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Tandemworld eNewsletter for June 2014


The Internet of Everything

ETI-NET Extends Fault Tolerance to Virtual Tape Storage

Musings on NonStop! - June, ‘14

Why we love summer internships (and you should, too!)

A 50-minute runtime reduced to 2½ Minutes Makes TANDsoft FileSync Customer Very Happy

Gravic Publishes Article: Stock Exchange Improves Availability with Shadowbase Data Replication

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The Internet of Everything


Last night I was sitting in a restaurant in Texas having dinner with my wife and my youngest daughter. Tess is the last of the kids at home. She has been staying at our home in Omaha this summer while Kelly and I are away in Texas. When Tess checks into the dorm the nest will be officially empty. She is hanging out with us this week for some quality time.

As the waitress stepped up to take our dinner order my mobile rang. It was a call from my internet alarm company telling me that my house fire alarms had gone off. They had dispatched the fire company. Now my mobile is vibrating as I receive the text warning of a fire. Then the email. I am 1200 miles away. I am overwhelmed with information and the waitress is asking me what side dishes I want with my main. I think I will have the rice and asparagus with my house fire, please.

I needed to call someone. I couldn’t call my daughter because she was sitting across the table from us. I called my other daughter Jennifer but she was 20 miles away from the house. I felt like a guest in “Cash Cab”, needing to phone a friend. I know… lets surf into the house and check the cameras.

Over the past couple of years we have been playing around with internet cameras. They’re cheap, relatively easy to setup, and can give you remote access when you desperately need it. You can control them remotely, they trigger on motion, and they text you with updates. What I needed was more instant data.

From the restaurant we surfed up the house on our Droids. All was calm. We checked multiple rooms. No smoke. It must have been a false alarm.

No… WAIT!!!  What’s that on the front cameras? Here comes the fire brigade. Two hook and ladder rigs pull up to the house. Eight or ten firemen are walking around the outside of my house, carrying axes. They are getting ready to enter the house. I have no way to contact them. My neighbors are starting to group on my front lawn. I can see them and hear them but I can’t contact them. Perhaps this is a flaw in our planning?

My alarm company connects via the internet to remotely monitor and dispatch from California. The local fire department has no way to contact me. I watched to see if they would start chopping open my front door.

My mobile rings again. It’s my next door neighbor Miles. He has my mobile number, was on my front lawn watching the scene, and called me. He wanted to know if I was watching… and I was. My neighbors were now waving at me.

Miles handed the phone over to the fire chief. They had done some quick thermal imaging thru some of the windows and reassured me there was no fire. I gave her a way to enter the house without causing thousands of dollars in damages. She thought it was pretty cool that we were watching on our mobiles from across the country.

A few minutes later Jennifer arrived, looked over the house, and secured the property.


·       The fire department did an awesome job for us. They answered the call and are always true heroes.

·       The alarm company did an awesome job. They dispatched as advertised.

·       My neighbors were awesome. They cared and made a difference.

·       The cameras worked great, but we may add a few more.

·       I have a defective smoke detector that I will be replacing.

·       My alarm company uses a Tandem to monitor and dispatch.

·       My Fire Department uses a Motorola CAD system running on the Tandem protected by DRNet.

·       My mobile company uses Tandem.

·       The restaurant ran my credit card thru an authorization system running on a Tandem protected by DRNet.

For me, this is the dawn of the “Internet of Everything”. We are surrounded by electronic data and cool new services. In the Internet of Everything its data and connectivity that rule the world. We rely on these new services to make our lives possible. Many of these services rely on the Tandem and DRNet. It was pretty cool to see technology work to solve a real problem in real-time.

At NTI we know that data is precious. Without reliable data your businesses fail. NTI provides world class data replication services for the Tandem NonStop platform. We are the reliable partner you can trust when you absolutely need help in a crisis.

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ETI-NET Extends Fault Tolerance to Virtual Tape Storage

Many Nonstop customers can’t tolerate being unable to backup for an extended time period.  This is particularly true for TMF audit dumps that go to tape.  From its inception, ETI-NET’s BackBox product has provided very high availability based on its use of dual Virtual Tape Controller servers.  Failure of a FC connection to NonStop system, a VTC server or a link to storage simply results in backup jobs being routed via the remaining server.  However, the target storage for virtual tape images could be a single point of failure.

While current storage technologies, such as data deduplication appliances or SAN storage are generally very reliable, they can fail or need to be take down for maintenance or upgrading.  So ETI-NET developed the “Advanced Data Store” option for BackBox.  In case of a primary storage outage, virtual tape images can be temporarily written to “stand-in” storage, which can be implemented on a range of storage technologies including internal disk drives or SAN LUNs.  Once the primary storage is available again, all “stand-in” storage contents can be copied to it with the click of a button on the ETI-NET user interface.

Similarly, if a restore is needed while the primary storage is unavailable, a remote replicated copy of the virtual tape storage can be used to retrieve the requested virtual tape image.  This is particularly useful where data deduplication storage is used, as deduplication significantly reduces WAN bandwidth required to replicate the backup contents to the remote site.

To learn more about BackBox or other ETI-NET backup solutions contact ETI-NET at information@etinet.com.


Musings on NonStop! June, ‘14

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

June definitely lived up to its billing, especially in Las Vegas. It was hot, and unseasonably so, even for this desert city. As for HP Discover, for 2014 it lived up to its billing as well. If you are keen for a look to where HP is going, this is the event. If you need access to a variety of HP executives then this too has few alternatives – and HP execs are only too keen to talk to you, to me, and to anyone that has a need.

June too may be the harbinger of even hotter days to come and HP Discover 2014 may just prove to be the harbinger of a completely new way to compute – including a new take on the way computers are put together. Going into the event, we knew that HP CEO, Meg Whitman, would participate in two key note sessions, the first Defining the New Style of IT and the second, a vision of the future for the New Style of IT but few outside of HP Labs knew exactly how big a game changer HP’s vision for computing would turn out to be.

Some attendees dismissed this new computer, simply called The Machine, as just more marketing hype from HP. Yet others thought it was all about resurrecting something previously attempted but failed, with the hope that new ideas could help push the project along. However, what few in the industry anticipated how Whitman, and indeed the entire HP board of directors, bought into The Machine so enthusiastically that for the foreseeable future, 75% of HP’s entire R&D budget would be devoted to bringing The Machine to market.

In her introduction of HP CTO, Martin Fink, Whitman talked of how increased data volumes from “cloud computing, the Internet of things, mobile networks, machine to machine computing” are generating unfathomable and unmanageable amounts of data and a new computing architecture is necessary to deal with it.  Much has now been written about the presentation and the Internet is alive with commentaries and reports, one of which I am referencing here, the c/net.com article by Brooke Crothers, HP takes a crack at reinventing the computer

“We've been using the same architecture and been doing it the same way for decades,” said Fink and when “you look at it, ninety percent of what the operating system and processors are doing ‘is just shuffling data between different storage tiers,’ he said. Web news site c/net reporter Crothers then states, “HP’s answer is The Machine - a new compute design built from the ground up. Processors, specialized for a particular task or ‘workload’, connect to a fabric based on light for communication. In turn, all of this is connected to a large single pool of ‘universal memory,’ which obviates the need for separate memory and storage tiers.” Yes, the numbers are staggering, as the universal memory pool of The Machine will be capable of holding 160 petabytes with every single byte accessible in under 250 nanoseconds.


However, two remarks in passing really did catch my attention. As Fink went on to illustrate the whys and wherefores of The Machine, he noted that “one of the biggest themes driving The Machine is energy consumption. As data centers grow, the demand they put on the electrical grid will be unsustainable with the current architectures. The Machine will be able to do more using ‘orders of magnitudes of less energy’ … moonshot is our first instantiation of that ... Creating system-on-a-chip packages that will combine all of the components - the processor, the memory, and the connectivity.”

I have been following Moonshot for some time and already have a client with Moonshot installed in support of their new web serving application. However, they are not part of the NonStop community (well, at least up to this point) and so I was watching to see what may draw in any segment of the market. It was only a moment later that Whitman added, as she stepped back into the presentation, “Imagine a dashboard capable of displaying every aspect of your enterprise operations in real time.”

Now I see two companies with strong histories tied to NonStop recognizing potential opportunities following the big reveal of The Machine. Integrated Research (IR) has been telling customers for some time that future operational environments will pull from big data and apply operational analytics for much greater insight into the business and the demands to do this in real time will only increase. Look for a follow-up posting on this subject to the web publication, realtime.ir – imagine a dashboard on The Machine? Well I can provide an educated guess about who will likely not pass on this opportunity.

WebAction too has been heavily involved in providing the means to better build and deploy real-time data driven apps in days, not months or years. The developers at WebAction are familiar with NonStop and they are equally familiar with big data and analytics and with the business driver for The Machine being data, lots of data, it’s highly likely that they will give The Machine due consideration. After all, breaking down the tiers that have led to separate memory and storage, replacing it all with a massive memory pool, will generate even bigger demands for products like WebAction.

The good news here, as I look at vendors like IR and WebAction, is that they have all the hallmarks to succeed in this promising new compute era – their products are available for installation now and each has a strong toehold on what’s to come having made the investments early in the game. It’s important to acknowledge that these moves have been cautious at first but have been a part of a much bigger plan for some time and I am aware that their interests will continue to evolve even as new products emerge. Data will only grow and as of right now, we have barely scratched the surface of what will be generating data in the future.

If looking at Moonshot today gives us an insight as to what to expect with The Machine and if vendors engaged in monitoring and big data analytics already have a leg-up on others when it comes to leveraging the potential of The Machine, what of NonStop? What about traditional vendors focused on modernization, networking and replication?  With 75% of HP’s R&D budget earmarked for The Machine, there’s bound to be opportunities in the short term as well as in helping integrate The Machine into the current computer establishment.

The good news here is that The Machine is a collection of multiple projects – at least three to do with the hardware plus the operating system and stack (which will be all new, obviously) – and will be a complementary system for the first couple of years. Reinventing the computer doesn’t imply for one moment that we drop everything to deploy something this radical. Many more opportunities will open up for all involved in NonStop and that’s going to the subject of many more blog posts to come.  

With that, I will wrap up this month’s musings and encourage you all to look for the posts and commentaries that will surely follow, as this will generate opinions from almost everyone involved in IT!

Richard Buckle
Founder and CEO

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

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A 50-minute runtime reduced to 2½ Minutes Makes TANDsoft FileSync Customer Very Happy


“How can we reduce our existing 50-minute file-synchronization runtime?” This is what a longtime TANDsoft FileSync customer asked TANDsoft to do for an OSS environment comprising 200,000 unaudited files. The job runs twice daily. The customer uses FileSync in multiple Guardian and OSS environments. But with a 200,000-file OSS environment and the challenge presented by OSS pathname lengths, the runtime took 50 minutes - longer than acceptable. TANDsoft’s new FileSync Incremental feature, available now in FileSync Version 3.2, successfully addressed the issue. FileSync Incremental decreased the 50 minutes to just 2 ½ minutes, a substantial savings in both time and processing power.

FileSync Incremental is available for review via TANDsoft’s free trial program.

Typically, once an OSS or Guardian environment is replicated in full to the target system, the synchronization software of choice reviews periodically all files within the environment to determine which files have changed. Only changed files are then synchronized with the target system. This reduction in files to be replicated reduces synchronization time, but what it doesn’t reduce is the time it still takes to verify every file in the environment in order to locate the changed files.

FileSync Incremental eliminates the need to analyze all files. Instead of asking the system to provide all the files for FileSync to review, FileSync Incremental asks the system to provide only those files that have changed within specified time parameters – 12 hours, a day, a week, and so on. In the case of the TANDsoft customer mentioned above, whose OSS environment runs twice daily, only those files that have changed since the morning run are reviewed and synchronized. The result is a smaller, much faster synchronization effort. For TANDsoft’s customer, 50 minutes was reduced to 2 ½ minutes.

For very large files, FileSync Incremental can be used in conjunction with FileSync Deduplication. With this feature, only changed data, not entire files, are sent to the backup database. FileSync Deduplication – or client deduplication - takes place at the system hosting the primary database. The time and the bandwidth required to replicate files is substantially reduced because a multi-megabyte file can now be updated by sending just the few blocks that have changed rather than having to send the entire file over the communication channel.

FileSync automatically monitors, replicates and synchronizes source files, program environments, application environments, configuration files, programs – anything non-database that needs to be kept current across the network. It supports qualified expressions and referential integrity as well as the synchronization of SQL/MX catalogues, schemas, tables, partitions, and indices. In addition, FileSync supports the SQL/MX filter, SQL/MX 3.2.1, and all earlier SQL/MX versions. FileSync supports all Guardian files – audited, non-audited, structured and unstructured; all OSS files; NonStop SQL/MP Catalogs, Tables and Partitions; program source and object files; and configuration and TACL files. TANDsoft customers use FileSync for system migrations, disaster recovery, upgrades, and backups.

FileSync replication and synchronization software works closely with all NonStop real-time data replication products to provide a comprehensive solution for maintaining duplicate system and application environments. It is valued by customers of NTI DRNet, Gravic Shadowbase, HP NonStop RDF, and Oracle GoldenGate. FileSync is available via its worldwide distributor network.

In addition to FileSync, TANDsoft solutions include: the OPTA2000 virtual clock- and time-zone simulator; the OPTA suite of interception and trace utilities (OPTA­Trace Online Process Tracer and Analyzer, Recycle Bin, EMS Alerts Online Startup and Termination Capture Utility, Low Pin Optimizer); 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 new 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 (Sensitive Data Intercept) for Enscribe and SQL/MP.

TANDsoft products require no application source-code modifications, are available for all HP NonStop servers, and support major third-party applications. Free trials are available. Visit www.tandsoft.com, or contact Jack Di Giacomo at +1 (514) 695-2234. Our Enscribe to SQL Migration Forum on LinkedIn is at 189 members and counting. Our latest thread addresses NonStop customers who are synchronizing Guardian and OSS unaudited files between production and DR systems.


Gravic Publishes New White Paper on Shadowbase Data Recovery Software


Gravic published an article in The Connection May/June issue: Stock Exchange and Clearinghouse Gain Operational and Availability Benefits with Shadowbase Solutions. A South American stock exchange that used a trading system built with HP NonStop servers faced high data entry error rates and the resulting manual reconciliation process required to correct these errors prevented it from complying with its same-day or next-day clearing commitments. Working with its clearinghouse, the exchange chose the Shadowbase replication engine to re-architect its system to eliminate manual data re-entry. The re-architected system uses Shadowbase software to replicate a Sybase validation database from the clearinghouse’s AIX system to a NonStop SQL/MP database located on the exchange’s HP NonStop trading system. The exchange also utilizes Shadowbase heterogeneous replication in managing several Linux/MySQL data warehouses that provide trading history. The exchange replaced an earlier micro-batch updating approach with Shadowbase real-time transactional data replication from the HP NonStop SQL/MP trading database to the MySQL databases. The exchange also implemented Shadowbase solutions for disaster recovery protection of its trading system (providing active/passive data replication between the primary and standby HP NonStop servers). Shadowbase software now plays a major role in integrating the many systems in the exchange’s IT infrastructure, as well as providing continuous availability for its mission-critical business services.

Gravic Supports New NonStop Products at HP Discover 2014


Gravic representatives enjoyed the well-attended HP Discover 2014 conference held recently in Las Vegas. Highlights included keynotes from HP President and CEO Meg Whitman, HP CTO Martin Fink, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and by video link, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Whitman focused on HP as the best technology partner for your business, stating HP’s strengths are your strengths to leverage, with investment areas of focus in cloud, security, big data, and mobility. In Meg’s words, “HP is back.”

On the NonStop front, there were fewer NonStop specific sessions than in previous years – the Connect NonStop TBC has become the prime NonStop event for the US – but there was still an active NonStop presence. Randy Meyer, VP and GM of HP Integrity Servers, presented a session covering the HP Integrity Servers product line, which comprises HP/UX and OpenVMS servers as well as NonStop (basically, all the Itanium HP platforms). This session showed continued interest and vitality for the NonStop platform, and stressed these main points:


  • It’s never OK for your business to be unavailable to customers.
  • Your business must be always on.
  • Zero unplanned downtime is important.
  • Data integrity cannot be compromised.
  • Recovery must be in seconds.
  • The ever-increasing requirement for continuous service availability means more demand for NonStop systems.
  • HP will continue to invest significantly in NonStop in the future (as evidenced by the NonStop on x86 program).

There were a couple of big announcements at the show. One was Project Apollo, which is a new water-cooled server initially aimed at the high-performance computing space. Six-time space shuttle astronaut Story Musgrave was on hand to help launch Project Apollo!

Martin Fink delivered another big announcement: HP Labs is working on a completely new computer architecture named “The Machine.” (With respect to the rather unimaginative name, Martin quipped that HP Labs does not have a marketing department.) This future technology boasts six times the performance with 1/80th the energy consumption of today’s systems. The key attributes of The Machine are that, electrons compute, photons communicate (optical fiber replaces copper between CPU and memory which yields more bandwidth through smaller "wires," using less energy and over greater distances), and ions store (memory is based on ionized oxygen atoms called "memristors," which require no power to preserve state). With The Machine will come a new open-source operating system, based on Linux with POSIX compatibility, which will be developed in close cooperation between HP and academia. Parts of The Machine technology will rollout incrementally over the next decade. “Trafodion” is another open-source project in HP Labs, created to develop OLTP capabilities for Hadoop, with a standard ANSI SQL interface and support for ACID transactions.

Overall, HP Discover was a very positive and informative conference, and the future of HP and NonStop looks as bright today as ever.

If you want to find out more about ensuring the availability of your critical business services, because “Customers never wait”, please contact us at +1.610.647.6250 or SBProductManagement@gravic.com to discuss your specific situation and to learn more about the solutions we offer. For more information, please visit: www.gravic.com/shadowbase.

Please Visit Gravic at these Upcoming Events


KNUG Event Seoul, South Korea, 2-3 July


VNUG Conference Balsta, Sweden, 9-10 September


The Payments Knowledge Forum (EBUG) London, 29-30 September


CTUG Fall Conference Toronto, 9-10 October


Connect NonStop Technical Boot Camp San Jose, CA, 16-19 November


BITUG BIG SIG London, 2 December



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 NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2014


Registration is open!  https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1496544

Regular price:          $1295

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Call for Papers:


Selected session speakers will receive a free Conference pass!



11/16/14 –  Pre-Conference Seminars                        8am to 5pm

                        Traditional Beer Bust/Beer Garden      6pm to 8pm

11/17/14 – Partner Pavilion open                               7:30am to 5pm

                        General Session                                          8am to 9:30am

                        Breakout Sessions                          9:30am to 5pm

                        Partner-sponsored Reception                6pm to 9pm

11/18/14 -   Partner Pavilion open                               7:30am to 5pm

                        General Session                                          8am to 9am

                        Breakout Sessions                          9am to 5pm

                        Murder Mystery Dinner                           6pm to 9pm


11/19/14 -   Partner Pavilion open                               7:30am to 11am

                        Passport for Prizes Breakfast                  7:30am to 9am

                        Breakout Sessions                          9am to 12pm

                        Box Lunch

30 NonStop Partners will be exhibiting at the Boot Camp!





BlackWood Systems

Canam Software

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Crystal Point




HP Services

Lusis Payments

Marshall Resources


Network Concepts

Network Technologies




Prognosis by Integrated Research


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Third Data


Tributary Systems

Voltage Security




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

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NonStop Partner SIG/Vendor Chair



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Try NuWave's NonStop Entropy Process (NEP), Free!

NuWave Technologies recently launched NuWave Labs, a place where NonStop users can go to get their hands on the latest tools and product previews from NuWave. All that is required for download is some basic personal information (name, email, etc.), and you're off! There will be many tools that will be placed into NuWave Labs over time, but for now, the first piece of software is called NonStop Entropy Process, or NEP for short.

NEP provides a high-quality, cryptographic random data source for NonStop systems. NEP runs as a fault-tolerant process pair in the Guardian environment and uses the OpenSSL cryptographically-secure pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) as its random data source. The process continuously gathers entropy from various system sources that are frequently changing and unpredictable, and it mixes it into the PRNG state. NEP makes random data available to applications via an easy-to-use static API library, or NEP may be queried directly using the industry-standard EGD message protocol, via the Guardian IPM system.

When you're in need of a random number generator, or other innovative products for your NonStop, check out NuWave Labs to see what's new and exciting.


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August 5-6, 2014
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September 9-10, 2014
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September 10-11, 2014
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October 8-9, 2014
Berlin, Germany

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November 16-19, 2014
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High Performance Switching and Secure Data Storage

888-301-2431 / sales@thirddata.com


               Third Data Corporation provides numerous products which can reside on HP Nonstop and other HP and Non-HP  hardware platforms. In addition we provide custom high performance software design and development for our clients.

FastBuild Switch – When building a switch be it ATM-POS, Wire Transfer, EFT, Medical, or any other type of data that needs to get from one place to another, you are usually faced with three choices. Take an existing package and modify your system to match it. Get the vendor to “enhance” their system to meet your needs. Write a new system from scratch. The FastBuild Switch integrates with your existing system, or if you are building from scratch gives you a great start. The switch is also built around the latest HP technology to maximize performance. It integrates several of our other products to maximize cost savings and security in a fault tolerant manner. In a cross platform environment it also runs on other non-Guardian HP supplied platforms.

SecureStore – If you are security conscience trying to become compliant (PCI, HIPAA, etc) then you know that you can not leave sensitive data readily viewable. SecureStore does three things for you. The data is encrypted so that you can become compliant. The data is compressed so that your hardware costs are reduced. As part of disaster recovery your data is sent to multiple locations so it will be available when you need it. As a bonus for those having trouble with Guardian 4K limits there is no record size. It supports Big Data with up to 18 Exabytes. It can also integrate with SQL systems (SQL MX/MP, Oracle, Postgres etc).

NxLib – NxLib provides a platform and utility libraries for developing a high performance multi-threaded applications on NonStop Guardian. The platform provides threading, queuing and network capabilities. This enables development of an application written single threaded style to perform as multi-threaded.   Extensible command processing and help are supported.  Development time can be cut to a fraction of the time it would normally take.  This results in fast  application development with consistent look and feel across multiple projects.

NxWeb – A high performance web server which provides support for NxLib applications.  It also can be used without NxLib.  It provides for secure connections, virtual domains, full http support and interfaces to pathway and IPC communications.

NxFile+ – NxFile+ provides compression and encryption to Enscribe structured files.  The files are configured through a GUI interface and the results are provided seamlessly to your applications, typically without any code changes.  In addition this provides for dynamic key changes on the fly so data stored at-rest may have its encryption keys changed as required.  Because the records can be compressed prior to encryption, it’s also possible to have records which significantly exceed the 4k record size limitations.

NxSSL – NxSSL is an SSL proxy which may be used to provide SSL encryption and authentication services to TCP/IP connections.  It provides full support for certificates and multiple encryption standards.  It has been carefully tuned to provide the highest performance available for any NonStop SSL connection.

NxUndelete – Files accidentally deleted can be a real problem.  Even when a backup is available, it is frequently a significant effort to retrieve it from a backup tape.  NxUndelete implements a recycle bin function on the the HP NonStop system.  Files deleted may be easily recovered using its GUI interface.


Opsol’s OmniDirector – Enterprise Service Bus for Real-Time Business Function

Opsol Integrators’ OmniDirector is a high-availability Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) for HP NonStop servers. It uses HP NonStop server technology to provide fault-tolerant availability, immense linear scalability, and bullet-proof data integrity. With NonStop scalability, OmniDirector can handle thousands of transactions per second.

OmniDirector is SOA-compliant and orchestrates new services across hybrid platforms as well as legacy Pathway services. It supports flexible document interchange between applications. A rich range of adapters for data, message and transaction parsing as well as rules engines and data transformation tools are available.

For NonStop customers who remain on Base24, OmniDirector is an excellent alternative for XPNet.  

OmniDirector offers the core services necessary for an enterprise to operate in real time. It routes messages or transactions between source devices and enterprise backend systems to implement business functions that must react without delay. Opsol’s popular OmniPayments financial transaction switch and the OmniHub rules-based routing engine utilize OmniDirector as their foundation to communicate over a variety of protocols and to provide data transformation, intelligent routing, and custom business functions. These powerful and flexible Opsol products demonstrate the power of OmniDirector to serve as the base infrastructure for new and novel services that an enterprise can implement in order to improve customer service, to reduce costs, and to increase its bottom line.  



OmniDirector core services include: ● communication adapters supporting protocols such as TCP/IP, HTTP, SOAP, and IFX; ● transaction processing adapters for NonStop Tuxedo, IBM MQ series, and NonStop Pathway; ● database adapters for Oracle, NonStop SQL, Enscribe, and MySQL; ● validation of incoming clients upon connection requests; ● data transformation between message formats such as XML and ISO 8583; ● encryption of in-flight and at-rest data; ● intelligent routing of messages between issuing devices and service providers; ● load balancing among service providers in a pool; ● exception handling by retrying messages within the allowed transaction timeout; ● and failover and retry of transmissions over failed communication channels.

Infrastructure services are provided by OmniDirector utilities to enable management and monitoring of the application hosted on OmniDirector. Business services are implemented as Business Logic Modules, or BLMs. BLMs implement the business rules controlling the behavior of transactions by determining the appropriate business action for each message. The design and implementation of the BLMs is the primary effort necessary to deploy an application with OmniDirector. Opsol has a portfolio of existing BLMs that can be modified to meet certain application requirements.

With successful implementations at numerous customer sites, OmniDirector is just one member of the Opsol family of solutions. Opsol Integrators specializes in NonStop mission-critical applications and offers customers all the requisite functionality to manage a variety of transactions. OmniDirector supplies complete security functions for every transaction that it handles. For further information, visit www.opsol.com. Contact Yash Kapadia at +1 408-446-9274 or at yash@omnipayments.com.




“Computer Security Products CTO Callum Barclay speaks out on managing OSS Security

Callum Barclay, CTO of Computer Security Products Inc., was recently interviewed on the growing use of OSS and the related compliance challenges that affect NonStop and Linux systems.  

Callum highlights the issues with OSS and discusses how CSP’s solutions for Guardian and Safeguard have been extended to address these same issues on OSS and Linux. 

Callum goes on to explain how Protect-UX, CSP’s latest security offering, provides a unique solution to managing and monitoring file permissions and authorization on OSS using advanced security modeling.

Go here (http://hub.am/1iQ5moS) to read the full interview and visit www.protect-ux.com to obtain full details of this new compliance solution. “

Availability Digest Says Windows XP Is No Longer PCI DSS Compliant

Even though Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system still runs on 25% of the world’s desktop computers and PCs, Microsoft elected to end XP support on April 8, 2014. According to the Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards organization, XP systems no longer comply with the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) since Microsoft no longer provides security patches. Merchants still using XP-based systems to process payment cards will not pass the PCI DSS mandatory annual compliance audit. The Availability Digest investigates Windows XP’s new reputation as a haven for hackers and why many companies remain reluctant to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Read the following articles in the Digest’s June issue:

Joyent Cloud Downed By Fat Finger – Joyent is a high-performance cloud provider aimed at real-time and mobile applications. On Tuesday, May 27th, one of Joyent’s data centers was taken totally offline by human error. An operator performing capacity upgrades to some of the compute nodes erroneously entered a command to reboot all of the servers in the data center.

Can You Trust Your Public Cloud? – Joyent is the latest cloud to bite the dust. It follows a long series of public cloud failures by even the largest cloud providers. This article reviews many of those failures. It examines what we can learn about trusting cloud services and how we can protect our applications and data from their faults.

Stock Exchange Speeds Clearing with Data Replication – A major South American stock exchange could not reliably achieve same-day securities settlement commitment times due to the manual reporting of trades to its clearinghouse. The exchange decided to re-architect its interaction with the clearinghouse to make trade reporting fully automatic. It chose Gravic’s Shadowbase data replication engine to provide heterogeneous data replication between the exchange’s HP NonStop trading system and the clearinghouse’s AIX/Sybase system.

@availabilitydig – The Twitter Feed of Outages - This article highlights some of the @availabilitydig tweets that made headlines in recent days. If you currently are not following @availabilitydig, consider making our Twitter presence a daily read.

Availability Digest Managing Editor Dr. Bill Highleyman will present “Help! My Data Center is Down!” at the upcoming Korea NonStop User Group (KNUG) meeting, 3 July, in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Bill also will be a keynote speaker at a NonStop customer forum in Taipei, Taiwan on 8 July.

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 for achieving high availability.

Published monthly, the Digest is free and lives at www.availabilitydigest.com. Please visit our Continuous Availability Forum on LinkedIn. We’re at 635 members and counting. Follow us on Twitter @availabilitydig.




 BrightStrand International continues to deliver NonStop Services to its customer base. Its consultants have the skill and experience that make it the premier service deliverer in the NonStop sector. Services are tailored to individual customer needs to reduce costs and risk whilst getting the best from the environment.

 Also by working closely with customers BrightStrand develop products to address customers’ needs, such as BrightStrand Netbatch/DR. This is a product that allows the customer to create a simple, automated disaster recovery solution for the HP NetBatch environment and incorporate it into an overall Disaster Recovery Plan.


BrightStrand continues to deliver a full range of services that include:


·       Systems and Operations Management

·       Performance and Tuning / Capacity Planning

·       Database Design and Administration

·       Communications Subsystems

·       Web Services

·       Security Reviews

·       IBM WebSphere MQ Series environments.

·       NonStop Integrity and Blade Migrations

·       System Healthchecks (Pre or Post-Migration)

·       Specialist Consultancy

·       Disaster Recovery and Service Continuity Planning


All, or some of these elements can be brought together in a Fully Managed Service that can be tailored to the particular needs of the customer – including remote bridging, hosting or operations support, adding further value to the BrightStrand quality services.


Call Dave Stewart today on +44 (0)7831 775115 or email him on dstewart@brightstrand.com for more information.


Win the New Kindle Fire HDX!


NonStop systems administrators, take a quick 2-minute survey for the chance to win the new Kindle Fire HDX, from NuWave Technologies. The tablet offers:

  • Vivid HDX display (323ppi pixel density, 100% perfect color accuracy, reduced glare, improved brightness, color adjustment based on lighting)
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  • 2x the RAM (2GB)
  • 11-hour battery life (17-hour reading battery life)
  • Free on-device tech support
  • Prime Instant Video downloads (Prime members can download more than half of Instant Video movies to their device for offline viewing)
  • Productivity apps and abilities (OfficeSuite, Gmail and Outlook email and calendar, VPN integration, device encryption, printing, second screen, ultra-fast wifi, screen magnifier)
  • One new paid app for free everyday
  • HD camera

Not a systems administrator? Forward to the appropriate person so they get a chance to win!

Lusis Payments participated in a recent proof of concept, which demonstrated that its TANGO platform is capable of processing 2,500 transactions per second (TPS) for 48 hours straight without failure.

The client that participated in the proof of concept currently operates more than 20 million terminals, deployed in over 125 countries, which include some of the world’s largest financial institutions. For the proof of concept, Lusis Payments simulated the client’s system to test TANGO. HP ran the proof-of-concept tests at its Palo Alto, California, facilities on HP hardware and worked with the client to reproduce its environment for a true simulation. As a Lusis Payments partner, HP was proud to demonstrate how well an elite product like TANGO can maximize the high performance of HP Nonstop servers. The project determined that TANGO is fault-tolerant and achieves outstanding volumes and throughput.


Highlights of TANGO Proof of Concept

• Proved fault-tolerant and responsive

• Achieved maximum volumes and throughput of 50 million transactions per day

• Processed 2,500 TPS for 48 hours straight

• Surpassed normal daily tasks and nightly settlements


Read the complete study HERE.


For more information about TANGO contact Brian Miller at brian.miller@lusispayments.com or visit http://www.lusispayments.com

Lusis Payments, North America

Brian Miller

(415) 829-4577


San Francisco, CA

TIC Strategic Partner – Who is BluAge?

Blu Age and TIC Software offer software and services designed for legacy application modernization.

Our solution are designed to address the challenges of keeping NonStop and other mainframe systems current with ever-evolving “modernization” technology. 

From architecture analysis and proof of concept to consulting expertise and software solutions; our team keeps mission-critical applications up-and-running. 

While the firm Blu Age Software is based in Paris, France, Frédéric Vermenouze heads their US office in Plano, TX.

We recently caught up with him to get some more insight into his operation and Blu Age Software. 

 Learn more about BluAge in our interview with Frédéric. (http://www.ticsoftware.com/Solutions/BluAge/FAQ.aspx)

comForte's SecurData product suite gains traction around the world

An increasing number of comForte customers around the world see the benefits of a solution such as SecurData which allows organizations to monitor and log access to sensitive data (SecurData/Audit) and which provides a tokenization solution on HP NonStop (SecurData/Base and SecurData/24 for BASE24-classic users). Numerous proof of concepts, imminent go-lives and customers in production worldwide are impressed by the robustness and performance of the solution.

One of the main drivers for the growing demand is PCI but also customers realize in general that it's a good practice to properly protect their data at rest.

In case of PCI, PCI requirement 3.4 demands PANs to be "rendered unreadable anywhere it is stored" by encryption, tokenization or other suitable mechanisms. SecurData/24 provides a fully compliant solution for the protection of PANs in BASE24-classic, enabling processors to take complete control of their sensitive data, lowering compliance costs and significantly reducing the risk of data breaches all without any changes to the BASE24 application and no need for compensating controls to pass a PCI audit.

We put together a series of whiteboard sessions on this topic which will help you understand why you might want to start looking at options and then explains the solution comForte is offering.


In Part 1, we explain why you should care about tokenization of PAN data

In Part 2, we take a look at how you can get PCI 3.4 compliant using SecurData/24 from a high level.

And lastly, in Part 3, we'll show you how SecurData/24 works in detail.


Visit www.comforte.com/securdata24 to learn more.

comForte at events near you in 2014


Join us at these events:


9-10 Sept 2014

Stockholm, Sweden

PCI Community Meeting, North America

9-11 Sept 2014

Orlando, FL, USA


25 Sept 2914

Philadelphia, USA

EBUG Knowledge Forum

29-30 Sept 2014

London, UK

PCI Community Meeting, Europe

7-9 Oct 2014

Berlin, Germany


9 Oct 2014

Toronto, Canada

CONNECT Advanced Technical Boot Camp

16-19 Nov 2014

San Jose, USA

PCI Community Meeting, Asia Pacific

19 Nov 2014

Sydney, Australia


2 Dec 2014

London, UK


And there is more, join the security discussion in the HP NonStop [Tandem] Security Group on LinkedIn.


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