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Bits & Pieces

The Power of Thunder is Now Available to JSON-Enable C Programs



Musings on NonStop! - January, ‘16

XYPRO Celebrates Record Growth in 2015

comForte blog post - Change continues for NonStop as it aligns with HPE goals


Connect with NuWave on YouTube!

The OmniPayments Preauthorization Engine

Gravic at the InNUG Business Critical Dialog Meeting

Upcoming Events: SunTUG


XYPRO - Security and Compliance a Key Focus at HPE India Business Critical Dialogue 2016

Availability Digest Asks, “If Hackers Can Take Down the Ukrainian Power Grid, Can They Do the Same to Other Countries?”

GTUG - Join the European HP User Community event in 2016!

Large Canadian Bank Uses OPTA2000 in Time-Sensitive Test Environment For BASE24 to TANGO Migration

XYPRO looks forward to seeing you throughout 2016

comForte's Limited Edition 'HP NonStop for Dummies' Book!


CSP-Wiki and Protect-X – A winning Combination!

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Current Subscribers 15102

Bits & Pieces

 I woke up on New Year’s Day to FACE MY ZERO

2015 was a busy year. There were lots of new DRNet projects, upgrades, and migrations. NTI had a great year. The Sales team was busy until a few days after Christmas, wrapping up year-end contracts. I was tired. Christmas was a welcome break. New Year’s Eve was fun. And then New Year’s Day came around. New Year’s Day is always a bit terrifying for me. This is the day I dread. I open up my laptop and look at the 2016 spreadsheet. It’s a new year and I have a big fat ZERO in the business column. Last year was last year, but this year has 365 days to go. Each year I start with a ZERO and it scares me for about a nanosecond until I realized I have an awesome product, backed up by incredibly smart Engineers, and a loyal customer base that’s expanding. It’s time to go to work.

Xbox news

I call the NonStop X86 platform the Xbox. Not to be confused with the gaming console, this is a serious hardware platform. Last June I announced that DRNet was now “Xbox Ready”. Two of our Customers have now purchased the Xbox. One of them is already in production. The Xbox was pretty fast out of the gate for our Customers. The migration was seamless. The performance is awesome! With HP’s push towards this new technology I am predicting that at least 6 more of our Customers will upgrade to the Xbox during 2016. If you were thinking about upgrading to blades, or moving to a more powerful blades configuration, you will undoubtedly be considering jumping to the Xbox. If you wonder if it’s ready for prime time, give me a shout and I will put you in touch with some of our customers who have already made the move.

OPEN Trend

Maybe it was because we were so busy in Q4 that I failed to see the trend. During the last few months of 2015 five of our Customers contacted us to start proof of concept projects with DRNet/OPEN. There seems to be a substantial push in the Tandem community to move NonStop transactional data to OPEN databases for reporting and analysis. DRNet/OPEN replicates NonStop data to Oracle, SQL/SVR, DB2, MySQL, and a number of other open databases. Like DRNet, it replicates sub-second without interfering with your Tandem application. What’s cool about the technology is you can use DRNet/OPEN regardless of the other replication tools you may be running. It “works and plays well with others”.

New Year and a New Diet

And least I forget, either airline seats are getting smaller or I am not. Something’s has to give so I guess I should start my New Year’s Diet. This year’s goal is to continue to fit into that middle coach seat for another 200,000 miles.

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The Power of Thunder is Now Available to JSON-Enable C Programs

Canam Software Labs, Inc. is pleased to introduce JSON Thunder for C, rounding out the Thunder offering as the most comprehensive and efficient solution for generating all of the source code needed to XML and JSON-enable any COBOL or C program.

Thunder has long been the solution of choice for developers and IT architects to process XML in COBOL and C.  In 2011, the toolset was enhanced to support the JSON message format in COBOL and now that capability has been extended to C as well.     

By using a model-driven approach to code creation, 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 for programs.

The process takes the complexities out of JSON by automatically generating COBOL and C source code to read and write JSON messages in three simple steps:

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

2.     Map specific program fields to specific JSON nodes.

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

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

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

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

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

JSON Thunder for COBOL and C code creation

XML Thunder for COBOL and C code creation

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

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

To start a free 30-day trial of Thunder Lite and experience the power of a model-drive approach to code creation that JSON and XML-enables COBOL and C programs, visit www.jsonthunder.com or http://www.xmlthunder.com



The BITUG Committee would like to wish you all a happy new year!

Please mark your diaries for the BIG SIG on Thursday 12th MAY 2016, we will be holding this again at Trinity House   Preceding the BIG SIG there will be an Education Day on Wednesday 11th May at the new HPE offices in London.  Further detail coming soon, so watch this space and/or go to www.bitug.com and join the BITUG mailing list by simply entering and submitting your Email address on the home page (event update mails are typically around 6 per year).

We also plan to have a Little SIG later in the year, this will likely be during the second week of December 2016 (Dates TBC).

Planning has started for the European NonStop user event in Central London, again no firm dates but tentative dates are 26/27 April or 9/10 May 2017.

Any enquires about these events please Email kpoultney@brightstrand.com  



As a reminder that the city of Dallas is never far removed from its roots deep within the Wild West, we have weathered some really wild weather of late. For some of the city’s residents it’s been a tragic situation but one that reminds all of us here at DataExpress of the importance of contingency plans – what are our options? Who should we turn to? Not to trivialize the downside of any natural disaster or make light of the efforts put in by emergency services, for us working with NonStop the potential outage scenarios are never far from our thoughts. Information is always crucial to good decision making and we continue to see the valuable role globally-shared information is playing. As the events of the past couple of weeks have highlighted, here in Dallas, and indeed worldwide, whether they be natural or man-made disasters, there is a need to have access to our files no matter what.

When it comes to HPE and NonStop, there’s been a lot of information being provided at events and conferences worldwide. Whether you have been following the tweets coming from the shows almost in real time or simply have tuned into a YouTube video referenced on LinkedIn, there is a lot of information about vision, strategy, focus areas and themes as well as goals. In the commentary we provided in the December, 2015, issue of Tandemworld we asked (and little did we know our choice of words would foretell what we have just experienced here), will we, as is typical in Texas, be flooded with customer requests to support NonStop X inclusive hybrid computers or will it be more a case of watching the occasional splatter of rain drops with just a few dedicated users beginning to adapt solutions in support of hybrids?

Point is, no matter how well prepared we may be for what’s coming from HPE, NonStop together with something else is going to become more mainstream in the foreseeable future. If this leads to greater deployment of NonStop then, just as every other vendor that is part of the NonStop vendor community acknowledges, it will be beneficial for everyone. There is no secret here when it comes to wanting to see broader acceptance of NonStop among users and from all that we have heard, the decision taken by HPE to port NonStop to x86, upgrade to InfiniBand for the interconnect fabric and now include NonStop in plans for hybrid computers, bodes well for users, vendors, HPE and IT in general. Again, not to make too fine a point of it, but after all these years, the NonStop architecture has yet to be replicated by anyone else even as the expectations among users is that systems should be available, 24 X 7, no matter what!

When it comes to our two products, DataExpress NonStop (DXNS) and DataExpress Open Platform (DXOP) we have made considerable progress over the holidays. DXNS is now available for NonStop X systems as we have completed the testing of the port to x86 that we pursued back in 2015. The raw speed of the x86 processors was something we experienced firsthand. With minimal updates in native code servers, DataExpress is ready to handle the increase in speed and performance. Clearly, we are looking forward to our users bringing NonStop X systems in-house to see these gains for themselves and hopefully, it will not be too long before this happens.

We have also wrapped up development of a new release of DXOP – Version 6. With this latest version, we have provided a new face to the product that includes a new GUI that greatly enhances ease of use. With the awareness we have of just how often our customers simply “configure, deploy and forget” we wanted to make sure this became as simple and error-free a process as we could make it. With the emphasis on hybrid computers HPE is giving, and the presentations highlighting NonStop utilizing InfiniBand as a high-speed interconnect to Windows and Linux, we want to be able to showcase DataExpress running on either side of the hybrid and hopefully, we will be able to devote some attention to testing with the new Yuma API that NonStop development has been touting for the past couple of quarters.

Information is always crucial to good decision making and this includes the regulatory agencies dependent upon the timely receipt of files from enterprises obligated to provide up to the minute information. In the January / February, 2016, issue of The Connection where the theme will be Storage, we provided observations on how moving files has become a topic less related to the storage itself – where the files are located, or planned to be located – and more about timeliness, security, monitoring and notification. We can only imagine, when tomorrows systems are not just hybrids but cloud-centric and fully virtualized, the impact that this may have on other applications but as a software delivery agent, we fully expect to remain a vital component for any enterprise with requirements to supply files to external agencies. If you subscribe to The Connection, look for the article by Richard Buckle, Storage evolution – what we let spin in the dark seems so 20th century!

There will be more news coming from DataExpress as the year unfolds and perhaps the most important news will center on upcoming use case scenarios built around deployment of our latest versions of DataExpress – NonStop as well as Open Platform. And yes, look for us at upcoming user events even as we trust you did enjoy a happy New Year.


DataExpress, Inc.
1401 Shoal Creek, Suite 250, Highland Village, TX 75077
972-899-3476 (sales)
972-899-3460 (corporate)



Musings on NonStop!

January, ‘16

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

“The path that HP is headed down, from the roadmap presentations I sat through … (has) me pretty excited. What really stands out is that (they) are going to produce a common bladed architecture, where a standard chassis will accommodate a standard blade that can be configured to support a variety of Operating Systems – NonStop, Linux, HP-UX, etc. This changes the whole economics as far as I can tell, and puts the new platform on a completely different price curve …”

Remember reading this? With the New Year I thought it only appropriate to look at my very first Musings, back in January, 2008, more than a year before I changed gears and became a full time analyst, commentator and blogger. All those years ago I was still working for GoldenGate and as much as I would like to say that so much has changed over the years, realistically, from a NonStop community perspective, much is still as it was in 2008.

Not from the NonStop system perspective, mind you, but from the NonStop vendor perspective. If I were to poll all the vendors actively engaged with the NonStop community I suspect the core group remains unchanged. We still have the likes of comForte, XYPRO, CSP etc. providing security solutions although, I have to acknowledge, many of their security features can be purchased right out of the NonStop price book. Yes, there still Gravic (Shadowbase), GoldenGate and DRNet active, but here again, NonStop users can purchase Shadowbase right out of the NonStop price book too.

Newcomers have appeared, mind you. We now have activity on the Big Data Analytics front from the likes of WebAction with the Striim (pronounced “stream”) product, InfraSoft on the Cloud front with the maRunga product, based on IP HPE developed for trade show demonstrations a couple of years ago, and more than likely getting a new rein on life following Yuma. And of course, other NonStop vendors are reshaping themselves and one that will be worth watching will be ETI-NET following its purchase of Insider Technologies Ltd.

All of which is to acknowledge that the ebb and flow in partnerships among vendors remains a healthy sign that being a part of the NonStop ecosystem remains valuable for them and warrants additional investments as HPE rolls out new capabilities for NonStop. Returning to the opening remarks, how many of us would have recognized the transformation we were witnessing back in 2008 as simply the opening shots of a program that would continue to transform NonStop to where today, it is being presented as a software platform that according to Martin Fink, EVP and CTO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, NonStop is now “the best software platform on the planet.”

There have been three reoccurring topics or themes being raised in online forums related to NonStop as software and they have to do with pricing, just how independent (of hardware) and yes, of course, timeline. When it comes to pricing and hardware independence one thing we can immediately rule out is the option to simply buy the NonStop software and run on a cluster you configure by yourself. No, all indications are that for the immediate future, purchase of NonStop systems will include the “systems” as there is a lot of accountability that comes with assuring users they have a NonStop system. Having said this, NonStop will now be riding the Intel x86 curve and price performance will continue to get better.

NonStop X systems will continue to be available through 2020 (even through 2025, I expect) with System i availability governed solely by the supply chain – run out of Itanium inventory, and it’s over. But even here, I anticipate you will continue to be able to purchase System i processors through to 2020 and if HPE runs out, there will continue to be a healthy third party business with plenty of System i processors on hand. Of course, always check with your HPE NonStop sales team for more accurate delivery projections for NonStop systems from either family, as dates will definitely vary by region and even city.

Now, we have all heard of many things in the pipeline from HPE following Boot Camp and 2015 HP Discover, London. So when it comes to a timeline, the dates above are just the tip of the iceberg as weighing heavily on everything we can talk about is the work being done in HPE Labs in support of The Machine. Whereas this was a five year project, when announced in June, 2014, it’s now only three years away with elements of The Machine appearing sooner notably, the new Linux on Steroids (LoS) the industry expects HPE to roll-out in stages probably as soon as mid 2017.

What’s so special about this LoS, as I call it, is its ability to support containers without a virtual machine – virtualization without the overhead of redundant virtual machines implementing enough OS in the containers themselves. What we are now seeing presented as the ContainerOS and yes, it is a significant development for HPE as it is for NonStop. Already running in the NonStop labs is a Linux virtualization variant supporting NonStop and to the untrained eye, you probably wouldn’t know that NonStop is no longer tethered to the hardware. The challenge for the NonStop development team isn’t so much the viability of their code but rather, coming up with a documented reference model so we NonStop practitioners less familiar with virtual machines simply don’t shoot ourselves in the foot. Timeline? I am fully expecting to be able to run NonStop as software in a virtual world by late 2017 / early 2018.

There’s still a third leg to this strategy that the NonStop community caught a glimpse of – NonStop SQL as a Service together with NonStop as a Service. IDC considers NonStop the only out-of-the-box participant in what IDC calls Availability Level 4 (AL4) and I am expecting that by 2020, you will be able to provision cloud resources and have the option to choose AL4 in support of your application that in turn drags in a NonStop as a Service option. Cool, eh? There is still considerable merit in considering NS SQL as a Service simply because to the best of my knowledge, there is no other SQL implementation capable of supporting the mixed workload the way NS SQL does – want to run statistics without taking down the database? Well, you can with NS SQL and while it may not always enjoy functional parity with other SQL implementations it may be all we need with the rise of NoSQL, in-memory databases, and the like.

Looking back at my opening remarks of the first Musings column, it’s easy to see just how far we have come. It’s also easy to see what the adoption of blades, standard chassis, etc. provided. How confident am I in all of this transpiring over the next eight years? Well, all I can add at this time is, and quoting the lyrics of a popular song, as I am apt to do, “The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades.”

Richard Buckle
Founder and CEO

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

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XYPRO Celebrates Record Growth in 2015

At XYPRO we just celebrated Kick-off.  At this annual gathering of our entire XYPRO staff from around the world at HQ in Simi Valley, California, we review the events of 2015 and set the goals for 2016.  It’s also a time of internal education, process review & improvement, information gathering, employee feedback and overall company bonding.

At XYPRO we believe this exchange is a useful tool for everyone to understand “how we got there as a team”.  No one operates independently. Our success is a collective success, a result of collaboration and understanding one’s role in the overall process and taking responsibility for that role.

In my January Blog last year, I described how 2014 was a year of big changes.  A management buy-out and a restructuring of senior leadership positions.  Well 2015 ended up being even more exciting.  Full of changes, some challenges and many triumphs.

2015 meant a 23% growth in revenue over 2014, which had also been a record-breaking year.

In addition to financial and staffing growth, we also celebrated HPE choosing the XYGATE Data Protection (XDP), (powered by HPE Data Security’s SecureData) to be resold by the HPE NonStop salesforce.  This joint solution from HPE protects your sensitive data end-to-end throughout the enterprise. 

Earlier in the year, XYPRO successfully met HPE’s timeframes to have our suite of security and access control solutions tested and ready to be used on the exciting and new HPE NonStop X Hardware.  If that wasn’t enough, we also took delivery of our very own HPE Integrity NonStop X NS3 X1 – the first in North America!

2015 was also a year XYPRO invested heavily in R&D.  In fact, the commitment to new security solutions that meet modern, enterprise-wide and NonStop specific risk management needs was unprecedented in our company history.  XDP came from this commitment, as did the newest product to be born to the XYGATE Family:  XYGATE SecurityOneTM (XS1), which was revealed at the NonStop Technical Bootcamp in San Jose this past November, receiving an incredible reception from the HPE Integrity NonStop User community.

XS1 and its patent-pending technology provides real-time Security Intelligence and Analytics for the HPE Integrity NonStop Server.  XS1 is designed to actively detect NonStop-specific indicators of compromise and alert on suspicious activity by gathering data from disparate sources that also include user behavior and use specialized security intelligence algorithms to correlate, contextualize and analyze events to paint a detailed security incident picture for the NonStop server in real time, significantly & meaningfully reducing Mean Time to Detection (MTTD).

Strong growth forecasts and product plans indicate the growth experienced in 2015 will continue for the HPE Integrity Nonstop server and XYPRO.  As we ride the momentum into 2016, we will continue working with and helping our customers with industry-leading solutions for their mission critical security needs.  We will continue to provide new and innovative ways for our customers to secure their systems and manage risk on the NonStop server in today’s security landscape.  Customer success is at the forefront of what we do.  Here’s to a great 2016 together!

Lisa Partridge, CEO

XYPRO Technology

XYPRO Technology Corporation

LinkedIn Group


comForte blog post - Change continues for NonStop as it aligns with HPE goals


Many years ago as I wrote a column for The Connection, I talked of changes taking place in the NonStop Enterprise Division (NED).

Looking back and rereading what I wrote back then, it brings back into focus just how much change continues to take place within NonStop. We have seen Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) complete the port of NonStop i (supporting Itanium) to NonStop X (supporting the Intel x86 architecture).

Both the i and X NonStop families remain highly viable options for all members in the NonStop community and there will be many enterprises with spare chassis space that opt to simply add more NonStop i processes, but the move to NonStop X is proving undeniable.


The changes run much deeper, and recent presentations by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) executives reinforce just how many changes are being anticipated and indeed, how quickly these changes are finding their way into the marketplace. Some very big decisions have been made of late – HPE isn’t going to be a player in the public cloud space preferring to partner with the majors, including Microsoft, and yet, other decisions are only beginning to see the light of day.


Read the whole story.


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The OmniPayments Preauthorization Engine

 Our Customers Call It The Fraud Blocker!

 Preauthorization checks have grown popular in light of today’s alarming increase in fraudulent activities. The OmniPayments Preauthorization Engine is used by financial institutions in conjunction with the OmniPayments Financial Transaction Switch or as a seamless interface to other providers’ switches via a custom support module (CSM). Our customers call our Engine the fraud blocker. Via a complex set of rules, it preauthorizes transactions by identifying potentially deceptive transactions in real time and rejecting them without having to send the transactions to issuing banks for authorization. Modern and easy to manage, the OmniPayments fraud blocker preauthorizes millions of transactions far more effectively than its complex, compute-intensive competitors.  Sold separately or as part of the OmniPayments solution.

OmniPayments is a switching solution for the financial and retail industries. It is deployed on NonStop for the highest availability and offers all the requisite functionality to manage credit/debit-card transactions. It manages multiple devices, hosts application interfaces, and interoperates with third-party products or other systems if required. OmniPayments easily expands to provide additional functionality when needed and supplies complete security functions for every financial transaction handled, including encryption-at-rest and encryption-in-flight. Available around the clock, OmniPayments will survive any single fault, requires no downtime for maintenance or upgrades, and supports a range of disaster recovery solutions.

The OmniPayments pricing model for its standalone system is based on a one-time software license instead of on transaction volume.  OmniPayments guarantees that customers will save at least 50% off their current transaction processing costs.

OmniPayments also distributes OmniCloudX on NonStop X. OmniCloudX hosts numerous OmniPayments instances at a pay-for-use price so attractive that mid-size retailers and financial organizations now can enjoy the benefits of having their own high-capacity transaction switches. Starts at only $5000 USD per month. OmniCloudX is continuously available with automatic failover to other NonStop X systems. Like the OmniPayments standalone transaction switch, OmniCloudX provides complete security functions and is PCI-DSS compliant.

OmniPayments systems in production today process 700 million transactions per month, generated by point-of-sales terminals and over 14,000 ATMs. A single OmniPayments system supports up to 10,000 transactions per second. Multiple OmniPayments systems can cooperate to provide any capacity required by an application. From our seven worldwide locations, we serve as a 24×7 managed services provider for remote production monitoring.  Our team of 100-plus NonStop specialists are skilled at rapid project turnarounds, meeting deadlines, and enhancing OmniPayments to address a customer’s specific requirements.

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. 

Gravic at the InNUG Business Critical Dialog Meeting


Gravic presented at the recent India NonStop Users Group (InNUG) Business Critical Dialog Meeting in Jaipur, India. The show was well-attended by over 175 HPE NonStop and HPE UX customers, and included presentations from top HPE executives from India as well as the United States and the APEJ regions. Attendees fully enjoyed both high-level and deep-dive sessions, a marquee lineup of entertainment, and extensive networking opportunities with colleagues.


Our presentation highlighted Shadowbase usage in various business continuity, data integration, and application integration solutions, and included a product update section describing all of the exciting new and enhanced features either recently released or that will soon be released. If you are interested in discussing this presentation’s content or would like us to present this or other HPE Shadowbase topics to your staff, please contact us.


To speak with us about your data replication and data integration needs, please visit us at www.ShadowbaseSoftware.com, email us at SBProductManagement@gravic.com, or call us at +1.610.647.6250.

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

Please Visit Gravic at these Upcoming Events

SunTUG Sunshine Summit  Tampa, 4 March 2016


MENUG Events  Riyadh, Doha, Dubai, 11-14 April 2016


GTUG IT Symposium  Berlin, 18-20 April 2016


VNUG Conference Stockholm, 12-14 September 2016


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


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Upcoming Events: SunTUG

The NuWave team is excited to kick off 2016 with a full schedule of events we will be attending throughout the world this spring! First up is the SunTUG Sunshine Summit on March 4th in Tampa, FL.

This year, Gabrielle Guerrera will be presenting "Modernization through Integration". In this presentation, you can find out how to modernize your HP NonStop applications by integrating them with other platforms, applications, and Web services. You'll hear about the most common middleware (integration) solutions available for NonStop, including NuWave's latest product, LightWave Server™, which allows your NonStop to send data to other platforms, using JSON and REST technology. You'll even learn about some of the use cases for middleware.

Interested in connecting with NuWave at SunTUG? Email Gabrielle Guerrera (gguerrera@nuwavetech.com) to schedule a time to meet. Our calendar is filling up quickly, so please hurry!


For the NonStop community we serve, Prognosis continues to provide value and we have enjoyed continued progress these past six months.  As 2015 wound down, it began to have a positive effect on NonStop customers and prospects. Whereas there may have been some concerns about the sustainability of NonStop within HPE, the decision to invest $250 Million in porting NonStop to the Intel x86 architecture – the only system running on Itanium to attract such an investment, even as HPE stepped away from porting either HP-UX or OpenVMS – sends a very positive message to the community.  In fact, confidence in HPE about the future of NonStop seems to be gaining strength – a topic addressed by Richard Buckle, Pyalla Technology, LLC., Cofounder, in his January 13, 2016, post to the IR Blog, A return of trust – HPE transforms; NonStop is part of the strategy.

It was hard to miss HPE CEO Meg Whitman’s emphasis on speed, as she talked of how, “In the new style of business, speed really is what it’s all about.” Perhaps the NonStop community may not always associate speed and agility with HPE as the markets NonStop serves are traditionally among the most conservative markets of all. However, with NonStop now part of the mainstream products within the HPE portfolio of mission-critical systems, NonStop systems are enjoying the same heightened profile as Enterprise Windows and Linux. This is definitely good news for customers and prospects of NonStop and it sends a very positive message to vendors like us.

HPE is doing a good job today of assuring the NonStop community that the twin product families of NonStop i (Itanium) and NonStop X (X86) will continue to be manufactured, with customers of NonStop X in particular being able to order complete systems well beyond 2020. This helps justify the investments we continue to make in NonStop systems.      

It was hard to miss, too, that the rhetoric behind hybrid computers is certainly ratcheting up – the Yuma project is now entering trials and hopefully, HPE will open up a lab in support of Yuma shortly for even more partners to test – NonStop together with Linux certainly appeals to IR as Prognosis today has a strong foundation on both systems. But not to be overlooked is that today, the emergence of hybrid computing with its need for application monitoring to be across the complete hybrid no matter what constitutes the hybrid, elevates Prognosis to being a solution as much as it is middleware or a utility / tool.  In the coming months, there will be a lot more coming from IR on this topic, but for now, as we see the transition to NonStop being a software offering so too we see Prognosis as a solution.

Last month I closed with the observation of how in 2016 I see new opportunities opening up for Prognosis. It’s a very complex world and technology is taking us in directions we didn’t think would happen but the real strength of Prognosis is that it already has a strong footing in support of the technologies being promoted by HPE.


Are you interested in learning more? Please join our upcoming webinar, “NonStop X: The New Goal - Independence from Systems & Infrastructure.

Andre Cuenin


XYPRO - Security and Compliance a Key Focus at HPE India Business Critical Dialogue 2016


 As we begin 2016, the need for security awareness and strong protection for HPE NonStop systems has never been greater, so there’s no better way to kick-off the new year than in Jaipur, India with a fantastic Business Critical Dialog 2016 conference.  Sometimes referred to as India NonStop Users Group (InNUG), BCD 2016 is actually a combined event for all Indian customers of HPE’s Mission Critical Servers (MCS) and had two conference tracks, HPE UX (HPUX) and HPE NonStop.  Over 150 customers attended BCD 2016 in person and many more participated virtually via live streaming.

HPE’s MCS leaders from both corporate and the APJ region were very involved in the event.  Randy Meyer (VP & GM of HPE MCS) and Sandeep Kapoor (Sr. Director & GM of HPE MCS APJ) provided the keynote and executive updates which highlighted the vision and innovation happening within the HPE NonStop business and the ongoing strength and relevance of the HPE NonStop server platform in today’s world.


 Randy Meyer (VP & GM of HPE MCS)        Sandeep Kapoor – Sr. Director & GM of HPE MCS APJ

In addition to briefings from the HPE executive team, the NonStop track included an update on industry trends from IDC and deep dive sessions into key topics for NonStop customers:  technology, security, regulatory compliance, system management, and business continuity.  Security and compliance were obviously the focus areas for XYPRO but, before going further into those areas, lets first acknowledge the excellent presentations by Prathima Sidda of Idelji and by Paul Holenstein of Gravic, on Managing NonStop Systems and Business Continuity with Shadowbase, respectively.  Both of their sessions were very well done and emphasize the strength of HPE’s NonStop partner ecosystem.


Not surprisingly, security and compliance, were trending topics at the event—these are critical issues in India just as they are globally.  Sriharsha Narasimhan (CTO, HPE India) presented on regulatory compliance on NonStop systems in India with particular reference to PCI DSS and India’s unique requirements from the Reserve Bank of India’s Gopalakrishna Committee Report on IT Security.  Importantly, Sriharsha emphasized the difference between risk management and compliance and provided customers a phased-implementation framework for NonStop security.

Sriharsha Narasimhan (CTO, HPE India)


XYPRO had two sessions on the schedule which covered NonStop security fundamentals and NonStop data security.  In the first session, Barry Forbes (VP, Sales and Marketing) presented on HPE NonStop Security and Compliance; he provided an overview of NonStop security and how HPE and XYPRO have partnered together to provide solutions that protect NonStop systems from internal and external security threats.  These include XYGATE products that are included in the latest HPE NonStop Security bundle, as well as other XYGATE products available from HPE.  Using PCI DSS as context, Barry discussed latest product enhancements, as well as typical deployment examples showing how these products can be implemented.

Barry Forbes (VP Sales & MArketing, XYPRO)

Data can be an organization’s most valuable treasure and it’s a major target for cyber-criminals; in my session, I discussed how HPE and XYPRO have partnered to deliver HPE’s enterprise data security solution specifically optimized for the NonStop platform.  HPE’s SecureData solution for Format-Preserving Encryption and Secure Stateless Tokenization is an industry-leader in protecting enterprise data and XYPRO has used its deep knowledge of the NonStop platform to develop XYGATE Data Protection (XDP) which enables the implementation of HPE SecureData with no changes to NonStop applications.  XDP also provides packaged capabilities which simplify the deployment of HPE SecureData to ensure scalability and performance, as well as tight integration with the NonStop security framework.  Together, XYPRO XDP and HPE SecureData are an integrated solution for protecting sensitive data, reducing the scope of regulatory compliance, and neutralizing the impact of a data breach.


Ken Scudder (Senior Director Business Development & Strategic Alliances, XYPRO)

All-in-all, BCD 2016 was not only a great event for Indian NonStop users, but it highlighted the global nature of the NonStop community and common needs of NonStop customers—especially for rock-solid security of these mission-critical systems.

Ken Scudder

Senior Director Business Development & Strategic Alliances

XYPRO Technology Corporation

XYPRO Technology Corporation

Availability Digest Asks, “If Hackers Can Take Down the Ukrainian Power Grid, Can They Do the Same to Other Countries?”

Cyber security experts have warned us for a long time that our critical infrastructures, including power grids, are susceptible to malicious hackers. A decade ago, the danger to infrastructures was not an issue; as there was no way for attackers to gain access to our industrial control systems. Back then, communication between control systems and the devices they managed took place via dedicated communication channels, e.g., landlines and microwave towers.

Today, control systems and devices are attached via the Internet, which provides much cheaper, much faster, and unfortunately much more open interconnectivity. This creates an ideal pathway for hackers to infiltrate systems and do damage.

Can a critical-infrastructure hack really take place? In its article “Can Hackers Take Down Our Power Grid,” the Availability Digest discussed a recent event that has proven the danger to be resoundingly real. In November/December 2015, thousands of Ukrainian homes lost power after the country’s electric grid was hacked. In the case of Ukraine as well as most other countries, power utilities still run on old designs, created long before cyber security was an issue. Now that control systems are more vulnerable, adding sufficient safety measures is of prime importance.

In addition to “Can Hackers Take Down Our Power Grid,” read the following articles in the Availability Digest’s January 2016 issue:

Protect Your Data Center from Flooding – If you are a datacenter manager, nothing can ruin your day faster than your data center falling victim to a flood. You may think that your data centers are safe in their current locations. However, rising sea levels due to climate change will overtake many data centers in the next several decades. In this article, we look at some real-life datacenter floods; and we suggest some actions that you may want to consider to protect your data center if it does become a flooding victim.

RBS – A Poster Child for Outages – The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and its associated banks, NatWest and Ulster Bank, have suffered a half-dozen major outages in the last three-and-a-half years alone. Although RBS’ failure rate makes it stand out among other banking institutions, the RBS issues are not only its issues. Faced with aging legacy systems, lost or nonexistent documentation, and staff inexperienced with decades-old architecture, banks worldwide are struggling to manage modern IT services in maintenance-defying data centers.

The Cost of Data Breaches – Ponemon Institute recently released its tenth annual study on the cost of data breaches. Sponsored by IBM, the study examined breaches that occurred in 2014. 350 companies from eleven countries were included. The results in summary? The average cost of a data breach increased by 23% from 2013 to 2014, and the average cost per breached record increased by 12% in the same time period.

@availabilitydig – The Twitter Feed of Outages - Our article highlights some of the numerous @availabilitydig 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. We also offer technical and marketing writing services as well as consulting services.

Published monthly, the Digest is free and lives at www.availabilitydigest.com. Please visit our Continuous Availability Forum on LinkedIn. We’re at 735 members and counting. Follow us as well on Twitter @availabilitydig.

GTUG - Join the European HP User Community event in 2016!


The “European NonStop HotSpot - Conference & Exhibition” is hosted by GTUG and Connect Germany for the sixth time. Encouraged by the great success of past conferences, we are going to organize a great event again.


This is your chance to meet your fellow NonStop users and to discuss your requirements with HP Executives onsite. In addition, you have the opportunity to get first-hand information and to learn about the latest strategic and technical developments on NonStop from users, HP and partners - now even more up-to-date!


…. enjoy the comfortable conference facilities at the Berlin Radisson Blu Hotel, with its spectacular Aquarium lobby. This year's venue is located in the former eastern part of Berlin, between the Berlin Cathedral and the “Fernsehturm”, beside the River Spree.


…. discover Berlin, this exciting city with its unusual history. Get an impression of the present-day Berlin: fashionable,

creative, international and busy - but there are still these typical neighbourhoods, called “Kiez”, where life seems slowing down.


For more information and to register for the event please click here.


 Large Canadian Bank Uses OPTA2000 in Time-Sensitive Test Environment For BASE24 to TANGO Migration

One of Canada’s largest banks recently migrated from ACI Worldwide’s BASE24 payments transaction switch to Lusis Payments’ TANGO solution. During the migration process, time-critical testing procedures were required. The bank turned to TANDsoft’s OPTA2000 clock- and time-zone simulator.

A longtime TANDsoft customer, the bank originally used OPTA2000 to consolidate five test groups, each with its own NonStop S-Series server, into two test groups sharing two NonStop Integrity servers (now Blades). The test groups are responsible for ensuring the functionality of new applications or application upgrades before they are placed into production. Many of the applications being tested, e.g., custom applications and third-party products, are time-sensitive and must be tested under different date/time scenarios. The User Acceptance Testing (UAT) groups employ OPTA2000’s clock simulation to facilitate acceptance testing of multiple applications running simultaneously on the same server but requiring different date/time environments.

With the migration from BASE24 to TANGO, the bank must ensure all applications are operating properly in the new payments environment before deploying them into production. TANDsoft’s OPTA2000 is the only NonStop solution available for such time-critical simulation.

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.

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.




XYPRO looks forward

to seeing you throughout 2016

PCI London January 28, 2016 London, UK

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SunTUG March 4, 2016 - March 5, 2016 Tampa, Florida, USA

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PCI SSC Middle East Forum April 6, 2016 - April 7, 2016 Dubai, U.A.E

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European NonStop HotSpot April 18, 2016 - April 19, 2016 Berlin, Germany

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comForte's Limited Edition 'HP NonStop for Dummies' Book!


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 CSP-Wiki and Protect-X – A winning Combination!


Many of you have seen our announcement regarding the world’s largest searchable NonStop security hardening rule database – CSP-Wiki. If you haven’t already signed up, you can do so at http://wiki.cspsecurity.com. There’s absolutely no obligation and the service is completely FREE. While you’re on our website you should check out our latest, web-based security solution – Protect-X. Currently in Beta release, Protect-X will offer the user secure, browser-based access to Safeguard and OSS security settings. All access is controlled and audited and any changes are subject to subsequent approval by the appropriate senior administrator.

Protect-X users will soon be able to apply CSP-Wiki hardening rules for OSS, configure Safeguard users and take other security actions based on their pre-defined authority level, all from any device with an internet connection. Protect-X is the future of NonStop security hardening and management. Read all about Protect-X and CSP-Wiki at http://www.cspsecurity.com/solution/safeguard-and-oss-security-hardening/

CSP-Wiki and Protect-X – definitely a winning combination




comForte at events near you in 2016


PCI London (AKJ)


London, UK

SUNTUG 2016 & Golf

4-5 Mar 2016

Tampa, FL, USA


15 Mar 2016

Phoenix, AZ USA


11 Apr 2016

Riyadh, RSA


12 Apr 2016

Doha, Qatar


14 Apr 2016

Dubai, UAE

International GTUG

18-20 Apr 2016

Berlin, Germany


12-14 Sept 2016

Stockholm, Sweden


20-22 Sept 2016

Las Vegas, USA


18-20 Oct 2016

Edinburgh, Scotland


21 Oct 2016


NonStop TBC

Nov 2016 (tbc)

Silicon Valley, USA


16-17 Nov 2016





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