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Bailey HMI Replacement
Have any Bailey experts replaced an Alpha Workstation?

We have a Bailey Infi90 with 4 OpenVMS Alpha Station 255 PC's that run Bailey Symphony. These PCs are old and getting hard to procure parts. I was thinking we could get some newer PCs and clone the existing hard drives. Then I think the issue would be to get drivers or develop drivers for the newer hardware to work with the OpenVMS Operating System.

Has anyone done anything like this or have any suggestions?

Thank you for any advice.

We run the open source project https://pvbrowser.org
The Server side could run on OpenVMS.
The Client side will run on modern computers and mobile devices.
The GUI is based on the Qt https://www.qt.io/

By Ikhtiander on 11 August, 2017 - 4:05 am

Hi choosespace,

For your case, I suggest to run your VMS under the virtualization system such as VMWARE ESXi or vsphere, or Virtualbox, so no need to worry regarding hardware.

By Peter Clout on 2 September, 2017 - 5:32 pm

You certainly have had good value from this system over the years. We
have many customers using VMS as the operating system for our product.
The problem you have is that to bring this system up to date with new
equipment you either have to port to Itanium with VMS or use an Alpha
emulator running in an Intel X86 PC. Using the alpha, you are most
likely to be able to just clone the current disks and run the system.
However, I have no experience doing this and so check carefully before
committing.

Good luck!

--
Peter Clout
Vista Control Systems, Inc.
http://www.vista-control.com

Hi Choosepace,

Years ago we replaced the HMIs for an infi90 control system using Rovisys OPC Server and GE's Cimplicity HMI software package. It works real well, but we did have to recreate all the screens and figure out the bits and pieces behind the animations and function templates. Maybe this can also be an alternative for your HMI replacement needs.