Tandemworld eNewsletter for August 2015

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Tandemworld eNewsletter for August 2015


UP UP and AWAY.....The Xbox has arrived

TANDsoft's OPTA2000 Unphased by World's New Time Zones

NonStop has always been about choice - hybrids extend choice to new systems!

Introducing the Power of Thunder to XML or JSON-Enable COBOL and C Programs

Musings on NonStop! - August, ‘15

Availability Digest Managing Editor Bill Highleyman Exclaims, "My Jeep Wasn't Hacked!"

NuWave Technologies Welcomes New Team Member

XYPRO - Protecting Healthcare Data: An Ounce of Prevention

NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2015

Gravic Shadowbase Product Delivery Welcomes New Associate

XYPRO looks forward to seeing you throughout 2015

Registration Now Open for the MATUG Fall Users Meeting

Infrasoft announces immediate availability of bomBora, a deep port of Node.js to NonStop X

Welcome to Lusis Payments

OmniPayments' "The Fraud Blocker - Catching the Wrongdoers"

57 additional Quality Checks and 44 new statistic figures with ITP-PANORAMA

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UP UP and AWAY.....The Xbox has arrived

Starting out on an amusing note, when I first heard about the HP NonStop NS7X1 at ITUG in San Jose the name “hurt my head”. To me it seemed like someone reached into the bottom of the letter jar and pulled out what was left to name the new box. To simplify things I started calling it the Xbox (no relation to the Microsoft game controller). At the recent Dallas N2TUG I called it the Xbox in my presentation. Throughout the day more and more of the Vendors referred to it as the Xbox. Just the other day I was talking to a customer in New Zealand who also referred to it as the Xbox. While it’s fun to see the name circulate the globe, it’s even better to hear so many folks talking about and planning for the NonStop NS7X1.

Back in June I wrote about NTI’s journey from the K series to the Xbox. Here is a recap of some of those points:

·       Sometime in 1987 the concept of IO interception and data replication was hatched. An early ACI customer engaged NTI’s founder to come up with a solution to mirror data across long distances with zero impact on a Base24 transaction. This was the first time in the history of the Tandem that anyone had contemplated such technology. We were first and this was truly innovative stuff. We were the inventors.

·       By 1990 the first generation of DRNet was live in a Hot Backup / Instant Recovery mode on the Tandem K series. Data was always ready to go. Switching to the backup box could happen instantaneously.

·       By 1995 we were still running on the K series but DRNet was now Active/Active. Part of our growing customer base began simultaneously processing transactions on multiple nodes (relying on DRNet to synchronize the databases).

·       By 2000 we were supporting the Tandem S series.

·       By 2005 we were supporting the Tandem NS series.

·       By 2010 we were supporting the Tandem NB series, and DRNet/OPEN was introduced to our customer base. With OPEN you could now replicate Tandem-to-Tandem AND Tandem-to-OPEN databases.

·       In early June we announced the availability and FIRST SHIP of DRNet for the Xbox. Over the past 30 years our approach has been consistent and proven. DRnet releases are timed with new Tandem platform launches. We are always ready when our customers are ready to upgrade. Because DRNet supports replication across OS and platform versions our customers use DRNet to migrate to new platforms without production outages.

·       While none of our customers are still running the K series, we still have quite a few S series boxes out there (along with NS and NB platforms).

Our customer base follows the HP hardware growth model. Our customers tend to upgrade every 4 to 5 years, migrating to the latest and greatest NonStop. While I wondered if the Xbox would continue that trend, I am here to report that it looks like NTI may see a lot of these boxes over the next year or two. Up up and away, the upgrades are on the way. Accounts that previously might have upgraded to the NB50k series are now considering the Xbox. Accounts that are preparing budgets for 2016 are taking a serious look. This is great for NTI and even better for the Tandem community at large.

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TANDsoft's OPTA2000 Unphased by World's New Time Zones

Time zones change. On August 15th, North Korea established the new “Pyongyang Time” and moved the country’s clock back by 30 minutes. On April 26th, Chile abolished Daylight Saving Time (DST). On October 25th, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, unlike the rest of Mexico, will permanently set its clock to year-round DST, effectively creating a fourth Mexican time zone. Plans still are being debated for a second time zone in India, which currently has only one time zone for the entire country.

Time zones change for a variety of reasons – political, economic, social. What matters for companies that unexpectedly must operate in more than one time zone is that applications once requiring allegiance only to the system clock may suddenly be forced to accommodate time zones out of sync with the system clock. Take India, for instance. Should a second time zone be established, how does a company with a server located in the current Indian Standard Time (IST) manage to timestamp transactions for India’s new time zone without the need to change the system clock?

The answer, of course, is OPTA2000.

The OPTA2000 clock- and time-zone simulator allows existing backup, development, and production systems to support worldwide consolidated applications. It is one of TANDsoft Inc.’s most popular products and represents TANDsoft’s expertise in interception technology. OPTA2000 provides date/time simulation and time-zone simulation with no code changes for all HP NonStop Guardian and OSS applications and data bases. Date and time simulation http://bit.ly/1HWP9cd allows organizations to "time travel" their applications in the future or past to test all date and time sensitive logic, eliminating the need to manually change the system clock. Time-zone simulation http://bit.ly/1UTKQIa allows applications to operate in any virtual time zone on a single NonStop server.

As more NonStop customers consolidate their physical data centers into the smaller footprint of the powerful, blazing fast NonStop X, OPTA2000 will grow increasingly valuable by allowing applications to operate in local dates and times, independent of the current physical locations or time zones of the data centers. With OPTA2000, a single NonStop X can host thousands of applications.

The first shipment of OPTA2000 on NonStop X has now taken place. The customer, a longtime NonStop user now upgrading to NonStop X, will incorporate OPTA2000 into its production, development and testing, and disaster-recovery environments.

TANDsoft’s OPTA2000

● Time-sensitive applications operate with virtual time zones in consolidated data center

● Applications sitting on a server in one time zone can accurately timestamp local transactions generated outside that time zone

● Applications run in “user” time, not “system” time, without interrupting normal system operation

● No need to ever change the system clock. Multiple virtual system clocks on a single NonStop server

● All Nonstop Guardian and OSS programs, programming languages and data bases are supported

● Date and time testing with future time, past time and frozen time

● Accommodates Daylight Saving Time (DST) transition tables

● Requires no application source-code modifications

● Supports in-house, HP, and major third-party solutions, even those where source code is unavailable

● Available for NonStop X and all other NonStop servers

In addition to OPTA2000, TANDsoft solutions – all certified on NonStop X - include FileSync for automatic file synchronization, replication, and data deduplication; the OPTA suite of interception and trace utilities (OPTA-Trace Online Process Tracer and Analyzer, Recycle Bin, Low Pin Optimizer, and EMS Alerts Online Startup and Termination Capture Utility); Stack Monitor, which alerts developers to the impending threat of a stack overflow; Command Stream Replicator, which logs and automatically replicates TMF-audited/unaudited FUP, SQL/MP and SQL/MX DDL structure and other environment changes to target systems; AutoLib, which automatically loads a user library or a DLL for executing processes; the Enscribe-2-SQL and TMF-Audit Toolkits and the Enscribe-2-SQL Data Replicator, all of which offer flexible, affordable alternatives to more expensive conversion products or manual conversion techniques; E2S-Lite, which permits efficient, low-cost Enscribe modifications without the need to change a program’s source code; and SDI, a seamless sensitive data intercept API for Enscribe, SQL/MP, and SQL/MX.

For information about TANDsoft solutions, contact Jack Di Giacomo at +1 (514) 695-2234. Free trials are available. www.tandsoft.com.

NonStop has always been about choice - hybrids extend choice to new systems!

The future of NonStop looks a lot better these days. There’s no hiding from the fact that the introduction of the NonStop X family of systems, complementing the already well-established NonStop I family of systems, is generating renewed interest in NonStop across IT. The numbers aren’t overwhelming of course, but any time  a user community is taking delivery of new systems the way it appears to be doing right now then that is news enough for the vendor community.

Would we like to see even more NonStop systems being sold? Of course; it would be foolish to suggest otherwise, even as I am sure HP is just as appreciative of the renewed interest in NonStop, but there’s more. Not only is there a new NonStop family of systems with NonStop X but it’s clear that HP has listened to its customers and brought forward the introduction date of new, much needed low price entry level systems. Furthermore, at every regional user event where NonStop management has been present, there’s been considerable energy expended on the upcoming introduction of hybrid systems featuring NonStop as part of the hybrid.

All of which is to say, further investment in solutions on NonStop systems is more than likely and nowhere is this more evident than in finance and telecommunications marketplaces. A traditional strength for NonStop, recent changes as well as expansion in the number of participants has seen new NonStop systems being delivered to the likes of new MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators), as well as to tier 2 and 3 financial institutions, such as can be found in South America. As is the case with other vendors supporting NonStop of course we are anxious to see exactly what NonStop development provides as an API in support of InfiniBand (IB) that will hold the key to fully exploiting hybrids, but that’s not the only opportunity for DataExpress.

What excites us most here is that there is now more to choose from and the NonStop community has always welcomed choice. From the many middleware and tools vendors, with often overlapping product offerings, to complete solutions from different vendors, there’s always been an opportunity to buy what you wanted, whether the differentiator has been the list of features, the depth of support or even the global presence. With hybrid, many within the NonStop community will begin evaluating just how much of the business logic runs on NonStop, whether under the Guardian personality or under the OSS personality, or now, natively under Linux or even windows.

A recent development at DataExpress has been to make available, as a stand-alone product, a Guardian based interface to the OpenPGP compliant GNU Privacy Guard (abbreviated GnuPG or GPG) port for Tandem NonStop OSS. Whereas this capability has been hidden within other products available in the marketplace, DataExpress is simply providing a choice – something we at DataExpress view as a very important consideration to those who have a requirement to implement this level of security. To make it easier to use, there is a standalone TACL executable version (DXGNUPG) as well as a Pathway server controlled version (DXGNUAPI).

For the latest on PGP,
Read more …

Following the presentation by Pyalla Technology, LLC, Cofounder and CEO, Richard Buckle, at last month’s N2TUG regional user group meeting in Dallas, Buckle will again be presenting DataExpress at the upcoming MATUG event to be held at HP’s offices just outside Washington, D.C. Should you have the opportunity to participate make sure you catch up with him for further information about DataExpress and to hear more about DataExpress for NonStop as well as for Open Platforms – information he will be only too happy to share with you. After all, the best support for choice only comes when the products you run on NonStop can also run on Linux and Windows which are the most likely secondary elements of a hybrid strategy that HP now pursues. 

As for the future of NonStop the market for our secure, managed file transfer is likely to grow right along with it and in the coming months look for additional emphasis being placed on DataExpress for Open Platforms (DXNS), as it’s clear to us that NonStop is itself becoming as open a platform as any other we support and that’s even more good news for the NonStop community!  

Contact Info:

1401 Shoal Creek, Suite 250, Highland Village, TX 75077

Sales:                    972-899-3476
Corporate:          972-899-3460

Introducing the Power of Thunder to XML or JSON-Enable COBOL and C Programs

For years, developers and IT architects who needed to generate COBOL and C code to process XML have turned to Canam Software Labs Inc. and XML Thunder™.

By using a model-driven approach to code creation, XML Thunder makes it easier to respond to changes quickly and implement new schema versions with minimal effort, freeing up developers’ time to focus their expertise on the business logic in their programs while also reducing the go-to-market time on programs.

The process takes the complexities out of XML by automatically generating COBOL and C code in three simple steps using XML Thunder Readers and Writers.

1.     Select your program field source1 and XML layout source2.

2.     Map specific program fields to specific XML nodes.

3.     Generate COBOL or C code to create or parse XML.

 1 Program field source can be COBOL copybook, C header file, or derived from the XML layout.

 2 XML layout source can be XSD, WSDL, sample XML message, or derived from program data fields.

The final output is a customized, callable program that can be used in existing programs.

Realizing that many of the same inefficiencies also exist with JSON compliance, Canam Software Labs applied the XML Thunder approach to COBOL and JSON to create a comprehensive package of solutions that automate the process of code generation to reduce development time to a matter of days.

Canam Software Labs is pleased to expand the power of its original XML Thunder with the introduction of the complete family of Thunder solutions.

XML Thunder for COBOL and C code creation

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Thunder Suite, which packages both XML Thunder and JSON Thunder plus versioning control for a truly comprehensive code generation solution.

For more information about Thunder Suite, JSON Thunder or XML Thunder, visit www.canamsoftware.com or call (905) 712-3840.

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Musings on NonStop! - August, ‘15

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

On more than one occasion a patron of our local fitness center has participated wearing a tee shirt adorned with the message “Reading is a creative process.” This brings a wry smile to my face, as I have always believed that reading is the starting point to understanding and anyone who thinks that they can write without first engaging in reading misses the point. After all, it was the bard Shakespeare who wrote in Much ado about Nothing that, “To be a well-favored man is the gift of fortune; but to write and read comes by nature.” 

In other words, according to one of the most effective writers in the press of his time (so I have just recently read), Paris journal L’Univers editor, M. Veuillot, “The journalist who writes a sentence that does not convey its full meaning to the reader at first sight – a sentence which has to be read twice – does not know his business.” Yes, to Shakespeare’s character reading and writing didn’t come naturally and yet, when it comes to IT and to NonStop, with all that is happening of late in the run up to the big HP split, I am not all that sure the messages from HP convey the full story – what comes after the split, I suspect, will be far more important.

The most important message to be conveyed about the split is that HP will bring the operations of both new entities back down in size to where the likelihood of new partnerships, and indeed acquisitions, will be back on the agenda. This time, without the distractions of groups, not necessarily beneficiaries of such partnerships or acquisitions. Expressed as simply as I can, working with a new printer may make sound business sense to one of the new HP companies, but I have to believe it will not even cause a ripple of interest in the other. And vice versa – a middleware software offering by the new HP Enterprise (HPE) company will generate no reaction at all from HP Inc.

This release of the wheel by parties only partially interested in the course being sailed will have immediate impact on where we see HPE heading and the NonStop community will be as anxious to see what course NonStop pursues. Again, after a little more than four decades of NonStop products, it’s what happens during just the next two or three years that will hold the interest of the NonStop community – users and vendors alike – and what I see happening can only be described as transformational. Under the overarching mantra of software-defined-everything, HP is setting a course for NonStop to play an important role – that is, keeping everyone out of trouble.

Not the words you will hear from HPE, of course, but clearly, the way I see upcoming events playing out, one highly probable outcome for HP NonStop systems. And by this, if my words seem laced with ambiguity, while early rollout of software-defined-everything systems will likely be template driven in time, with access to changing behaviors (think big data analytics playing out in real time) and an appropriate feedback loop, templates will be replaced by self-learning / self-healing algorithms. This will be influenced too as there’s greater disaggregation of resources from processing to storage to networking, such that a manager process, and indeed a monitor process, will need to run somewhere that is always available – think of the overall bootstrap function that just keeps software-defined-everything ticking over.

The move to self-learning / self-healing was highlighted by IR executives at their most recent sales kick-off event. Following a progression from simply providing visibility into vent logs and performance data, to where valuable business insight is derived, Prognosis has now set its sights on being more predictive and even prescriptive as it heads to becoming an aid in the self-healing of all that it monitors. For more on what I wrote on this topic, check out the post to the IR blog, More for IR to monitor … As well as to the Real Time View blog, Without transactions our society wouldn’t work!

In case you missed it, last month I wrote of how a NonStop system as we know it today will not be relevant if we cannot work with NonStop just as we interface to any other device we rely upon, and that increasingly has become our phone. Sure, we will reach a point where accessing mission-critical business logic running on NonStop in support of any function, from fraud detection to supply chain management, will be transparent and look no different that accessing any app. But here’s where we are headed; all of this mission-critical business logic running in this nebulous world of software-defined-everything will still suffer from failures, outages and just plain old mishaps no less than at any other time in history and in so doing, will need something pretty clever to ensure its continuous operation. Enter NonStop, stage right!

As one of my favorite sitcom characters would always say, as she began to speak metaphorically to her fellow sitcom characters, “Picture this!” And so yes, “Picture this. Silicon Valley in the mid-1970s. A man leaves a safe job to pursue the development of a computer that doesn’t fail.” Fast forward to today and do we suffer outages any less lightly? Does a system outage today cause any less loss of trust, financial well-being, or customer angst? No, in fact outages of any kind and for any duration create the headlines CIOs, and indeed CEOs, grimace over – not in my shop! Not on my watch! Systems being developed for mainstream usage in just a couple of years that cater for these same C-level execs when it comes to having more control over who’s running on what and when will face the same types of issues as were faced by businesses everywhere back in the mid-1970s when Tandem Computers first came to market.

These are not sentences anyone in the NonStop community has to read twice. Nor is the act of reading discounted from being part of the creative process in which we all are engaged. The message of NonStop may be getting out into the marketplace following non-traditional channels but it’s getting out there and this isn’t being lost on HPE Management. When I look at what I see happening in the short time – that two to three year period following the HP split and the emergence of HPE – among all the confusion and possible misdirection is technology and solutions where NonStop can really add value.

These systems leveraging NonStop may not appear to be NonStop related, but to quote just one more time from that character on that well-known sitcom, “trust me; you’ll see. It’s going to happen!” NonStop will be with us in ways we may not recognize and yet, it’s going to be the NonStop we all know and have come to appreciate from decades of dependence.  And that’s the last message here that you don’t have to read twice.  

Richard Buckle
Founder and CEO

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

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Availability Digest Managing Editor Bill Highleyman Exclaims, "My Jeep Wasn't Hacked!"

My Jeep automobile can’t be hacked...so far. Unfortunately, others can. Recently, a pair of security researchers (aka legal hackers) demonstrated their abilities to remotely control a Jeep Grand Cherokee from a laptop located even thousands of miles away. For starters, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller can turn on a Jeep’s air conditioner remotely, can change radio stations, can activate the windshield wipers, and can put the car in neutral while it’s driving on the highway. Worse yet, they can disable the brakes and even control steering and acceleration – all performed thanks to a zero-day vulnerability in the Jeep’s entertainment system.

In a recent Availability Digest article, “Can an Airliner be Hacked” (http://bit.ly/1GdgA7q), we introduced a security researcher who was able to access a plane’s flight controls via the cabin’s in-flight entertainment system. It turns out that the cabin intranet network and the flight-control intranet network were linked by a firewall that the researcher was able to breach. Now this same malicious technology has been extended to automobiles.

Valasek and Miller focused their hacking skills on the Uconnect entertainment system used by Fiat Chrysler, the parent company of Jeep. Uconnect controls a vehicle’s entertainment and GPS navigation systems. It enables phone calls and even offers a Wi-Fi hot spot. All services are voice command-enabled. Uconnect receives information over Sprint’s 3G network, and it was this cellular network that Valasek and Miller were able to access, exploit a vulnerability, and use a cell phone to place their code into the entertainment system’s firmware.

Scary stuff. In response, Fiat Chrysler has issued a safety recall of 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. alone. The recall includes Fiat Chrysler cars – not just Jeeps – that are two to three years old. My Jeep is a 2010. Whew! How about yours?

- Bill Highleyman

The August Availability Digest will be published within a week. Take a moment to check out our other articles. In the meantime, enjoy “My Jeep Wasn’t Hacked” at http://bit.ly/1NrufJz.

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.

Digest Managing Editor Dr. Bill Highleyman will speak at the Mid Atlantic (MATUG) Chapter meeting on September 17th in Herndon, Virginia USA. Contact Susan Loeliger (sloeliger@gravic.com) for more information on the meeting agenda.

Published monthly, the Digest is free and lives at www.availabilitydigest.com. Please visit our Continuous Availability Forum on LinkedIn for our latest discussion thread: “Can humans be a single point of failure?” We’re at 708 members and counting. Follow us as well on Twitter @availabilitydig.

NuWave Technologies Welcomes New Team Member

NuWave Technologies is happy to announce and welcome their new marketing coordinator, Mandi Nulph, to the team. Mandi brings with her over a decade of experience in marketing and new media.

Mandi comes to NuWave from St. Petersburg, Florida. She attended the University of South Florida in Tampa where she earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication, and since then she has worked as an editor and marketing specialist in multiple industries and across a variety of mediums, including print, search engine optimization (SEO), social media, and much more. This experience has provided her with a wealth of knowledge in a wide array of marketing techniques and best practices that she looks forward to using in the advancement of NuWave in the NonStop space.

Now that Mandi is trained and has met the team, she’ll be jumping right into NuWave’s social media marketing, so be sure to follow NuWave on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook.

XYPRO - Protecting Healthcare Data: An Ounce of Prevention


 2014 was a landmark year for the Healthcare Industry when it came to data breaches. 2015 is continuing that trend. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the Healthcare Industry accounted for 42 percent of all major data breaches reported in 2014.


Thieves have begun turning their attention to the 3 trillion dollar a year Healthcare Industry, whose data is turning out to be worth more than credit card numbers. The Healthcare Industry has not only seen a sharp uptick in the amount of large, widely publicized data breaches, but also in the value of the data stolen.

The average price of a single stolen credit card has dropped from $35 to under $1 because of flooded supply, causing thieves to look elsewhere for other more profitable sources of revenue. The Healthcare Industry, with its aging infrastructure, slow adoption of security and hasty need to move to electronic medical records, has turned out to be a treasure trove for cyber criminals. Medical data breaches are now rivaling those of the largest retail breaches. We no longer live in an era where the only threat to our privacy is credit card theft. Today’s cyber-attacks make payment data leaks look like petty theft. Our transition to this new era has been sudden; our medical records, social security information and personal data are all at risk. Because medical records are worth ten times more than credit card, they have become a high value target. With so many players in the Healthcare Industry as well as government agencies being compromised, it is difficult to trust anybody with your information.

When I discuss these facts with others, they tend to ask me “How do you even monetize medical data?”. Two words. Medical Fraud. Once medical data is compromised, thieves can submit fraudulent claims to an insurer for payment, costing you, me, healthcare providers, insurers and everyone in between billions of dollars a year. According to the 2015 Experian Data Breach Industry Forecast report, the cost of healthcare breaches are nearing the $6 billion a year mark. That number doesn’t take into consideration fines, fees, unreported fraud, as well as the side effect on other industries.

It doesn’t stop at medical fraud. Having a patient’s medical history gives a criminal access to sensitive information about that patient, which leads to medical identity theft. Medical identity theft allows a fraudulent person to receive healthcare benefits they’re not entitled to, as well as access to prescription history. This enables thieves to purchase prescription drugs on a patient’s behalf, which are then resold online on black market websites, such as the former Silk Road.

The HP NonStop, with its unique fault tolerant features, high availability and mission critical capabilities, is often in a pivotal position in the healthcare industry and is therefore a prime consumer of medical data. With so much at stake and the ramifications of a healthcare breach so damaging, what can be done and why isn’t more being done about it?

We all understand the quicker you detect a breach, the sooner you minimize the amount of damage an attacker can cause, but the current mean time to detection of a breach is over 200 days. That means an attacker is in your network, on your systems for over 6 months on average, wreaking havoc and most organizations don’t even have a clue.

XYPRO’s XYGATE Data Protection (XDP) powered by HP Security Voltage has the ability to neutralize the damage caused by a breach by rendering useless that valuable medical and personal data stored on your mission critical systems. A proper implementation of XDP will encrypt or tokenize medical and personal data to ensure continuous interoperability with your applications, while rendering the data useless to a thief. This requires no modifications to your applications. XDP retains the data formats that your applications currently use.

The challenge of protecting sensitive data is no longer a concern only for those organizations who process card payments. The extremely valuable and sensitive nature of Personal Identifiable Information (PII), Personal Healthcare Information (PHI) and medical records have thrust the Healthcare Industry right into the cyber-security spotlight. Implementing the proper security infrastructure to make the ongoing protection of this data is no longer a nice to have, but a critical requirement.

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NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2015



Registration is open!


2015 NonStop Technical Boot Camp Attendee Registration:   $1295
Early Bird Registration:  $1095 until
August 1, 2015

Pre-Conference Seminar Registration:   $150

Guest/Spouse Pass for Evening Events and Receptions:  $200


Hotel info:

Fairmont San Jose  1-800-346-5550

Now available online! (see Travel link)
The room rate for Boot Camp attendees is $209 per night
(plus taxes).

The cutoff date for our special room rate is Friday, October 23, 2015. Please reserve your room before 10/23/15 to secure the special room rate.

2015 NonStop Technical Boot Camp
Confirmed HP Sessions


HP NonStop X technical overview

HP NonStop X InfiniBand technical overview

HP NonStop X YUMA (User Mode InfiniBand) overview

HP NonStop X application migration overview

OSS architecture overview

Open System Services (OSS) and NonStop OS update

NonStop performance update




NonStop Manageability Update

NonStop Console and OSM Update

NonStop Essentials Update




NonStop security hardening overview

What's new in financial transaction security at HP? (an update on the Atalla NSP)




NonStop Development Environment for Eclipse update

Introduction to Python on NonStop




NonStop quality overview


The Partner SIG looks forward to reuniting with Customers and HP this fall!


Kathy Wood

NonStop Partner SIG/Vendor Chair


Gravic Shadowbase Product Delivery Welcomes New Associate

The Gravic Shadowbase Product Delivery (SPG Delivery) department welcomes its newest associate to the team, Andrew (Drew) Bauernschmidt. Drew joins Gravic after completing a lengthy internship, where he worked across the entire product line. Drew’s primary responsibilities include participating in Level1 and Level2 support inquiries, performing product QA and administration of SPG Delivery SharePoint, feeding the Shadowbase Knowledgebase, and developing content for the Shadowbase website and customer portal. We are thrilled to have Drew on our team!


For more information on Shadowbase solutions, please visit: www.gravic.com/shadowbase. To speak with us about your data replication and data integration needs, please visit us at www.gravic.com/shadowbase, email us at SBProductManagement@gravic.com, or call us at +1.610.647.6250.


HP now directly sells and supports Shadowbase Solutions under the name HP Shadowbase. For more information, please contact your local HP account team.


Please Visit Gravic at these Upcoming 2015 Events


MATUG Meeting Herndon, VA, 17 September


The Payment Knowledge Forum London, 5-6 October


NENUG Meeting Andover, MA, 18-19 October


CTUG Conference Toronto, 21-22 October


Connect HP NonStop TBC San Jose, CA, 15-18 November


HP Discover 2015 EMEA London, 1-3 December


BITUG BIG SIG London, 4 December




Please Visit Gravic at these Sites


Gravic Website  http://www.shadowbasesoftware.com


HP Website:  http://www.hp.com/go/nonstopcontinuity


Twitter  https://twitter.com/GravicSB


LinkedIn  http://www.linkedin.com/company/gravic-inc./shadowbase-data-replication-305119/product


Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gravic-Shadowbase/116969767814



XYPRO looks forward

to seeing you throughout 2015



September 9, 2015 – E-Crime Congress

Abu Dhabi, UAE




September 17, 2015 – MATUG

Herndon, Virginia




September 29 - October 1, 2015 – North American PCI SSC Community Meeting

Vancouver, BC, Canada




October 5-6, 2015 – Payments Knowledge Forum 2015

One Great George Street, London




October 14-15, 2015 – Asia Pacific PCI SSC Community Meeting

Tokyo, Japan




Oct. 19, 2015 – NENUG

Boston, MA




October 21- 22, 2015 – CTUG

Mississauga, Ontario




November 3-5, 2015 – EMEA PCI SSC Community Meeting

Nice, France




November 15-18, 2015 – Connect NonStop Boot Camp

San Jose, CA




December 4, 2015 – BITUG BIG SIG

Trinity House, London







Registration Now Open for the MATUG Fall Users Meeting

Please register via EventBrite for the Mid-Atlantic Tandem User Group (MATUG) meeting scheduled for 8am-5pm on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at the HP Federal Systems Headquarters, Herndon, VA USA. (Click https://eventbrite.com/event/16902004350/ for more information.) Expect several informative HP and vendor presentations, as well as a special presentation by Dr. Bill Highleyman.


Calling all VENDORS, ISV’s, and SOFTWARE PROVIDERS: There are only three 25-minute vendor presentation slots still available, for a small sponsorship fee (TBD based on overall meeting expenses, including meals). These slots will be filled on a “first-come first-serve” basis, based on the time of your email response to Susan Loeliger, MATUG Secretary/Treasurer. (User presentations take preference and are free.)


The MATUG meeting is open to all HP NonStop customers, partners, users, consultants, or interested parties. Members are usually from the following states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia, although anyone can attend. MATUG provides members with the opportunity to participate in quality informational sessions, learn about new HP products and services, and interact with fellow HP NonStop users. Please forward this announcement to others in your organization who may be interested in attending.

Infrasoft announces immediate availability of bomBora, a deep port of Node.js to NonStop X


Sydney, Australia

August 12, 2015


Infrasoft Pty Limited, a Sydney-based software company, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of its latest addition to its product portfolio, bomBora. Following an extensive development project, Infrasoft has completed a deep port of Node.js to the HP NonStop operating system, NonStop OS L-series, running on the HP NonStop X system – the NonStop X is the most recent addition to the HP NonStop family of systems and is based on the Intel x86 architecture.

Infrasoft’s bomBora extends and enhances the Node.js platform by enabling JavaScript applications that run on any other platform supporting Node.js to now run on HP NonStop systems, but with the additional characteristics of fault tolerance and unparalleled scalability inherent to the HP NonStop system, without any changes required to those JavaScript applications. In addition, bomBora enhances Node.js by providing simple integration with HP NonStop subsystems relied on by mission-critical applications and will provide APIs to access existing enterprise applications using IBM's CICS and IMS software and HP's TS/MP software.

"Our intention in providing a deep port of Node.js to NonStop was to tap into the growing pool of expertise engaged in developing applications using Server Side JavaScript (SSJS)," said Infrasoft Managing Director Peter Shell. "We are anticipating considerable interest among solutions and middleware vendors as well as end users – any company today running NonStop and looking to port a modern application to NonStop no longer faces hurdles in the way of them exploiting the fault tolerant attributes that differentiate today’s NonStop X systems from any other system. Likewise, any company today running, or considering running Node.js applications, can now use HP NonStop systems so as to improve the reliability and scalability of their applications".

Node.js enables JavaScript to be executed on the server. It is built around Google’s V8 JavaScript engine, and promotes building applications using an event-driven, non-blocking I/O architecture. As a result, Node.js is rapidly becoming the runtime platform of choice for high-performance, scalable applications. As for programmer acceptance, this has been well documented even as JavaScript dominates the Internet. One example, in the

popular press that appeared in the April 29, 2015, article in InfoWorld, JavaScript and Node.js will change corporate technology like Java did, according to a Forrester report acknowledging that, "JavaScript in general and the server-side Node.js runtime environment in particular are setting the stage for ‘the biggest shift in enterprise development in more than a decade,’ contends a report by Forrester Research." Furthermore, reports InfoWorld, "JavaScript is addressing the scalability challenge, changing enterprise architectures and programming models, and Forrester advises becoming familiar with Node.js."

Infrasoft Pty Limited specialises in the creation of middleware software focused on communications, networking and development productivity. bomBora is the third product to leverage the internal framework developed by Infrasoft and joins the widely-deployed uLinga and maRunga products. By taking advantage of a well-proven framework not only was the time to port significantly reduced but bomBora was able to capitalize on numerous features all NonStop X users are familiar with and that are pre-requisite to support mission-critical applications.

For additional information on bomBora and to license copies of bomBora contact Peter Shell at:


Welcome to Lusis Payments


Watch our brief new video at http://www.lusispayments.com/WelcomeToLusis

Excerpts from the video:
“Our relationship with Lusis has been a tremendous asset to us…”  - Randy Meyer, Vice President & GM, Mission Critical Systems, Hewlett-Packard Company

“The quality of people we dealt with at Lusis were Excellent!” - Chris Nolte, Chief Technology Officer, Bankserv Africa


As a global payments provider, our solutions are leveraged by the payments industry for mission-critical online transaction processing. Organizations rely on Lusis Payment's proven technology and know-how to mitigate risk and deliver fast, superior products to their customers.  Our track record of proven solutions along with our strong customer focus provides a unique opportunity for organizations facing the challenge of changing, refreshing or updating their retail payment systems.


Then register for a concise webex presentation on Lusis TANGO at www.lusisblog.com/tango_webex.html.  TANGO is a recognized, mission-critical transaction processing software technology for acquiring, routing, switching, authenticating and authorizing payments across multiple channels including ATM, POS, eCommerce, Prepaid and Mobile.


And come see us at:


9/28 – 9/30/2015

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV, USA




10/21 – 10/22/2015

HP Canada

Mississauga, Ontario



NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2015

11/15 - 11/18/2015

Fairmont San Jose Hotel

San Jose, CA, USA



Or just give us a call at (415) 829 – 4577 to learn how TANGO can save your organization costly transaction fees while providing a PROVEN (HP Benchmark tested) agile solution.





Phone:     415-829-4577

Email:      Brian.Miller@lusispayments.com

Website:  www. lusispayments.com



OmniPayments' "The Fraud Blocker - Catching the Wrongdoers"

Meet Steve Anderson.  Like most of us, he uses credit cards.  As he went to pay for gasoline (petrol) one day, he realized that his credit card was missing.  To his dismay, Steve learned from his credit card company that the card had been stolen and had been used for fraudulent transactions. Fortunately, Steve was not responsible for the unauthorized purchases.  Unfortunately for the impacted merchants and or Steve’s credit-card company, the theft was a hit to their bottom lines. No wonder everyone is interested in fraud detection and in the OmniPayments Preauthorization Engine.

“The Fraud Blocker – Catching the Wrongdoers” is the lead story in the July/August issue of The Connection. http://bit.ly/1HUjGHE  The article introduces Steve’s plight and the massive costs that fraudulence incurs on banks and retailers. The article identifies, details, compares, and evaluates fraud blockers and fraud monitors as two primary methods for fraud detection.  Fraud blockers are proactive.  Via a complex set of rules, they preauthorize transactions by identifying potentially deceptive transactions in real time and rejecting them without having to send the transactions to issuing banks for authorization.  Fraud monitors are reactive. They also assess transactions via a rules set, but they have no “reject” capability.  Instead, fraud monitors report suspicious activities as the card issuers are making authorization decisions.  Often, a report may arrive only after the fraudulent transaction has been approved.  In the aftermath, all that a card issuer can accomplish is to apply more stringent checks against a questionable card or for the card to be blocked for future transactions. 


The OmniPayments Preauthorization Engine is a fraud blocker. It can be used by financial institutions either in conjunction with the OmniPayments Financial Transaction Switch or as a seamless interface to other providers’ switches via a custom support module (CSM).  Modern and easy to manage, it preauthorizes millions of transactions far more effectively than its complex, compute-intensive competitors. 

Each issuing bank’s preauthorization parameters initially can be set up via bulk file transfer, maintained via an OmniPayments-provided browser interface and accumulated in an Operational Data Store (ODS) for use by the OmniPayments Preauthorization Engine. Rules change and require continual maintenance.  OmniPayments offloads from the banks this time-consuming responsibility via its Transaction Screening Module.  The OmniPayments Financial Transaction Switch or that of another provider will route all transactions to the Preauthorization Engine for review.  Only then will validated transactions be submitted to issuing banks. 

OmniPayments is a comprehensive architecture by which financial institutions acquire, authenticate, route, switch and authorize transactions across multiple input channels. It supplies a full set of functionalities to support payment transactions and is guaranteed to save a company at least 50% of its current transaction processing costs. Based on a modern Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), OmniPayments consists of several service components, all built for the HP NonStop platform.  One of those components is the OmniPayments Preauthorization Engine. 

OmniPayments and the new OmniCloudX on NonStop X supply complete security functions for every financial transaction handled, including encryption-at-rest and encryption-in-flight. Available around the clock, OmniPayments and OmniCloudX will survive any single fault, require no downtime for maintenance or upgrades, and support a range of disaster-recovery solutions.  Both expand easily to provide additional functionality when needed.  Additionally, OmniPayments and OmniCloudX can manage multiple devices, can host application interfaces, and can interoperate with third-party products or other systems if required. Like OmniPayments, OmniCloudX supports EMV smart-card technology. 

The OmniPayments pricing model is based not on transaction volume but instead on a one-time software license.  This results in huge savings.  OmniCloudX hosts numerous instances of OmniPayments on an attractive, pay-for-use basis.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

OmniPayments, Inc. (www.omnipayments.com) is the product arm of Opsol Integrators Inc., a leading HP NonStop system integrator. For further information, contact Yash Kapadia at +1 408-446-9274 or at yash@omnipayments.com

57 additional Quality Checks and 44 new statistic figures with ITP-PANORAMA

When scanning COBOL Code, ITP-PANORAMA checks all programs as the NonStop compiler does. While the compiler can only state that a program is calling other programs and using files, tables, records, data-fields a.s.o., ITP-PANORAMA is performing cross-reference checks over all scanned applications and programs. This finds all open links, missing and dead code. Entries on the error list are related to the relevant location in the HyperCube Repository and the program listing. Clicking on TAB “Scores” users find twenty-one graphics that show e.g. unclosed files and cursors, unused programs, sections, paragraphs, records, lines of code a.s.o.. Users can see statistics for all or selected parts of the meta-data in the repository.

ITP is now adding 57 additional quality checks and 44 statistics. They vary from severe errors that have to be corrected immediately to can be cleaned up later. It is easy to adjust the quality checks.  The statistics will answer all questions about the scanned applications.

The best way to re-document your COBOL applications and to improve the quality is the Software Check with a 30 day trial. It only takes two days to install ITP-PANORAMA, scan your sources and train the first group of users. If you see your applications in the HyperCube repository of ITP-PANORAMA and perform analyses, searches and selections in less than a second, it will be the first time you really know your software.

You will only believe how transparent and easy to understand you software can be after you have seen a demonstration of ITP-PANORAMA in a free Webinar.

Please contact me for a more detailed information. Juergen.Overhoff@itp-panorama.com

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