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Even though HP set up its January Webcast to promote migration, the vendor updated its customers about the progress of homesteading initiatives at the end of the latest round of transition advice. HP reported that it plans to announce more details on licenses for running MPE on Intel-based 3000 hardware emulators in the coming weeks. The time period for the licensing announcement has slipped from the early in the new year promises made in the fall of 2002, but HPs commitment to its homesteading customers shows no apparent signs of slipping.
One customer among the small group of attendees asked HP for a yes or no answer to the question of whether it will make an emulated HP 3000 a possibility. The vendor holds the key license to MPE that could stop any efforts to build such a hardware emulator. The question came from Rich Trapp, working on the technical team at Managed Business Solutions (MBS), one of the HP Platinum migration partners. But weve also heard from MBS that its also building up a consulting practice for the homesteading HP 3000 customer, in addition to offering migration advice. HPs answer to the question, by the way, was We havent provided the details yet, according to e3000 business manager Dave Wilde. Were moving forward and working closely with OpenMPE on that. Wilde said HP was making sure the OpenMPE team has the information to move forward with an update on that [issue] as soon as possible. That reply showed evidence that the announcement of an official HP emulator licensing arrangement will come from OpenMPE first, rather than HP. Wilde said he wants OpenMPE to have the lead on this.
Wilde said further homesteading updates will be forthcoming at the Interex e3000 Migration and Solution Symposiums this spring, and HP will release more information around the HP World conference in August. If there are other updates that warrant further information releases during the summer, well try to make sure those are also provided, Wilde added.
But homesteaders listening to the Webcast did hear a report on HPs intentions to help them stay on the platform. After the homesteading questions surfaced, Mike Paivinen of HP said that HP will be keeping 3000 documentation online as well as patches for the system beyond the end of support date on December 31, 2006. Webcast host George Stachnik noted that the continued availability of patches and documentation would be useful to third party firms who want to extend their support of the HP 3000 beyond 2006. Paivinen said wed remove those barriers we control, mostly around licensing and license pricing, so that third parties can make their own business decisions about creating an emulator. HP also reiterated that its investigating how third parties can play a role in supporting the HP 3000 after HPs support runs out at the end of 2006. (Were not sure yet what that investigation might produce, since third party firms are already providing about 40 percent of HP 3000 sites with support today. Perhaps HP is studying how much of its 3000 knowledge base it will share with those third party firms that its been competing with since the 1980s.)
heard that HP is going to keep gathering information about them in
the coming months, to better understand how it can help.
Well continue to work with OpenMPE to understand the
needs of the users they represent, Paivinen said. HP plans to
hold teleconferences with some of the homesteading community, to
better understand how customers expect to use their 3000s after
HPs end of support date. HP didnt have enough
information to commit to any dates on when it will hold the 2003
teleconferences with OpenMPE and homesteading customers. It promised
to announce these dates in the HP Customer First Times, a
marketing newsletter that recently took the place of the e3000
Advisor. Paivinen said HPs bottom line on homesteading is
We absolutely understand that some of our customers, either by
choice or some type of business constraint, are going to continue to
run their 3000s after we exit the 3000 support business.
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