Compaq voices support for VAX

The venerable VAX is alive and well, despite the takeover of Digital by Compaq and the push to Alpha and NT. "We will still sign five-year support contracts and it may be possible to extend them further," says product marketing manager Stephen Bacon.

The venerable VAX is alive and well, despite the takeover of Digital by Compaq and the push to Alpha and NT.

“We will still sign five-year support contracts and it may be possible to extend them further,” says product marketing manager Stephen Bacon.

“There are between 125 and 150 active VAX systems in New Zealand that we know of.”

He says that where an application has been core to a business, an organisation has tended to migrate quite quickly to Alpha or NT on Intel.

“Otherwise they’ve tended not to migrate. The long-term strategy may be to decommission.

“We’ll be supporting VAX for many years to come.”

Last month a small US publishing software vendor, Datalogics, put up a white paper on its Web site stating categorically that Compaq will pull support for VAX after December 31, 1999.

Compaq must have convinced Datalogics otherwise because the paper vanished within the week.

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