Flexible IDEs and the Future Success of OpenVMS

In our OpenVMS survey, we asked respondents if they agreed or disagreed with the following statement:

Flexible OpenVMS IDEs will play a major role in the future success of OpenVMS.

The majority agreed with the statement: 77% agree and 23% disagree.

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At eCube, we think IDEs are vital to the future success of OpenVMS. NXTware Remote, our Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment, allows developers to write code on a local workstation and then deploy, compile and debug on any remote server. Developers are more productive (even of they are not familiar with OpenVMS and its infrastructure) and the code quality improves.

What roles do you see for IDE’s in the OpenVMS space? Can a modern integrated development environment make for a more vibrant and successful/productive OpenVMS Community?

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Can a Modern Development Environment, Best Practices and Development Management Tools Improve OpenVMS Development?

Now that the uncertainty about the long-term future of OpenVMS has lessened, focus can turn to improving OpenVMS development. We think a modern development environment, best practices and development management tools can improve OpenVMS Development by:

  • Removing talent pool questions
  • Improving software quality
  • Speeding time to market
  • Improving task management
  • Simplifying management oversight
  • Adding organizations standardization and flexibility

We asked respondents if they agreed. The majority agreed that a modern development environment, best practices and development management tools would remove talent pool questions, improve software quality, speed time to market and add organization standardization and flexibility:

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What do you think? Are there other tools that can improve OpenVMS Development?

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Hosting OpenVMS Servers in the Cloud

In a previous post, we raised the possibility of OpenVMS cloud solutions. Although the cloud is everywhere these days, it hasn’t had an impact in the OpenVMS Community. To get a better sense of where companies stand, we asked survey respondents if their company would consider hosting OpenVMS servers in the cloud.

Here is what they said:

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Would you consider hosting OpenVMS servers in the cloud? Do you have any concerns? Without considering technical and licensing challenges, what role could the cloud play?

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NXTware Remote Brings Greater Security to the OpenVMS Development Process

eCube Systems, the leading provider of modern development tools and best practices for OpenVMS, announced SSL support for NXTware Remote Debugging to increase security and to comply with financial and federal requirements.

eCube takes security very seriously and is constantly making security enhancements to NXTware Remote.  NXTware Remote allows developers to write code on a local workstation and then deploy, compile and debug on any remote server.  Remote debugging provides many benefits, but it also introduces security risks.  When a debugging session is done on a local network, any computer on the network can try to attach to the session.  Passwords help ensure the client accessing the debug session is authenticated, but they need to be encrypted.  If the password is not encrypted, the transmission of the password is not secure.

To increase security during the debugging process, eCube added secure debugging to NXTware Remote.  In environments that require encryption for compliance reasons, the connect to the debugger can be secured using SSL.

Contact us to for more information, to request an evaluation or schedule a demo.

About NXTware Remote

NXTware Remote is an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that makes it simple for developers to write code and then compile and debug it remotely. Enterprise IT organizations doing strategic development in COBOL, FORTRAN, C, BASIC, PASCAL, and JAVA on a variety of platforms use NXTware Remote to develop on OpenVMS, Linux and Unix servers from Windows, MAC or Linux workstations.

About eCube Systems

eCube Systems offers a family of middleware evolution products and services that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies turn to eCube Systems to reduce risk, extend ROI and increase productivity as they consolidate existing capabilities and evolve legacy systems to contemporary SOA platforms.

eCube Systems, LLC, is headquartered in Montgomery, Texas with marketing offices in Boston, MA and R&D in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit us at http://www.ecubesystems.com/Contact.html

Why Companies Move or Consider Moving off of OpenVMS

There are numerous reasons companies continue to use OpenVMS, but there are also a lot of challenges companies who use OpenVMS encounter. The challenges cause some companies to view OpenVMS as a liability and are a factor companies consider when they evaluate whether or not they should stay on OpenVMS.

As part of our survey, we asked respondents to rank the following factors that might impact their company’s decision to migrate from OpenVMS:

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Why do you think companies move off of OpenVMS? Are these challenges unique to OpenVMS?

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Why Companies Continue to Use OpenVMS

Companies are drawn to OpenVMS for a variety of reasons including security, reliability and performance. Without the uncertainty over the future of OpenVMS, companies have more confidence about staying on OpenVMS and many are postponing or dropping plans to migrate off of OpenVMS.

In our OpenVMS survey, we asked respondents (on a scale of 1 to 5) how important the following factors were in keeping their company on OpenVMS: security advantage, reliability recovery, operational performance, language support and risk/cost of change.  5 of the 6 factors had a weighted average greater than 4: security advantage, reliability recovery, operational performance, risk/cost of change and promise future versions. The majority of respondents viewed these factors as important or very important. Language support was the only factor that had a weighted average lower than 4.

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What did you think? Why do companies continue to use OpenVMS? Are there other factors that are key to companies staying on OpenVMS?

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Entera Upgrades to support Big Data with latest version of NXTera

eCube Systems, a leading provider of middleware modernization, integration and management solutions, announced the availability of NXTera 6.5, a high performance RPC middleware. With NXTera 6.5, Entera applications can support Hardoop, the file-based data store, and Hive, the ANSI-based query engine.

Hadoop is an open-source software framework for storing and processing big data in a distributed fashion on large clusters of commodity hardware. It provides companies two major benefits: massive data storage and faster processing.

Hive TM, the other addition to NXTera, allows SQL developers to write Hive Query Language (HQL) statements that are similar to standard SQL statements. The HQL statements are then broken down by the Hive service and turned into Hadoop jobs. Finally, the Hadoop jobs are executed across a Hadoop cluster.

Companies that upgrade to NXTera 6.5 will have the power they need to grow their application so it can handle big data. Contact us for more information.

About NXTera

NXTera offers support for both optimized JDBC connectivity to Hive and native inline HQL support for COBOL, FORTRAN, C/C++ and Java applications. These can be legacy Entera applications or new applications that need heterogeneous language support across multiple middleware architectures. Learn more: http://www.ecubesystems.com/nxtera_LM.html

About eCube Systems

eCube Systems offers a family of middleware evolution products and services that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies turn to eCube Systems to reduce risk, extend ROI, and increase productivity as they consolidate existing capabilities and evolve legacy systems to contemporary SOA platforms.

eCube Systems, LLC, is headquartered in Montgomery, Texas with marketing offices in Boston, MA and R&D in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit us at http://www.ecubesystems.com/Contact.html

The Future of OpenVMS at Your Company

Last year, HP announced that it was licensing OpenVMS to VMS Software. The announcement, which eliminated some of the uncertainty in the OpenVMS industry, ensures that OpenVMS will continue to be supported and improved.

As part of our OpenVMS survey, we asked respondents if HP’s licensing of OpenVMS to VMS Software had any impact on the future of OpenVMS at their company. 47% said yes and 53% said no.

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Additionally, 85% said the announcement alleviated most of their concerns about the future of OpenVMS.

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What do you think? Did the announcement have any impact in your company? Did the announcement alleviate or raise any concerns about the future of OpenVMS?

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NXTware Remote 4.5.1 Is Now Available

The latest version of NXTware Remote adds support for multi-directory projects, the ability to import (or add) new subdirectories to existing projects and support for wildcard subdirectory specifications when searching for files. These new features increase development project management productivity and add flexibility when refactoring project file trees.

Additionally, NXTware Remote has expanded FORTRAN language support and enhanced support for HP FORTRAN Syntax. Syntax support now includes structure, record, map, union and % fill. With extensive FORTRAN language support, developers will be able to refactor, modernize and work in multiple FORTRAN languages with greater ease. NXTware Remote can now support language versions between FORTRAN 77 and FORTRAN 2008.

Visit our website for more information about NXTware Remote.

OpenVMS in the Cloud: Is It Possible?

Hardware maintenance costs are high. Moving applications off OpenVMS is complex and risky. Hosting these applications in the cloud makes financial sense.

Today, the cloud is an established option, yet there aren’t OpenVMS cloud solutions readily available. That is bound to change.

So we’re wondering, what do you think? Are the traditional benefits of lower operational and capital costs applicable to OpenVMS users? What benefits and risks do you see? What would keep you from moving to the cloud? What would it take to make the cloud a viable option for OpenVMS?

We look forward to hearing you answers.