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Carr Scott Software sponsors The Standish Group’s CHAOS University

BITUG - The BIG SIG - (3rd – 4th Dec 2008)

TANDsoft products now certified for HP’s new NonStop Blade System

NonStop - A Running Commentary - October, ‘08

Robbery and Misappropriation of Funds

Availability Digest Reviews the UK’s National Blood Service

Gravic, Inc. at Community Connect Europe 2008

Backup Replication for NS Disaster Recovery
- New Automation from ETI-NET

Marshall Resources, Inc.

State of S Series CPU Market / Drastic Reductions in Supply - Oct 2008



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Carr Scott Software sponsors The Standish Group’s CHAOS University

Carr Scott Software attended the first CHAOS retreat in 1995 and every one since.  We have witnessed first hand how the information shared at CHAOS University is practical and actionable.


For example, users of our Escort SQL product have reaped the benefit of rapid project implementation by greatly reducing project complexity.  


“We have always looked for ways to help our customers reduce their risk, which has been an important take away from CHAOS University,” said Harry Scott, Co-founder, Carr Scott Software.  


 “Every year we learn something new at CHAOS U and that is why we support this important event.  We believe in the work that The Standish Group is doing so strongly that for the first twenty-five (25) HP NonStop users to register for CHAOS University 2008, we will donate $250 toward their attendance fee.”


To learn more about The Standish Group’s Chaos University being held November 6th & 7th at Boston’s Seaport Hotel World Trade Center, see: http://www.standishgroup.com/events/chaos_university/chaos_2008.php 


Note: When you register, be sure to indicate that you are NonStop user in the comment box.


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                                                                             (3rd – 4th Dec 2008)



BITUG are holding a “BIG SIG” on the 3rd and 4th of December 2008 in London.

If it were a social event, we‘d call it a party.  Why a party? Well, we’ve never needed reasons before, however, one could be is that Christmas will be upon us and two, the celebrating of a Pearl Anniversary - 2008 is the 30th year of Tandem NonStops in the UK.

As with any anniversary, you celebrate past achievements and events but also look forward.  And so the BITUG BIG SIG will spend most of it‘s time looking at HP NonStop futures.

Over two days, the BIG SIG consists of three independent events:

Event 1) - Wednesday 3rd Dec

An education day to be held at the HP offices in Wood Street, London.  HP will present a one day performance workshop, with the material updated to take the new NonStop BladeSystems into account.

Event 2) - Wednesday 3rd Dec

A joint social evening;  From 5 pm. onwards BITUG members will be joining the infamous “Not The Tandem City Lunch” (NTTCL) folks at the “Royal Ocean Racing Club” (RORC) in St. James’ Square, London.  NTTCL is an annual Christmas reunion for past and present Tandem employees, NonStop users and anyone associated with the UK Tandem world.   

HP and others will be sponsoring the evening to keep hunger and thirst at bay.  This joint evening will be the largest UK gathering of “Tandemites” and “NonStoppers” since the 90’s and so do come along to relax and meet people who have witnessed first hand the significant events in the UK’s NonStop history.

Event 3) - Thursday 4th Dec

The main event; The BIG SIG itself is being held at the prestigious “Trinity House” over looking the Tower of London.

There will be some exciting keynote speakers who will feature in opening and closing general sessions.

In between there will be several concurrent threads: HP, vendor and end user presentations will run, application providers will be invited and HP will provide certification exams to give a high quality SIG experience.  Last but not least, the BIG SIG will allow you to see, touch and smell a NonStop BladeSystem – up close and personal!

In addition, there will also be a nostalgic look back at 30 years of NonStop in the UK; Faces from the past will be present and there is the chance for attendees and organisers to bring along and show off their Tandem related memorabilia, prizes for the oldest and rarest items will be awarded.  Also, there will be a prize for the oldest piece of Tandem NonStop code still in production use today and there is even talk of running it on the Blades system!

More details will be announced in TandemWorld and on the BITUG Website as December approaches but book the dates now and make your excuses – whatever you do, don‘t miss out on the BITUG BIG SIG.

 30 years of NonStop can‘t be wrong!

David Ross

BITUG Committee


TANDsoft products now certified for HP’s new NonStop Blade System

The new HP Integrity NonStop NB50000c BladeSystem offers twice the performance of existing NonStop server offerings at half the footprint, delivering the lowest total cost of ownership of any server in its class.

NonStop Blade Consolidation;

OPTA2000( Application Clock and Time Zone Simulator ) provides multiple Time Zones on a single NonStop server.

OPTA-Recycle Bin – Deleted files are moved to a Recycle Bin for safekeeping. 

NonStop Blade Business Continuity( Disaster Recovery );

FileSync provides automatic synchronization of application environment files and other non-DB files between NonStop servers.

FileSync-Audit provides automatic synchronization of Enscribe Database file Modifications ( Audit ) between HP NonStop Servers.

NonStop Blade Testing and Debugging;

OPTA-Trace Provides application Process Tracing and Debug capabilities.

OPTA-LowPin Optimizer - Reduces Application Low Pin Process creation failures.

OPTA-Alert – Enables additional application Process Termination, Debug and Object instrumentation capabilities.

 For more information on TANDsoft’s HP NonStop software products, please visit http://www.tandsoft.com/Products.html


NonStop - A Running Commentary - October, ‘08

The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author
and shouldn’t be viewed as reflecting any views
of his current or past employer

It’s the economy, stupid! It seems we cannot go anywhere these days without being subject to headlines screaming out the news of the worldwide economic meltdown. The only one who seems to be escaping it is Warren Buffett, again, and he’s picking up rock-solid corporations for chump-change. When JP Morgan bought Bear Sterns, one headline I saw blurted out “JP Morgan Buys Bear Stearns For Pennies On The Dollar … from the bubble-bursting-or-economic-collapse? Department!” In the past you could always find companies selling travel for pennies on the dollar but now it has spread to land, houses, and even to large financial institutions. 

Against this developing background I attended ACE in Scottsdale and sat through the key presentations on Monday and mingled with the attendees at the Sunday and Monday night receptions. I have reported my observations in three blog postings that you can read at www.itug-connection.blogspot.com – look for:

September 15th, 2008: ACE is the place! 

September 18th, 2008: The Blues! 

September 25th, 2008: Beautiful sunsets, aren't they?

 I don’t plan on revisiting the material I covered in these postings but rather, look at the impact of the economic collapse we are all witnessing. I was living in Raleigh, N.C. in 1987 when Black Monday occurred and where the Dow Jones Industrials Average plummeted 508 points, losing greater than 20% of its value on just that one day of trading. And I will always recall the volumes involved and how trading in many of the stocks was delayed, and even halted, as the frenzied specialists tried to keep up with their customers demands in real time. Some of us may even recall how the scalability of NonStop was really put to test and where additional processors were added to the NonStop systems in real time and without requiring any downtime – a major endorsement of the architecture of NonStop and unmatched by any other server or mainframe of the day.

But out of this collapse we are seeing the reshaping of the financial services landscape. When I awoke this morning, I was told of the sale of Wachovia to Wells Fargo at a fire-sale price yet energetically endorsed by the board of Wachovia. This is of huge significance for Wells Fargo as they had lacked access to the US Eastern Seaboard. It had the same feel about it as was evident when JPMorgan Chase bought Washington Mutual, pretty much as a bankruptcy salvage transaction, and gained immediate access to the rich American West Coast – a deal it happily pursued only weeks after the Bear Sterns bail out. And let’s not forget Bank of America scooping up Merrill Lynch either! 

I have no doubts when this all winds down, we will see in the US a core of only four or five major banks with broad branch and ATM networks spanning the whole country in much the same way as we see today in places like the UK, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany. The model of small, independent, regional banks that emerged out of Black Tuesday, 1929, has been obliterated from the financial landscape. Instead, a small set of mega data centers will emerge and the data that they collect in real time will become even more valuable and in need of even more protection than ever before. Indeed, as one of these deals closed, within 24 hours one provider of security middleware products was contacted by both companies independently to see if the same product was installed on the others’ systems!

But there is a dark side to all of this – particularly to those that continue to maintain close ties to user communities. Consolidation on this scale is certainly going to have an impact on how many users remain – no matter who the vendor is. When I chaired my first ITUG Board meeting in 2004, I gave a brief update on membership. To illustrate my own findings, I traced the histories of three companies – one each from financial services, the telco marketplace, and retail. Between the three of them, they had consumed 28 former users of NonStop technology that had participated in ITUG events only five years earlier. In other words, 31 users were reduced to just three and even though the transaction volumes, and hence the systems deployed, grew materially – all good news for the primary vendor, of course, but damaging all the same to the rest of the technology ecosystem dependent on a much broader community. In today’s climate, I have no idea how many former users would be under the umbrella of the financial behemoths referenced earlier in this article.

And there’s a darker side for application vendors who were building their future business around Software as a Service (SaaS). All too recently this was the buzz with the understanding that many companies in the financial services market could benefit from the reduced costs of SaaS. But if the middle tier is fully consumed by the big banks, the only market that may remain is that of very small, financially-strapped, local banks. Not an altogether appealing proposition. Already, we have seen JPMorgan Chase CEO, Jamie Dimon, , following the merger between JPMorgan Chase and Bank One, tear up the huge outsourcing agreement the banks had with IBM.. One commentator observed how Dimon believed that “The recent merger between JPMorgan Chase and Bank One created a new firm with significantly greater capacity to manage its own technology and infrastructure”. And Fortune magazine, only a few weeks ago, reported one of Dimon’s execs as saying “When Jamie came, he ended America's biggest outsourcing deal with IBM because he considered tech a core competency."

Companies expecting new revenue sources from these new big mega banks are going to come away with empty pockets, as truly tech has become the core competency. As Sami Akbay, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at GoldenGate explained to me, “banks have evolved to become the ultimate IT organizations – if it weren’t for the suits and ties disguising them, you could never tell them apart from other high-tech businesses. Today’s transactions are bits and bytes, whether using magnetic striped cards and EFTs or Paypal; exchanging completely digitized information; in pajamas over the Internet, buying and selling (virtual) securities, traded in electronic markets. With the exception of ‘banknotes’ that people occasionally exchange these days; everything in banking is about technology. ‘Technology’ companies sell banks the parts; wires, networking equipment, servers, software components, services but banks are applied technology businesses. As the dust settle, the competition will be fierce because the few ‘buyers’ remaining will now have larger infrastructures, deeper pockets and more leverage; a deviation away from competition and, potentially, heading towards oligopoly.”

User groups will have to rethink their business models to remain viable. And perhaps they will need to get by on pennies on the dollar. But more significantly, ISVs will need to adapt – particularly those in the application marketplace – or they could be gone. As I talked with users at ACE during the evening receptions, it was very obvious that they were all very nervous and uncertain where the developments in the weeks ahead would lead. While, just those few weeks ago, we didn’t comprehend the full extent of the meltdown, looking back at the companies being talked about has become very sobering. Wachovia? Gone! Washington Mutual? Gone! Merrill Lynch? Gone! Lehman Brothers? Gone! Bear Sterns? Gone! And so the roll call continues, even as I write this. And I wonder, as did other participants at ACE that I talked to, will ACI be greeted with the same fete? Gone! Picked up for pennies on the dollar?


Robbery and Misappropriation of Funds


We live in he age of the biggest banking heist of all time, some people say that it is probably over a trillion dollars.

In fact it is so big that all the major governments of the world have been sucked in.

Compare it with the actions of Nick Leeson where he gambled away only 0.8 Billion dollars.

It was enough to bring Barings down and cause their takeover by ING.

Time after time we hear of Banking Institutions who are in hock to the tune of 10, 20, 40 billion dollars.

The culprits, the boards of directors of these institutions, who are as I write walking away with BONUSES worth millions of dollars.




No Cryptography in sight


I reckon I am secure when my family is doing the things they ought to do at home or wherever and that they are well fed, warm, comfortable and unafraid.

Corporations are similar but for them the bottom line is cash, the ability to continue to make money at an ever increasing rate and the lack of predators who want to take it all away from them.

So where has the money gone? And why is everyone running around like headless chicken?

It all started with the sale of rotten mortgages in the mid-west (lets not use the word sub-prime).

They were rubbish and everyone who was involved, and there were millions, knew they were rubbish but they reckoned that they could get out before  it turned nasty. BUT. The housing market peaked early and everyone was locked in.

So what do you do? Sell the bad debt on! To whom, bigger and bigger fish who were greedy.

So the bankers brought into this with all the strange factoring that they use.

But not from the bottom, like Nick, but from the top in their gilded boardrooms, they poured billions of dollars into these ventures, they could not lose could they, and amortised the value of these lousy investments with the lies they had been told when they purchased them. And then

When they realized they had been duped they sold their duff stock on to the next mug on the block.

The top bankers thought they were immortal and nothing could touch them. They had complied to the banking regulations!

The trouble with the banking regulations was that they were devised to stop people ripping off the banks, nobody every thought that the bank’s own board of directors were capable of doing this sort of thing, and

With all the rules and regulations they themselves thought they were safe, but

They had stopped thinking for themselves about:


Yes, the good old idea of checking that the goods inside the box do what the box says.

However, with a firm it is more difficult and so easy to miss the weakest link, especially when that weakest link is the directorate of the firm itself.

All of this means testing and checking the health of the company in a thousand different ways and performing stochastic analysis on every aspect of the firm’s operation to make sure that any trends present do not lead to disaster.

Some banks have done this and they appear to be riding the storm Barclays and J P Morgan for instance. Good management and the good luck of having level headed and forward thinking management is a great asset, but there are others, who I do not need to mention, for whom hubris, arrogance and greed are the order of the day. Who are at present gracing or should I say disgracing themselves on the columns of the papers which we receive every day.

The worst thing about all of this is that the ordinary citizens of the countries involved are the people who have to fork up the money to pay for their colossal presumption. The governments of the people are being held to ransom and the criminals are retiring to their lives of opulence based on the misery of these people, some of whom stand to lose everything. Some Heist!


I suppose regulation and far greater national and international control, plus more money than you could ever think of.

However, what was needed, in the first place, was far better control and testing to make sure that the products did what they said, whatever they are.

In an uncertain world good testing and prediction of the possible outcomes is essential the magic word is:


Which means data gathering, running test cases and predicting outcome for a secure future.

We do it on HP NonStop using the PIRA Script Language within our RSI TEST suite which is how we commit ourselves to the quality of our products and the solutions we supply.


Please contact Rupert Stanley of Ross Systems International Limited at 


+44-1206-392923 for additional information.

Information on RSI’s products including RSI TEST can be found on http://www.rsi-ns.com/.


Availability Digest Reviews the UK’s National Blood Service

The Availability Digest’s October issue will be published on the second Tuesday of this month.  Included will be a review of the computing infrastructure of the UK’s National Blood Service, which manages the blood supply throughout England and North Wales. A recent and major active/active upgrade provided increased levels of redundancy with minimal levels of disruption during the upgrade process.

The September issue of the Availability Digest explores lessons learned from The Planet’s data-center explosion, which disabled 9,000 servers used by 7,500 web-hosting customers.  Also introduced is a taxonomy that classifies various active/active architectures.  Our Geek Corner analyzes the downtime probability of a system that is subject to failover times and failover faults and draws on this analysis to compare active/active systems to other active/backup redundant configurations. 

Digest Editor Dr. Bill Highleyman will speak at Community Connect Europe in Mannheim, Germany, in November.  His four-hour seminar will address such topics as “Concepts in Availability,” “Configuring Active/Active Systems,” “Active/Active vs. Clusters,” and “Data Replication Engines.”

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


Gravic, Inc. at Community Connect Europe 2008

Gravic will exhibit its Shadowbase solutions for Real-Time Business Intelligence, Business Continuity (including the exciting enhancements in async and sync data replication for active/active environments), Data Integration and Synchronization, and Disaster Recovery.

Please stop by Stand 42 or attend the following Shadowbase presentation for more information:

Presentation 1:

Tuesday, November 11th from 14:00-14:30 in room Ignaz Holzbauer 2

Speaker: Paul Holenstein, Executive Vice President

Title: Advances in Active/Active - Asynchronous and Synchronous Replication State-of-the-Art

Abstract: Active/Active replication dramatically increases application availability and provides many additional benefits (using all nodal capacity for productive work, totally masking nodal failures from users, providing disaster tolerance "for free"). We present Shadowbase in real-world asynchronous architectures and upcoming advances in synchronous replication for eliminating data loss and avoiding data collisions.

For Additional information or to request a trial of the Shadowbase solutions please contact Dick Davis at Shadowbase@gravic.com or +1.610.647.6250. Or visit www.gravic.com/shadowbase

Backup Replication for NS Disaster Recovery
- New Automation from ETI-NET

Disaster recovery architectures for NonStop systems range from active-active sites to inactive remote systems, such as those contracted for with business continuity providers.  All of these architectures share a common problem: how to keep backup copies current, synchronized, and their contents known by the DR host system. Even sites with synchronous replication between NonStop systems may need to restore some data from Backup tapes after a DR takeover. 

ETI-NET’s BackBox™ product has for some time supported replication of virtual tapes to DR sites via a number of mechanisms, including Data Domain de-duplication equipment, SAN or NAS technologies or IP transfers. More important than the actual replication though, is making the virtual tapes easily usable by the DR system. A new BackBox option automates populating both the DR system’s DSM/TC and BackBox media catalogs with current backup metadata. And it can do this whether the target NonStop DR system is active or will only be activated or provisioned upon DR takeover.

Backup data in virtual tapes in “secondary” BackBox Data Stores can be accessed by the designated DR system, and “secondary” Data Stores” can be promoted to “primary”. This provides a convenient method to switch active nodes back and forth, and to migrate DR designation between systems or sites, giving system administrators unprecedented flexibility in DR planning.

For more information call 1-650-343-2780 x26, email us at information@etinet.com, or visit www.etinet.com


Marshall Resources, Inc.

State of S Series CPU Market / Drastic Reductions in Supply - Oct 2008

The Second User market has seen a sudden and dramatic surge of inquiries for used hardware as the economy seems to be encouraging many Non-Stop Users to consider extending the life of their S Series platforms.

Availability of high end S Series hardware is tightening, and within 30 days we expect many upper end CPU’s to be completely unavailable.  Marshall Resources had a healthy supply of 1974-D 4 GB S88000 Processors in stock, which now have all been sold.  We do have acquire opportunities for these S88000 PMF’s, but these have also become delayed.  We don’t expect to see many more S88000 PMF’s in our market for at least 6 to even 12 months.  Please check with us if you have any current requirements for this product.

Not only is the supply tightening, but we have also seen a dramatic increase in requests for S86000, S7800, S7600, and even S7400 CPU’s lately.  All of these products are also becoming scarce due to this market condition.  Needless to say, please call us with any and all S Series machines that you may have available for sale.  Several CPU types that had no value just two months ago are suddenly demanding some price, and these higher end CPU’s have risen dramatically in price.

Marshall Resources has a very large inventory of most System Components, I/O, and Disk Products.  We also have a very adequate supply of many other CPU types.  We are still able to quote and deliver almost all of the S Series machines.  However, availability will remain very sporadic until S Series customers begin the migration to the Integrity Platform in earnest once again.

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.




Community Connect Europe 2008
10-12 November 2008
Mannheim, Germany

Register for Community Connect Europe!

Register now to attend Community Connect Europe 2008, presented by ITUG, HP-Interex EMEA, and Encompass - your HP user communities. This first-ever event, scheduled for 10-12 November in Mannheim, Germany, provides the first-ever opportunity for users, prospects, and third-party vendors of ITUG, HP-Interex EMEA, and Encompass throughout the EMEA region to gather in one place for learning, networking, and sharing individual and corporate experiences.

The event will provide the traditional HP NonStop content that prior ITUG Europe attendees have come to expect, and it will also provide educational and networking opportunities for users of other HP Enterprise platforms.

NEW! Download this postcard and pass along to your colleagues or friends who might be interested in attending.

Interested in Presenting at Community Connect Europe 2008?

Share your expertise with other HP users just like you. Community Connect Europe 2008 is still accepting presentation proposals for the following topics:

  • Blades
  • Business Continuity
  • Linux
  • Security
  • SOA

Submit your presentation proposal by 21 July and be recognized among your peers as a leader in your area of expertise.  

BITUG December 3rd Dec, Wood Street - Education Day (Performance Update - includes Blades)
                             4th Dec, Trinity House - SIG on Platform futures, AGM, look back at 30 Year of 'Tandem' in Europe


CTUG Are in progress of making plans for this years Fall Conference.  Please stay tuned for details www.ctug.ca

GTUG 12 November 2008 More information will be available shortly at www.gtug.de



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