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HP UK Education update


New Case Study Available From NuWave Technologies

Carr Scott Software to present at FINTUG – HP NonStop Event Helsinki 28 January

NuWave Technologies Has Big Plans for 2010

HP VTS supports portability of SCSI tape drives and Libraries for Customers migrating to newer NS-Series and BladeServer systems

Insider Technologies Limited Latest News

Gravic, Inc. - Just Posted: Webcast on AOL’s Zero-Application-Downtime Live Migration

CommitWork - Announce the new feature matrix
of CommitWork Eclipse Developer Suite (CDS)

Real Time View - A Running Commentary
January, 10

Ban Bottlenecks® - Remember Memory?

Availability Digest Discusses the Requirements for “Roll-Your-Own” Replication Engines

Marshall Resources, Inc. - January 2010 – Third Party Non-Stop Hardware Maintenance

CSP - Protect UX


XYPRO Presents Audit and Compliance tools in Finland

comForte: is it a good time to modernize?

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    HP UK Education update

Hands-on instructor-led training has never been more convenient !

Continued investment in leading edge technology allows HP Education Services UK&I to bring technical training to your location, removing the need for you to include travel and accommodation costs in your training budget.  Both customised onsite courses and full remote training using HP’s high quality technical courseware can be arranged to suit your diary, minimising time away from your home and office.  With more equipment coming online month-by-month, regular additions to our current schedule can be expected.  Today courses supported by HP Virtual Labs include:

·         HB940s - OSS Accelerated Commands and Utilities

·         HH321s - Introduction to NonStop NetBatch

·         U4147s - Concepts & Facilities for NonStop

·         U8636s - TACL Programming for NonStop

HP Education offers remote instructor-led training using a combination of HP Virtual Rooms and HP Virtual Labs to deliver the same consistently high quality content you’d expect from us.  To find out more use the links or call 01344 363311.



It is the start of another year, a year that is certain to bring its challenges and surprises. We can expect a General Election in the UK and whether it brings a change in the government or not, we will see some significant changes in the economic climate. This will make it ever more important for businesses to become even more efficient and find ways to give them the edge in their respective marketplaces.

BrightStrand International is ready to help businesses that seek to maximise the benefits that the NonStop platform delivers. We have skilled and experienced NonStop consultants who can be drafted in to supplement your own staff, perform migrations or deliver particular services, such as Security Reviews or System Healthchecks.

BrightStrand has consultants skilled in

·        Systems and Operations Management

·        Performance and Tuning

·        Database Design and Administration

·        Communications Subsystems

·        Web Services

·        Security

·        IBM WebSphere MQ Series environments.

·        Integrity NonStop Migrations

·        System Healthchecks (Pre or Post-Migration)

·        Project Support

For further information call Dave Stewart today on +44 (0)7831 775115 or email Dave


New Case Study Available From NuWave Technologies

Have you ever worked with a program or process that you dreamed was more efficient? Ever tried to redesign a process and encountered some serious roadblocks? We've recently uploaded a new case study to our website that deals with these issues. Here's a sample:
A government agency used an application called the Maintenance Management System (MMS) at 23 geographically distributed facilities. It scheduled and tracked all maintenance activity that service engineers performed on over 65,000 pieces of equipment. However, the HP NonStop server that housed the application was lacking one key design element: a true distributed database - each of the 23 MMS sites maintained a separate database instance.

View the PDF at http://www.nuwave-tech.com/files/CaseStudyODS.pdf or the non-PDF version at www.nuwave-tech.com/ODSstory.
NuWave offers several solutions for NonStop servers and other platforms; including application development, application migration, systems integration, legacy to Web, and business process management (BPM). To learn more about NuWave's expert services, visit www.nuwave-tech.com/services. Or for a free project analysis, email info@nuwave-tech.com.

Carr Scott Software to present at FINTUG – HP NonStop Event Helsinki 28 January


Carr Scott Software (www.CarrScott.com) is excited to be attending the HP NonStop Event being held in Helsinki Finland on Thursday, 28 January 2010 at HP’s offices in Espoo, outside of Helsinki Finland.

Harry Scott from Carr Scott will be presenting ‘Tools for modernizing and automating your NonStop server applications and environment’.

For more information or to register for the HP NonStop Event on 28 January please visit: http://h41267.www4.hp.com/eventpage.aspx?eventid=MgAxADcANwAxAA%3d%3d&cc=fi&lang=en


NuWave Technologies Has Big Plans for 2010 

So many additions have been made to NuWave's staff in the past year: they tripled the sales team, doubled the support staff, and expanded the marketing department. In 2009, NuWave also increased its communication with customers through improved customer relationship management (CRM) and a regular newsletter, as well as attendance at more HP NonStop events throughout the year. But there are still more great changes to be made.

For 2010, NuWave has even more plans for improvement. New partnerships are in the works to maximize efficiency and NuWave also aims to further increase and improve communication with their customer base and with other members of the industry. Last year, NuWave starting holding webinars to educate HP NonStop users on how to modernize their applications. Since NuWave's informative webinars had so much success in 2009, they plan to host even more this year. They've already held a special webinar just for their customers to kick off the new year.

To accompany these changes, the company's newest product-the much-anticipated MakoLink Integration Suite-will be released this year. This software faciliates the integration of Java applications with NonStop applications and expedites application migration when moving to a new server (go to http://www.nuwave-tech.com/products/makolink for more information).

In addition to increasing communications and web events and launching a new product, NuWave also plans to expand its top-notch services team. To read the latest case study featuring NuWave's expert team go to http://www.nuwave-tech.com/ODSstory


HP VTS supports portability of SCSI tape drives and Libraries for Customers migrating to newer NS-Series and BladeServer systems

NonStop customers migrating from S-series to newer NS-series or NonStop BladeServer systems can be challenged by portability of archive tape media created on SCSI drives that are no longer supported on newer NonStop hardware. 

The historical and costly solution was to either maintain a dedicated S-series and SCSI tape drive to provide access to that archived media or undergo an expensive and time-consuming data media migration. 

In response to this challenge, Crossroads and HP have announced a new addition to the powerful HP VTS product line, the VT5900-SA.  

The VT5900-SA Fibre Channel to SCSI bridge allows SCSI NonStop tape subsystems (such as DLT/Super DLT and 519x Marathon drives)  to be attached to VT5900-K HP Virtual TapeServer, thereby allowing NS-series and BladeServer systems continued real-time access to archived media on tape subsystems not supported on those NonStop platforms.  

S-Series customers can easily migrate to the new fiber-channel NonStop servers from older S Series environments, knowing they will have ongoing access to their archive data resident on legacy SCSI tape formats.

The VT5900-SA will be available from HP in February.  For questions, please contact Glenn Garrahan, HP VTS Product Manager at Glenn.Garrahan@hp.com  


Insider Technologies Limited Latest News

Reflex 80:20 Version 4.7M Available Q1, 2010

Individual Disk Monitoring (I/O Times):

Individual Disk I/O monitoring is now available, where this facility can obtain the count of timings that I/O took on each Disk (Primary, Backup, Mirror and Mirror Backup Paths), polling each Disk at regular intervals

If a specified monitoring value is exceeded then an EMS event is issued to alert HP NonStop personnel of the problem. When the Disk Paths return to specified I/O levels, then a subsequent EMS event is raised to clear the alert. All events can be forwarded to matching Disk Objects in Reflex Status Monitor, or escalated as with other types of Reflex monitoring and alerting

Disk I/O monitoring continues to take place for all Disk Paths, even if half of a mirrored volume is down and there is no need to run Measure Counters to obtain this information; you just need to specify the I/O values and polling period and let Reflex alert you to any issues with Disk I/O.

TCP/IP extensions for 4.7M:

Reflex 80:20 provides an auto-detection utility and status agent for comprehensive, real-time monitoring of the HP NonStop TCP/IP subsystem (both TCP/IP v4 and TCP/IP v6), where Process, Telserv, Route, Listner and Subnet components can all be monitored.

If a TCP/IP subsystem component fails, then an EMS event will be issued with the option to forward it to a variety of escalation tools, e.g.:

· Reflex Status Monitor

· Mobile SMS

· Email

· Enterprise Managers: Tivoli, HP Operations Center, BMC Performance Manager

· Restore the failed TCP/IP  component via a Reflex TASK (automatically, or by Operator intervention)

Graphical TCP/IP object trees can be generated automatically for instant monitoring or can be constructed and tailored by the user, grouping appropriate components together.

EMS alerts can be mapped directly against each graphical TCP/IP object and users can also request object detail where the equivalent SCF data is graphically represented.

From release 4.7M, TCP/IP Subnet M-State Monitoring has been included, where Reflex can monitor the M-State flag for autodiscovered Subnets, which can assist in identifying a problem with TCP/IP v6 Failover.

If a Subnet M-State flag is identified as DOWN, then an EMS event is issued to alert HP NonStop personnel of the problem. When the M-State flag returns to normal, then a subsequent EMS event is raised to clear the alert. All events can be forwarded to matching Subnet Objects in Reflex Status Monitor, or escalated as with other types of Reflex monitoring and alerting

For further details on Reflex TCP/IP monitoring, please visit the following link:


File-Metrics extensions for 4.7M:

The Reflex File Metrics monitoring facility can track a list of nominated files or subvolumes (including SQL, ENSCRIBE and Edit files) where numerous file attributes can be monitored and rules configured, so that if the monitored file / subvolume is not in a ‘healthy’ state, then a Reflex EMS event will be raised. As with TCP/IP monitoring, these alerts can be forwarded to a variety of destinations.

Some examples where users can benefit from Reflex File Metrics monitoring are:

· File is Corrupt, Broken or Crashed Open

· File has lost its Audit flag

· Timestamp of file has changed since last poll

· Saveabend files found in monitored subvolume

· File has lost its SQL Compiled status

· File no longer exists

· File upon arrival does not meet certain criteria, e.g. timestamp or security attributes are incorrect

From release 4.7M, several enhancements have been made to allow for increased flexibility, improved memory management and increased limits to the number of files that can be monitored.

For further details of Reflex File monitoring, please visit the following link:


Insider Technologies Microsoft Gold Partner

Insider Technologies are pleased to announce that we have recently achieved Microsoft Gold Partner status.

Insider has been a Microsoft Certified Partner for a number of years and by achieving Gold Partner status, we demonstrate significant expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers’ needs.

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Gravic, Inc. - Just Posted: Webcast on AOL’s Zero-Application-Downtime Live Migration

A new and exciting webcast is now available describing AOL’s zero-application-downtime migration of its AIM service from Sybase to a NonStop environment. This presentation was recently presented at the Connect Germany GTUG event in Darmstadt, Germany in November, 2009. It is now available for download from the Gravic website: www.gravic.com/shadowbase.

Please click here to download.

(Type: WMV File, Size: 38.3MB, Length: 58:26)

Title: AOL's Live Migration from 16 Sybase Servers to a Single NonStop Database - With No Application Downtime

Presenter: Rob Lesan, Principal DBA, AOL

Abstract: Learn how AOL migrated its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) authentication service from a partitioned 16-node Sybase database into a single NonStop SQL/MP database (with copies simultaneously hosted on three additional NonStop nodes in an active/active Shadowbase data replication configuration). Understand the reasons for the migration, goals AOL needed to achieve both during and after the migration completion, the reasons the company selected NonStop SQL/MP as the target environment, as well as the unforeseen challenges AOL encountered and had to overcome during the effort. Topics covered include:

· Roadmap Steps to Achieve Parallel Database

· Bulk Migration

· Synchronization

· Migration

· Instrumentation

· AOL/ICQ Instant Messaging Migration

· Authentication Event Triggering & Publish/Subscribe

Please Visit Gravic at these Upcoming Shows:

Southern African Technology User Group
2010 Summit and Conference
Emerald Casino Resort
Gauteng, South Africa
March 8-11, 2010

Florida HP Technologies Users Group
SunTUG Connect Florida Road Show
March 19-20, 2010
Embassy Suites
Tampa, FL

User Group of ACI Worldwide Products in Europe, The Middle East, & Africa
2010 Annual Conference
Hotel Puerta America
Madrid, Spain
April 27-30, 2010

For additional information about Gravic’s products and services, including free whitepapers on how Shadowbase data replication solutions can solve your company’s business continuity, data integration and synchronization, and real-time business intelligence challenges, please visit: www.gravic.com/shadowbase.

CommitWork - Announce the new feature matrix
of CommitWork Eclipse Developer Suite (CDS)


This new product allows traditional NonStop programmers to use the modern Eclipse IDE with COBOL85, Screen COBOL or TAL without changing their underlying development environment. This means that, customers can use their existing compile macros and commands.

New Features matrix

Edit support for Cobol und Screencobol:

Syntax Highlighting COBOL85 and SQL

Outline view shows section and paragraph entries. By selecting one entry, the editor shows the selected section or paragraph for quick navigation

Content assist for COBOL and SQL Keywords

Using Templates for COBOL Source Code

Showing compile error marker with hints inside the editor


Calling NonStop compile macros, obey files or other programs

Every macro or command can have customized parameters


Showing user spool jobs

Deleting of spool jobs

Showing last page of a spooljob

Showing complete spool job

Showing compile errors  of  Cobol85-, Screencobol-, NMCobol-, Sqlcomp-runs

Showing and navigating of errors inside the editor

Version control:

A timestamp comparison between eclipse and NonStop files avoid overwriting

You can also use the advantages of eclipse like using a software repository cvs or subversion

Next Roadmap

Full TAL Support will follow in spring 2010.


For a demo license, please contact:

CommitWork GmbH

Hermannstrasse 53-57
D-44263 Dortmund, Germany

Fon: +49-231-941169-0
Fax: +49-231-941169-22

www: http://www.commitwork.de

 Real Time View - A Running Commentary
January, 10

The opinions expressed here are solely
those of the now self-employed author 

The last blog I posted to the Real Time View “Hollow wheels go nowhere!” (Jan 17th, 10) generated comments on many sites – including LinkedIn Groups. Whether it was the time of the year where readers found time to engage in exchanges, or that the topic brought out the need to “have a go” it was refreshing for me to see so many of the members of the NonStop community become involved.

The main point that I tried to communicate in this blog posting was that “as you read the comments, the passion of the community comes through – yes, the power of the collective is apparent as HP employees join in the exchange. And no matter how well we present NonStop, without an active social community these days that provides a lot of substance, all the posturing in the world will appear hollow, with nothing inside.”

I then went on to add “an active community openly interacting in as public a forum as is today’s social networks speaks volumes about the future of NonStop and, for me, will continue to encourage me to develop another 150 posts!” It has taken a number of years of postings to develop but with each post, readership has grown and the number of community members prepared to be engaged in the exchanges has grown as well. And for me, that’s the most important aspect of social networking – a communication channel open to us all without filters or censorship.

Perhaps the best comment I came across was made to the Real Time View blog. It summarized some of my own perspective on social networks. It began with “as you interact with the NonStop community the passion is still there. People love the technology and they still want to see improvements, based upon positive criticism, and they have tremendous pride in what they have achieved within their businesses. Social networking can be a way to share experiences, opinions and pride in such achievements, within the bounds of business confidentiality that get subsumed and ignored in the hum drum of every day life and work.”

The writer then goes on to suggest “sometimes this then promotes confidence to discuss and debate issues more freely within the organization and workplace. This is no bad thing, if there is one issue that seems to pervade in the community it's that they can't make a difference and that nobody listens and appreciates what they have and what the NonStop folk are delivering to their businesses. However, it's self perpetuating! If you do not shout, debate and argue your points based upon rational arguments and real data then sure as eggs are eggs nobody will hear the message. Let's hope social networking arms more people with the confidence to engage in the discussion.”

After writing 150 blog entries for the Real Time View blog reading comments like this really gives me all the encouragement I need to keep writing. But not all the responses were this positive. From a different perspective came many comments to the LinkedIn group “Tandem User Group.” Many of us today are relying on the business network LinkedIn to re-connect with former colleagues and to network with others across our elected profession. And more recently, the surge in interest in groups has seen virtual communities flourish overnight. While many of these groups have less than 100 members, some have quickly attracted hundreds and thousands. The Tandem User Group now is home to nearly 1,000 members and is a place I routinely scan for feedback from the community.

When I posted links to my latest blog posting, comments began arriving almost immediately and following the initial posting that raised some concerns, others were quick to join in the exchange. These comments included:

“It would be nice to see some NEW HP Nonstop customers as well - that might generate some new jobs (in the US preferably). Fuggedaboutit! Might as well as wish for a trip to the International Space Station …”

“It's time to retool everyone, I know no one wants to hear it but it's the truth. Tandems are shutting left and right, Nasdaq, Interactive Data, and many more to come.”

“Well, the NonStop is losing out big time in the healthcare arena. I know of three fairly large hospitals … jumping ship to another software vendor that doesn't run on NonStop.”

These comments also tie back to comments posted to a LinkedIn group I created “Pyalla Technologies” where I have been covering a number of business issues, including a discussion I started that I called “Has HP Marketing got more to do for NonStop?” Not surprisingly came back comments like:

“Folks it not just about reliability/availability, cost effectiveness … is number one then reliability. I have compared alternate platforms when sizing new product opportunities and Tandem has beating out both AIX and Windows platforms from a Cost and reliability perspective to meet the business and financial requirements of my company.”

“Do you think it would take much to get permission from their respective companies to use these statements in the marketing of NonStop?”

“I have a presentation on file which does compare NonStop with other platforms in terms of security and - BIG SURPRISE! - NonStop fares rather well. I'd be happy to give that presentation to HP NED marketing at any point in time …”

As you read through the comments from both groups it’s easy to see the frustration with HP NED marketing and with the apparent decline in popularity on NonStop. Yet is this really the case? Is HP NED marketing just stepping away from promoting NonStop? Are customers leaving the platform? And is it all because of a lack of applications? These comments do demonstrate a passion among the community that I enjoy so much – and to those that posted comments, keep them coming!

I know the folks at HP NED and BCS marketing and they are pretty dedicated folks but with limited resources. Yes, some market segments are moving to other platforms – but overall, every indication is that today more transactions are going through NonStop than ever before. And new applications are being ported to NonStop – perhaps not as quickly as many in the NonStop community would like.

Over the next few weeks I will be developing posts for the Real Time View blog that take a look at what is being ported to NonStop and what the expectations are for success. I may disagree with many of the comments I read but what I will not disagree with is their sincerity. Social networking is just one form of communication and new to many of us – but after 150 blog posts and many exchanges with readers, I am encouraged that after all, passion hasn’t subsided at all.

Your passion challenges those among us who like to develop commentaries, like to express opinions, and who like to dig even deeper for more evidence that the NonStop  platform really shows few signs of going away any time soon. So, as I said – keep those comments coming! Your comments mean so much to writers like me, and they keep us active in developing the stories that so many of you read today! 

Richard Buckle

Founder and CEO

Pyalla Technologies, LLC




Real Time View blog:             http://real-time-view.blogspot.com

Buckle-Up blog:                      www.buckle-up-travel.blogspot.com

LinkedIn - Real Time View user group:    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1878133&trk=hb_side_g

LinkedIn - Pyalla Technologies User Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2396887&trk=hb_side_g

Ban Bottlenecks® - Remember Memory?

Indispensible, but frequently ignored, memory is a key component of any performance study.  Whether you call it Core, RAM,  or Main memory, it still performs that same function: Holding instructions and data for the processors to use.

Memory in modern computers is quite complex.  Virtual memory adds a dimension to memory which makes it more versatile, and more complex.  Add another layer, virtual machines, and the potential for problems grows even larger.

What’s in memory? Here’s a short list:

·         Hypervisor

·         OS kernel

·         OS services

·         OS data structures

·         Disk services

·         Disk cache

·         Application programs

·         Application data

As programmers and system managers our job is to get the computer to do work as efficiently as possible.  This includes making sure that when programs and data are needed,  they are in memory. Obviously this involves a lot of factors and trade-offs.

Where are the indicators that a problem exists? None of these is an absolute indication, but look for:

·         Zero free memory

·         High paging/swap rate

·         Low disk cache hit rate

Can we help you find a problem before it hurts? Absolutely! Check our website and Jon’s blog for more information.

Contact us for a free Ban Bottlenecks® system evaluation:




Availability Digest Discusses the Requirements for “Roll-Your-Own” Replication Engines

Commercially available data-replication engines serve a wide variety of today’s databases and server systems.  Some companies, however, want to build their own replication engines in order to save license fees and to meet specific in-house requirements.  “Roll-Your-Own-Replication Engine – Part 1” is the first in a two-part series that examines the complex task of constructing a custom replication engine.  In Part 1, we look at some general considerations that must be taken into account when building a replication engine for any application environment.  

Also in the January Digest:

·        Our Continuous Availability Forum under “Groups” at www.linkedin.com has been very active in categorizing the parameters of active/active architectures.  “Defining Active/Active:  Revision 1” discusses forum members’ suggestions for the attributes that must be included if a system is to be considered truly active/active. 

·        Is your BlackBerry working today?  “BlackBerry – OMG, it’s Déjŕ Vu!” investigates the recent outages of this popular smartphone and why Research in Motion’s ability to achieve only three 9s of availability for BlackBerry users might motivate customers to migrate to up-and-coming competitors. 

The Digest is free online and focuses on continuous processing architectures, with particular attention given to active/active technology. www.availabilitydigest.com

Marshall Resources, Inc. - January 2010 – Third Party Non-Stop Hardware Maintenance

Many of you know Marshall Resources from our reputation as a high quality HP Non-Stop parts supplier.  We just celebrated our 25th anniversary, and for 22 of those years we’ve been specializing in the Second User Tandem Hardware business.  At this time, I would like to re-introduce our company as an alternative for hardware maintenance.

Our 20,000 square foot facility in North Carolina, and large inventory of on-hand parts, makes us a logical choice for hardware maintenance.  These years of experience enable us to solve complex problems that may arise on legacy equipment.  Our industry leading volume of parts sales also gives us the most access to parts and knowledge of the newer Non-Stop systems. 

In Europe, we have established a fully functional parts depot and engineering facilty just outside of Frankfurt, Germany.  We have stocked this warehouse with a full compliment of all S Series parts.  We also have test systems in place and a training site for our regional CE’s established. 

Give us a try with just some system components, or ask us to cover your Test or Back-Up System.  Of course, we are thrilled to take over full coverage on your entire Non-Stop platform.  We have a program that will suit anyone’s needs.  We also offer a full compliment of professional services, and in certain cases, we also offer software support.

We are constantly expanding into new markets, so please contact us for employment opportunities.  We may have a need in your area for an experienced Tandem CE. 

At Marshall Resources, we strive to provide the highest quality service with the highest quality equipment.  Our repeat customers are our greatest compliment.  Please visit our website at www.marshallresources.com for our company information, and find a sales representative in your area to assist you.  We can always be reached at 800-443-0128, or by e-mail.  We are looking forward to working with you.

CSP - Protect UX

Computer Security Products is pleased to offer a security license trial for File Integrity Checking and OSS security management software.

CSP would like to introduce you to some of our latest NonStop security products, offering a no charge software license for two of our newest flagship products. Protect UX simplifies the management of OSS Security, while File Integrity Checker will help to complete your PCI requirements amongst its many other useful features.

This exciting and limited time offer will be available until February 28, 2010. Do not hesitate to contact us now at sales@cspsecurity.com for product and license details.

“Year 2010” Software Glitch Avoidable with TANDsoft’s

Y2K may be a historical footnote, but the “Year 2010” bug is now here.  Recent software glitches triggered by the change of decade affected millions of German debit-and credit-card holders as well as customers of the Bank of Queensland in Australia. If only software engineers had known about the value of OPTA2000, the clock and time-zone simulation solution from TANDsoft, Inc. 

In Germany, the Y2K+10 bug was unknowingly incorporated into the “chip and pin” cards of many banks and prevented the cards from recognizing the year 2010.  As a result, card holders were unable to make purchases in stores or to withdraw cash from ATMs.  In Australia, the Y2K16 bug created a nationwide problem when the Bank of Queensland’s EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale) terminals skipped ahead six years at the stroke of midnight on January 1st and started date-stamping all transactions as January 2016.  Customers with debit- and credit cards expiring before 2016 had their cards rejected.  Year 2010 glitches have been reported in other industries as well. 

OPTA2000 allows programmers to identify coding errors by thoroughly testing their applications under different date/time scenarios without affecting normal system operations.  Using intercept technology that has been a speciality of TANDsoft’s for almost two decades, OPTA2000’s intercept libraries provide virtual system times arbitrarily offset from current time.  For time-zone simulation, the libraries create virtual times offset from a system’s actual time by an amount expressed as a deviation from GMT time (Greenwich Mean Time).  OPTA2000 supports all HP NonStop applications and permits multiple virtual clocks and time zones on one NonStop server. 

OPTA2000 evolved out of the urgent testing needs of a world panicked by the Y2K threat of global meltdown.  The world survived, but OPTA2000 remains relevant today in avoiding glitches like Year 2010 bugs and all those other nasty little software surprises that lurk just around the corner.    

The latest TANDsoft products to incorporate the company’s intercept technology are the new Enscribe-2-SQL and TMF-Audit Toolkits. 

For further information, call us at +1 (514) 695-2234 or email.  TANDsoft’s HP NonStop solutions include time-zone virtualization, time-sensitive application testing, and file synchronization for disaster recovery.  


The makers of SYSBUSY™, bring you NxUndelete, providing recycle functionality for the HP Nonstop platform. 

NxUndelete allows you to undelete files that were previously deleted, potentially saving you hundreds of hours of work without having to resort to difficult tape backup/restore operations.  When a file is deleted it goes in the NxUndelete trashcan and can be easily restored at a later time.  

For more information email KLD, Inc. at sales@kldinc.com or by calling 206.683.2364.

XYPRO Presents Audit and Compliance tools in Finland

While the prospect of -15 degree weather would usually be off-putting for most British softies, Sean and Dan from XYPRO’s European office are very much looking forward to this month’s FINTUG meeting.
Sean and Dan will be presenting XYGATE Merged Audit (XMA) and XYGATE Security Compliance Wizard (XSW) tools. Unique in the NonStop market, these tools already prove invaluable to hundreds of NonStop users around the world to not only help achieve, but equally importantly prove, PCI DSS compliance.

XMA, which is the major element in XYPRO’s Audit PRO package, creates a single centralised SQL database from multiple audit sources on all the nodes in your NonStop Network. XMA’s GUI interface allows comprehensive reports to be generated quickly and easily. Real-time alerts are based on any chosen criteria and can be sent to many different recipient systems. XMA can also feed that audit data to any existing logging, reporting and intrusion appliance and is the only NonStop specific solution on HP’s Compliance Log Warehouse (CLW).

XSW sits under XYPRO’s CompliancePRO umbrella and analyses your NonStop security configuration  (producing in minutes what traditionally takes months to complete manually), reports on the information found and compares its findings to your company’s security rules, industry best practice, and/or pre-populated rule sets such as those of PCI, SOX or HIPAA. XSW is also the perfect tool for comparing your production machine/s to Disaster Recovery machine/s to ensure they’re indeed configured identically.

If you won’t be able to attend our Finnish presentation and you’d like to find out more about XMA, XSW or any of XYPRO’s NonStop security suite, please contact Dan Lewis at dan.lewis@xypro.co.uk or visit our website at www.xypro.com

comForte: is it a good time to modernize?

As we enter a new decade it seems a good time to reflect on how to modernize legacy applications and networks. We are all being asked to do more with less and to leave no stone unturned when it comes to saving cost and to making our infrastructure more agile.

comForte can help you to bring your legacy applications into the new decade ...

o    Say farewell to green screens and awkward command line interfaces.  (www.comforte.com/jpath)

o    Let your Pathway application play an active role in your enterprise network.( www.comforte.com/csl)

o    Consolidate your network protocol and let go of SNA. ( http://www.comforte.com/Infrasoft)

o    Make your NonStop operations more productive. (www.comforte.com/top)

If any of the above is on your mind right now, go to the links above for more information or contact us directly at one of the offices near you: www.comforte.com/contact.

The event season is heating up with many events coming up over the next few months. Join us at ...

o    BITUG Modernization SIG, Feb 17, London, UK

o    SATUG, Mar 8-11, Johannesburg, RSA

o    SUNTUG, Mar 19-20, Tampa, FL, USA

o    HP Payments Conference, Mar 24-26, Bangkok, Thailand

o    EBUG, Apr 27-29, Madrid, Spain

o    ACE P, May 20-21, Sydney, Australia

o    VNUG, May 25-27, Stockholm, Sweden

o    HPTF, June 21-24, Las Vegas, NE, USA

o    Connect NonStop, Sept 27-29, San Jose, CA, USA

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Tandemworld within EMEA

Tandemworld specialise in the recruitment of HP NonStop / Tandem specialists.

We Currently have a number of Highly skilled NonStop / Tandem professionals seeking new projects and assignments

within the EMEA Region.


Do you have Project Work that you need assistance on? Hardware upgrades to perform?


These professionals are available on a short or long Term Basis (1 Week to 1 year +) at Very Competitive rates.

We can also supply Permanent employees and other technical resources e.g. IBM, Unix, Unisys DEC/VMS etc.


If you have a requirement for Contract or Permanent Resources or require further information please contact us :-


+44 (0) 20 8304 7979




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User Groups

A NonStop Summit will take place at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA, from September 26 through September 29, 2010.

For further information please contact Connect Worldwide



Mark your diaries - BITUG's Dates for 2010


17 Feb               Modernisation SIG

Venue: HP Offices, 5th Floor, Farringdon / Ludgate Suite, 88 Wood Street, London EC2V 7QT  

High attendance is expected for this BITUG Special Interest Group. The day will include presentations and demonstrations, focusing on the ongoing modernisation of the HP NonStop platform and a look backwards and forwards at 35 year of NonStop solution, products and innovation.

To Register visit www.bitug.com

Date                  Event

03 Mar               Education Day

14 Apr               Management and Performance SIG

21st-24th June   HP Technology Forum and Expo, Las Vegas

07 Jul                 Availability SIG

27th-29th Sep    NonStop Summit Connect Event, San Jose

06 Oct               Migration and Solutions SIG

01 Dec               Education Day

02 Dec               Big SIG


Southern African Technology User Group
2010 Summit and Conference
Emerald Casino Resort
Gauteng, South Africa
March 8-11, 2010


User Group of ACI Worldwide Products in Europe, The Middle East, & Africa
2010 Annual Conference
Hotel Puerta America
Madrid, Spain
April 27-30, 2010

Further information will be available at www.ebug.org.uk

VNUG, May 25-27, Stockholm, Sweden www.vnug.biz



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