It has OpenSSH. If you had only telnet, someone decided to just leave it wide open. VMS Admins are hard to find and always were.
I didn't take well to OpenVMS, mostly because near the end of my time there in 2002 they tossed it at me. Gotta love the, you know UNIX, so you already know everything you need to know about OpenVMS attitude. Couldn't have set me up to fail any better, and I was too young to know what was going down.