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The Wang VS Community

An experiment in fostering Wang VS community communication

I founded The Unofficial Wang VS Information Center in 1995. Since then the site has served as the most comprehensive source of information about the Wang VS on the Internet. A few years ago I added simple forum software to the site but it didn't live up to my expectations. I changed to better forum software but that wasn't good enough, either.

This new site is an experiment in getting better forum and blog software into play.

For those who don't know me, I have worked in the Wang VS field since 1984 and have been the leading public proponent of the VS since 1995. From 2000 to 2004 I sold and supported COBOL ReSource as the only viable alternative to the failing Wang VS. In 2004 I co-founded TransVirtual Systems and Lightspeed NVS, two Texas companies devoted to virtualization of the VS and to acquiring and perpetuating the principal 3rd party PC/VS connectivity software -- Lightspeed NVS.

In early 2005 TransVirtual Systems and Getronics (successor to Wang Global and Wang Laboratories) signed a multi-year contract to bring a new generation of Wang VS to market -- a generation based on standard server hardware and free of all proprietary Wang hardware.

In late 2005 the first sales of the New VS were booked, and as of this writing (early November, 2008), 63 systems have been installed at sites in ten countries, with a long queue of pending sales and installations. The largest systems support about 500 users; the smallest a few dozen.

The Wang VS has completed its transition to modern hardware and greater performance and reliability. All that remains is for the rest of the legacy sites to move up to the New VS and for sales of PACE-based New VS systems to begin to customers new to the VS.

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