New web site launched - and new offerings 
Monday, December 7, 2015, 05:30 PM
Posted by Administrator
We have been busy behind the scenes working on our new website. As you can see if is a bit sleeker and more focused on our offerings.

We have also been developing new offerings. One of the most important is the Support of Open Source On OpenVMS. You can check it out here.

Do you have a new project that needs help?

Do you need to get your systems tuned or evaluated?

Or how about that open source software, does it need to be updated?

Contact us for a quote or proposal.
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OpenVMS Boot Camp - LESS THAN 14 days away!!! 
Monday, September 14, 2015, 11:15 AM
Posted by Administrator
The 2015 OpenVMS Boot Camp is scheduled to begin on 28 September!

It is not too late to still sign up to attend! This is THE OpenVMS Community event of the year! Come join many of your VMS colleagues and network and plan your year together!

There are currently over 80 technical sessions, as well as the Vendor Round House on the evening of the 28th and the Banquet/VMS Reunion and Scholarship Auction on the evening of the 29th.

And for those that really want to get into the details about Security and OpenVMS there is the Pre-Conference Seminar on Sunday, 27 September. The presenters include:
    Stephen Hoffman, HoffmanLabs LLC
    Colin Butcher, XDelta Limited

    James Preciado, James J. Preciado, LLC

    Bill Highleyman, Availability Digest

    Greg Guthman, Software Concepts International, Inc.

    Bill Pedersen, CCSS, LLC

    Eddie Orcutt, VMS Software, Inc.

The schedule for the Pre-Con is here:
    Continental Breakfast/Registration
    Morning
      Introduction
      Infrastructure
        Securing hardware consoles, ILOs, MPs, Virtual Connect, Chassis and other things
          Why worry about this?
          Default usernames and passwords

          TELNET and FTP

          External authentication

          Individual accountability and activity logs

          Monitoring
        Routers
        LDAP

        VLAN

        Fibre

        NAS/SAN
    Break
      VMS Security in review
        Built in components
          SYSUAF - Password Policy - History
          ACL / ACE’s - / Identifiers / Groups etc.

          Auditing / Accounting

          Monitoring / OPCOM
        Add-in components/Tools
          Encryption
          Commercial options

          Open Source options

          Rapid Recovery / State checking

          Other
        Networking:
          DECnet / LAT
            bjects / Proxies
          TCPIP
            ACME - LDAP
            Proxies

            IPSec

            SSL

            DMZ’s / VLAN’s
      Lunch
      Afternoon
        Best practices
          VMS Guide to Security
          Overview of various Standards

          Audits and Standard Compliance
            Risk vs. Compensating Control
            What makes an effective control?

            The "nasty" privileges

            Fine tuning and monitoring access and functions

            Segregation of duties

            Security policies and escalation procedures

            Real world examples
          Application / Open Source remediation / hardening
          Smart Card Technology
      Break
          Infrastructure
          Penetration test preparation
        Futures (VSI)
        Round table

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Oracle Announces the Oracle OpenVMS Tech Forum Schedule 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 08:18 AM
Posted by Administrator
Kevin Duffy of Oracle has announced that registration for the 2015 Oracle Rdb and Oracle Database on OpenVMS Technical Forums in North America and EMEA is now open. To register, go to:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/datab ... 01986.html

As was previously announced, the dates and locations for the 2015 Oracle Forums are:

  • October 1-2, Burlington, MA, USA
  • October 5-6, Redwood Shores, CA, USA
  • October 12-13, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • October 15-16, Kista, Sweden
  • October 19-20, Vienna, Austria
  • October 22-23, London, UK
  • October 26-27, Paris, France
  • December 1-2, North Ryde, Australia

Registration for the 2015 Asia Pacific Forum being held in Sydney, Australia is not yet open but will be opening soon.

Note that the Burlington Forum will be held just following this year’s Connect OpenVMS Boot Camp in Nashua, NH. The Forum will be held at our Burlington, MA campus instead of Nashua, NH because we have larger conference facilities in Burlington. The Boot Camp begins on Sunday, September 27th and ends on Wednesday, September 30th and the Oracle Forum begins on Thursday, October 1st. The drive from Nashua to Burlington is about 30-45 minutes depending on traffic, so Boot Camp attendees may want to consider relocating to a Burlington hotel starting Wednesday evening.

We will be presenting an Oracle session at the Boot Camp. However, to get an in-depth understanding of the latest Oracle related developments on OpenVMS, we highly recommend that you attend the Forum as well.

A sampling of the Forum session topics includes:

  • Oracle Rdb and Oracle Database on OpenVMS Product Status and Direction
  • OpenVMS Update from HP and VMS Software Inc.
  • An update from Intel on Itanium and x86
  • Connect OpenVMS Community Update
  • What's Next with Oracle 11g
  • 11g Install on OpenVMS
  • Replaying Your 10g Workload on 11g with RAT
  • What's New in Oracle Rdb
  • Upgrading to Rdb 7.3
  • Oracle Rdb Remote Database Access
  • Oracle Rdb Connectivity Update
  • Using PHP Data Objects (PDO) with Oracle Rdb Databases
  • OpenVMS and Oracle Rdb at one of the Largest Customers in Japan
  • History of SQL Features Including Newer Ones You May Have Missed

The full Forum agenda is being finalized and will be posted soon on the registration web page.

Attendance will be opened to those who cannot join us in person. Remote attendees will be sent the information needed to join us in a live online Forum web conference. To receive this information, remote attendees must send an email to InfoRdb_US@oracle.com, after they have registered, indicating that they will be attending remotely. Remote attendees are welcome to attend any or all sessions.

Kevin and his team are very excited to be bringing the 2015 Technical Forums to you. They hope you will be able to join them.
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New Releases of Open Source Packages Available 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 05:30 PM
Posted by Administrator
New versions of several packages have been uploaded to the SourceForge VMS-Ports Project as well as the GNV Project. These include:

New versions of some GNV tools on GNV/FILES…

Bash V4.3.39
Grep V2.21
Gawk V4.1.3
Sed V4.22
Coreutils V8.23
LD_utils (26 June, newer version soon)

New versions of other open source now on VMS-Ports/FILES...

cURL version 7.43
SQLite version 3

Also the next conference call is this Thursday – 20 August, 23:00 EDT.

The notes and recording of the 17 July conference call are available at:

https://sourceforge.net/p/vms-ports/discussion/call_topics/

Thanks!

See you Thursday (or Friday depending on your locale).

Best,
Bill.

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Oracle Rdb and Oracle Database on OpenVMS Technical Forums 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 09:54 AM
Posted by Administrator
Save the dates!

Kevin Duffy and his crew at Oracle are happy to announce that the dates and locations for this year’s Oracle Rdb and Oracle Database on OpenVMS Technical Forums have been set. This year the Forums are being held in cooperation with HP, VSI, Intel, Connect, the local HP User Group organizations and our Oracle partners. The Forum agendas will include presentations from all of these companies and groups.

The dates and locations are:
    October 1-2, Burlington, MA, USA
October 5-6, Redwood Shores, CA, USA
October 12-13, Utrecht, Netherlands
October 15-16, Kista, Sweden
October 19-20, Vienna, Austria
October 22-23, London, UK
October 26-27, Paris, France
December 1-2, North Ryde, Australia

All of the Forums will be held at the Oracle offices at the above locations with the exception of Vienna which will be held at the HP office. Registration is not yet open and the agendas are not yet finalized, but we are sending this announcement now so that you can save the dates and begin making plans for your travel.

Once registration is open and the agendas are finalized, we will be sending follow-up mails and the agendas will be posted online on the Oracle registration page

The Burlington Forum will be held just following this year’s Connect OpenVMS Boot Camp in Nashua, NH. The Forum will be held in Burlington, MA instead of Nashua, NH because we have larger conference facilities there. The drive from Nashua to Burlington is about 30-45 minutes depending on traffic.

See you in Burlington, MA!
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