NonStop ™ eNewsletter for February 2018



New IBM MQ version on HP NonStop ™

Have a Crisis? All Your NonStop Guys Retired? No Worries with BrightStrand’s Flexible Resource Program

ETI-NET customers take first steps to embrace the new NonStop

Did You Miss Our Last REST Web Service Webinar?


Gravic Publishes Business Continuity Article on

Protecting Your Vital Applications 

Save the Date for NENUG and NYTUG

BITUG Big Sig 2018

Availability Digest Says California Fires Destroy HP Archives


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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 Passport Advantage – search for part numbers CNP2GML for 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 runnscnf tool. (There is no support for using other platform-specific tools, such as FUP.)

·        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 runnscnf tool, but you can instead use altmqfls.

·        Installer for upgrading an existing IBM MQ for HPE NonStop V8 installation: 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 purposes?

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 V8.0.1 functionality.

More on this can be found on the Blog by John Kinchen and Steve Neupauer Click Here

Have a Crisis? All Your NonStop Guys Retired? No Worries with BrightStrand’s Flexible Resource Program


 It 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 assist you. 

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 increased efficiencies.

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 NonStop workloads.

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. 

 Said Hini (514) 663-0501


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Gravic Publishes Business Continuity Article on

Protecting Your Vital Applications


Gravic recently published the article, Protecting Your Vital Applications written for The Connection (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.


Gravic Publishes New Use Case Website Section


 Gravic published a new Use Case section on its Publication website pages featuring the most popular enterprise HPE Shadowbase use cases in the following categories:

·        business continuity

·        data integration

·        application integration

·        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 environments:

·        HPE NonStop, Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms

·        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 for 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, 2 March

HPE APAC MCS Boot Camp—Macau, China, 11-13 March

GTUG IT-Symposium—Leipzig Germany, 14-16 May

NENUG Meeting—Andover, MA, 21 May

NYTUG Meeting—Berkeley Heights, NJ, 23 May

VNUG Conference—Stockholm, 11-12 September

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 REGISTER HERE

NYTUG: May 23, 2018 at HPE in Berkeley Heights, NJ REGISTER HERE


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 this event.

The event is being held at  the prestigious Trinity House – Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DH (

For further information please Contact BITUG

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 historical footnote.

$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 days.

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. Popular seminars are devoted to achieving fast failover, the impact of redundancy on availability, basic availability concepts, and eliminating planned downtime.

In addition, the Digest provides a variety of technical writing, consulting, marketing, and seminar services. Individuals too busy to write articles themselves often hire us to ghostwrite. We also create white papers, case studies, technical manuals and specifications, RFPs, presentation slides, web content, press releases, advertisements, and so on.

Published monthly, the Digest is free and lives at Please visit our Continuous Availability Forum on LinkedIn. Follow us as well on Twitter @availabilitydig.



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