In 2003, University of San Diego found a problem. Their 17 year old reliable DEC VAX computer system hardware was beginning to concern the staff it may have an unplanned failure. After some research, USD identified that the Salem Automation's emulation solution was a way to achieve their main objective which was to provide a stable and repairable platform for their legacy applications. Initially, they had been looking to replace the aging VAX with slightly newer, but used, VAX equipment. The other alternative, moving to a newer system, would have required many months of re-programming to bring all of the old applications and databases up-to date.
Since USD’s VAX was viewed as a legacy system, the investment of time and labor were not justified. The Emulation software strategy is to "preserve your software investment across hardware generations" which is exactly what USD was looking for in this situation. USD needed new hardware to run their old software programs (as-is) for a finite period of time. USD staff investigated both the Emulation software and the delivery company, Salem Automation, finding them both a match to USD’s needs. The University was using (2) VAX 6330 systems with 256MB of memory in each in a VAX CI Cluster environment. The USD VAX applications can run on 1 VAX with a few exceptions. Currently all users and printers are now accessing the VAX CI Cluster system through the network by Telnet LAT and Terminal Servers. Salem Automation provided a solution that replaces the current VAX CI Cluster system with the emulation software running on an HP ProLiant server. This software product emulates a VAX 3100-98/4000-108 with 256 MB of RAM and has a VUP rating of up to 120 on the latest HP ProLiant servers.
As one USD staffer stated:
“Working this morning has been ideal. The reports are completed at the blink of an eye, thanks to the updated system!”
Salem Automation was also contracted by USD in 2007 to replace the previously installed Windows computer that had run the Emulation system originally installed in 2003. A new more powerful HP computer was installed in December 2007 and all the emuation software ported without incident. USD continues to enjoy the benefits of running legacy VAX software using Salem Automation's Emulation software!