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Tea, Earl Gray, Hot

Canam Software Labs, Inc. Brings the Power of Thunder to e-BITUG 2017


How long do I have to prepare for GDPR?


eBITUG - London May 2017 Register Now

NonStop Migration with Ispirer

Availability Digest - Outage in 2014 Caused by NonStop Firmware Bug

Value Proposition of TSI’s Storage Director® on NonStop


Now Ensure Files and Databases Match Across Systems

XYPRO - NonStop Technical Bootcamp 2016 – Five Great Takeaways

Here We Grow Again

Our Services

New NuWave NonStop Innovations

comForte - Modernizing Payment Applications on HPE NonStop – Hype or Hope?

Gravic Publishes Two-Part Article Series on Improving Availability via Staggered Systems


"Talk with Your NonStop" Webinar Now Available for Download


comForte - Webinar: Avoid headline news! Enterprise wide data protection done right!


Musings on NonStop! - January, 2017

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Tea, Earl Gray, Hot

In the emerging age of the Internet of Everything I am starting to run into more and more gadgets. Some of it silly. Some of it useful. Most of it struggling to carve out a niche in this world.

I recently bought an Amazon Echo Dot. It’s a cool device that takes in your voice commands and tries to answer your question. At my house we use it for music, to answer random questions, to tell us the occasional joke, and to control the lighting.

The other day I asked it a question that all Next Generation Trekkies can relate to. “Echo: Tea, Earl Gray, Hot.”.

What came back was “Unable to comply. Replicators are offline.”

And here is where I get to make that jump from a gadget to DRNet. While Amazon might not be a replicator, DRNet most definitely is.

We replicate Active/Active from any tandem to any tandem. And because we cover the Xbox, those of you out there who have been waiting for 2 years for GoldenGate Xbox support, and have figured out they are not a replicator for your Xbox…. DRNet easily replaces your old GoldenGate platforms. In 15 minutes on the phone I can show you how to transition from the past to your future.

So the next logical question I asked was “Echo. Beam me up Scotty”. And my Echo responded with “Transporters engaged. Welcome Aboard”.

As a quick check to see if any of you out there are reading my posts, we will send an Amazon Echo Dot to the first 5 readers who send us a message that says

“Beam me Up”.

Send us your contest entry email to:

Kate Nee

Subject: Beam Me Up

 And finally, a Jim McFadden TandemWorld article always has a shameless product plug, so here it comes:


DRNet is the coolest replication product on the planet. If you are not already a user you should call me so I can fix that.


DRNet® is world class NonStop Data Replication technology.

·       Real-time Active/Active Data Replication

·       Real-time Tandem to OPEN Data Replication

·       Real-time File Synchronization

·       Refreshingly Real-Time Support from Real Engineers


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Canam Software Labs, Inc. Brings the Power of Thunder to e-BITUG 2017

Visit Canam Software Labs, Inc. at e-BITUG 2017 from May 9th to 10th to experience the power of Thunder for generating program source code for reading and writing JSON and XML messages.

Thunder is the solution of choice for developers and IT architects to process XML and JSON messages in COBOL, C and Java.  Using a model-driven development approach, Thunder speeds up the time-to-market for new programs and makes it easier to respond to changes quickly.  The Thunder toolset automates the creation of low-level XML/JSON conversion code thus freeing up developers to focus their expertise on the business logic in their programs.

Thunder is now available in three unique solutions.

JSON Thunder for COBOL and C code creation.

XML Thunder for COBOL, C and Java code creation.

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

Schedule a one-on-one demo of Thunder at e-BITUG today!   Email or call (289) 719-0800.



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How long do I have to prepare for GDPR?


Up goes the cry! How long have we got to be ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Less than 18 months? Surely not! Much as we’d sometimes like regulation to go away and leave us alone, the reality is that it’s bearing down on us now and will come into legal effect in May 2018. Of course the regulation is really simply catching up with the reality of the world we live in today and harmonizing rules across the breadth of the European countries. The regulation is very consumer-centric and very much for their protection, so if you really want to minimize the leaking of business data that you hold about your customers, it’s worth considering how you are going to address the 3 areas of People, Process, & Technology. Let’s start with data breaches.  You have to assume at some point that fraudsters may well get their hands on your valuable data, and when they do, you want to be sure it’s of little value to them.  You also need to think about how the breach will be declared, by whom and to which organization.


It’s not just those organizations in the EU that need to take account of this, but also those businesses that are seeking to do business with any clients within the EU. This means the tentacles of this legislation are spreading far and wide.  If you’re a business in Kazakhstan for example with customers in the EU area, then you’re also affected.  As the market for cards and transaction acquiring becomes ever more global, then borders are less and less distinct, unless of course you decide that your business is totally delineated by those borders, and you’re going to keep all your business outside the EU.


I believe that organizations will accept that this is happening and start to put all the steps in place to ensure they are compliant. Even if they are not ready on Day 1. There remain some areas of the Regulation whose meaning is still open to interpretation.

Clients who are in the process of re-evaluating their long-term strategies for their card payments infrastructure are ideally placed right now. Whereas much chosen legacy infrastructure made sense when it was originally installed years ago, there are today many more agile choices for card processors, both for Issuers, Acquirers & Switches.

Users of OmniPayments have no such GDPR technology worries. Each installation of OmniPayments comes ready with card data masking & encryption built-in so that you never have to worry about meeting the appropriate PCI data regulations, and can focus on the business value of providing better electronic payments services to your customers, those that pay your invoices. 

Many of today’s needs in a Payments switch, such as rapid time to market with Payments as a Service, Mobile Support, EMV, Fraud Management & Transaction Visualization, Business Contingency, PA-DSS Certification, ISO20022 & Open Banking support, underpinned by inbuilt QA, are all available from a single product solution provider: OmniPayments. 


Whether or not you’re looking at an on-premises or cloud-based solution, both the OmniPayments and OmniCloudX infrastructure provide the same levels of security required for a modern payments solution, and help you meet all necessary compliance goals.


OmniPayments is a modern robust 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.


OmniPayments can be installed either as a complete, off-the-shelf solution or can be enhanced with customer- requested modifications and features to improve cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and risk mitigation. 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.


Further information is available from OmniPayments at or



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NonStop Migration with Ispirer

We are really pleased to announce that you can automatically migrate to HPE NonStop environment from Oracle, MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, SAP Sybase, Informix, PostgreSQL and other platforms.

With Ispirer Migration and Modernization Toolkit 2015 – Ispirer MnMTK 2015 the move to NonStop is fast and cost-effective.

We can achieve fully automated migration process of data and business logic through flexibility of our technology. Ispirer technical team has many years of experience in cross-platform migration projects of different levels of complexity.

Ispirer enrolled as a HPE Technology Partner at Silver Level.

With the new Ready for Technology Partner Program, we will be able to design, test, and promote Ispirer Migration and Modernization Toolkit developed especially to perform migration to HPE platforms. Being a Silver Partner, Ispirer is able to test database migration by Ispirer MnMTK 2015 in connection with HPE Business Units, such as NonStop. Working in close liaison with HPE helps us delivering high value software to HPE clients.

Benefits of Choosing Automated Migration with Ispirer

1.    You reduce project cost

We offer a project based approach and flexible pricing. You will be able to choose from a wide range of options and find the one that suits your business needs.

2.    You reduce project time

You will reduce 5 times or more your project duration with help of Ispirer MnMTK 2015. We perform fast customization of the Toolkit (within 1-2 business days)

3.    You save efforts  

Automatic migration by the Ispirer MnMTK 2015 is much faster and allows to avoid mistypes in a code typical for manual migration.

4.    Up to 100% of automated migration

Due to the Toolkit customization, manual work required after the conversion will be minimized or eliminated.

5.    We can implement your solution

We can quickly add your own solution to the list of supported conversion rules into the Ispirer MnMTK 2015.

6.    You get high quality support 

Ispirer Migration Experts will control all the migration process and provide you with constant  professional support and consulting.

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 Lloyds Banking Group Outage in 2014 Caused by NonStop Firmware Bug

In the February 2014 and April 2015 issues of The Availability Digest, we described an hours-long Lloyds Banking Group outage as the result of a server failure and then a failover fault. Recently, a Digest subscriber contacted us with a more accurate accounting of the outage’s cause. It appears that a rare firmware bug resulted in the simultaneous failure of multiple CPUs in an NS16200.

“Lloyds Banking Group Outage – A Correction” includes a detailed description of the CPU failure and the challenges Lloyds encountered in failing over to the unaffected server in the active/active system. Since the compromised server was actually “sick but not dead,” the failover did not take place automatically. In fact, it is quite possible that many companies do not take into consideration the “sick but not dead” scenario when they test their failover procedures. Lloyds’ firmware bug may have been impossible to recreate in failover testing, but how many other “sick but not dead” scenarios that can be tested are not tested?

In addition to “Lloyds Banking Group Outage – A Correction,” read the following articles in the Availability Digest’s January 2017 issue:

What if GPS Fails? – Digest Managing Editor Dr. Bill Highleyman counts on GPS when he drives and when he flies. It is a daily essential for him as well as for billions of others worldwide. But our GPS systems are vulnerable from both natural and manmade threats. It’s one of the reasons why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is updating its old Loran ground-based system, now eLoran, to use as a reliable GPS backup.

The Fallacy of Classic Availability Theory – Math alert! In this article, the Availability Digest points out a fallacy in classic availability theory. MTBF, the Mean Time Between Failures, is the average time between failures of a system. MTR, the Mean Time to Repair, is the average time it takes to repair a system. In classic availability theory, MTBF and MTR are random variables and are considered memoryless. In other words, the event (the failure of the system or the repair of the system) is independent of what has happened in the past and will have no impact on future occurrences. We think that is incorrect because availability in the real world is time-based. Memory exists. As such, we introduce MTTF – Mean Time to Failure.

The High-Availability Design Spectrum – Part 2 – In last month’s Digest, we focused on the first four of 23 areas that Dr. Terry Critchley lists as having an impact on the availability of IT business services. In Part 2, Dr. Critchley discusses the next nine areas. All can be found in his book, High Availability IT Services, now available for rent or purchase on Amazon’s Kindle.

@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. We also offer technical and marketing writing services for a variety of industries as well as consulting services on risk assessment and system architecture. We ghostwrite for others and have years of experience in writing patent disclosures.

Published monthly, the Digest is free and lives at Please visit our Continuous Availability Forum on LinkedIn. We’re at 788 members and counting. Follow us as well on Twitter @availabilitydig.


Value Proposition of TSI’s Storage Director® on NonStop

 By Glenn Garrahan, Director HPE Business for Tributary Systems

 Many NonStop environments still have direct-attached tape libraries and drives and are transporting tapes to remote sites for disaster recovery.  With Storage Director, TSI can modernize NonStop backup environments with a multi-platform backup solution that can concurrently backup all your NonStop platforms, IBM PowerSystems and open environments (Linux and Windows) with a single low cost solution.  Storage Director can modernize, reduce or completely eliminate tape from backup environments while electronically replicating data to a remote site without having to transport tape media.  Storage Director also allows access to data on legacy media for many years or longer, as requirements dictate. At the same time new backups can be directed to disk, tape, NAS file shares or any Amazon S3, Glacier or object storage cloud.

Storage Director maintains high speed ingestion capabilities with its Infinicache® front end, enhanced replication capabilities with latency management and WAN optimization at the back end. Its multi-platform, multi OS compatibility is an ideal solution for offering BaaS (backup as a service) to NonStop, IBM PowerSystems and open platform customers.


  1. Storage Director connects NATIVELY with no middleware or agents or third party software.  NonStop servers see Storage Director as a native NonStop device. IBM PowerSystems running any iOS see Storage Director as a native IBM device and interfaces to it with full functionality of a natively attached IBM tape library and drives. 


  1. The Storage Director Appliance is specifically designed for fault-tolerant, high availability computing environments, and as such is ideal for NonStop backup requirements.


  1. Storage Director is a policy based backup solution enabling data from different applications and host servers to be placed into data pools with different retention, location and replication policies.


  1. Storage Director can virtually present a legacy tape interface to a NonStop system while actually using more modern tape drives and/or libraries on the back end


  1. Storage Director can provide access to data on legacy media after an upgrade to new technology including disk, flash and the latest tape technology such as LTO 6 or LTO 7.


  1. Storage Director can replicate data to remote/secondary datacenters with high efficiency with built-in WAN optimization and latency management; SD eliminates the need to transport tape media from one site to another


  1. Storage Director can securely vault customers’ data to any cloud object storage for a second copy and DR; Storage Director eliminates the need to transport tapes to a second site and hence services such as Iron Mountain’s. 


  1. Storage Director is an ideal platform for providing BaaS (Backup-as a-Service) to IBM PowerSystem customers using IBM’s newly acquired Cleversafe IBM Cloud object storage or any other cloud object storage, while still providing backup and restore for attached NonStop servers.


  1.  Storage Director can shrink backup windows, reduce the backup footprint and significantly reduce cost


TSI’s Storage Director Value Proposition in All IT Environments Across All Platforms and Operating Systems


Storage Director

Storage Director® is a cost-effective, UNIFIED backup storage solution for all open AND proprietary server platforms and operating systems.  These include Windows, UNIX, Linux clusters as well as IBM Power Systems (AS/400, IBM i, AIX, Linux,), IBM Mainframe z/OS and z/Linux, Tandem/HP NonStop, HPUX, and HP Open VMS. Storage Director is a proven solution and is currently running production backups in multiple data centers in Fortune 20 corporations as well as SMBs. 

Storage Director leverages the speed of disk and flash and the cost effectiveness of tape by backing up data at high speed from multiple host servers into its disk or flash based Infinicache®, cataloging them and then archiving different data pools based on different policies specified by the customer.  The different policies may include retention, location, type of media and number of copies of the data.


  • Storage Director offers a single unified data backup and DR solution eliminating the need for platform specific backup solutions widely prevalent today in enterprise datacenters
  • Storage Director gives customers flexibility and hence the option to back up to disk only, disk and tape, de-duplication devices and replicate to remote disk, tape or any cloud object storage
  • Customers select policies for their data sets to retain data on disk for varying periods and automatically move it to tape devices for long-term archival storage at local or remote sites for DR
  • Storage Director scales efficiently in capacity and performance to meet customers’ increasing infrastructure and storage capacity needs
  • Storage Director runs on cost effective, industry standard Super Micro white box hardware or HP hardware with 24 X 7 X 365 HP Care Pak support.
  • Storage Director is designed to fit into existing backup environments with no changes in procedures, backup software, programming or JCL; It works with all backup applications including Veeam, Backup Exec, Net Backup, Commvault, TSM BRMS, Robot Save etc.


Customer Benefits

  • Storage Director reduces costs
    • Floor space
    • Energy
    • Number of tape libraries, drives and other hardware
    • Manpower
    • CPU cycles
    • DASD
    • Using the most cost effective storage media by data pool
  • Storage Director Improves Performance
    • Speedy access to data
    • Reliability
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Data migration
    • Disaster recovery
  • Storage Director Consolidates Backup/Recovery/DR
    • Eliminates the need for multiple backup solutions for multiple server platforms (Mainframe, Power Systems/AS/400/iSeries, NonStop, open etc.)

Contact Information or visit our website:

Tributary Systems, Inc. is a technology solution provider to enterprise computing customers.  Tributary develops and sells data protection, backup storage, virtualization, site-to-site replication and disaster recovery solutions.  Tributary is an acknowledged global leader in providing backup storage and data protection solutions for fault-tolerant, high availability, enterprise computing environments.

Tributary was founded in 1990 and is a Texas based company with its headquarters, development, integration, and test facilities in Bedford, Texas.

Through its channels and direct sales organization, Tributary has served customers worldwide, predominantly in the banking, financial services, retail, telecom and healthcare industries. Tributary is a HPE business partner and OEM supplier, IBM OEM Partner (iOEM), Solution Reseller (ISR) and Business Partner, Quantum® Value-Added Reseller (VAR), and Oracle® OEM partner.




Looking at the pictures that came out of the recent NonStop Technical Boot Camp, the pictures of the ProLiant servers running virtual NonStop (vNonStop) made the biggest impression on us. DataExpress has secure, managed file transfer products for both the NonStop community (DXNS) as well as those running any number of open platforms (DXOP) but what we did not expect to see was a version of NonStop running on open systems. We have been in business a long time, meeting the demands of some very big NonStop users who rely on us to get files critical to their business to where they need to go.

We think broadening the reach of NonStop, as vNonStop will surely do, is good news for everyone in the NonStop community. Of course, the more we read of HPE NonStop developers talking up the benefits of virtual NonStop (vNonStop), the more excited we become. And why wouldn’t we be excited – if anything will help grow the base of NonStop users then surely vNonStop will be responsible for considerable expansion of the base in the coming years.

While our success on NonStop has come from helping some of the biggest users of NonStop we are still surprised to hear about companies nowhere near as big still devoting operational resources to scripting file transfers – how many people still write their own sort / merge utilities? Isn’t it time you took a good long look at how much this is costing you and how potentially unreliable has it become not to mention the ongoing support costs? And if all you contemplate doing with vNonStop is to deploy them among development groups – won’t you be moving even more files?

There’s a reason too why there’s acceptance of server requestor or client server or even application and applet – someone has the data and someone else needs to see or process it. For that reason too DataExpress can reside at either end of the exchange – happily sending files just as it can readily receive them.  The great news is that we have always been able to tailor the cost of our products for lower volume transfer opportunities, on smaller footprint machines etc., so we can adjust as appropriately as the new customers’ market would require. However, for now this great news is tempered somewhat by our concerns here at DataExpress as to the hardware vNonStop will run on – how much reliability will be lost when running vNonStop on less fault tolerant hardware?

DataExpress has a lot of experience with poor reliability and the impact this has on all applications as a result of DataExpress customers running DXOP on hardware that has not been scaled to meet the ongoing growth of the file transfer demands. All too often we see our product performing badly simply as a result of inadequate hardware capacity planning exercises. One customer in particular drew our attention to such performance degradation with DXOP routinely failing for them. But as soon as they upgraded their ten year old hardware, DXOP performed like the super star we know it is!

We would hate to hear of customers forming opinions about vNonStop based on their own experiences with flawed hardware configurations. And yet, will users moving to vNonStop expect it to perform that same as if it were running on a big Blade system? Or the latest NonStop X system? One can hardly expect a desktop PC to perform the same as much larger machines we are used to seeing NonStop running on today – we are more than certain that there is a good reason why such NonStop systems are so big!

However, as HPE NonStop developers talk up the benefits of vNonStop perhaps the real story here is not of existing NonStop users migrating to vNonStop (on hardware of their own choosing) but rather, existing x86 server farms – even those providing Software as a Service (SaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - turning to vNonStop in support of critical databases and applications. And with these server farms and / or clouds, DataExpress can certainly prove valuable.

If you prefer to run DataExpress as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Iaas) then send us an email because today both DXNS and DXOP can easily be configured to run from within the cloud, and be engaged as a service! You may have already seen us making this announcement but it’s a message for the entire NonStop community looking at likely scenarios for running vNonStop.  

We are even prepared to offer the management of such a service where a customer could tell us they have xxx files in yyy location to be sent daily/weekly/monthly to zzz and we could set it all up for them and manage it end to end. And we could do it for multiple customers. Remember our software can reach out and “get” files as well as “push” files, so the customer could even be totally “non-IT knowledgeable” and still take advantage of sophisticated software with quality oversight and management.

All vendors, DataExpress included, are looking to the NonStop user community for signs that it’s not just about products but access to expertise as well. There’s a reason why architects, lawyers, doctors go into practice and why companies no longer retain staff in these fields. To become proficient you need exposure to multiple real-world scenarios so that when new requirements arise, you can readily access / develop workable solutions based on past experiences. vNonStop may be exciting news for the NonStop community but it’s also going to be a time of sharing and of leverage and we are only too willing to meet some of your most important needs – getting the files to where they are truly needed!  


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Sales:                 +1. 972.899.3476
Corporate:          +1.972.899.3460



Now Ensure Files and Databases Match Across Systems


Try the NEW FIC: Innovative "Fileset and Database Compare" Feature


Did you know? Now you can use FIC’s new Multi-Node “Guardian Fileset Compare” feature to compare the attributes of any two file sets on any two systems against each other, e.g. between production and disaster recovery systems.

Multi-Node Compare allows you to ensure that no unwanted or unauthorized changes occur during the synchronization of files between systems.

FIC (File Integrity Checker) can be used to verify file sets over time on a single system or across multiple systems to: 

·       Compare, Report and Alert on changes to multiple filesets

·       Monitor software objects as they are promoted from development, staging and production environments

·       Compare, report and Alert on variations of multiple database record counts

·       Monitor changes to application configuration files and critical operating system files

Why is FIC crucial to NonStop security?


NonStop systems are now being used in far more dynamic situations and have more external connections than ever before. File Integrity Monitoring (FIM) is considered a crucial part of protecting business assets and a requirement for PCI compliance (PCIDSS requirement 11.5).

Enter CSP's File Integrity Checker (FIC), which gives you the ability to check multiple filesets, enabling the verification of groups of critical files more often (i.e. hourly) and less critical files less often (i.e. daily or weekly).

CSP's File Integrity Checker: it's the complete solution for NonStop File Integrity!


Real-time alerts with Alert-Plus


So what can you do if certain files are too sensitive to wait for changes to be analyzed? Use CSP’s Alert-Plus to immediately invoke notifications (alerts) and investigative remedial actions.

Alert-Plus receives data from Safeguard Audit, EMS messages, ACI’s BASE24 messages and CSP solutions like PassPort, CRM & FIC and can forward them to any number of data warehouse products such as HP ArcSight, RSA Envision and NETIQ Log Management.



For more information on CSP solutions visit

For complimentary access to CSP-Wiki®, an extensive repository of NonStop security knowledge and best practices, please visit


We Built the Wiki for NonStop Security TM.



The CSP Team     

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XYPRO - NonStop Technical Bootcamp 2016 – Five Great Takeaways


NonStop Technical Bootcamp 2016 – Five Great Take Aways

Since I started with XYPRO over 10 years ago, I’ve been to a few NonStop events. This year’s NonStop Technical Bootcamp was big. Nearly 500 attendees crowded the hallways, conference rooms and lobby bar at the Fairmont in San Jose. The atmosphere felt electric and immersive. There was a lot going on over the 5 days of festivities, so I’ll boil it down to the 5 key takeaways I found the most exciting.


XYPRO Announces OEM Partnership with HPE Security – Data Security

One of the first highlights of the event was XYPRO’s major announcement of a strategic OEM partnership with HPE Security – Data Security, formerly known as Voltage Security. XYPRO unveiled the newly evolved partnership during the Sunday beer bust. This was followed up throughout the week with multiple sessions describing the importance of the relationship and the extended benefits to NonStop customers and others wishing to protect data at the source. The OEM relationship now engineers XYPRO Data Protection (XDP) with HPE SecureData, making HPE SecureData a solution called “Transparent Data Protection” the pre-eminent solution for protecting your sensitive data on your HPE NonStop servers, as well as seamlessly across the enterprise.


Actionable Insight through Intelligent Data

A year ago, at NonStop Technical Bootcamp 2015, XYPRO revealed XYGATE SecurityOne® (XS1), our vision and new product line for providing real-time, intelligent and actionable security information to the industry. This year we were able to update progress and new features such as data trending and CLIM Risk Monitoring. We also discussed how XS1 has been deployed at customers to meet stringent requirements and how they are already extracting value.

Using patent pending technology, XS1 gathers data from multiple, disparate HPE NonStop server sources; including application and system data, subsystems, user behavior, file operations, network data, command input and other sources and uses specialized security intelligence algorithms to correlate, contextualize and analyze events to paint a detailed security incident picture in real time. This enables users to detect security events before they culminate in an incident or breach.




With its newly introduced trending capabilities, XS1 leverages what it has learned about the past to help crystalize what is happening in the present and warn you may happen in the future. It’s no secret – everyone wants a better understanding of their data to make quicker and more accurate decisions. Being able to understand what happened in the past helps you better understand how it will affect the future.

To go from concept to deployment in less than a year was no small feat. This was mostly due to a lot of hard work and late hours from our engineering team, a lot of market research and close relationships and feedback from our customers using the solution. This ensures XS1 fits the needs of today’s mission critical environments.


Customer Presentations

HPE NonStop technical Bootcamp was bookended by two important – not to miss – customer sessions.

Paul Freeman, Information Security Manager at TSYS presented how TSYS began a major effort to migrate away from unsupported legacy security system that was deeply integrated into their HPE NonStop environment. TSYS had to deal with a slew of requirements including limiting internal disruption, maintaining current capabilities, the ability to add new functionality to their applications, meet some very demanding internal and external compliance regulations and of course, budget. This was a multi-year process that included evaluating a variety of potential solutions from both internal and external sources. TSYS ultimately chose the XYGATE Suite of products from XYPRO to protect their HPE NonStop environment. Paul described in detail how the TSYS requirements were met by the XYGATE suite and how XYPRO’s technical team was able to deliver and implement the new solutions on a tight deadline.

One Wednesday, Chris Draper, AVP at Wells Fargo Bank, presented Wells Fargo’s experience as an early adopter of XYPRO’s newest solution, XYGATE SecurityOne® (XS1). Chris laid out the bank’s requirements, which included proactive monitoring, intelligent and actionable data and behavior analysis of their applications and environment. Wells Fargo, as is the case with most organizations today, wanted insight on the data they already have to allow them to make quicker decisions earlier in the process. At the same time, they need context applied to the data to determine which events are actionable and which are benign.  This knowledge allows them to focus their efforts and resources on items that warrant action. XS1 has allowed them to meet those requirements. Chris described specific use cases in which they’ve been able to leverage the solution internally.

In Chris’s words, “XYGATE SecurityOne fulfills the vision of where we want to be with security. It’s the right solution at the right time”. Chris is a fantastic presenter and needless to say, this created a lot of buzz at our booth and in the hallways. Chris’s presentation is available on

The Under 40 SIG

I started working at XYPRO when I was 23. For the next several years, I remained the youngest person at the company.  Over the last few years, I’ve seen the culture at our company get younger and hungrier. New ideas, new methods, and new ways of thinking. When I heard Navid Khodayari of Idelji was organizing an Under 40 SIG, I was all over it. I was interested to see how the others were addressing the challenge of introducing NonStop to a new generation. To keep the industry viable long term. Needless to say, we weren’t the only ones with this issue on our radar. The SIG had about 50 participants, from both vendors and customers. The discussion circled around finding a new crop of talent, onboarding and training younger folks and capturing that large repository of NonStop knowledge that exists with the seasoned veterans of the NonStop industry. There is a lot of work to be done and we had some great ideas to put into place over the next few months. It was refreshing to see the industry as a whole has taken notice and given us youngsters the opportunity to showcase our talents to catapult NonStop into the next generation.



In early 2016 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HPE demonstrated the virtual NonStop (vNonStop) concept. vNonStop is HPE’s advance in virtualizing the NonStop operating system. vNonStop enables customers to take full advantage of all the fault tolerant capabilities of a NonStop server, without the upfront investment in hardware. This allows users to create a NonStop guest VM, similar to how you would stand up a Windows or Linux VM using KVM (think of KVM as a VMWare or Hyper-V alternative) as the hypervisor. This technology and its vision was front and center at this year’s NonStop Technical Bootcamp. HPE even had a fully functional demo unit on the show floor. Andy Bergholz, Director of HPE NonStop Engineering, laid out a detailed vision and the advantages of the vNonStop and the importance of it to HPE’s future. The advantages of this technology are profound. Virtualizing the NonStop core allows for faster deployment of systems and applications, massive scalability, flexibility in sizing up and sizing down your infrastructure as needed and much more. I’ve seen Andy present on this topic multiple times now and he does as fantastic job of articulating the importance and relevance of this technology. The advancements in 2017 are going to be fun.

It really was a whirlwind week. We got to meet some terrific people, attended excellent sessions and had some amazing fun. But now that we’re back and have had a chance to unwind and decompress, the real excitement starts. Everything picked up from the week in San Jose gets put in motion for 2017 and the list is big. XYPRO is well into our vNonStop validation efforts, with our newest OEM announcement, the HPE Security – Data Security partnership is stronger than it has ever been, XS1 is taking off like a rocket ship and new product innovation is happening at a feverish pace in our R&D department. 2017 looks brighter than ever for XYPRO and for the NonStop community as a whole.

Finally, a couple of short notes of appreciation from the XYPRO team to Connect for organizing another extremely valuable event. Thank you to all the customers and partners involved well as to the HPE staff who dedicated so much of their time to pull the schedule and content together. It was a blast.

We’re all looking forward to seeing everyone again next year!


Steve Tcherchian
Chief Information Security Officer
XYPRO Technology



Here We Grow Again

In 1979 when I was 21 I was the 21st employee at ACI. Back in those days there was no such thing as a Tandem coder. Nobody knew what TAL was until we went to class. Scobol wasn’t around yet. Pathway did not exist.

When we needed to bring on employees we would start with personal connections. When we brought you in for an interview it could be a pretty scary process. You would have been coming from the world of IBM batch programming, jumping into the fast paced world of online transaction processing. During the interview process it was pretty common to get asked about training. We had a funny answer ready. We would tell the “newbies” that we had a swimming pool out back. We would toss you into the pool and see if you could swim. The next day we would come back and hire the ones who were doing the backstroke around the pool.

Well, times have changed but we still need folks who can do the backstroke. It’s time for NTI to grow again. We are looking for some smart “hard core” Tandem developers. If you are interested please send your confidential inquiry to me and I will put you in touch with our Engineering group.


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New NuWave NonStop Innovations

 Each month NuWave talks with innovators in the NonStop community about new technology and what is next for NonStop in their NonStop Innovations blog.

This month they talked with OmniPayments about their cloud solutions and what they see on the horizon for virtual NonStop.

Read more about these exciting new developments.



comForte - Modernizing Payment Applications on HPE NonStop – Hype or Hope?


18. Jan 2017 created by Thomas Gloerfeld 


What’s driving the need for modernizing payment applications on the HPE NonStop platform? And what are the most effective methods of doing so? 

The payments industry is undergoing rapid change, which introduces many reasons for modernizing payment applications. The key drivers for modernizing payment applications fall within two main categories: business and regulatory.


Business Drivers

Looking at why organizations need to modernize their applications, there are three main business drivers.


The first is the shift from branch-centered to customer-focused services, particularly prevalent in banking and spurred by competition from new entrants into the payments space. Investments in big data and analytics, customer relationship management (CRM), and enterprise IT integration underpin this driver.


The next business driver is a shift to mobile banking and self-service. Factors propelling this trend include omnichannel architecture, mobile/near-field communication (NFC) banking, and cloud services (e.g., software as a service [SaaS], platform as a service [PaaS]).


The third business driver is competitive pressure on merchants and financial technology (i.e., Fintech) companies. Fierce competition is driving innovation and development of new services. Providers are focused on solutions that lower transaction prices, deliver faster payments, and assist in the transition from cash to non-cash payments. A significant trend is the pressure to develop real-time payments and real-time settlements. 


Regulatory Drivers

Evolving laws and regulations are omnipresent but there are two major regulatory drivers for the payment industry.


The first is the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Version 3.2. This updated regulation, released in April 2016, provides new sub-requirements for service providers under Requirements 3, 8, 10, 11, and 12. In addition, there are now extended deadlines for migrating from older to newer versions of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption by June 2018.


The second main driver, particularly for European institutions and those who serve European customers regardless of geographic location, is the emphasis on new data privacy regulations (e.g., the General Data Protection Regulation). New regulations provide requirements for the rights of data subjects, including administrative (i.e., financial) penalties for institutions that allow data breaches. 


Options for Modernizing Applications

With these industry drivers in mind, one can choose from three options for modernizing applications. The first is to develop a new application from scratch. This is the most expensive and riskiest of the three options, evidenced by these projects’ low success rate, particularly in banking. As an example, one European bank that announced it would build all of its tech from scratch. Several months later, the bank scrapped those plans after spending more than €1 million on this project.


The second modernization option is to replace an existing payments application with a new one. For example, many organizations consider replacing BASE24 classic with BASE24-eps or other solutions. The main challenge with this option is carrying forward all the legacy application’s existing functionality. This option often results in functionality trade-offs, which can reduce technical feasibility and/or return on investment (ROI).


The third option is “in-place” modernization. As the name suggests, this option leaves the core legacy application in place while modernizing and/or extending it. This option is the least expensive, least risky, and most expedient. It guarantees the continued availability of all existing functionality. 


Fundamental Challenges to Modernizing Applications on NonStop

Right now, there are two fundamental challenges to modernizing applications on the NonStop platform. The first is the sheer amount of high-visibility developments taking place in the Linux, Unix, and Windows (LUW) world. This is especially true for mobile and web payments applications.


The second challenge is that NonStop, “out of the box” (i.e., with BASE24), cannot directly talk to other applications in the LUW world. LUW’s current and likely future role in mobile and web applications and platforms guarantees continued relevance. This reality sets up two possible outcomes for NonStop systems:


They can be modernized to fit within the organizations’ broader IT infrastructure (i.e., LUW); or

They will be phased out and the functionality moved to replacement LUW applications and platforms.

The latter outcome is seen as unnecessary as NonStop systems can quite easily be modernized to communicate with LUW-based technology (e.g., software-oriented architecture [SOA], web services, etc.). Phasing out NonStop is also less preferable, because it deprives organizations of NonStop’s unique benefits, such as high availability, reliability, and security of payment applications.


So, if modernizing applications is such an affordable, feasible, and proven solution, then why aren’t more institutions doing it? It partly comes down to a communication issue between NonStop owners,the business and LUW representatives. In almost all cases, the problem is exacerbated by the existence of different teams (NonStop and LUW) who speak different languages. For instance, NonStop group talks in BASE24 lingo about Enscribe, PTLF, TAL, CSM, and CAF. Meanwhile, the LUW teams talk about virtualization, DevOps, Agile, SQL, and SOAP.


In many cases, the problem also stems partly from NonStop’s lack of visibility to the business and LUW teams. Because LUW is more visible to the business, and is therefore known to add value, LUW is where new development happens. LUW teams are receiving budgets and the green light to move forward with projects. Meanwhile, because NonStop’s role and benefits are often not visible to or known by the business, these teams face budget cuts and very little new development.


LUW people have no intrinsic interest in NonStop. And because they are working with the technologies that are visible within, and perceived to add value to, the business, they are not compelled to take an interest in NonStop issues. Therefore, it can be concluded that, given the current situation, NonStop owners must take the initiative to talk about application modernization.


McKinsey insight report nicely summarizes the current situation: “Companies in all industries are experimenting with two-speed tech platforms: rapidly developing innovative website and mobile applications on the front end to facilitate better interactions with customers while continuing to run standardized legacy systems on the back end to ensure data security and reliability." In the payments industry, this plays out as LUW providing front-end tech and NonStop providing back-end tech. 


Achieving the Best of all Solutions

In an ideal world, there is an opportunity to achieve the best of both solutions. LUW offers cost effectiveness, cutting-edge development frameworks, cloud-based solutions, and – perhaps most importantly – the ability to get budgets approved for new projects. Meanwhile, NonStop adds value to the business via database integrity and scalability, “five nines” (99.999%) uptime, and legacy applications that provide rock solid existing services via Pathway. It is rather obvious that both groups (NonStop and LUW) have something to offer to and gain from the other.


comForte has been involved in may modernization projects for customers over the years. As an example, these three projects were carried out recently:

The first examined a project in which an SOA-enabled BASE24 system was able to communicate with LUW systems resulting in better integration in the IT environment.

The second project successfully transitioned the application and data from an Enscribe to SQL database enabling all applications to use SQL across the enterprise.

The third project was a security-focused modernization project that implemented tokenization and point-to-point encryption (P2PE) for a better overall data protection.



As daunting as it may seem, NonStop application modernization does, in fact, offer hope as much as hype as outlined above. However, the challenges highlighted must be addressed directly and sooner rather than later, or else NonStop very well may have a limited lifetime in some organizations. That would be a shame as NonStop and payment processing is hard to beat combination as anyone in the NonStop and Payments space will confirm.


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Gravic Publishes Two-Part Article Series on

Improving Availability via Staggered Systems


Gravic recently published a two-part series in The Connection on Improving Availability via Staggered Systems. The first part covers MTTF – Mean Time To Failure while the second part focuses on Mitigating Redundant Failures via System Staggering.

The reliability of a redundant system is optimized by minimizing the probability that both systems will fail simultaneously. If they both have the same failure probability distribution, then when one system is most likely to fail, so is the other system.

Previous methods for calculating estimated availability from any point in time are flawed because they are based on memoryless random variables. The calculation of the average time to the next failure is always the same, regardless of how long a system has been in service. By staggering the system starting times so that their probability distributions are not aligned, the time that the two systems are most likely to fail are different. When one system is most likely to fail, the probability that the other system will fail is significantly reduced. Therefore, the probability of a dual system failure is reduced. Redundant system reliability can be greatly enhanced by staggering the starting times of the two systems. This strategy applies both to hardware failures and to software failures.


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 "Talk with Your NonStop" Webinar Now Available for Download

 Did you miss the latest webinar about how to integrate your NonStop with nearly any device?

 Learn how to use REST APIs to integrate your NonStop applications with modern devices like tablets, cell phones, smart watches, and even the Amazon Echo.

Your NonStop can do a lot more than you think!



comForte - Webinar: Avoid headline news! Enterprise wide data protection done right!


Data breaches continue to make news headlines around the world. Most organizations have network defenses and intrusion detection yet are still susceptible to sensitive data exposure somewhere in their environment. A data-centric approach with tokenization and encryption is key to securing sensitive data.

Protecting sensitive data and securing your overall business from data theft, however, takes more than just tokenization and encryption. Integrating data protection into your complex environment, as well as migrating from unsecured to protected, requires a capable and experienced approach.

Since 2010, our extensive work with many payments companies and large corporations has provided us with the knowledge and technical know-how to address your business challenges around data protection. Learn why more businesses that run mission critical systems select comForte data protection for their security needs.


Why you should attend?

The attendees will get a valuable and comprehensive view of options for data protection on HPE Nonstop systems and for their Enterprise, as this webinar illustrates tokenization and encryption best practices, deployment strategies and actual, successful and in-production customer use cases. Specifically, you will hear about:

·         Understanding threats and risk in an enterprise environment

·         Ensuring compliance to industry standards for sensitive data at rest

·         Reducing security gaps often overlooked between systems in the Enterprise

·         Minimizing application development costs through intercept technology and APIs

·         Alleviating migration risks with flexible deployment options

·         Making data available to ‘the business’ faster and easier

·         Simplifying administration and management of tokenization throughout the Enterprise

·         Deploying an enterprise-wide data protection suite like SecurDPS from comForte


Who should attend?

C-level, CISO, Application Development Managers, Enterprise Architects, Systems Administrators, and members of the HPE NonStop ecosystem


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Musings on NonStop!

January, 2017

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

Elsewhere in social media channels I mused about the return to growth and popularity of the HPE NonStop team and its products. More importantly, I suspect, was my musings about how this is beginning to have an impact on the NonStop vendor community. How so, you may ask? In the dealings I have had of late with the vendor community it’s clear to me that, for some of the vendors, the corner has been turned and what were once dour predictions about the NonStop marketplace have been overturned. Yes, there’s enthusiasm coming from them after many years of silence! From just a few discussions that have occurred this month visions, strategies and plans are being adjusted to accommodate additional NonStop systems being deployed and increasingly, the support for hybrid systems is attracting even more attention from the vendor community.

When you talk to HPE executives who are much close to the NonStop business you will often hear them opining about the vendor community being made up of mostly very small companies. This is the big reason why none of the NonStop vendors are openly courted for a high profile presence on the exhibition floor at big tent events like HPE Discover – their profile is well, to be truthful, way too low! So here’s the deal and indeed, the challenge for the NonStop vendor community. If we all want to see NonStop thrive in the marketplace then we have to project a bigger image of ourselves and how do we do that? Especially now, at a time when HPE development is already stealing the spotlight from many of the lesser profiled vendors!

The challenge here for all vendors is that HPE NonStop development continue to place huge bets on NonStop products and features; simply put, NonStop development is outspending NonStop vendors and the vendor community needs to make adjustments. When it comes to 2017 there is an awareness that greater cooperation – perhaps even select M & A activity - will take on a new sense of urgency and I expect to see the emergence of several much larger NonStop vendors surface before the end of the year. So, as you read more of my blog posts and industry commentaries, expect to see even more focus being directed at the vendor community and with HPE NonStop hosting the 2017 Partner Symposium in their offices at Palo Alto shortly (March 21 -23), I am sure this will be the topic of many discussions. Stay tuned for more from me on this following this Symposium.   

And yes, if you missed the promotion of my many posts and commentaries for last month check out the following list:


Real Time View (Did you see the count of pageviews pushed through the 11,000 barrier once again?):

Will “The Machine” be everywhere?

NonStop too relishes extremes!

NonStop 2016 in review …


LinkedIn blog / Pulse:

 NonStop Insider – issue #3 published:



Time has been good for NonStop!

US chip and PIN card roll-out

 And yes, one post made the Top 10 “Fintech Opinion Pieces for” – scroll down to see what took 9th spot:

Analytics out on the edge? Why not NonStop on the edge, too?


 TCM Solutions:
Welcome to the third issue of NonStop Insider …

More members for the TCM group …

 Tandemworld (Musings on NonStop):
You will need to scroll through pretty much to the end to find the most posts and articles in support of DataExpress, TCM Solutions as well as my monthly Musings on NonStop:



Richard Buckle
Founder and CEO
Pyalla Technologies, LLC

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