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comForte and DataOne Thailand ran well-attended workshop on best practices implementing PCI-DSS for HP NonStop systems


Too Many Systems - Too Little Time!

Reloads are from MARS?

SOAP/AM Version 3.0 – Available Early June 2013

Struggling to meet Identity Management compliance requirements with your NonStop server?

comForte near you in 2013

High Performance Switching and Secure Data Storage

Tributary Systems Introduces StoreOnce Virtual Media Manager (SOVMM) Solution

Gravic Publishes New Case Study on HP NonStop SQL and Oracle RAC Data Integration

Join XYPRO at these NonStop & Security events this summer

comForte at HP Discover 2013

Musings on NonStop! - May, ‘13

Availability Digest Casts Wary Eye on Oracle’s Massive Java Patch

Post-Trade Services Provider Uses TANDsoft’s OPTA2000 Virtual Clock and Time-Zone Simulator to Consolidate on Blades

NonStop Technical Bootcamp

Discover 2013

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Current Subscribers 14317

 comForte and DataOne Thailand ran well-attended workshop on best practices implementing PCI-DSS for HP NonStop systems


comForte Asia Pte. Ltd. and DataOne Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd. ran a successful PCI workshop for HP NonStop users in Thailand.


A guest speaker from Verizon Enterprise Solutions talked about PCI from an auditors and forensic analyst’s perspective.


Representatives from all HP NonStop users in the Financial Industry in Thailand were present and learned about PCI DSS in Asia, PCI best practices for HP NonStop systems and how to embrace the PCI challenge by implementing a suitable project, procedures and software solutions.


Read the full press release.


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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.  

Too Many Systems - Too Little Time!


Some systems require, nay demand, proactive management.  They are too important, handle too much money, or are too visible to customers or management to wait for an alert to go off.

On the other hand, the reality of our world is that resources are constrained. You simply don’t have enough time to do all the work that’s required.  You are handling hundreds if not thousands of systems, more often than not spanning multiple architectures.  You could use a hand.

Ban Bottlenecks is that helping hand.  It is a service designed to turn you and your team into heroes.  It does all of the tedious work and empowers you with information, not data.

The Ban Bottlenecks service implements “Stage 5, Paranoid and Competent” performance management. It is an affordable, ongoing service based on the ITIL model.  It includes data collection, elegant hand-crafted reporting, and personalized expert consultation.

One system or hundreds, NonStop, Windows, Unix, VOS.

Meet us at the NonStop Technical Boot Camp in San Jose in November!





Reloads are from MARS?


Need a big win in database management?  Are you a big time data consumer looking to reduce the load on your database personnel?  Want better performance with less I/O and better space management?  Reorgs can be a game changer!

DBA’s have a lot on their plate ALL the time.  Data management, performance management, application management, security management, you name it.  The NonStop server does one thing VERY well:  it serves up big data.  Whose job is it to see that the beast (database) is fed and cared for?  The DBA.  Who is responsible for the performance and maintenance of the beast?  Same person.  Who has to make a time to review the internal structures and ensure the beast is performing optimally?  That same guy/gal, of course!  Database maintenance is critical to ongoing operations and due to the size and nature of the NonStop database, it is time consuming as well.

If only there was a simple to use tool that could take the load off of the database team and manage the mundane function of analyzing and scheduling reorgs!  DBA’s could sleep at night AND focus on way more important things like developing the countless, yet very important, reports everyone seems to ask for every day!

Wait, there is such a tool!  MARS – the Merlon Auto Reload System!  It won’t mow your lawn or cook dinner, but it will free up enough of your DBA’s day that they can do the important stuff and let the NonStop server do what it does best.

From deciding what needs a reorg, to scheduling and resource management, MARS can do it all.

And, XYPRO Professional services can make it even easier by showing you how to minimize time spent while maximizing database performance.

Read more at: http://blog.xypro.com/

Rob Lesan
Professional Services Manager
XYPRO Technology Corporation


SOAP/AM Version 3.0 – Available Early June 2013

NuWave Technologies continues to meet high standards in customer service and support with the new release for version 3.0 of the SOAP/AM Server and Client products. Version 3.0 incorporates feedback from customers who depend on SOAP/AM to execute millions of transactions through their NonStop systems to exchange information and services with customers and business partners running on disparate platforms and devices. Some of the new features in Version 3.0:

· TS/MP large message support

· Support for DDL2 dictionaries

· Diagnostic logging enhancements

· Support for 2048 bit server certificates

· Certificate alternate host names, and more.

These enhancements to SOAP/AM Server and Client make them even easier to use and increase developer productivity.

For more information on SOAP/AM:



Struggling to meet Identity Management compliance requirements with your NonStop server?

The IdentityForge (IdF) HP NonStop Advanced Adapter provides enterprise integration for HP’s NonStop OS systems providing automated provisioning, reconciliation and governance, to Guardian and Safeguard Alias system accounts.

Utilizing our core-LDAPv3 technology, our software allows any standard LDAPv3 Client or LDAP Identity Management Adapter to seamlessly integrate NonStop OS functionality.

The IdentityForge Advanced Adapter for NonStop functions as a trusted administrator for the NonStop system performing such tasks as creating guardian IDs, adding authorization groups to IDs, and resetting passwords. This allows for integration of the NonStop Systems into your current Identity, Governance, or Password Management infrastructure by providing a trusted system for account and access management.

Learn more at https://www.xypro.com/xypro/products/identity_management

Barry Forbes

VP of Sales & Marketing

XYPRO Technology Corporation



comForte near you in 2013


comForte is travelling far and wide to be at an event near you.

Come and join us at these events in 2013:


CTUG Education Day, Toronto, Canada, May 31, 2013

HP Discover, Las Vegas, USA, June 10-12, 2013

KNUG, Korea, July 3, 2013

VNUG, Stockholm, Sweden, Sept 4-5, 2013

EBUG Knowledge Forum, London, UK, Sept 23-24, 2013

GTUG, Frankfurt, Germany, Sept 23-25, 2013

PCI US Community Meeting, Las Vegas, USA, Sept 24-26, 2013

PCI EU Community Meeting, Nice, France, Oct 29-31, 2013

CONNECT Advanced Technical Boot Camp 2013, San Jose, USA, Nov 3-5, 2013

PCI AP Community Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov 19-20, 2013


Third Data Corporation

High Performance Switching and Secure Data Storage


               Third Data Corporation provides numerous products which can reside on HP Nonstop and other HP hardware platforms.

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 good 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 cross platform environment it also runs on other non-Guardian HP supplied platforms.

SecureStore – If you are 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 three (or more) 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.

NxLib – NxLib provides a platform and utility libraries for developing a high performance multi-threaded applications on NonStop Guardian. The platform provides threading capability. 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.

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.

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 it’s 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.   The savings in disk I/O typically pay for the overhead of the compression and encryption.

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.



Tributary Systems Introduces StoreOnce Virtual Media Manager (SOVMM) Solution

StoreOnce Virtual Media Manager is an advanced media manager software-only solution for connection to and manageability of all fibre channel versions of HP Storage StoreOnce Backup Systems. SOVMM runs on all NonStop Integrity and Blades servers running NonStop RVUs J06.12/H06.23 and later. SOVMM is the result of enhancements to the time proven Library Media Manager/Silo Media Manager/Entry Level Media Manager products that Tributary Systems has been marketing for 14 years.

Key Features of SOVMM include:

·        SOVMM resides on the NonStop host only, providing direct FC connection to the StoreOnce device – no additional hardware required

·        Supports multiple StoreOnce devices with (for all practical purposes) an unlimited number of virtual cartridges on a single SOVMM license

·        Supported on all FC connected  42xx, 43xx, 44xx and B6200 models of HP StoreOnce – no modifications to the StoreOnce hardware required

·        All features of HP StoreOnce, including replication and data de-duplication, are fully supported by SOVMM

·        SOVMM includes automatic tape labeling and advanced backup scheduling features

·        All data written to the HP StoreOnce device are in NonStop tape format

·        Supports NonStop IOAME/VIO/CLIM FC attachment

·        Supported on all NonStop RVUs J06.12/H06.23 and later

·        SOVMM has an intuitive easy to use GUI that runs on most customer Windows based workstations

·        Priced at just $15,000 regardless of NonStop server type or HP StoreOnce model

For more information on SOVMM, please email sales@tributary.com or call +1 214-356-9046.


Gravic Publishes New Case Study on HP NonStop SQL and Oracle RAC Data Integration

Gravic recently published its latest case study, Two Merged Retailers Integrate HP NonStop SQL and Oracle RAC, available on its website. A major U.S. retailer has thousands of stores, and wanted to integrate the point-of-sale processing for its existing ACI BASE24 application with a new AJB point-of-sale application as it rolled out new stores or upgraded existing stores. The BASE24 application runs on NonStop SQL and the AJB application runs on Linux/Oracle RAC. This challenge required bi-directionally integrating an active/active heterogeneous database environment across the ACI BASE24 NonStop SQL database and the Linux-based Oracle RAC database as the applications actively run in each environment. The retailer turned to Shadowbase Streams to integrate the distinctly different applications by mirroring key parts of the NonStop SQL and Oracle databases. Each store now has local access to all sales, refund, and exchange activities so that any customer is easily serviced at any store. The retailer completed the integration without any downtime of the application services to its customers or stores.

Gravic Presents at MATUG Meeting and SATUG Conference

Gravic helped organize the first MATUG Meeting in three years, held in May at Quest Diagnostics headquarters in Chantilly, VA. Chris Gotiear, Senior Manager of Application Development at Quest opened the meeting with an overview of Quest, followed by four HP presentations: NonStop and Big Data, Internal NonStop Sales Support, NonStop and Persistent Cloud (PCS) Technology, and NonStop Hardware/Software Roadmap. The full agenda included eight well-received vendor presentations (posted at: http://www.connect-community.org/group/MATUG) and a Connect update by Nina Buik, Chief Marketing Officer. Look for the vendor presentations, soon to be posted on the Connect website. After the meeting several attendees continued their networking opportunities at “Eggspectations,” a local restaurant. Plans for next year’s meeting were discussed, including the possible locations of Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE. If your company is interested in potentially hosting next year’s meeting, please let us know. Gravic has received much positive feedback and hopes that next year’s event will be just as successful.

In April, Gravic was pleased to participate in the 2013 South African Technology User Group’s (SATUG) Conference and Tradeshow at the Emerald Resort and Hotel Casino, in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa. The event kicked off with a dinner at the High Stakes restaurant that SATUG hosted for the vendors in attendance and other attendees who were staying at the hotel. The well-attended dinner allowed for networking opportunities with several businesses, as well as members of HP, including Neil Pringle, NonStop Enterprise Division Director and members from Connect, including Kristi Elizondo, CEO. The speaking agenda and trade show began promptly on Monday with introductions by Pieter Rostoll of ABSA Bank, the SATUG Chairman. Neil Pringle presented on the state of NonStop in EMEA and beyond, followed by a day and a half of vendor, customer, and additional HP presentations. Networking activities throughout the conference included buffet meals, coffee and tea breaks, a “braai” (South African barbecue) and bonfire event, as well as a twilight dinner cruise on the Vaal River. An HP-sponsored training day covered the NonStop Cluster I/O Modules (CLIMs). Gravic has sponsored this annual event every year since 2004 and looks forward to participating again next year!

Interested parties may contact us at +1 610-647-6250 or SBProductManagement@gravic.com to discuss their specific situation and to learn more about the solutions we offer.

Please Visit Gravic at these Upcoming Meetings

HP Discover 2013, Las Vegas, NV, 10-12 June

VNUG Conference 2013, Sweden, Stockholm, 3-5 September
The EBUG Knowledge Forum, London, England, 23-24 September

Connect NonStop Advanced TBC, San Jose, CA, 3-5 November

For more information, please visit: www.gravic.com/shadowbase.


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Join XYPRO at these NonStop & Security events this summer



May 29-31, 2013
CTUG Spring Training

Mississauga, ON


June 3-6, 2013
ACI Exchange User Groups Payments Conference

Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA, USA


June 11-13, 2013
HP Discover

Las Vegas, NV, USA




September 4-5, 2013

Stockholm, Sweden





September 18-19, 2013
CTUG Conference

Mississauga, ON Canada



September 23-24, 2013

Westminster, London, GB





September 24-26, 2013
PCI Security Standards Council
North American Community Meeting

Las Vegas, NV, USA





September 25-26, 2013


Hotel Steigenberger
Bad Homburg, Germany




comForte at HP Discover 2013


As in the years before, comForte will be exhibiting at HP Discover in Las Vegas.

Come and find us in Booth # 1458a in the NonStop area.


This years' product highlights include:


Protect Your Data-at-Rest

·        Enterprise Tokenization

·        Encryption

·        Audit Logging


Powerful PAN data discovery


Sophisticated Keystroke Logging and Reporting


Enterprise Messaging Monitoring and Management Portal


You Smart Move away from SNA to TCP/IP


Access Your NonStop Servers from the Cloud
Try the Demo




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Musings on NonStop!

May, ‘13

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

The next Musings I write will follow my participation at this year’s HP Discover event in Las Vegas. However, I will wait until after the event to provide additional Musings covering the experience, as I know many within the NonStop Community have elected to skip this event, preferring to participate in the NonStop Boot Camp to be held in San Jose later in the year.

In my last Musing, I opened with remarks included in a Forbes article following the announcement of HP Moonshot. “The biggest driver of datacenter expansion are the pervasiveness of smartphones and a new class of devices, nicknamed IoT, or Internet of Things,” I quoted from the article. “Current enterprise datacenters aren’t prepared for the onslaught of devices coming their way.” Looking through subsequent blog posts and articles published in May, this theme attracted further comments from several vendors well known to the NonStop community.

“If enterprises do not have the ability to access mission-critical data when they need to, employees will not be able to carry out tasks efficiently and will be forced to suffer the consequences that come hand in hand with poor performance,” said Itamar Ankorion, Attunity, Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Strategy. Ankorion noted that “Cloud, mobile and other innovative technologies continue to emerge” and with their greater integration with traditional IT, the mission-critical data they generate will need to become a part of Big Data frameworks supporting today’s business analytics.

Starting with a clean sheet of paper, Attunity developed their Attunity Replicate product and is now finding that it benefits all enterprises with the need for faster data integration solutions because of this onslaught of mission-critical date coming from much wider deployment of mobile devices. Check out this Attunity post of May 8, 2013, as well as those that followed at:

In the throes of wrapping up Beta programs for their new Prognosis 10 release, the demand for support of a rapidly growing community of mobile users hasn’t escaped the attention of IR. I have been working closely with part of the brains trust within IR – John Dunne and Jonathan DeVeaux – and already, the new User Interface (UI) is turning heads. According to DeVeaux, “With the new lightweight, browser, UI providing visually rich, secure, client-independent support (including mobile devices) that is part of Prognosis 10, it will be far simpler to launch queries of logs ...” Check out these observations and more on the realtime.ir blog site:

And the really cool thing here with what IR provides is their support of HTML5 that allows anyone with a smartphone or tablet to interact with the NonStop system – once the prerogative solely flight-deck, systems and network operators, seated behind table-top screens. Even as the datacenters prepare for the onslaught of the Internet of Things, they are changing their modus operandi as well!

As for what is transpiring within solutions vendors offerings there was no hiding how OmniPayments Inc. CEO Yash Kapadian was preparing to handle the increased interaction with mobile devices. “We are seeing a marked uptick in the interest in online and mobile financial transactions with our customers looking for the best way to process such transactions. At OmniPayments, we are among the many who are witnessing the rapid growth in use of smartphones and tablets and witness just how many transactions are initiated from these devices …”

Again, the really cool thing here is that those on the front lines, working closely with customers, are seeing the first uplift of what many are forecasting will become a tsunami. Moving a lot of data that comes with additional user interactions, monitoring from our own mobile devices and enjoying new services from our favorite financial institution all speak well of just how important a role NonStop will play. But what of HP itself? What do we see coming from our primary vendor?

This week in her presentation to the financial community, following release of HP’s quarterly results, HP CEO, Meg Whitman, went on record as having said “
HP is investing in innovation, bringing cost in line with revenue, improving profits, lowering its debt, optimizing cash flow, and exceeding financial performance” and that “HP launched its Moonshot server at the “hyperscale” server market. The server is 89 percent more energy efficient than HP’s Proliant servers. It uses less than 80 percent space, and reduces complexity by 97 percent while costing 77 percent less.”

However, it was also reported how “HP has been dealing with a couple of negative trends. The PC market has slowed down because of rising tablet sales … On top of that, HP hasn’t been participating in the mobile market at all.” While initially, there had been high hopes held for Palm, following the acquisition, I just cannot imagine HP electing to sit on the sidelines as wave after wave of smartphones, tablets, and these new classes of devices, the IoT, pass by. Perhaps Whitman too is looking at a clean sheet of paper, starting afresh!

Then again, maybe this year HP Discover will hold more than the usual surprises. Perhaps we hear something a little more definitive. After all, with core messages around Mobility, Security, Big Data and Clouds, something mobile from HP has to make an appearance at some point. Data centers will be processing many more transactions than ever before and the companies consuming them will deem many of these transactions mission-critical. NonStop has only upside opportunities with this, and of that I am confident.

Look forward to posting next month’s Musings as I come back (hopefully) with more to discuss!  

Richard Buckle
Founder and CEO

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

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 Availability Digest Casts Wary Eye on Oracle’s Massive Java Patch

Following last January’s recommendation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to disable Java in browsers, Oracle now has come out with a massive set of patches to try to plug security holes in Java.  Oracle has released its April 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE. The release comes a few months after Facebook, Twitter, and NBC News suffered attacks due to Java vulnerabilities that allowed hackers to infiltrate their networks. The April 2013 CPU for Java SE addresses forty-two security flaws. Thirty-nine vulnerabilities were remotely exploitable without authentication (username and password). These vulnerabilities would have allowed a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code, to cause a denial of service, or to gain unauthorized access to a company’s files or systems.

The Java ecosystem pioneered many new features that made developing software for multiple platforms easier. The Java Runtime Environment was the result of that need for easier cross-platform development. Sadly, the reputation of the Java ecosystem has taken a significant hit due to the large number of security vulnerabilities exposed in the JRE and in Oracle's software-development lifecycle.  Read more about Oracle’s latest Java patch in this month’s Availability Digest.

Also in the May Digest: 

Hacked AP Tweet Crashes Markets - On April 23, 2013, an Associated Press tweet reported that President Obama had been injured in an explosion at the White House. It sent the U.S. financial markets into an instant tailspin when high-frequency trading systems automatically read and processed the tweet. Fortunately, the tweet was false. The AP Twitter account had been hacked. However, what does this mean for “flash crashes” in the future when unverified and perhaps malicious information is disseminated via social media?

The $45 Million ATM Heist - Perhaps the biggest financial cybercrime in history was carried out early this year when “cashiers” around the world branched out with phony, limitless prepaid debit cards and withdrew USD $40 million from ATMs in 27 countries in ten hours. The attacks actually occurred at two different times. On December 22, 2012, thieves stole USD $5 million dollars from ATMs worldwide. Then, on February 19, 2013, the thieves struck again and stole another USD $40 million. It seems that the first attack may have been a dress rehearsal for the second, much larger attack.  Much of this money has not been found, and the brains behind the operation are yet to be identified.  Unfortunately, these attacks are not unusual.

Spamhaus Attacker Caught – A massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyberattack was waged against the Dutch spam-filtering company, Spamhaus, during March of this year. It is believed to be the largest DDoS attack in the history of the Internet. The alleged mastermind of the attack, Sven Olaf Kamphuis, 35, has now been arrested in Spain and has been extradited to The Netherlands. There he will stand trial under Dutch law for the criminal offense of launching a DDoS attack.

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 542 members and counting.  The Availability Digest is now on Twitter.  Follow us at @availabilitydig. 



Post-Trade Services Provider Uses TANDsoft’s OPTA2000 Virtual Clock and Time-Zone Simulator to Consolidate on Blades


The NonStop systems of a large, post-trade services provider were located in two countries with different time zones. The company decided to upgrade to five NonStop BladeSystems (NB54000, NS2200) for its production, development, and disaster-recovery functions. At the same time, it wanted to consolidate all NonStop activities into one geographical location rather than two. The key to making that possible was TANDsoft’s OPTA2000, which allowed the services provider to host in its newly consolidated environment the applications that ran on system time as well as the applications that required a virtual system clock in order to reflect the timestamp of the second time zone.

OPTA2000 is a virtual clock and time-zone simulator that is user-friendly, easily installed, cost-effective, and requires no application modifications. It uses intercept technology to allow multiple applications operating in a consolidated environment to each have its own virtual system clock or to function in its own virtual time zone with date/time specifications that are different than that of the system clock. For time-zone simulation, virtual times are offset from a system’s actual time by an amount expressed as a deviation from GMT time (Greenwich Mean Time). For clock simulation, the virtual times can be offset to whatever time is required for the testing, maintenance, etc., of an application. A single system can host thousands of applications.

OPTA2000 supports all applications (user, HP, and major third-party apps, including BASE24) on the HP BladeSystem as well as on NonStop S-Series and Itanium servers. It also supports a wide variety of NonStop subsystems, including TACL, NetBatch, EMS, Enform, Spooler, OSS, VHS, FTP, and Pathway.

In the case of the post-trade services provider, OPTA2000 is used with SQL/MP, SQL/MX, C, TAL, COBOL, in-house and third-party solutions, TACL, NetBatch, and Spooler.

With OPTA2000’s new Time-Zone API, any OPTA2000-enabled application can acquire any Local Standard Time (LST) or Local Civil Time (LCT) of any time zone. For instance, if an application operating in London time needs access to the local Tokyo time when one transaction took place and the local Buenos Aires time when another transaction occurred, the Time-Zone API makes that possible.

TANDsoft’s “best of breed, best in price” philosophy offers highly competitive value for all TANDsoft solutions. In addition to OPTA2000, they include: FileSync for automatic file synchronization and replication; 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, which offer flexible, affordable alternatives to more expensive conversion products or manual conversion techniques; and our newest solution, E2S-Lite, which permits efficient, low-cost Enscribe modifications without the need to change a program’s source code.

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. For information about TANDsoft solutions, contact Jack Di Giacomo at +1 (514) 695-2234. Our Enscribe to SQL Migration Forum on LinkedIn is at 160 members and counting.






Please join us at the HP NonStop Advanced Technical Boot Camp!

25 Vendors Exhibiting:



BlackWood Systems

Canam Software

Carr Scott


Crystal Point





Network Technologies






Resource 1

RiverRock Software


Third Data


Transaction Design

Tributary Systems






HP Networking


Example Sessions:

  • Crystal Point Securely leverage mobile connectivity for NonStop host access 
  • Carr Scott:  NonStop AutoTMF installation, configuration and operation workshop (Pre-conference)
  • BPC Group: How We Broke ATM/POS Performance Barriers with NonStop’s MPP architecture

Call for Papers open:


  • Customers have an opportunity to attend the NonStop Boot Camp free of charge if their submission is selected!

Register now!   http://www.connect-community.org/?TBC201

We hope to see you there!

Kathy Wood

NonStop Partner SIG/Vendor Chair



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Discover 2013

Discover 2013 will be held in Las Vegas at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort on June 11-13.  Registration is open:  http://h30614.www3.hp.com/discover

Partial Agenda: 

Tuesday, June 11                10am to noon          – Hands On Labs

                                           12pm to 4pm           – Discover Zone Open

                                           4pm to 5:30 pm      – Opening General Session         

                                           Evening                      – Welcome Reception


Wednesday, June 12          8:30am to 10am     – General Session

                                          10am to 5:30pm     – Breakout Sessions

Discover Zone Open

                                          8pm to 10:30 pm    – HP Discover Celebration Event

                                                                                    Featuring Carlos Santana!


Thursday, June 13               8:30 am to 4:30 pm -  Breakout Sessions

Discover Zone Open


NonStop Advanced Technical Boot Camp 2013

2013 Connect NonStop Advanced Technical Boot Camp (TBC) will be held in San Jose on November 3-5, 2013. 

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