IBM MQ for HPE NonStop V8.0.1 is now available!
IBM MQ for HPE NonStop 8.0.1 is the first Continuous Delivery (CD)
update for MQ NonStop. (WebSphere MQ NonStop 5.3.1 is the current Long
Term Support option). The Continuous Delivery releases incrementally
build on the MQ 8.0.0 features, providing early, supported access to the
latest MQ capabilities. You can obtain Version 8.0.1 from
– search for part numbers
NonStop X and
CNP2FML for NonStop i.
What is in MQ NonStop 8.0.1?
Broadly speaking, MQ Nonstop 8.0.1 focuses on porting the remaining
V5.3.1 features to V8 and on improving the migration between the
different versions. The following new features are available (see the
Knowledge Center documentation
for more details):
Enhanced migration utility:
The import/export migration utility is improved to support migration
between IBM MQ for HPE NonStop V8 queue managers (for example, for
moving a queue manager from a J Series platform to NonStopX). This tool
enables you to move queue data from an IBM MQ for HPE NonStop V8 queue
manager back to an IBM MQ for HPE NonStop V5.3.1 queue manager. You can
use it when you require a fallback from Version 8 to Version 5.3.
Partitioned queue files:
IBM MQ for HPE NonStop V8 now supports partitioned queue files. To set
partitioning rules, use the enhanced
tool. (There is no support for using other platform-specific tools, such
Online queue file migration:
It is possible to move queue files to a different disk, and to
partition, repartition, or resize queue files while the queue manager is
running and while a queue is in active use. This includes system queues.
You can also migrate queue files while the queue manager is down
(offline migration). It is typical to start migration using the
tool, but you can instead use
Installer for upgrading an existing IBM MQ for HPE NonStop V8
IBM MQ for HPE NonStop V8.0.1 introduces a new installer that can
install a fresh instance of the product, or upgrade an existing
installation. If you upgrade an existing installation, all queue manager
configuration and data is preserved.
Can I get a copy of IBM MQ for HPE NonStop V8.0.1 for evaluation
Yes, you can. Sign up for the IBM MQ for HPE NonStop Early Access
(“Beta”) Program by contacting your local IBM representative or the
Beta program manager.
You can then download the Beta version of the product which contains
More on this can be found on the Blog by John Kinchen and Steve
Have a Crisis? All Your NonStop Guys Retired?
No Worries with BrightStrand’s Flexible Resource
is a sad fact of life in the NonStop world. Your NonStop Systems
work forever, but your developers and support teams don’t. They
retire, they migrate to other assignments, and their expertise is
difficult to replace in your business-critical environment. That is
why you count on BrightStrand International and its flexible
resource program. Brought to you by the largest pool of HPE NonStop
resources in the U.K. and quite possibly in the world.
Here is how our flexible resource program works.
Not every company requires a year’s worth of support services. So
why pay for a year’s worth? With BrightStrand, you have the
option of contracting for a predetermined number of service days
over a defined period. That way, all contractual necessities are in
place. When an emergency or another unforeseen issue arises, we can
act quickly to place the most appropriate resources at work on your
behalf. You avoid having to negotiate prices and terms while your
systems – and your business – suffer.
Your costs are less than those of an annual contract, and you can
add more days if necessary.
Beyond the obvious advantage of having access to our highly
experienced NonStop team, BrightStrand’s flexible resource
program allow us the opportunity to understand your system
configurations and applications. Therefore, well in advance of your
use of our services, we can anticipate the skills you may need and
which of our BrightStrand colleagues are best suited to
Just how far-reaching are BrightStrand’s skillsets? When it
comes to NonStop, we have centuries of combined experience spanning
every NonStop platform and operating system. Our multiplatform
support extends as well to IBM, UNIX, and Windows. Count on us to be
prepared for any challenge your systems encounter because we have
experienced every possible challenge.
Such deep expertise is a valuable commodity. What it offers BrightStrand
customers is peace of mind.
BrightStrand International is your go-to source for highly
skilled IT professionals. In addition to our flexible resource
program, BrightStrand offers a complete product lifecycle
from initial planning through implementation to fully managed
services. We work onsite and remotely, and everything we undertake
is tailored to the specific requirements of each customer. The
result? Lower costs, reduced risk, higher availability and
We encourage you to contact us for additional information.
Tel: +44(0)141 204 4046
ETI-NET customers take first steps to embrace the new NonStop
For development and testing, virtualized NonStop
is beginning to make its presence felt!
It would be hard for ETI-NET to ignore what has occupied the attention
of many within the IT industry of late – the revelation and subsequent
fall-out that came with the issues surrounding Meltdown and Spectre. It
began with news on January 3, 2018, that “side-channel security
vulnerabilities involving speculative execution were publicly disclosed
by processor manufacturers (Intel, AMD, etc.). The security
vulnerabilities, commonly known as Meltdown and Spectre, allow private
data to be read. The servers running BackBox are affected by these
security vulnerabilities no matter the operating system deployed
Here at ETI-NET we produced a support note and if you have as yet not
seen this note, then call or email us for more information about the
actions you should consider taking to ensure you aren’t exposed any
further. This revelation set a somber tone for the year and even as it
surprised many of us, when it comes to the underlying metal and
microcode, it is a reminder than we need to be on guard, 24 x 7! On the
other hand, we see so much that is positive about the coming year that
we anticipate enjoying yet another great year for ETI-NET. What has led
us to this conclusion? Simple; all the work done by NonStop development
is beginning to see the light of day even as the first tentative steps
are being taken by our NonStop customers to embrace new ways to run
As a side note, it is always interesting for us here at ETI-NET to note
that with each new product introduction and with each new disruptive
technology delivered, the needs of business vary little – you still need
to back data up and you still need to have plans to recover information
should disasters strike. We have seen more than our fair share of
natural disasters this year be they storms, fire, earthquakes (and
tsunamis) and mudslides. Combine this with erroneous broadcasts of
alarms that panic everyone and you have a perfect list of reasons why
you need to take steps to ensure your business is properly protected.
ETI-NET has made the investments in backup technology that many NonStop
users depend upon today and we will continue to invest even as HPE rolls
out more NonStop systems.
When we look around our community of NonStop users running BackBox
today, we are beginning to detect two distinct trends. In one respect,
what we see is more or less what we had expected so we are happy to see
that we are in a very strong position to help our NonStop customers.
When it comes to virtualized NonStop (vNS) and the support of NonStop
workloads running on virtual machines, we believed that adoption by our
customers would be a very slow and yes, very methodical, process.
However, with the planned support for VMware and the creation of the
Converged Virtualized NonStop systems, HPE is making the right moves to
meet the needs of those who will be the early adopters for this new way
to run NonStop. And with vBackBox, we are in place to move with our
NonStop users. News is coming to us that there are NonStop users with
BackBox who are planning to introduce vNS for development and testing
and will also be using vBackBox and that is pleasing to hear – it isn’t
a lot of NonStop users, mind you, but it represents a very good start
where such a break from the past is involved.
On the other hand, there is also no discounting the fact that there are
NonStop users who are moving to NonStop X and this is certainly
gathering more momentum by the quarter. Like everyone else, we see
advantages in moving to the L-Series operating system as it opens the
door to many more options than NonStop users ever had in the past. The
really big news here is that NonStop has embraced hybrid IT and
recognized that the NonStop user community needs options and with what
has been introduced, the choices available to today’s NonStop users are
ensuring that CIOs everywhere can rely on NonStop to support whatever
configurations they settle on for their data centers, whether they
continue with traditional approaches or opt for more modern approaches
that include SaaS and clouds!
If you would like to know more about ETI-NET, BackBox or vBackBox then
don’t hesitate in reaching out to us as we would love to talk to you
about your needs and how best ETI-NET can help you. Don’t forget either
that we will be participating in many events worldwide so if you need to
talk to us, there will be plenty of opportunities to do so – again, feel
free to contact us at any time.
Did You Miss Our Last REST Web Service Webinar?
Did you miss our webinar about how RESTful Web services can help open up
your NonStop to a variety of applications, including modern ones like
the Amazon Echo?
Not to worry! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to
get on the list to receive a copy of our latest webinar, "REST
Services in Action: Using RESTful APIs with HPE NonStop Applications".
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Gravic Publishes Business Continuity Article on
Protecting Your Vital Applications
Gravic recently published the article,
Protecting Your Vital Applications
(January/February issue) by Mark Pollans, HPE Sr. Worldwide Product
Manager. This article is based on the excellent and informative
presentation that Mr. Pollans gave at the 2017 Connect Technical Boot
Camp on how to design and build advanced business continuity (BC)
architectures, a rather important topic to Gravic.
It is not
a question of IF a disaster will occur; it is a matter of WHEN.
A thoroughly planned and tested BC strategy helps assure companies that
their applications can survive a disaster. BC is about minimizing or
completely mitigating the impact of a catastrophe on business
applications. A business impact analysis and overall BC strategies
should be reviewed at least every two years to confirm that applications
meet mission-critical or business-critical requirements. What was not
mission-critical yesterday could be mission-critical today. This article
also discusses the Critical Application Continuum, recovery time/point
objectives (RTO/RPO), costs and durations of outages, and three
fundamental data replication architectures: active/passive (classic
disaster recovery), active/almost active (sizzling-hot-takeover), and
active/active (continuous availability). HPE Shadowbase solutions are
instrumental in assisting customers in deploying and leveraging these
advanced BC architectures.
Publishes New Use Case Website Section
Gravic published a new
section on its Publication website pages featuring
the most popular enterprise HPE Shadowbase use cases in the following
zero downtime migrations
zero data loss
asymmetric capacity expansion
HPE Shadowbase use cases
solve data replication and integration problems for various
financial, industrial, healthcare, and telecommunication enterprises,
for a variety of
HPE NonStop, Linux, Unix, and Windows
Enscribe, NonStop SQL, Oracle, SQL
Server, Sybase, MySQL, DB2, and other databases
We hope that you enjoy
visiting this new section and refer to it often. Please call us at
+1.610.647.6250, or email us at
more detailed use case commentary.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
directly sells and supports Shadowbase solutions under the name HPE
Shadowbase. For more information, please contact your local HPE
Shadowbase representative or
visit our website.
Please Visit Gravic at
these Upcoming 2018 Events
SunTUG Sunshine Summit—Tampa,
HPE APAC MCS Boot Camp—Macau,
China, 11-13 March
Germany, 14-16 May
MA, 21 May
Heights, NJ, 23 May
Connect HPE Technical Boot Camp—San
Francisco, 11-14 November
Save the Date for NENUG and NYTUG!
Mark you calendars for these two great HPE NonStop education events!
NENUG: May 21, 2018 at HPE in Andover, MA
NYTUG: May 23, 2018 at HPE in Berkeley Heights, NJ
Don't miss your opportunity to learn about the latest in NonStop from
HPE and industry innovators. Agenda coming soon!
BITUG Big Sig 2018
BITUG will be holding The “BIG SIG” on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018, in
London and would like to welcome all NonStop (tm) users to come along to
The event is being held at the prestigious Trinity House –
Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DH (http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/th/about/index.html).
For further information please Contact
Availability Digest Says California Fires Destroy HP Archives
An archive of historical documents created by Hewlett-Packard founders
William Hewlett and David Packard has been destroyed by a devastating
wildfire in Sonoma County, California. Unfortunately, none of the
documents had been backed up. No paper backup, no photographic images,
nothing digitized. Included in the loss were over 100 boxes of
correspondence, speeches, and other material. Valued at USD $2 million,
they represented the heart of HP historic activities.
The Sonoma Valley fires were among a series of 250 Northern California
blazes in early October 2017. Twenty-one of the fires became major
blazes, among them the Tubbs Fire, which grew to become the most
destructive wildfire in California history. It was the Tubbs Fire that
destroyed the archives. The content dated from 1937 to 1995. They
revealed HP’s strategy and its evolution from the beginning of the
electronics industry. HP had not made the existence of this cache of
documents widely known, and it restricted access. As such, many of the
documents lost in the fire had never been made available to researchers.
Consequently, the fire consumed a significant piece of the test industry
in which HP made its start along with a bit of American history.
In addition to “California Fires Destroy HP Archives,” read the
following recent articles in the Availability Digest.
Fire Extinguishers Can Cause Data Center Outages – Numerous cases of
data-center outages due to fire-suppression systems have taken place
over the years. WestHost, for instance. ING Bank is another. Typically,
it’s the noise of the suppression system that takes down servers; and
the incidents take place during normal testing of the systems. This
article provides examples of companies impacted by such unexpected
downtime. It also suggests preventive measures to mitigate
fire-suppression issues. The recommendations include: • Select less
sensitive hard disk drives or new technologies such as solid-state
drives. • Point the sirens and the gas discharge nozzles away from disk
enclosures. • Muzzle the sirens during fire-extinguisher tests.
The End of Custom Software – In the 1970s and 1980s, the Digest’s
Managing Editor Dr. Bill Highleyman was chairman of The Sombers Group,
which specialized in writing custom software for customers. Back then,
pre-packaged software solutions were rare. Everything had to be
custom-built, aka made-to-order, bespoke. Today, packaged software
dominates the market. In “The End of Custom Software,” Bill discusses
several of his company’s custom projects and questions whether the
interest in building software from scratch exists today only as a
$280 Million in Cryptocurrency Lost Due to Bug – Almost USD $300 million
in Ether tokens recently was destroyed by accident. A series of bugs in
a popular digital wallet service led one developer to take control of
the funds accidentally and then lock them up. Ethereum, using the Ether
token, is now the second largest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin. The lost
Ether tokens were kept in digital wallets created by a developer calling
himself ‘Parity.’ As Parity was fixing a bug in his wallet, the
modification inadvertently left a second flaw that allowed one user,
‘devops199’, to become the sole owner of every single wallet created by
Parity. When he realized what he had done, devops199 attempted to undo
the damage by deleting the code that had transferred the funds. His
action permanently locked all the funds in the wallets. $280 million
were now frozen, unable to be moved. Experts predicted that this loss
was roughly 20 percent of the entire Ethereum network.
@availabilitydig – The Twitter Feed of Outages - Our article highlights
some of our numerous tweets that were favorited and retweeted in recent
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