I’ve been fielding questions from VOS customers who are considering upgrading to OpenVOS Release 17.0 and they are all asking the same question – what’s new, and why should I upgrade? My strong recommendation is that VOS customers upgrade to OpenVOS Release 17.0.2 at their next maintenance opportunity. This is the latest maintenance release. My reasons are as follows:
1. Stratus has released several new layered products that depend upon OpenVOS 17.0. These products are not available on older VOS releases. The new products are: WebSphere MQ Client and Server for OpenVOS (a popular messaging middleware package from IBM), Apache with PHP for OpenVOS (a popular, open-source web server and scripting language), and MySQL for OpenVOS (a popular, open-source relational database). Documentation for all of them is available at http://stratadoc.stratus.com.
2. Stratus has made significant performance improvements to the file and disk subsystems. These improvements were a key aspect of the improved performance of the 3rd-generation V Series platforms but they will help all platforms. With the recent release of OpenVOS Release 17.0.2, which is a maintenance upgrade, we have improved the measurement of the performance of the ftScalable Storage Subsystem. If you use this subsystem, you can now obtain more accurate data on how your applications affect this subsystem.