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Tandemworld Newsletter for May 2007


Gravic Labs Awarded Two Key Active/Active Systems Patents

Computer Security Products Inc. Joins PCI Security Vendor Alliance

Integrity NonStop and Integrated Research land Woolworths deal in Australia

Availability Digest Addresses Cluster Architectures

FINFO (Beta) Version 1.4  

TSI Enhances ViTAL’s Capabilities with FIPS Certified Encryption

TCM Solutions and ITIL

ETI-NET and Luminex Simplify IBM Mainframe Data Sharing

Breaking the Availability Barrier



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Gravic Labs Awarded Two Key Active/Active Systems Patents

Shadowbase creator Gravic, Inc., is pleased to announce the awarding of two key active/active systems patents to Gravic Labs. The first patent issued on February 13th and carries a long title starting with “Asynchronous Coordinated Commit Replication…,” US Patent No. 7,177,866. This patent extends a patent Gravic Labs won last September (US #7,103,586) to cover alternate methods of providing synchronous replication on high-availability systems. Long-time HP NonStop and Unix system experts, Dr. Bruce Holenstein, Paul J. Holenstein, and Dr. Bill Highleyman, are the inventors. 

Gravic Labs’ second new patent issued on March 20th, and is titled “Split Processing System for Providing Increased System Availability,” US Patent No. 7,194,488. The patent extends their method patent on the same topic, also awarded last September (US #7,113,938), to cover the manufacture of systems benefiting from reduced failure modes in a system made up of multiple nodes tied together with a communication network. The inventors for the second patent are the same as listed earlier: Dr. Bill Highleyman, Paul J. Holenstein, and Dr. Bruce Holenstein.


Paul J. Holenstein, Executive Vice President and Director of Gravic Labs, states “Gravic’s portfolio of patents benefits greatly by the addition of these two broad patents. We are grateful to have recognized an important industry need for viable active/active systems and have worked diligently for many years to refine and protect our inventive concepts. The next few years will be very exciting for our company and customers as we roll out new versions of Shadowbase using the patents. We invite vendors to contact us for favorable licensing terms for their product offerings.”

For more information on Shadowbase’s active/active technology please visit

Gravic, Inc



Computer Security Products Inc. Joins PCI Security Vendor Alliance

March 12, 2007 - Computer Security Products Inc. today announced that it has joined the PCI Security Vendor Alliance, and is proud to be the first member to address security issues related to the HP NonStop® Platform in the Industry.

Computer Security Products Inc. (CSP) is the premier provider of data security and enterprise management solutions for HP NonStop® Systems.

The PCI Security Vendor Alliance (PCI SVA) is a coalition of vendors all of whom have focused solutions and expertise in securing payment card transactions. PCI SVA ( will assist members of the payment card industry, composed of merchants, banks, and point-of-sale vendors, in educating the business community on the requirements and business value of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, a global benchmark intended to improve security throughout the entire payment card transaction process. Contact CSP at or visit us at

                            Integrity NonStop and Integrated Research land Woolworths deal in Australia

"Woolworths has purchased Integrated Research's PROGNOSIS system performance monitoring and application management software.

The supermarket leader has purchased products for ATM/POS product range, used by organizations to manage their automated teller machine and EFTPOS card transaction networks.

Woolworths is a new user of Integrity NonStop servers, which are renowned for their high reliability and availability. PROGNOSIS is considered the globally dominant solution for monitoring, diagnosing, and reporting on the performance of these computer systems. Integrated Research achieves 95 percent of its revenue from outside of Australia, and the company says the addition of Woolworths to its local customer base is significant."

For Further Information please contact

Availability Digest Addresses Cluster Architectures

Cluster technology’s comparison to active/active architectures highlights the Availability Digest’s May issue. Also reviewed is HP’s ServiceGuard cluster manager and Blueprints for High Availability, by Evan Marcus and Hal Stern.

Next, take a look at the active/active NonStop system that allows a major cell phone service provider to support its prepaid phone cards.

The Digest focuses on continuous processing architectures, with particular attention given to active/active technology. The free Digest is published on the second Tuesday of each month. It includes useful article synopses as well as some complimentary articles. The detailed content of others is available by paid subscription. We invite you to visit

Digest editor Bill Highleyman also will be busy at the upcoming HP Technology Forum & Expo, this year to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) in June. Make sure to sit in on Bill’s talks on “Active/Active Versus Clusters” and “Active/Active in Action.” You are encouraged to take part in his panel discussion on “Active/Active Replication for SQL/MX.”


FINFO (Beta) Version 1.4

FINFO is a utility to be used on HP NonStop ™ Systems to display Guardian file information.
The file information can be selected by a number of criteria, it is then sorted on a specified key and displayed in one of a number of formats.
User Totals showing file usage are also displayed at the end of each subvolume, volume and system displays

Ross Systems International have successfully completed the on-site testing of FINFO.

So I am happy to announce that the new release FINFO Version 1.4 is stable, this is a trial version (licensed until 31st December 2007).

The FINFO documentation has been updated and is now a product manual.

During testing it was realized that it would be useful to have an option to display the full, multi-partition, file sizes, rather than just the disk partition file sizes, as is done by FILEINFO and FUP. Thus, an optional command line parameter has been included to perform this (-A). Actual or All and it results in the complete file size being output over all partitions, a useful addition if you want to know how big your files actually are, if this parameter is not included FINFO only displays the partition size of the file held on the disk.

FINF0 Version 1.4 and documentation are all available from Ross Systems International, please email  for further details.

TSI Enhances ViTAL’s Capabilities with FIPS Certified Encryption

Tributary Systems Inc. (TSI), after several very successful ViTAL (Virtual Integrated Tape and Library) installations, has added additional encryption capabilities to its industry leading ViTAL product to provide NonStop users with the only FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified virtual tape solution available today. By combining TSI’s TE2000 or TE2200 encryption appliances with ViTAL, FIPS certified encryption is provided for ViTAL’s data-at-rest virtual data cache and/or its physical tape storage, whether local or remote.

Additional capabilities have also been added to ViTAL through the use of multiple virtual libraries to streamline the support for disaster recovery operations.

Please contact Axel Hahn at MeR.ITS at or +49-611-3411730 for additional information on TSI solutions in Germany, and Larry Meyers at or 817-354-8009 for inquiries in the U.S.   


TCM Solutions and ITIL

TCM Solutions, an ISO 9001 accredited company, is pleased to announce their recent certification to the internationally recognised ISO/IEC 20000 (ITIL) IT Service Management standard. TCM Solutions is the first and only dedicated HP NonStop Service Provider in the world to achieve this certification. TCM Solutions joins only a small number of companies worldwide to achieve this certification which enables us to provide added value with reduced risk at reduced cost to our customers. 

TCM Solutions is a HP NonStop product and services company providing complete managed services and consultancy exclusively for HP NonStop server users. TCM has established a proven track record in helping customers reduce cost and risk whilst maximising value of their HP NonStop infrastructure.


The value TCM brings is not only superior skill and capability in HP NonStop, but in the ability to take full responsibility for service delivery against stringent Service Level requirements. This is achieved by combining considerable IT Service Management experience, skill and capability with clearly defined and accredited ITIL processes and procedures.


TCM reduces cost of service provision through optimised, flexible resourcing; solution synergies; virtual services and improved utilisation of NonStop infrastructure


TCM can reduce the risk of service interruption through ISO20000 certified services; service alignment to business strategy; proven capabilities; effective, just-in-time, capacity planning and enhanced service continuity processes 

TCM Skill Set

TCM’s extensive skill set comprises the full range of HP NonStop disciplines including world-leading specialists in: Managed Service provision; Systems Management; Security Consultancy;  System/Application performance analysis and tuning; OSS Design/Support; Benchmark testing; Project Management; System Audits and Health Checks; Application Management and Development; Hardware Maintenance and Supply; 24x7 Operations; Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity planning; Training; Distribution of complementary products such as UC4:global, PerfWatch and SafeWatch.

Our consultants are all Accredited Integration Specialists and Accredited Systems Engineers.

For further information please contact Derek Radcliffe at Tel +44 (0) 78 105 44000

or Stuart at Tel +44 (0) 777 9888 770


ETI-NET and Luminex Simplify IBM Mainframe Data Sharing

ETI-NET, Inc. and Luminex Software, Inc. have announced a new virtual tape-based data sharing solution for mainframe data centers. Available now, the combined ETI-NET EZX/BackBox and Luminex Channel Gateway allows data centers to quickly and easily transfer and share data between HP NonStop servers and IBM mainframes. Data sharing is seamless, runs at channel speed and requires no physical tapes or manual intervention. Valuable CPU cycles on each host are recovered by elimination of current TCP/IP-based transfer processes used for such transfers.

ETI-NET software has a long and successful history of managing production-critical file transfers to and from IBM mainframes at NonStop server installations worldwide. These customers will greatly benefit from the higher speeds, improved data transfer automation, and data sharing functionality of the ETI-NET EZX/BackBox and Luminex Channel Gateway combination to meet their daily production needs.

The EZX/BackBox sends and receives data from the HP NonStop server across a number of native SCSI (for S-series) or Fibre Channel (for NS Integrity Series) virtual tape devices, while the Luminex Channel Gateway sends and receives data from the IBM mainframe as native ESCON or FICON attached tape drives. Leveraging the proven BCOM file-transfer management software from ETI-NET on both the NonStop Server and IBM mainframe, the EZX/BackBox and Luminex’s Channel Gateway function transparently for high-capacity, high-bandwidth automated data transfers between the two hosts.

File interchange with IBM applications is a common requirement in the NonStop community. The extension of ETI-NET’s successful EZX/BackBox architecture to include Luminex Channel Gateways creates a native path to these IBM applications without adding system complexity or overhead. Users will appreciate the ability to install this solution without the need to re-engineer their tape job streams on either platform.

The combined solution is available now. To learn more contact ETI-NET by telephone at 1-800-546-9101 or by email at

Breaking the Availability Barrier

Gravic Labs Director, Paul J. Holenstein, reports that the second and third volumes in the "Breaking the Availability Barrier" series are now in printing and available for pre-order. Volume 2 is subtitled "Achieving Century Uptimes with Active/Active Systems," and Volume 3 is subtitled "Active/Active Systems in Practice." Volume 1, "Survivable Systems for Enterprise Computing," was published in 2004 by AuthorHouse and is available at
"We decided to split the second volume of the series into two volumes after the material content approached 1000 pages," Mr. Holenstein writes. "Volume 2 extends the theoretical topics covered in Volume 1 and covers significant issues and technologies related to active/active architectures, including availability calculations, redundant reliable networks, distributed databases, TCO, and node failures. Volume 3 is really a companion to Volume 2 and contains practical examples and case studies for actually building active/active systems based upon the principles covered in Volumes 1 and 2."
Interested readers may register their interest or pre-order the books by clicking on


ITUG Summit 2007 – Register for Education Sessions Now!

If you have already registered for HP Technology Forum & Expo, take advantage of the opportunity to plan your educational session agenda today.

The new session scheduler allows registered attendees to register in advance for educational sessions. It is strongly recommended that you sign up before the event, so register today!

Still thinking of registering for ITUG Summit 2007 at HP Technology Forum & Expo? View the session catalog for a complete list of session offerings during HP Technology Forum & Expo.

You can also view NonStop-specific educational offerings, networking opportunities, and general sessions on the ITUG session schedule grid. We encourage you to make the most of your conference experience and register for a pre-conference seminar.

Top Ten Reasons to Attend ITUG Summit 2007

#8 – HP NonStop Certification Overview Sessions and Certification Exams help existing HP Certified Professionals and candidates improve their skills. Certification exams are free for current certification members and available for candidates at 50 percent off of the regular exam price.

View more reasons to attend ITUG Summit 2007.

ITUG Europe 2007 Hosts First Ever Executive Finance Forum

Join us at ITUG Europe 2007, to be held 8-10 October in Brighton, England (UK). Register early to save 200 Euro off of the regular registration price.

ITUG Europe 2007 is proud to host the first ever Executive Finance Forum 2007 – Banking on the Global Electronic Society on Tuesday, 9 October. Presented in collaboration with HP and the ifs School of Finance, this event is designed for senior business professionals from financial service providers, including banks, building societies, insurance and investment companies, and their service providers.

Please encourage a colleague of yours in the financial industry to attend the Executive Finance Forum 2007 to hear experienced analysts and finance sector practitioners outline innovative insights in four key areas:

  • Who is my customer? Building collective knowledge and federated trust

  • Channels for ever closer connectivity and 24/7 mobile collaboration

  • Faster payments without e-fraud, in a world of rising, industrialized e-crime

  • Controlling risk to reap greater rewards.

Continue to check the ITUG Europe 2007 Web site for the latest updates!

BITUG Education Day

Quick introduction to HP Integrity NonStop Application Migration (details below)

Monday 14th May 2007
Location: HP Offices, Wood Street, London
09.30 for 10.00

Bookings now open through

Sunshine Summit

SunTUG will host their annual Sunshine Summit on 4 May. The event will feature a full day of NonStop education and networking for end users and third-party vendor partners. Presentations will be given by Rene Champagne and Swastik Bihani of HP, Tributary Systems, Inc, comForte, GoldenGate, The Home Depot, and Integrated Research.

Visit the Web site for more event details and to register

ATALUG - May 16th 2007

Pre-Event Notes:

Location: HP’s Customer Conference Room (2nd Floor) 5555 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta

Topic and Agenda:

What: Sharpen your Blades!! Join us for an HP's c-Class Blade System Overview. Justo Castillo, HP Solutions Architect, will present an overview of HP's new c-Class Blade System and how blades address some of the challenges of today's IT. Our agenda will include: - Registration - Welcome and Guest Introductions - Announcements - Sponsor Spotlight - Lunch - HP’s New c-Class Blade System Why Blades - The features and benefits of blades and how they address some of the challenges of today's datacenters. The c-Class Blade Server - Overview of HP c-Class Blade System including high level discussion of the enclosure, server and storage blades and positioning/comparison of rack-n-stack ProLiant servers to c-Class blade servers. Why HP Blades - Discussion of unique HP blade technologies that separate HP from the rest, including "Thermal Logic", "Virtual Connect" and "Insight Control Manager" TCO - Comparison of TCO between blades and rack-n-stack servers. Game of Inches - Brief overview of how HP's c-Class Blade System stacks up against the competition. Q&A

For More information contact


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