2017-01-25 13:03:11 UTC
Last week I recevied a quote from VSI on 3 years support
for what is called the "VSI OpenVMS for Alpha" product for
the three Alpha servers at my costumer site.
First, I will not disclose any prices since I have not seen
any official price list from VSI and I can not tell how
costumer specific this quote is.
Together with the quote as such, there were two documents
supplied that I have not been able to locate at the VSI site:
One three page PDF "VSI OpenVMS for Alpha data Sheet". This
is not the same as the information on the "Alpha Evaluation"
page http://vmssoftware.com/alpha/. The data sheet also talkes
about a "Detailed Layered Products lists" that should be specific
to this Alpha offer that I have not been able to locate yet.
One eight page PDF "VSI Software Support Portfolio". This is
similar to the PTT presentation in the VSI Support page
http://vmssoftware.com/services_supp.html, but with some
additional and detailed information.
I get the impression that this Alpha offer is in an kind of
build-up phase and that there is still things to sort out.
But besides of that, it looks fine so far.
- Licenses included for all OS components (cluster, shadowing
and so on) and all LPs that are included in the above metioned
"Detailed Layered Products lists". I supplied lists of currently
registered PAKs that was accepted with a few omissings (OPEN3D
and PHIGS-RUNTIME-USER that we don't use anyway). All compilers
that we use (C, Fortran and Cobol) are there anyway.
- Free port to the coming x86-64 platform. Not clear if that also
includes all the OS components and LPs. But if so, this migth be
a hint of the future licensing model for VMS on x86-64. And in
that case, a highly simplified model...
This Alpha offering has three price levels. 1-2 CPUs, 3-4 CPUs
and > 4 CPUs.
Thought it might interest someone... :-)