Reserve Bank charts OpenVMS, Itanium future

More open systems on the drawing board

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will migrate its existing OpenVMS systems to the Itanium architecture in preparation for a possible move to commodity Windows and Linux operating systems.

The RBA operates one of its critical applications on the HP OpenVMS platform and an upgrade of both the software and hardware is required for support and future enhancements, according to the bank.

With a 30-year history dating back to DEC's VAX machines, and then Alpha-based systems, OpenVMS is now in line with HP's road map to support it on its Itanium-based Integrity servers along with Linux and Windows Server.

The RBA is seeking the supply of HP OpenVMS software and hardware to run the operating system on 10 HP Integrity blade servers, two HP rx2660 Integrity servers and two SANs, one for DR.

The new SANs must be certified to store OpenVMS "initially", and "in future" Windows and Red Hat Linux operating systems, according to the bank.

In addition to OpenVMS, the RBA has Unix and mainframe systems for transaction processing.

"Only vendors with a demonstrable financial capacity, the capability to provide certified OpenVMS support on hardware, appropriate experience and proven track record need apply," according to one document.

The bank will also require contacts from three reference sites.

The project is expected to begin at the end of March and be completed by May 2008.

This upgrade comes as the RBA upgrades its network security infrastructure.

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