpenVMS Technologies to Build an Agile Computing Base
- C7000 "Virtual Connect" for OpenVMS
- Using Perl to manage VMS systems
- 60 minutes that could save you from disaster
- Extreme Heritage Solutions for VAX and Alpha

As can be seen there are some great presentations planned. We are looking for MORE! In the past there have been upwards of 100+ different sessions. We know the OpenVMS User Community and the Partners as well as the HP Office of OpenVMS Programs want to make this a very successful event. We encourage you to submit your sessions now!

By the way, speakers get a reduction in the registration fee! A $700.00 discount for speakers, $795 for the week versus $1,495.

You do NOT need to be a Connect Worldwide member to speak at the OpenVMS Bootcamp. Connect would love to have you as a member so you show your support for OpenVMS in their community, but we want anyone interested in presenting a technical session to attend!

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your session submissions.


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Communications, Marketing and Success Stories - OpenVMS Needs More! 
Sunday, April 4, 2010, 04:41 PM
Posted by Administrator
Today I received the most recent copy of Connect Worldwide's "The Connection Magazine". I was very pleased reading the interesting stories about modernization of applications while keeping stable core systems in place. In these cases they were NonStop systems but they could and should also be OpenVMS systems.

We need more use of publications such as this and other trade publications to spread the word not only to our own user community but also to those in management and the computing industry who are not familiar with OpenVMS. Marketing is a matter of communications to current customers as well as potential customers.

It was also especially heartening to hear from Winston Prather on the recent success the HP NonStop Enterprise Division has had with recruiting new partners. Winston is the Vice President and General Manager of this Division at HP.

Among the recent new partners discussed by Mr. Prather are Opus, a payment software vendor, which has moved from Linux and Tuxedo to NonStop and Pathway. Lusis, an EFT vendor, has moved from Solaris and Linux to NonStop. AJB Software, an integrated payment solutions vendors, has moved their .NET C# applications to NonStop. All of these and more show the increase of vendors recognizing the value in strong, stable, secure environments.

OpenVMS has had recent successes as well but they need to be publicized. OpenVMS needs to expand its communications. Partnering with Connect Worldwide would assist the Office of OpenVMS Programs in spreading the word of their successes and future plans.

OpenVMS is the richest and most stable software development environment that exists. We should encourage the publication of information about new partners as well as success stories about modernization or new application implementations.

Talk about your successes. Spread the news!


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Connect OpenVMS SIG presents: "Virtualisation in theory and practice." 2 Webinars Tue. 6 April - Links Corrected 
Friday, April 2, 2010, 08:31 PM
Posted by Administrator
The Connect OpenVMS SIG is hosting two webinars on Tuesday, 6 April 2010 at 10:00 GMT and 16:00 GMT. The webinars are being presented by Colin Butcher, Founder, XDelta Limited.

April is "Virtualisation Month" at Connect Worldwide and is sponsoring various events and on-line seminars. The OpenVMS SIG is happy to help with this month's events with these sessions.

GoToWebinar information is listed at the end of this message for each session.

See you there!

"Virtualisation in theory and practice."

This session will provide an overview of virtualisation and the underlying principles that apply when designing and implementing virtualised systems and infrastructures. There are a wide range of issues to be considered. The context within which your business operates will help to determine to what extent and in which areas virtualisation may be applicable. Virtualisation techniques can in many cases provide a useful solution to a wide range of problems, especially when combined with blade server technology.

Topics to be covered include:

Virtualisation in practice:
Data networking
Storage subsystems
Performance and scalability
Availability and manageability
Data centre infrastructure and consolidation

Presented by Colin Butcher, Founder, XDelta Limited.

Colin has an engineering background which, combined with a wide range of interests, provides him with the ability to empathise with clients and discuss projects in their own terms. He has considerable experience with mission-critical and safety-critical environments, providing authoritative technical guidance and project leadership based on a sound understanding of the issues involved.

He has been responsible for the architectural design, implementation and trouble-shooting of several major systems, including satellite control, air traffic monitoring, manufacturing, retail and healthcare infrastructures.

Colin was a finalist in both the 2008 and 2003 BCS IT Professional Awards for "IT Consultant of the Year" for his work on two major projects (healthcare and aerospace).

His professional qualifications include Fellow of the British Computer Society, Chartered IT Professional and Chartered Engineer.


10:00 GMT:

1. Click here to start or join the Webinar:

2. You will be connected to audio using your computer's microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended. Or you may select Use Telephone after joining the Webinar.

Dial: 213-286-1201
Access code: 646-298-196
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Webinar ID: 239-426-729

System Requirements:
Windows(R) Vista, XP Pro, XP Home, 2003 Server, 2000, 2000 Server Mac OS(R) X 10.4 (Tiger(R)) or newer


16:00 GMT:

1. Click here to start or join the Webinar:

2. You will be connected to audio using your computer's microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended. Or you may select Use Telephone after joining the Webinar.

Dial: 773-945-1010
Access code: 312-276-747
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Webinar ID: 446-097-992

System Requirements:
Windows(R) Vista, XP Pro, XP Home, 2003 Server, 2000, 2000 Server Mac OS(R) X 10.4 (Tiger(R)) or newer


An earlier version of this posting had incorrect links. Our apologies.

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WEBINAR - “Integrating OpenVMS I64 with Legacy Applications and Platforms Using Attunity Integration Suite (AIS)”  
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 08:12 PM
Posted by Administrator
On Wednesday, 17 March 2010, the Hewlett-Packard Office of OpenVMS Programs will host a pair of technical webinars.

Ian Archibald, EMEA Pre-sales Director, Attunity will present a technical discussion focusing on how Attunity’s AIS solution provides connectivity and integration from the Integrity platform hosting mission-critical applications and data to Unix/Linux, Windows and legacy platforms such as IBM Mainframe.

A product demonstration will explain how this capability:

  1. Reduces IT costs with server/platform consolidation on Integrity

  2. Enables wrap & reuse vs. rip and replace

  3. Provides interconnectivity between 64-bit applications and 32-bit applications across virtual machines

  4. Uses virtual data federation to create a unified interface across partitions, applications and data types

The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

The HP Office of OpenVMS Programs is conducting these webinars in two time zones to cover all of you across the globe. The procedures are the basically same for connecting to either webinar but the links go to different "events" so pick the time you want to attend and follow the link of your choice.

The first webinar is at 08:30 UTC/04:30 EDT.

The two step procedure to join the webinar is:-

1. You join the virtual classroom by going to this web page.

2. The telephone bridge line details are available here and you can dial the line that is relevant to your country and join in the audio. The conference code is 3467391155

The second webinar is at 15:30 UTC/11:30 EST.

The two step procedure to join the webinar is:-

1. You join the virtual classroom by going to this web page.

2. The telephone bridge line details are available here and you can dial the line that is relevant to your country and join in the audio. The conference code is 3467391155

To test your setup ahead of your event, please use the following link:

The HP OpenVMS Programs Office looks forward to seeing you in the HP Virtual Classroom on the 17th of March. If you have any queries, please write to


We are very happy to see this regularly scheduled webinar continuing.

Keep spreading the word! Support and use OpenVMS!



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HP Availability Manager on OpenVMS - webinar 24 Feb 2010 at 13:00 GMT 
Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 09:13 PM
Posted by Administrator
Ever wanted to know more about HP Availability Manager?

On 24 February you will get the chance. Barry Kierstein will present "Overview of Availability Manager Functionality, Installation and Configuration" at 08:00 EST (13:00 GMT). YES, we know this is early but it is a presentation for a worldwide audience. And if it is too early or too late then you can always view the recorded version at the VMS SIG home page on Connect Worldwide.

For those who do not know him, Barry was the project leader of the Availability Manager product at Hewlett-Packard Corporation, where he worked for almost 14 years, and has extensive knowledge of its use and function. Previous to his tenure at Hewlett-Packard in the OpenVMS Engineering group, he was an OpenVMS system manager for the academic computer cluster at a large university for twelve years.

Barry is currently on contract with two companies - Migration Specialties and eCube Systems, working on products for OpenVMS and Alpha systems.

The abstract of the webinar is:

Ever wish you could see the health of all your OpenVMS systems in one window? You can with the Availability Manager, a product developed by OpenVMS engineering. This product presents the performance health of any number of OpenVMS systems, and also analyzes each for any resource contention problems, and also fixes various problems to allow OpenVMS systems to continue functioning.

This webinar will present an overview of the Availability Manager functionality, installation and configuration. Time will be available for questions and answers.

You can get the registration information and update your calendar by visiting the Connect Worldwide web page for this event.

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