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Slow down, you early-adopting laggards

We could all stand to slow down just a little bit, even as the Web and the cloud and the Internet promise to hurtle us ever-faster into the future. As different as that tomorrow will be, many things will remain ever the same. What we need more of are laggards, but a new sort of that sort of pro who’s the very last to change.

One that that won’t change is testing, as un-sexy a subject as anything that ever unreeled off an episode of Lost in Space. Developers dislike it, designers hate it, users outwait it. Only the auditor loves testing, as it lets him assure his masters that all is as to be as it ever was. Testing must now embrace emulation, or virtualization, or whatever phrase you want to use for making one computer behave like it’s using another’s personality.

These doppelgangers of data delivery are now afoot in the world of the HP 3000. Some day they will be in the cloud, a concept we all hooted at from our 1990s office chairs sitting in early 2000s cubicles, hoping we’d be employed after the economy’s crash dust started to settle in the early Teens. The cloud: now it will save our budgets with computers that run anywhere, at least anyplace except the office space of our organization — real estate the corporation would like to reduce, if it could, along with headcounts.

However, the heads of 3000 managers has been wrapped around servers right down the hall or across the plaza or at least in the same city. Now these servers can be racked someplace in a hosting farm and the everyday province of another company. We can see the badge Dell, or Acer, or even IBM, and know that inside beats the heart of MPE. The Stromasys CHARON software makes that kind of magic happen, the sort that makes possible, as our Q&A subject Stan Sieler said in our November print issue, MPE Forever.

But not so fast; remember we are a community made of many laggards by today, even as oracles and wizards like Sieler work in our world.

The last time we interviewed Stan Sieler the HP 3000 was on the cusp of its newest technology and primed for inclusion to the select world of Itanium. Skies were bright and a 3000 customer could be allowed to think they were in line for something nouveau in an N-Class, or avant in an A-Class, any day now.

Things changed, but testing did not. No one made a move onto either of those radically different (and better) servers without certifying things would be the same at month’s end closing. CHARON will require the same audit assurances to take over for HP-branded iron. Sensible managers will know this, but some will assure their owners everything will be the same. They’ll have become early adopting laggards. They’ll be preserving the value of MPE, even as they adopt virtualization for the first time. IO and CPU footprints will have to be examined. Scaling must be studied, although scaling of HP hardware choices is limited to installing more boxes.

CHARON is only going to get better. That’s the way it works with things that are needed and desired, at least the ones where a market appears ready. Your market is ready. Testing will make you slow down a little bit. It will only seem that way if you haven’t told the story of testing along with the sizzle of emulation. After adoption tests, yes, these will just be another 3000 for the proud laggards who maintain MPE value.