Mobile Energy (a division of DTE in Mobile, AL) had an “End of Life” situation with their DEC VAX 4000/Model 106A. Since the VAX hardware was no longer being supported by HP, each day brought new concerns about possible catastrophic failures.
Upon reviewing the information provided by Mobile’s IT staff, Salem Automation recommended their emlation software running on an HP DL 380 with 4 GB of memory, the 5160 CPU (3.33 MHz) and 6-72 GB 10K SAS drives. Based on references as well as price and performance considerations, Gene McCarty, Site Manager for Mobile Energy, authorized purchase of the proposed system.
After the HP DL 380 was delivered to Salem Automation headquarters in Winston-Salem, NC, the technical staff installed the emulation software and configured the Virtual VAX system to match the existing VAX 4000/106 system. Once Salem’s technical staff completed initial testing, Mobile Energy was able to remote into their virtual VAX and conduct system testing. With the successful completion of the testing, the onsite installation was scheduled and the server shipped.
Once on site, Greg Snider, Salem Automation Installation Specialist, installed the new server, refreshed the data, and trained the system manager. After about one day of testing, Mr. Hildreth authorized the replacement of the VAX 4000 system with the new emulation server.
This cutover was so seamless, that several users asked when the new system was to be installed. Upon learning that they were already running on the new system, everyone was very pleased at this effortless transition on their part. There was no retraining necessary, no new commands to learn, no conversion errors to track down and correct!
“The installation and data conversion could not have been better,” Mr. Hildreth said. “Greg used a combination of emulation software, extensive VAX experience and technical thoroughness that allowed the conversion to exceed our expectations!”