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Tandemworld Newsletter for April 2013


While Executing Your Disaster Recovery Plan, Are Your Fingers (and Toes) Crossed?

New Automation Tools Enable Migration to ETI-NET BackBox Virtual Tape

Ascert Releases VersaTest Classic Migration Edition

Musings on NonStop! - April, ‘13

High Performance Switching and Secure Data Storage

Availability Digest Says DDoS Attacks are on the Rise

Still believe that OSS security isn’t as robust or as easy to maintain as Guardian?

New version of PANfinder available from comForte

XYPRO and NetAuthority Announce On-Premise Device Authentication Solution for Enterprises and Service Providers

PCI Compliance Deconstructed - new article from comForte

Join XYPRO at these NonStop & Security events in April and May

comForte near you in 2013

TANDsoft’s New E2S-Lite Enables Efficient, Low-Cost Enscribe Modifications

“CSP Celebrates another successful year!

Brightstrand Health Check Service

It’s Bigger on the Inside!

Too Many Systems

Too Little Time!

Discover 2013

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While Executing Your Disaster Recovery Plan, Are Your Fingers (and Toes) Crossed?

Shadowbase Continuous Availability Solutions Remove the Doubt by Providing:

·        Active/active and sizzling-hot-standby architectures

·        Elimination of failover faults with a proven-working backup system

·        No application service outage when testing

·        Automated recovery/resynchronization of a failed system

So the next time disaster strikes you can uncross your fingers (and toes)!

Gravic creates award-winning data replication and data integration solutions and has done so for over three decades. Gravic’s patented Shadowbase suite of products is field-proven at many of the most-demanding NonStop customer sites to solve all of your data replication and data integration needs.

For a Free White Paper to help you avoid cramped fingers and toes (while also saving your business from the significant costs of service unavailability), please contact us at, www.gravic.com/shadowbase/contact. For more information on our Business Continuity Solutions and Active/Active Systems please visit, www.gravic.com/shadowbase/uses/continuousavailability.


Still Time to Register for MATUG May 3 Meeting

It’s not too late to register for the Mid-Atlantic Tandem User Group (MATUG) Meeting scheduled for May 3, 2013 in Chantilly, Virginia, USA. MATUG is open to any NonStop customer, partner, user, consultant, or interested party. Please contact Susan Loeliger (Chapter Secretary/Treasurer) at sbproductmanagement@gravic.com to register. Members are typically from the following states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia. MATUG provides members with the opportunity to participate in quality informational sessions, and learn about new HP products and services as well as interact with fellow HP NonStop users. Please visit the MATUG Connect Chapter web page for more information.


Gravic Labs Wins Important Patent for Shadowbase Solutions

Gravic Labs is pleased to announce a new US Patent, number 8,301,593, awarded on October 30, 2012, entitled “Mixed mode synchronous and asynchronous replication system.” This patent solves a critical problem for synchronous replication systems by providing a method to transition between synchronous and asynchronous modes when starting up or when recovering from network or nodal failure. This unique capability will be made available in a future release of Shadowbase, supporting synchronous data replication.


Please Visit Gravic at these Upcoming Shows


MATUG Meeting, Chantilly, VA, 3 May



HP Discover 2013, Las Vegas, NV, 10-12 June



VNUG Conference 2013, Stockholm, Sweden, 3-5 September


                               Connect NonStop Advanced TBC, San Jose, CA, 3-5 November


For more information, please visit: www.gravic.com/shadowbase.


Trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


New Automation Tools Enable Migration to ETI-NET BackBox Virtual Tape

As the first-generation of virtual tape products reaches end-of-life, customers face a new challenge as they attempt to migrate from proprietary virtual tape formats onto competing vendors’ solutions.  Like physical tape technologies, old formats and equipment become unsupportable and have to be migrated to new platforms and storage media.  But unlike physical tape, the virtual tape market has no standards in its storage formats, so disk-based virtual tape images are not directly transferable between different products. Fortunately the actual task is not as complicated as it may first seem.

On behalf of just such a customer challenge, ETI-NET recently evaluated these requirements and, in cooperation with HP Technical Services, tools and services were developed to facilitate the orderly off-line migration of virtual media from older virtual tape products onto ETI-NET’s BackBox product.     

A white paper detailing the challenges and solutions has just been published and is available on request from ETI-NET.   Just email information@etinet.com with “Migration White Paper” in the subject header and we will email back the pdf document.

Since 1987, ETI-NET (www.etinet.com ) has developed software and hardware solutions that allow HP NonStop servers to access modern, multi-vendor storage technologies. Its products offer cost-effective management of backup and archiving operations. ETI-NET supports major data centers globally and consolidates their NonStop systems into shared enterprise storage infrastructures. For more information about ETI-NET and its products, contact ETI-NET at 561-395-2278 x 22, in EMEA at +44-1494-771981, or by email at information@etinet.com .


Ascert Releases VersaTest Classic Migration Edition

Ascert Enables User Bridge for Testing Automation

Sausalito, California, April 18, 2013 – Ascert announces the availability of VersaTest Automation Server Classic Migration Edition (“CME”) for users of the VersaTest Classic NSK or MP product versions. The new product allows test drivers developed for VersaTest Classic to operate within a VersaTest Automation Server environment, side-by-side with newer drivers developed to the Driver Framework Standard (DFS) as used by VersaTest Automator.

The CME product enables current users of the VersaTest Classic product to realize the significant benefits of the latest automation technology without going through costly and lengthy software upgrades. The new product gives users an easy to use browser based GUI, support for multiple testing environments in one interface, zero client-side installation and dynamic communication configurations.

 "VersaTest Classic has been a tremendously successful product in the testing of global payments systems," says Andrew Mould, Managing Partner of Ascert. "We are excited about this offering because it allows our current VersaTest Classic users to retain their technology investment while providing easy access to many of the automated features that exist in our VersaTest Automator product, without having to build simulations and test cases. Moving to a new testing platform can be an involved and lengthy process depending on how sophisticated a testing environment is. The CME product allows this to happen in a rapid but painless fashion and provides an easy upgrade path to full end-to-end automation on the users own timeline."

VersaTest/AS CME adds user-authorized security functionality, enabling different testing groups their own secure testing environments and customized interface and testing functionality. In addition to security, this feature ensures that users testing in one environment don’t impact the testing being performed in other environments; making VersaTest a much more flexible enterprise testing tool. CME also provides for an enhance user experience enabling panels and menus to be tailored depending on the users operational role in testing.


To find out more about VersaTest/AS CME visit contact one of the local Ascert offices.

For inquiries in the America’s and Asia-Pacific:

Mr. Rich Greene

Ascert, LLC

759 Bridgeway

Sausalito, CA 94965, USA

Telephone: 1-415-339-8500

Toll Free: 1-877-ASCERT-IT Fax: 1-415-339-8501

E-mail: info@ascert.com



For inquiries in Europe, Middle East, and Africa:

Mr. Mike Wainwright

Ascert, Limited

63 Mansell Street,

London, E1 8AN, England

Telephone: +44 (20) 7488 3470

Fax: +44 (20) 7488 3477

E-mail: ukinfo@ascert.com


Musings on NonStop!

April, ‘13

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

I would really l like to be able to say that I was subject to an April Fools’ Day joke, but nothing really materialized. Au contraire, it was all too serious! And the month really started with the last week of March, as it included multiple face-to-face meetings with clients followed by my participation in a well-attended webinar, about which more will follow shortly.

However, what really caught my attention was the article I read on the Forbes web site – HP Moonshot: Say Goodbye to the Vanilla Server. A couple of sentences into the article, and contributor, Patrick Moorhead, throws out the thought about “the biggest driver of datacenter expansion are the pervasiveness of smartphones and a new class of devices, nicknamed IoT, or Internet of Things … current enterprise datacenters aren’t prepared for the onslaught of devices coming their way. It’s not as easy as adding more homogeneous, virtualized servers …”

Ever since I purchased my iPad, and shortly afterwards my iPhone, foregoing any further investment in Blackberry solutions, mind you, I realized that the world had changed and in several email exchanges with vendors from within the NonStop community I was chastised for being a tad overzealous. However, the quarterly results of the big PC vendors released this week suggests that, without viable smartphone and tablet offerings, many of these PC vendors will be in serious trouble. But is the pervasiveness of smartphones and the IoT really the biggest drivers of datacenter expansion?

The short answer is yes, they are! The longer answer is, we are going to be overwhelmed by a tsunami! The volume of transactions they will generate, I have just written in a feature story that will appear in the May – June, 2013, issue of The Connection, will be enormous. When you see this feature, look for my take on the likely impact of robots as just another class of IoT dumping information into our datacenters.

I participated in the before mentioned webinar that was hosted by Attunity and in it I looked at possible drivers for Big Data along with the observations that future transaction growth will place NonStop right in the cross hairs of today’s business managers. To remain competitive, they want to see much-needed business analytics in real time. The days of scanning monthly or quarterly analysis are pretty much over – the need is to respond to changing circumstances right now!

The webinar took as source material two recent opinion papers written for Attunity and these looked at the impact of mobility (and the transition to smartphones and tablets) as well as the heterogeneous nature of today’s data center. In both cases – data just has to be moved, given the products available today. Adding homogeneous servers may help us scale out – but it represents an unnecessary dumbing-down of the datacenter while accommodating ever more smartphones and tablets is rightly an onslaught of unbelievable magnitude.


To replay what I discussed in the webinar, follow this link:

HP NonStop Data: Critical to Big Data Success


And to download the two opinion papers, follow these links:
HP NonStop Transactional Data: An Important Ingredient for Big Data Success

HP NonStop Transactional Data: Critical for Meaningful Big Data

However, this month has also been a time for face-to-face meetings as mentioned at the start of this month’s Musings. Catching up with John Dunne, IR’s General Manager, Products and Alliances, is never an easy proposition no more so than when he is in the middle of a whirlwind global kick-off tour promoting the latest release of Prognosis 10. I have been associated with many software releases but a quick scan of this release’s highlights tells me IR is being blessed by a wealth of riches. Perhaps even an embarrassment of riches. No matter how you assess all that is being provided in this release, it’s offering an abundance of choices.

Delivering a powerful web-based user experience, centralized reporting, and a robust architecture update that is ready for Big Data, Prognosis 10 delivers insights from massive amounts of data generated across enterprise communications systems … For the mobile professional Prognosis real-time insight is accessible on any tablet, smart phone or smart TV that supports HTML5 or the free iOS App ‘Prognosis First Responder’”. was how the press release began and after talking to John, it’s clear that all those involved within IR are excited to see this release come out and yes, Prognosis 10 will be available to all of the NonStop community.

Look for further commentary from me in posts and discussions as well as features in the upcoming issue of The Connection. And watch the LinkedIn group, Pyalla Technologies, for updates as posts and discussions are made public.

Ready for Big Data! Accessible on any tablet, or smart phone! The IoT is clearly pushing datacenter managers hard when it comes to ensuring equate capacity to meet every contingency. Fortunately, when all is said and done that mission critical applications (the very heart of what today is being accessed by mobile devices and whose data is much sought after by Big Data frameworks) are running on NonStop where much of what concerns datacenter managers is a moot point.

And for that, we should all be extremely thankful!

Richard Buckle
Founder and CEO

Pyalla Technologies, LLC
Email:             richard@pyalla-technologies.com

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Third Data Corporation

High Performance Switching and Secure Data Storage


               Third Data Corporation provides numerous products which can reside on HP Nonstop and other HP hardware platforms.

FastBuild Switch – When building a switch be it ATM-POS, Wire Transfer, EFT, Medical, or any other type of data that needs to get from one place to another, you are usually faced with three choices. Take an existing package and modify your system to match it. Get the vendor to “enhance” their system to meet your needs. Write a new system from scratch. The FastBuild Switch integrates with your existing system, or if you are building from scratch gives you a good start. The switch is also built around the latest HP technology to maximize performance. It integrates several of our other products to maximize cost savings and security. In a cross platform environment it also runs on other non-Guardian HP supplied platforms.

SecureStore – If you are trying to become compliant (PCI, HIPAA, etc) then you know that you can not leave sensitive data readily viewable. SecureStore does three things for you. The data is encrypted so that you can become compliant. The data is compressed so that your hardware costs are reduced. As part of disaster recovery your data is sent to three (or more) locations so it will be available when you need it. As a bonus for those having trouble with Guardian 4K limits there is no record size.

NxLib – NxLib provides a platform and utility libraries for developing a high performance multi-threaded applications on NonStop Guardian. The platform provides threading capability. This enables development of an application written single threaded style to perform as multi-threaded.   Extensible command processing and help are supported.  Development time can be cut to a fraction of the time it would normally take.  This results in fast  application development with consistent look and feel across multiple projects.

NxWeb – A high performance web server which provides support for NxLib applications.  It also can be used without NxLib.  It provides for secure connections, virtual domains, full http support and interfaces to pathway and IPC communications.

NxUndelete – Files accidentally deleted can be a real problem.  Even when a backup is available, it is frequently a significant effort to retrieve it from a backup tape.  NxUndelete implements a recycle bin function on the the HP NonStop system.  Files deleted may be easily recovered using its GUI interface.

NxFile+ – NxFile+ provides compression and encryption to Enscribe structured files.  The files are configured through a GUI interface and the results are provided seamlessly to your applications, typically without any code changes.  In addition this provides for dynamic key changes on the fly so data stored at-rest may have it’s encryption keys changed as required.  Because the records can be compressed prior to encryption, it’s also possible to have records which significantly exceed the 4k record size limitations.   The savings in disk I/O typically pay for the overhead of the compression and encryption.

NxSSL – NxSSL is an SSL proxy which may be used to provide SSL encryption and authentication services to TCP/IP connections.  It provides full support for certificates and multiple encryption standards.  It has been carefully tuned to provide the highest performance available for any NonStop SSL connection.



 Availability Digest Says DDoS Attacks are on the Rise 

DDoS attacks in 2012 exceeded the number of attacks in 2011 by 53%, and the projection for 2013 is for an even greater increase in frequency and in size.  DDoS attacks clearly are on the rise, so much so that the April issue of the Availability Digest is devoted to DDoS attacks and their impacts on system availability.  “DDoS Attacks on the Rise” includes DDoS attack statistics, countries of origin, an introduction to DDoS reflection attacks and DNS open resolvers, and examples of DDoS attack mitigation.  

Also in the April Digest: 

History’s Largest DDoS Attack? From March 18th thru March 28th of this year, spam-filtering site Spamhaus was swamped with up to 300 gigabits per second of traffic in what is being reported as the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack to-date.   The quantity of malicious traffic generated was due to the presence of open resolvers, a well-known flaw in DNS servers.  “History’s Largest DDoS Attack” tells the story of Spamhaus’ predicament and how the company was able to survive the malicious assault. 

Anatomy of a DDoS AttackBotnets are very, very bad.  The DDoS attacks they generate are even more destructive.  “Anatomy of a DDoS Attack” introduces botnets, the different strategies used by attackers to overwhelm a web site, the most common types of DDoS attacks, and mitigation strategies.

Prolexic – A DDoS Mitigation Firm – Prolexic is an example of a new breed of companies whose services are focused on DDoS attack mitigation.  Founded in 2003, the company was the first to offer cloud-based DDoS mitigation services.  It detects and blocks approximately 7,000 DDoS attacks per year for its customers. The article discusses Prolexic’s mitigation strategies and how the firm monitors traffic flow through its clients’ systems. 

The Availability Digest offers one-day and multi-day seminars on High Availability: Concepts and Practices. Seminars are given both onsite and online and are tailored to an organization’s specific needs.  We also offer technical and marketing writing services as well as consulting services for achieving high availability. 

Published monthly, the Digest is free and lives at www.availabilitydigest.com.  Please visit our Continuous Availability Forum on LinkedIn.  We’re at 537 members and counting.  Our latest thread discusses the impact of DDoS attacks on system availability.


Still believe that OSS security isn’t as robust or as easy to maintain as Guardian?

XYGATE Object Security (XOS) Active and Dynamic RBAC make static ACL's and policy implementers for Safeguard and OSS redundant. 

Taking advantage of the recently released OSS Security Event Exit (SEEP) by HP, XYPRO now offers an upgrade to our standard XOS product that applies security dynamically and instantaneously for both Guardian and OSS environments, virtually eliminating the need to manage complex Guardian, Safeguard and OSS security.

Using simple Role Based Access Control rules, XOS applies security at the time of request based on logical object and user groupings and extends access decision criteria to any object attribute rather than just the object name.

Click here to learn more about XYGATE Object Security and how you can reduce your security management load and massively improve the level of security on your NonStop server at the same time...  https://www.xypro.com/xypro/resources/news_full/the_oss_security_youve_been_waiting_for

To arrange a free evaluation, contact your local XYPRO Sales Rep:  https://www.xypro.com/xypro/contact


Barry Forbes

VP of Sales & Marketing

XYPRO Technology Corporation



New version of PANfinder available from comForte


PANfinder is a comprehensive data discovery software solution. It searches systems for hidden and unmasked/unencrypted payment card data. It provides a method of scanning systems for unprotected PAN data (Primary Account Number). This ensures there are no live PANs residing in unauthorized locations and also provides organizations with a way of proving that all PANs on the systems are being stored in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS).


We are very pleased to announce the latest version (v 2.51) of PANfinder which includes a number of new features and performance improvements:

1.     Support for Agent Mode. PANfinder can now run in agent mode where it constantly monitors the configured file set for suspect PAN data.

2.     Restartable scans. If a scan is stopped for any reason before it has completed, PANfinder can be recommenced from the point in the file set where the previous scan was interrupted.

3.     Support for EBCDIC format files.

4.     Support for syslog messaging via TCP. Previously PANfinder only supported delivery of syslog format events via UDP transport. It now supports both UDP and TCP.

5.     Ability to scan for a specified PAN.

6.     Minor enhancements to the display of PANfinder events.


For more background information on PANfinder and why no PCI DSS compliance project should have to do without such a detection tool please read the article 'Where in the world is my credit card data?'


Many organizations running HP NonStop servers process credit or payment cards as a part of their business. This means that they are subject to the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS), which mandates a strict set of requirements for the protection of payment card cardholder data.

At the core of the standard is the Primary Account Number, usually abbreviated to PAN. This is the card number embossed on credit or payment cards that is used in payment card transactions, along with the card expiry date and often the Card Verification Value (CVV). The PCI DSS mandates in requirement 3.41 that all PAN data that is stored on the system must be protected by means of encryption or tokenization.


But how do you know where all of your PAN data exists?


Read the whole story  - Where in the world is my credit card data?




XYPRO and NetAuthority Announce On-Premise Device Authentication Solution for Enterprises and Service Providers

XYPRO, a global reseller of NetAuthority solutions, is pleased to note the general availability of the NetAuthority DeviceLink™ 2.0 solution.

With its latest release, NetAuthority has delivered its patented device authentication technology as a single or multi-tenant authentication engine, which can be deployed by enterprises and online service providers for secure access to mobile and online applications. NetAuthority DeviceLink™ provides high performance device authentication, enabling customers or administrators to authorize and link specific devices to accounts and prevent fraudulent access from unauthorized devices. DeviceLink™ turns the device itself into a powerful authentication factor, delivering sub-second device authentication without requiring anything else for the end-user to have, know or do.

Key Benefits:

•             Enables seamless multi-factor authentication – nothing else to have, know or do

•             Strengthens and protects existing username and password-based authentication

•             Delivers invisible, sub-second, mass-deployable device authentication

•             Works with all major web browsers and mobile application platforms

•             Generates unique, attribute-based device keys for each authentication session

•             Utilizes industry standard, FIPS 140-2 compliant data encryption modules

•             Simple deployment, provisioning, management, and reporting capabilities

•             Includes secure service API’s for easy integration into existing applications

Learn more  https://www.xypro.com/xypro/resources/news_full/xypro_netauthority.


Barry Forbes

VP of Sales & Marketing

XYPRO Technology Corporation



PCI Compliance Deconstructed - new article from comForte


While there is no shortage of articles focusing on credit card security standards, and how to comply with them, we are still seeing a fair amount of confusion when it comes to non-compliance.


In this article, we focus on thinking the unthinkable:


What happens to organizations who are not PCI compliant?


We also look at compensating controls for requirement 3.4 of the PCI DSS, and their future as we see it.


Read the article - PCI Compliance Deconstructed


Join XYPRO at these NonStop & Security events in April and May


April 22-24, 2013 – SATUG

Gauteng, South Africa




April 23-25, 2013 – ACI - EMEA

Barcelona, Spain



April 23, 2013 – NeNUG Spring Meeting

HP Facility, Andover, MA





May 1, 2013 – PCI - Dubai

Dubai, UAE





May 3, 2013 – MATUG

Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute,
Chantilly, VA



May 8, 2013 – BITUG LiL SIG

London, United Kingdom





May 29-31, 2013 – CTUG Spring Training

Mississauga, ON



comForte near you in 2013


comForte is travelling far and wide to be at an event near you.

Come and join us at these events in 2013:


Impact2013, Las Vegas, USA, April 28 - May 2, 2013

MATUG, Chantilly, VA, USA, May 3, 2013

BITUG Little SIG, London, UK, May 8, 2013

GTUG Spring Conference, Hanover, Germany, May 14-15, 2013

HP Discover, Las Vegas, USA, June 10-12, 2013

VNUG, Stockholm, Sweden, Sept 4-5, 2013

EBUG Knowledge Forum, London, UK, Sept 23-24, 2013

GTUG, Frankfurt, Germany, Sept 23-25, 2013

PCI US Community Meeting, Las Vegas, USA, Sept 24-26, 2013

PCI EU Community Meeting, Nice, France, Oct 29-31, 2013

CONNECT Advanced Technical Boot Camp 2013, San Jose, USA, Nov 3-5, 2013

PCI AP Community Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov 19-20, 2013


TANDsoft’s New E2S-Lite Enables Efficient, Low-Cost Enscribe Modifications


A NonStop customer was faced with the challenge of making a date-format conversion to all of its Enscribe files, from a six-character format to an eight-character format. Impacted as well would be the thousands of programs that interfaced with the Enscribe files and thus also had to have their source codes changed from six-character date formats to eight-character date formats. The recompiling and follow-up testing of each program would require time, additional staff resources, and increased costs that had not been budgeted for the fiscal year. As part of the planning process, the customer researched third-party alternatives to its anticipated in-house effort. What they discovered was TANDsoft’s E2S-Lite, which permits efficient, low-cost Enscribe modifications without the need to change a program’s source code.

E2S-Lite is the latest product to originate from TANDsoft’s years of experience as an interception specialist. The solution is based on TANDsoft’s Enscribe-2-SQL Toolkit, which allows easy conversion of Enscribe calls to SQL/MP or SQL/MX statements. E2S-Lite lets developers generate a single date-format conversion module that is attached to every affected program. When a program makes an API procedure call - Open, Read, Write, WriteUpdate, etc. - to access an Enscribe file, E2S-Lite seamlessly intercepts the call, executes the call on behalf of the program, and converts the Enscribe file’s new date format into a format that the program can understand. All is accomplished without any source-code changes.

E2S-Lite functionality assists with a variety of Enscribe modifications, including Enscribe file locking, Encribe file auditing, and other format conversions. In addition to in-house applications, E2S-Lite also can be used for HP products and third-party solutions such as Base24, where source code typically is unavailable.

TANDsoft’s “best of breed, best in price” philosophy offers highly competitive value for all TANDsoft solutions. In addition to the Enscribe-2-SQL Toolkit and E2S-Lite, they include the OPTA2000 virtual clock- and time-zone simulator; FileSync for automatic file synchronization and replication; the OPTA suite of interception and trace utilities (OPTA­Trace Online Process Tracer and Analyzer, Recycle Bin, EMS Alerts Online Startup and Termination Capture Utility, Low Pin Optimizer); Stack Monitor, which alerts developers to the impending threat of a stack overflow; Command Stream Replicator, which automatically logs and replicates NonStop SQL/MP, SQL/MX, Enscribe DDL and other HP utility (FUP, SQLCI, MXCI, SCF, TACL) commands to the backup system; the TMF-Audit Toolkit, which offers flexible, affordable alternatives to more expensive conversion products or manual conversion techniques; and AutoLib, which automatically loads a user library or a DLL for executing processes.

TANDsoft products require no application source-code modifications, are available for all HP NonStop servers, and support major third-party applications.

Free trials are available.

For information about TANDsoft solutions, contact Jack Di Giacomo at +1 (514) 695-2234. Our Enscribe to SQL Migration Forum on LinkedIn is at 157 members and counting.



“CSP Celebrates another successful year!

We have been a leading supplier of security solutions to the Nonstop community for over 25 years and are pleased to celebrate another anniversary with continued growth and success.

The last twelve months have seen a series of significant enhancements and upgrades to our product suite to meet the continuing and evolving challenges of NonStop security, with a special focus on compliance (Compliance Reporting Module and File Integrity Checker) and OSS security (Protect-UX).

CSP’s success is based on technical innovation and excellence, outstanding service and support, and a responsive approach to our customers’ needs, and our security solutions not only enhance and augment HP’s built-in security with advanced functions and manageability, but also provide distinct alternatives from the available default tools.

Our role in the Nonstop vendor community, based on our objectivity and independence, has resulted in a unique range of solutions designed around our customers’ requirements.

We look forward to many more years serving our customers!

For more information about Computer Security Products and our security solutions for NonStop, visit www.cspsecurity.com.”


Brightstrand Health Check Service

 Maximise your hp NonStopÔ Server environment.


The BrightStrand International hp NonStop Server Health Check Service has been created in order to provide users of hp NonStop Servers with a situation report as to the status of their hp NonStop systems and service environments.

The service has been designed by BrightStrand, to assure customers that they are getting the optimum from their current hp NonStop Server environments.  The Health Check will provide a guide to assist customers in making improvements to various service areas.  It can also be used as a tool to aid the decision-making process in such key areas as hardware purchasing, system migration and Service Level Agreement (SLA) planning. 

The service will take into account a number of factors depending on the pre-defined scope.  These may include - procedures, strategies, system performance, configurations and security.  The service will involve the monitoring of system metrics, an assessment of general procedures, a review of software revision levels and a general check of the installation.

Service Objective

The objective of the Health Check is to provide high quality reviews of service areas that have been identified, by the customer, as being of concern or of interest. The main goals of the service will be:

·        To advise on compliance with standards.

·        To report on efficiency and performance.

·        To identify possible problem areas and recommend solutions.

·        To advise on current or future strategy.

This will be achieved by engaging a fully qualified and experienced BrightStrand consultant that will work closely with the customer to agree the scope of the engagement and to identify areas of special interest or concern, use BrightStrand tools and solutions to gather the necessary information and documentation, analyse the information and deliver the agreed reports. Consultancy will be provided in the areas of Performance, Capacity Planning, Disaster Recovery, Operations, Database Management, System Security, System Management and Hardware Maintenance.

For further details please contact Dave Stewart today on +44 (0)7831 775115 or email him on dstewart@brightstrand.com.


It’s Bigger on the Inside!

In BBC’s historically long-lived sci-fi program, Doctor Who, there’s a certain bit of technology whose form has become an iconic image to many during the shows fifty years on television screens. The TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) is the ship piloted by the program’s main character, The Doctor, who is an alien from a race called the Time Lords. The TARDIS can go anywhere in time and space. Due to a broken chameleon circuit, it appears as a 1960’s police box, but always manages to surprise observers who discover that “it’s bigger on the inside!”

In an earlier regeneration, our customers sometimes referred to DRNet as DR NET (Coincidence? I think not!). Since the technology’s inception in the 1980’s, we have invested more than 100 man years into this technology. From the very first line of code, we have written, rewritten, and rewritten again more than half a million lines of code. And while we haven’t yet mastered time, our technology has spread all over the world.

As with the TARDIS, our technology is capable of performing many functions at once. It connects with existing applications, blending in as with a chameleon circuit, so the data can be instantly transported to any location on the planet. If you listen closely, you may even hear a muffled vworp-ing in the distance!

While it takes 3-6 Time Lords to properly pilot a TARDIS, our expert engineering team keeps DRNet finely tuned and expertly piloted for you.

Some may look at something like data replication as a simple task, but with all that is concealed beneath the surface and all that has gone into making it what it is today, this technology truly is bigger on the inside.

It pays off, though. When you need help protecting your business and your data, it’s certainly nice to know that The Doctor is here to help. Allons-y!

DRNet® is world class NonStop Data Replication technology.

·       Real-time Active/Active Data Replication

·       Real-time Tandem to OPEN Data Replication

·       Real-time File Synchronization

·       Refreshingly Real-Time Support from Real Engineers



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Too Many Systems

Too Little Time!

Some systems require, nay demand, proactive management.  They are too important, handle too much money, or are too visible to customers or management to wait for an alert to go off.

On the other hand, the reality of our world is that resources are constrained. You simply don’t have enough time to do all the work that’s required.  You are handling hundreds if not thousands of systems, more often than not spanning multiple architectures.  You could use a hand.

Ban Bottlenecks is that helping hand.  It is a service designed to turn you and your team into heroes.  It does all of the tedious work and empowers you with information, not data.

The Ban Bottlenecks service implements “Stage 5, Paranoid and Competent” performance management. It is an affordable, ongoing service based on the ITIL model.  It includes data collection, elegant hand-crafted reporting, and personalized expert consultation.

One system or hundreds, NonStop, Windows, Unix, VOS.

Meet us at the NonStop Technical Boot Camp in San Jose in November!






Discover 2013

Discover 2013 will be held in Las Vegas at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort on June 11-13.  Registration is open:  http://h30614.www3.hp.com/discover

Partial Agenda: 

Tuesday, June 11                10am to noon          – Hands On Labs

                                           12pm to 4pm           – Discover Zone Open

                                           4pm to 5:30 pm      – Opening General Session         

                                           Evening                      – Welcome Reception


Wednesday, June 12          8:30am to 10am     – General Session

                                          10am to 5:30pm     – Breakout Sessions

Discover Zone Open

                                          8pm to 10:30 pm    – HP Discover Celebration Event

                                                                                    Featuring Carlos Santana!


Thursday, June 13               8:30 am to 4:30 pm -  Breakout Sessions

Discover Zone Open


NonStop Advanced Technical Boot Camp 2013

2013 Connect NonStop Advanced Technical Boot Camp (TBC) will be held in San Jose on November 3-5, 2013. 

Registration is open:  http://www.connect-community.org/?TBC2013

Register before June 1st - $895.00

Doubletree Hotel rate - $169.00 per night

Up to 10% discount on Delta Airlines for air travel to SJC or SFO


Kathy Wood

NonStop Partner SIG/Vendor Chair




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