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 Canam Software Labs - Controlling XML and JSON Messages with Thunder

Exciting times for NonStop!

XYPRO - PCI-DSS 3.2 - The Art of Compliance on the HPE Integrity NonStop Server

There is safety in numbers …


HPE NonStop Continues Driving Deeper Into the Data Center

Webinar Video Now Available

Gravic Presents on HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migrations at BITUG BIG SIG

Introducing the OmniPayments Loyalty Card Management System

Availability Digest Writes for Others as Well as for Ourselves

NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2016

XYPRO - HPE Integrity NonStop X – The –Standardization Continues!

Improving Your Payment Ecosystem with HPE NonStop

XYPRO - The HPE Cyber Risk Report 2016 – The Nitty Gritty

comForte at events near you in 2016

XYPRO looks forward to seeing you throughout 2016

Musings on NonStop! - May, ‘16

Successful first HPE NonStop Partner Technical Symposium!

Thank You Karen Copeland and the HPE Product Management Team

Online Version

Current Subscribers 15117

Canam Software Labs - Controlling XML and JSON Messages with Thunder


Thunder uses a model-driven approach to generating COBOL and C code for parsing and creating XML and JSON messages.  In addition to ease of use and high performance, another key advantage of Thunder is that it enables developers to control how messages are processed.  Repeating structures can be configured, optional nodes can be suppressed and content can be formatted.  To see how Thunder enables developers to control the processing of XML and JSON messages view our Wiki article HERE


Thank you again to all who visited our booth at this year’s BITUG!  To learn more about the Power of Thunder, contact Canam Software Labs, at info@canamsoftware.com


Exciting times for NonStop!


Make sure you are ALWAYS ready!


First, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our NonStop customers and partners for their continued trust in BrightStrand. We really appreciate your continued business and your references Thank you.

There is no doubt that this is a very exciting time in NonStop. With the ongoing and more recent developments, customers will be able to rely on this platform to deliver their business-critical applications for many, many years to come

The platform is the best available but there is an increasing need to ensure you have the people skills you need in future. Whether it be for cost cutting reasons or the increasing dearth of skills available for this technology platform, or indeed both, there is a way to ensure this won’t be a problem or a challenge for you




For nearly twenty years, BrightStrand International Limited has been delivering life cycle services to NonStop customers. Whether that is our remote, onsite, discrete or ongoing managed services, our highly skilled people continue to gain excellent references from customers. We become a strategic partner with our customers, not just a supplier. This enables us to understand our customers’ continuing business drivers, and to work with them to deliver - and crucially - add value to their businesses.

There are many areas of service that NonStop customers require during the lifetime of their NonStop infrastructure and we believe we have those covered. For example, we know Security is at the forefront of most NonStop user concerns. Also whether your NonStop infrastructure is operating at its most effective. Your Data Storage strategy. Migration, Project Augmentation and many others.

With the additional and ever present issues of cost cutting and ongoing availability of trained NonStop resources, the challenges are there. These challenges are international so we operate across the world. This can be with the provision of onsite or remote services, or indeed a hybrid. We have references proving our success in all these areas. A few of these references are on our website, please ask to see more.

In order to illustrate how we can help you, we recommend an initial meeting or conference call at your convenience, to outline our credentials and expertise and explore your goals and challenges. A workshop format is also an effective method to exchange views and ideas.

We are proud to be the premier provider of NonStop services and skills so please use this opportunity to contact us and see what we can do for you. There’s nothing to lose and a lot to gain, as our expertise, skills and references will demonstrate.

The challenges above will not go away, BrightStrand will enable your business to get the best from your NonStop investment.




Please contact sales@brightstrand.com

or call us on 0141 204 4046.



 XYPRO - PCI-DSS 3.2 – The Art of Compliance on the HPE Integrity NonStop Server

 Since the release of PCI-DSS 3.0 in late 2013, the PCI Security Standards council has been quite busy.  A little over a year after 3.0 was published, the council released PCI-DSS 3.1, followed by several new templates and supplements, including the “Migrating from SSL and early TLS Information Supplement” in April 2015 which highlighted the risks of SSL and TLS 1.0.  The supplement not only described a migration plan, but also set a migration deadline of 1 July, 2016.

This caused some concern because SSL is so widely utilized in the payments industry and organizations felt the tight deadline could significantly disrupt business. But on the other hand, so can a data breach.

The council took notice and in April 2016, released PCI-DSS 3.2, which extended the migration deadline to 2018.  They also took the opportunity to clarify some of the previous requirements and introduce some new ones that help deal with the current security environment.

Let’s take a quick look at the items most relevant to the HPE NonStop server world.

PAN Masking

Requirement 3.3 is focused on PAN masking. The council clarified the language around this requirement by giving organizations more flexibility, based on business needs, to display more than the first six or last four digits of the PAN.

There are several PAN masking/tokenization solutions available for the HPE NonStop server. XYGATE Data Protection (XDP) powered by HPE Data Security (formerly Voltage) provides the level of granularity and flexibility required to ensure the correct amount of data is tokenized.  Based on business requirements, XDP determines what parts of the PAN or other data to be displayed to help address this requirement.  

Multi-Factor Authentication for Administrators

Probably the most significant requirement impacting customer environments is focused on Requirement 8.3  Multi-factor authentication (MFA).


Poor authentication controls are well known to be one of the leading causes of data breaches. Previously, requirement 8.3 only applied to remote access from untrusted networks. For example, an administrator, user or vendor could remotely authenticate to a network using two-factor authentication , then pivot to any system within the network, including the Cardholder Data Environment (CDE), with just a single set of credentials. This poses a risk as it pushes security controls to the perimeter. To quantify that risk, Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report found that 63 percent of confirmed breaches involved weak, default or stolen credentials.

Additionally, Virtual Private Networks (VPN) caused some interesting exceptions. Upon review of the controls, some point to point VPN tunnels could be considered local network access, with the devices on the other end of the tunnel not requiring two-factor authentication for access to the CDE. Another common method organizations use to meet this requirement is to have system administrators use Remote Desktop technology for administrative functionality. An administrator could connect to a secure “jump server” which acts as a bastion host using two-factor authentication, then use their emulator to connect or “jump” from that server to the CDE, including the NonStop s using their single set of credentials to perform their duties.

“Previously, this requirement applied only to remote access from untrusted networks,”  PCI Security Standards Council CTO Troy Leach said in a statement. “A password alone should not be enough to verify the administrator’s identity and grant access to sensitive information.”

PCI-DSS 3.2 now expands requirement 8.3 to include all personnel with non-console administrator access to cardholder data and systems to use MFA. Meaning if an administrator is not physically in the data center on the keyboard, MFA for the system housing card data is a must. The requirement also changes its verbiage from “two-factor authentication” to “multi-factor authentication”. This means local network access to servers, workstations and network devices in the CDE must be protected with multi-factor authentication before granting administrator access to cardholder data or the systems housing them. We recommend implementing multi-factor authentication on every device within the CDE. The use of two single-factor authentication identifiers, such as prompting for two different passwords, is not acceptable.

On the HPE NonStop server, Safeguard alone does not support MFA, but has extensibility through XYPRO’s XYGATE User Authentication (XUA) to provide MFA capabilities. It’s worth noting that HPE has included XUA and XYGATE Merged Audit (XMA) software as part of every new HPE Integrity NonStop server delivered since 2013, so most HPE NonStop customers already have much of this capability available to them.

Further, a common approach for multi-factor authentication is the use of a token device, like RSA SecurID or RADIUS with tokens. XUA supports authentication using RSA SecurID, RADIUS, or Windows Active Directory (if configured with MFA) to meet this requirement.

Migration to TLS

Discovering open source vulnerabilities, especially in SSL, has become big business over the last couple of years.   POODLE, Heartbleed, BEAST, LOGJAM etc… there are no shortage of SSL and TLS 1.0 vulnerabilities. SSL is no longer relied on as a strong form of encryption. PCI-DSS 3.1 required organizations to migrate to TLS v1.1 or higher by 1 July, 2016. That deadline has been pushed to 1 July, 2018. As the risk is not minimized, we strongly recommend moving off these insecure protocols as quickly as possible.

Requirements for Service Providers

There are also several new requirements for service providers, mandating them to detect and report on failures of critical security control systems as well as introducing bi-annual penetration testing.

PCI DSS 3.2 also includes new requirements 12.11 and 12.11.1 which require service providers to perform quarterly reviews of their personnel to make sure they are following the security procedures in place.



Now is the time to review the exact changes and determine how PCI-DSS 3.2 clarifications and added requirements impact your organization. The full summary of changes can be found on the PCI Security Standards website. https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/documents/PCI_DSS_v3 2_Summary_of_Changes.pdf.

If you’re not already using multi-factor authentication in your HPE NonStop environment, XYPRO can help enable and configure XYGATE User Authentication, to allow you to comply with these new requirements.  XYPRO is also available to assist you to review your HPE NonStop server environment, identify security gaps and help you best prepare for PCI DSS compliance.


Please visit our website www.xypro.com for more information.


Steve Tcherchian

Chief Information Security Officer

XYPRO Technology



There is safety in numbers …

There is always something upbeat about a product roadmap. Clearly, those providing a glimpse into the future of a product are excited in just being able to open the curtains a little wider. The audience, expecting perhaps a measure of sameness and yet always hopeful that there is more than a few slides that reinforce their investment in the product gets excited when it indeed is the case. No one likes to ride a product into a technology dead-end nor does anyone particularly wish to be viewed by their peers as being out of touch.

This past month there was a major gathering of European users at GTUG, the German NonStop User Group, an event that produces a very distinctive pan-European atmosphere. Held this year in Berlin it attracted members of the NonStop community from all across Europe – attendance was well past the 200 mark. For all of the attendees the most anticipated presentation was the roadmap update by HPE and at this event the talk was given by NonStop R&D head, Andre Bergholz. A visit to the GTUG web site lists all the presentations, including the product roadmap (for those who would like to see the entire presentation). Here, at DataExpress, we always like to see roadmap presentations start off with some big numbers, and we weren’t disappointed.

Under the heading of HPE Integrity NonStop powers the world around you, HPE acknowledges that as of today, running on NonStop Integrity systems, $3.6+ trillion credit and debit card “charge volume” happens each year. The largest retail payments processors in the world run on NonStop and 450+ million telco network subscribers are comfortable that their personal exchanges pass through NonStop. Over 80,000 daily reservations are handled comfortably for a global car rental company and yes, 3 of the 4 gasoline acquiring networks in the U.S. run on NonStop.

As impressive as these numbers continue to be, what may be surprising to read is that behind the scenes, DataExpress is playing an important infrastructure role for nearly all the markets referenced. In much the same way as our car and train networks would grind to a halt without our roads and railways, so too would the transaction processing if the data wasn’t there – moving files may not be the first thing that comes to mind in today’s networked world, but failing to get data to where it is supposed to go comes with sizable penalties and in much the same way as well-laid out roads get us to our destination with minimal fuss, so too does a network file delivery solution, resulting in a painless process of getting  the data to where it needs to be, on time and securely.

In previous updates to Tandemworld, we have likened the role DataExpress plays to that of FedEx – whether you want us to come and pick up the data or you deliver it to us, we adhere to the user specifics on the file and deliver it. We manage and automate the whole process and ensure it arrives securely and in the same format and condition as the source package. The numbers HPE NonStop used to illustrate the popularity of NonStop makes us all feel good – there’s definitely safety in numbers and even the newest user to NonStop can see the sizable contribution NonStop is making to their businesses. There are no dead ends or blind alleys when you see just how popular NonStop remains.

However, these numbers were just part of the introduction to the NonStop roadmap. Of even more significance is the amount of work being undertaken within NonStop development – this represents major investments by HPE in NonStop and that’s just as surprising to see! We often talk of scale-out and scale-up but what this presentation reminds us of is that the projects being pursued by NonStop development include those that help take NonStop into major HPE projects even as new features are being added to NonStop. This outward looking integration with the rest of HPE, as well as the upward looking opportunities to add to NonStop middleware services represent healthy extensions to what was previously on offer with NonStop. For example, with the Yuma project there will be better integration with Linux and Windows and with NS SQL commitment to Oracle compatibility, better potential to attract migration away from legacy platforms of even more transaction processing applications.

Any time we see moves being made to ease migrations onto NonStop the more we have to cheer about here at DataExpress – the more systems deployed, and sharing of data, the more opportunity for DataExpress. Our customers have always been a key ingredient in the development of our own roadmaps for DataExpress and the prospect of there being even more NonStop customers is a situation we welcome – we know no system is an island but it’s also a situation where no vendor is an island and whether this is a company the size of HPE or one closer in size to DataExpress, the roadmap presentation highlighted just how many members of the NonStop community HPE has reached out to. This is perhaps the most revealing number of all – for in numbers there is real strength and we see that now very clearly when it comes to NonStop.

Yes, there’s no risk of winding up in a blind alley with NonStop. It may have celebrated its 40th birthday a short time ago but the product has come a long way since those early days. With what we have seen published following GTUG, there seems to be few barriers preventing NonStop enjoying another forty years and this is not only good news for DataExpress but for everyone in the NonStop community!


Contact Info:

1401 Shoal Creek, Suite 250, Highland Village, TX 75077

Sales:                    972-899-3476
Corporate:          972-899-3460


On behalf of the BITUG Committee, we hope hope you enjoyed the BIG SIG at Trinity House this month.

Coming soon: Autumn Newsletter, The Little Sig and BITUG AGM (second week in December.

And for 2017, the European NonStop Conference and Exhibition and the BIG SIG rolled into one major event (eBITUG):

Do Not Miss Out - Mark Your Diary Now

9th and 10th MAY 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel – Tower Of London

For the latest information on this and all other BITUG activity please visit http://www.bitug.com and join the BITUG mailing list.  Any questions please email chairman@bitug.com

Kevin Poultney

Chairman, BITUG.

BrightStrand International Limited



HPE NonStop Continues Driving Deeper Into the Data Center

05/19/2016 Blog NonStop Future of NonStop created by Richard Buckle
Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the good fortune to sit down and chat with a number of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) executives and managers. I have also talked and exchanged emails with the CEOs of a number of vendors within the NonStop community.



Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the good fortune to sit down and chat with a number of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) executives and managers. I have also talked and exchanged emails with the CEOs of a number of vendors within the NonStop community.

The message that comes through each and every time is one about change, and when you consider all that has happened with NonStop of late, it’s hard to ignore what the NonStop development team has achieved.
If there’s a subplot to the message about change, then it has to be consistency, as HPE is making very clear to all who will listen: NonStop is an integral part of the roadmap for mission-critical systems. The R&D money for NonStop isn’t likely to lessen anytime soon.
With a diverse mix of enterprises relying on NonStop systems today, and this includes industries apart from financial services and telco, HPE wants to ensure NonStop returns to some market segments where it once had considerable influence. From manufacturing to healthcare to stock exchanges and even to information sharing in the digital age, HPE sales folks relish the opportunity to open dialogues within each market segment, capitalizing, as they surely will do, on the lower-priced, industry-standard, off-the-shelf hardware.


Important cultural changes paving the way
In the January 21, 2016 post to the comForte Lounge blog,
Change Continues for NonStop as It Aligns with HPE Goals, I wrote of how the changes run much deeper than just a cosmetic refresh to a chassis or processor. As recent presentations by HPE executives have highlighted, these changes are quickly finding their way into the marketplace. In that post, I also noted that at 2015 HP Discover, held last December in London, HPE’s Mike Nefkens, Executive Vice President and GM of Enterprise Services, told the audience, “We have to change business models and change culture. We’re changing the way we sell and way we deliver.”
That same month, in an interview HPE CEO Meg Whitman gave the CNBC news channel while attending the January 2016 Davos Economic Forum, she told viewers, “You have to remember, we have invested a lot in R&D (and) we have reshaped our salesforce.”


Read the full story.


Webinar Video Now Available



Did you miss NuWave Technologies' recent webinar "Implementing RESTful Services for NonStop"? If so, it is now available for you to view for free on their website.

This webinar discusses the basics of REST and will show you how to design and implement RESTful interfaces for servers running under Pathway (or standalone) on HPE NonStop systems. One of NuWave Technologies' senior software architects also provides technical details and a demo on NuWave's latest product, as well as a Q&A session. LightWave Server™ allows you to access your NonStop applications using JSON and REST technology. View this helpful webinar here.


Gravic Presents on HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migrations at BITUG BIG SIG


At the recent BITUG BIG SIG event held in London, attendees enjoyed our presentation, Reducing Downtime and Eliminating Risk for Disruptive Migrations with HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) Technology. This presentation demonstrated how customers are leveraging HPE Shadowbase solutions to perform zero downtime migrations for otherwise risky and disruptive application, database, and operating system upgrades. Several use case scenarios were reviewed for both homogeneous and heterogeneous migrations. Please contact us if you are interested in discussing this presentation’s content or having us present it to you or your colleagues. Congratulations to Peter Frost of Euroclear who won our GoPro Hero camera prize!


In preparation for hosting the 2017 European User Group (ETUG) Conference in the United Kingdom next May, BITUG promoters gave vendors and participants a sneak preview of the 2017 “EBITUG” agenda and venue, estimating that there will be 12 to 15 booths. (In recent years, ETUG was hosted by GTUG, the German User Group.)


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


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


Please Visit Gravic at these Upcoming 2016 Events


VNUG Conference—Stockholm, 12-14 September


New York/New Jersey Meeting—Berkeley Heights, NJ, 21 September


MATUG Meeting—Herndon, VA, Tentative: 18 October


NENUG Meeting—Andover, MA, 19 October


CTUG Conference—Toronto, 21 October


Connect NonStop TBC—San Jose, CA, 13-16 November



Please Visit Gravic at these Sites


Gravic Website  http://www.shadowbasesoftware.com


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


Twitter  https://twitter.com/GravicSB


LinkedIn  http://www.linkedin.com/company/gravic-inc./shadowbase-data-replication-305119/product


Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gravic-Shadowbase/116969767814




Introducing the OmniPayments Loyalty Card Management System

Loyalty programs are a marketing strategy designed to encourage repeat customer business. Frequent flyer programs, rewards plans, club programs, points incentives, prescription plans, gift cards - the reason they are so popular today is that they work extremely well. The OmniPayments Loyalty Card Management System provides all the necessary features to create, manage, and operate a variety of loyalty programs.

The Loyalty Card Management System is highly secure and fraud-resistant. It supports transactions made via POS terminals, cash registers, web portals, and mobile devices. The Android mobile app, available in the Android store, connects directly to one of OmniPayments’ three NonStop X servers. Intuitive and user-friendly, the app allows customers to check card statuses, confirm balances, view detailed transactions, and benefit from a host of other features. Retailers can review, manage and maintain their own loyalty programs via the OmniPayments Online Web Console, which also provides access to detailed, real-time analytical reports.



OmniPayments Loyalty Card Management System www.omnipayments.com Provides all features necessary to create, operate and maintain a loyalty program Seamlessly migrate existing loyalty cards and their data to the OmniPayments system Card transactions supported via POS, cash registers, web portals, and mobile devices SOA-based architecture. Enhanced security and fraud protection Instant updates, real-time reporting, support for beacon technology Web-based UI Console for program review, management, and maintenance

OmniPayments’ Loyalty Card Management is a complete system. It creates new programs, generates credit/debit cards in addition to loyalty/gift cards, and offers round-the-clock availability with automatic failover that is unnoticeable to users. The system also seamlessly integrates existing loyalty programs using automated tools and scripts and secure-format transfer. Thorough data reconciliation ensures data integrity.

Loyalty Card Management is a new member of the OmniPayments suite of solutions. OmniPayments’ flagship product is its financial transaction switch. 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. The switch easily expands to provide additional functionality when needed and supplies complete security functions for every financial transaction handled, including encryption-at-rest and encryption-in-flight. Available around the clock, OmniPayments will survive any single fault, requires no downtime for maintenance or upgrades, and supports a range of disaster recovery solutions.

The OmniPayments financial transaction switch 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.

Other OmniPayments Solutions

OmniCloudX on NonStop X hosts numerous OmniPayments instances at a pay-for-use price so attractive that mid-size retailers and financial organizations now can enjoy the benefits of having their own high-capacity transaction switches. Starts at only $5,000 USD per month.

OmniPayments Preauthorization Engine is used by financial institutions in conjunction with the OmniPayments Financial Transaction Switch or as a seamless interface to other providers’ switches via a custom support module (CSM). We call it the Fraud Blocker!

OmniPayments, Inc. (www.omnipayments.com) is the product arm of Opsol Integrators Inc., a leading HP NonStop system integrator. For further information, contact Yash Kapadia at +1 408-446-9274 or at yash@omnipayments.com.

Availability Digest Writes for Others as Well as for Ourselves

The articles you read in the Availability Digest result from years of experience in researching and writing a variety of technical documents and marketing content. It’s one of the skills we do best, and we provide our services to others who value high-quality content created by IT specialists. In fact, numerous articles in The Connection and the digital publication Connect Converge are bylined by others but ghostwritten by us. We’re happy to remain in the background.

Our broad industry experience includes banking, telecommunications, transportation, brokerage, technology, health care, manufacturing, aviation, gaming, and entertainment. Either under our name, your name, or content requiring no name, we create articles, books, white papers, case studies, web content, brochures, press releases, slide presentations, patent disclosure drafts, technical manuals, functional specifications, and proposals. We also provide editorial services for those who write their own content but who value the input of accomplished proofreaders.

In addition to its writing services, the Availability Digest offers the following:

● Seminars on High Availability: Concepts and Practices. One-day and multi-day seminars are given both onsite and online and are tailored to an organization’s specific needs. Popular topics include "Virtualization and Cloud Computing," "Active/Active Systems," "Basic Availability Concepts," and "Achieving Fast Failover."

● Consulting Services - Let’s be realistic. Availability costs money. So does system downtime. For every application and every system, there is an affordable balance. Determining that balance is the role of risk assessment and system architecture. Not only do we offer both onsite and phone consultations on a variety of availability issues, we also provide you with thorough risk analyses, help you categorize your applications as non-critical, task-critical, business-critical, mission-critical, and absolutely critical, and work with you to architect the appropriate systems for every application.

For further information and price quotations, contact us at editor@availabilitydigest.com or at +1 908-459-5543. Ask for Dr. Bill Highleyman, our Managing Editor. Dr. Bill brings decades of experience to the design and implementation of mission-critical computer systems. He has published extensively on availability, performance, testing, middleware, and other technical topics. Bill is the author of "Performance Analysis of Transaction Processing Systems," published by Prentice-Hall, and is co-author of the three-volume series, "Breaking the Availability Barrier."

Bill also is the holder of over a dozen U.S. patents, either on his own or as co-inventor.

Published monthly, the Availability Digest is free and lives at www.availabilitydigest.com. Please visit our Continuous Availability Forum on LinkedIn. We’re at 756 members and counting. Follow us as well on Twitter @availabilitydig.





NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2016



Registration will soon be open!

Hotel info:

Fairmont San Jose  1-800-346-5550

HP NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2016 rate:  $239 + taxes

The cutoff date for our special room rate is Friday, October 21, 2016. Please reserve your room before 10/21/16 to secure the special room rate.

Tentative Agenda:


11/13/16 –   Pre-Conference Seminars                         9am to 5pm

                        Welcome Reception                                  6pm to 8pm


11/14/16 –   Partner Pavilion open                                7:30am to 5pm

                        General Session                                           8am to 10am

                        Breakout Sessions                                     10am to 5pm

                        TBD                                                               6pm to 9pm


11/15/16 -    Partner Pavilion open                                7:30am to 9pm

                        General Session                                           9am to 10am

                        Breakout Sessions                                     10am to 5pm

                        Dinner                                                            6pm to 9pm


11/16/16 -    Partner Pavilion open                                7:30am to 1pm

                        General Session                                           9am to 10am

                        Breakout Sessions                                     10am to 12pm



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

 Kathy Wood

NonStop Partner SIG/Vendor Chair





XYPRO - HPE Integrity NonStop X – The –Standardization Continues!

Last year’s announcement of the new HPE Integrity NonStop X Server has created a lot of positive press in our industry, and at XYPRO we’ve been enthusiastically rolling out our XYGATE suite of security solutions for the new server line.  XYGATE software has been certified for HPE Integrity NonStop X since the first servers shipped in March of 2015, and XYPRO took delivery of our first  NonStop X Server later that same year – the first NonStop X NS3 X1 system to be installed in North America. We’re now using this server in our network to extensively develop and test our mission critical security solutions for our customers.

The HPE NonStop X Server is an excellent example of standardization. With a commodity-based hardware set, including the new Intel Xeon processor and Infiniband interconnect fabric, NonStop hardware can now fully divest itself of the “proprietary” label that has become less and less applicable over the last decade.

As a software sales and development company and HPE business partner, XYPRO is keenly aware of the significant progress being made to standardize the HPE Integrity NonStop Server software line. Most of us remember the old days where the NonStop was a small(ish) black box in a sea of Big Blue in the data center, and was sometimes viewed as not playing nicely with those blue boxes, nor most of the other platforms present. In recent years, working with a number of partners, HPE has made great strides in this area and we can assert that the NonStop is standards-based, while maintaining the fault tolerant fundamentals that it has always exhibited. As HPE marketing collateral has recently stated, NonStop has “Common Standards, Uncommon Advantages”.

HPE and partner products, through greater standardization, make the NonStop more secure and better integrated within the enterprise security infrastructure. 

Read the full article  to learn about the significant lengths that HPE, and their partners, have gone to in recent times to modernize, standardize, and secure the HPE NonStop Server platform

Andrew Price

VP Technology

XYPRO Technology



Improving Your Payment Ecosystem with HPE NonStop

     Financial services require rock-solid, secure applications, and few would deny that proven stability and reliability are the bedrock of HPE NonStop systems. That’s one reason they are so trusted throughout the financial system, from processing merchant transactions to handling bank-to-bank business (e.g., SWIFT transfers) and retail banking applications (e.g., ATMs).



We recently participated in a Payments Knowledge Forum (PKF) webinar, where comForte CTO Thomas Burg gave a talk entitled, “Extending and Improving Your Payment Ecosystem.” The presentation was the first in PKF’s 2016 Webinar Series building up to its annual two-day conference, which will be held this year on Oct. 3 and 4 in London.

In the webinar, Burg explained how easy it can be to update the user interface and enhance the functionality of applications running on the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) NonStop platform. Referring to his own personal approach to application modernization, Thomas paraphrased U.S. political strategist James Carville, observing, “It’s about the business, stupid. It’s usually not about the technology. If it doesn’t help customers to make money or save money, then what’s the point?”

Thomas also observed how often technologists and business analysts in the HPE NonStop community isolate themselves from the generally thriving start-up scene. Too many, he said, are looking backward instead of looking for ways to innovate and grow.

And there’s at least one good reason for this. Financial services require rock-solid, secure applications, and few would deny that proven stability and reliability are the bedrock of HPE NonStop systems. That’s one reason they are so trusted throughout the financial system, from processing merchant transactions to handling bank-to-bank business (e.g., SWIFT transfers) and retail banking applications (e.g., ATMs).

In a world so dependent on reliable transactions, HPE NonStop reliability keeps systems up and banks off the front page of news sites, while protecting brand and reputation.

Yet for all those virtues, HPE NonStop is largely perceived as an outdated, inflexible, and costly technology. This is why, in Thomas’ view, today’s owners must adopt the time-tested philosophy of McKinsey & Co., where there are two options for every employee at every performance review: The employee is either promoted within or leaves the organization. McKinsey dubs this practice “Up or Out.”

Burg argues that older HPE NonStop systems and applications today face the same “Up or Out” dilemma: They can either move up (become modernized), or an
application undertaker will move them out. Burg argues HPE NonStop has proven too reliable and stable to simply discard, but if users don’t move off the platform, then why not use it to the fullest?


Read the full blog post.

XYPRO - The HPE Cyber Risk Report 2016 – The Nitty Gritty

Are you current on the evolving threat landscape? Would you like an update on how your adversaries take advantage of prevalent vulnerabilities?

Drawing from innovative work by HPE Security Research, the Cyber Risk Report 2016 supplies the information needed to help you understand how hackers may strike so you can plan your defenses.

We’ve done the heavy lifting and here are some of the highlights chosen just for you:


The industry learned nothing about patching in 2015. (Page 26)

  • The most exploited bug in 2015 was the most exploited bug in 2014 and is over five years old!

Monetization of malware is the new focus of attackers.(Page 44)

  • Malware needs to produce revenue, not just disrupt, leading to increases in banking Trojans, ransomware and ATM-related malware.

2015 was the year of collateral damage.(Page 20)

  • The breach at the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) demonstrated how the parties affected may not have themselves consented to inclusion in the OPM database and how data compromise is no longer just about getting payment card information.  Now, the objective is about getting information that that can affect someone’s life forever.

Overreaching regulations have unintended consequences pushing research underground.(Page 19)

  • Too often legislation incurs unwanted consequences that push legitimate security research underground.

Broad impact solutions, not point fixes are required.(Page 30)

  • It remains unclear if vendors, like Microsoft, can sustain having to release more patches than at any point in their history, or if customers can sustain having to deploy so many patches.

Political pressures attempt to decouple privacy and security efforts.(Page 13)

  • Many lawmakers claim that security was only possible if fundamental rights of privacy were abridged. Those evaluating security for their enterprises may do well to monitor for government efforts such as backdoors to encryption and other security tools.


 XYPRO Technology



comForte at events near you in 2016



21 June 2016

Seoul, Korea

Taiwan Technology Day

23 June 2016

Taipei, Taiwan


12-14 Sept 2016

Stockholm, Sweden

Payment Knowledge Forum

3-4 Oct 2016

London, UK


21 Oct 2016


NonStop TBC

13-16 Nov 2016

San Jose, USA

PCI Europe

24 Nov 2016

Amsterdam, NL



Please contact us if you would like to arrange meetings with our team at any of these events.





XYPRO looks forward

to seeing you throughout 2016

ACI User Group Exchange June 6, 2016 - June 9, 2016 Orlando, Florida

VNUG September 12, 2016 - September 14, 2016 Stockholm, Sweden

PCI North America 2016 September 21, 2016 - January 22, 2016 Las, Vegas, NV

PCI Europe 2016 October 19, 2016 - October 20, 2016 Edinburgh, Scotland

CTUG 2016 October 21, 2016 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

PCI Asia Pacific 2016 November 16, 2016 - November 17, 2016 Singapore


Musings on NonStop!

May, ‘16

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

Based on there being no push back on the new format for my musings in which I now include links to all the posts made during the month I will continue with this approach – again, let me know if you would like to still get an email from me. The good news is that the tough line several spam filters have taken with me recently has subsided and I am able to continue with email exchanges practically unabated. Again, I can always be reached at - – richard@pyalla-technologies.com


By now the news of what was covered at GTUG has been well dispersed across the NonStop community and about the only thing I need to add is that I am really appreciative of the time NonStop product management and development has given me to work on just a little fine tuning of how the InfraSoft bomBora product (Node.js / V8) fits in with the reference architecture as presented. In simple terms, Java 7 / Java 8 Standard Edition and Node.js / V8 (bomBora) are runtime platforms. There’s no dependency whatsoever by Node.js / V8 on Java.

While modernization (of NonStop applications) has suffered a little of late in terms of HPE NonStop promotion – are we talking too much about modernization whereby audiences infer NonStop is legacy? Surely not – what the arrival of Node.js/V8 represents is not just another approach to modernization but the presence of a runtime platform that will support the porting of any JavaScript application and they are about as modern as you can get!

While I wasn’t able to make it to GTUG, this coming month I will be busy supporting RUG meetings all the same – I have attended SCTUG, N2TUG and BITUG. I will then make it back to California for the Partner Summit before I begin preparing for June’s 2016 HPE Discover event in Las Vegas. A number of miles will be covered and yes, no surprises here, but there will be a couple of plane rides as well. Hope to catch up with many of you but in the meantime, here are all the posts and commentaries published in May, 2016 …


Real Time View:





BAI Community:  


BankingTech (Commentary):              


LinkedIn blog / Pulse:

http://www.striim.com/blog/2016/04/sensors-heartbeats-and analytics-what-gets-our-blood-racing/





Richard Buckle
Cofounder and CEO

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


Successful first HPE NonStop Partner Technical Symposium!

NonStop Partners were invited to HPE's facility in Palo Alto this week for a full day of technical and business information brought to us by the NonStop Product Management Team.

We learned a lot from the NonStop Team, and had many networking moments between sessions.  Thank you to comForte, Gravic and XYPRO for sponsoring the evening reception.

Many thanks to Karen Copeland and Phyllis Longbons for organizing this Event and to all the presenters! We look forward to seeing you again at the NonStop Technical Boot Camp in November!

Kathy Wood

NonStop Partner/Vendor Chair



Thank You Karen Copeland and the HPE Product Management Team


Get in the “way back machine” with me and pop out in 1965. As a young boy I would tune into “Get Smart” to watch bumbling agent Maxwell Smart defeat the evil KAOS Empire. Many times Max would have to go into the “cone of silence” to hear the really secret stuff. This was a room where anything you said was absolutely confidential.

Tonight I write this short message from Palo Alto California, a few miles down the road from HPE’s headquarters. I just popped out of the “cone of silence” so I am limited in what I can say.  I was privileged to be invited to a private vendor meeting of the HPE NonStop roadmap. While I have attended many briefings and looked at many slides (which mostly say nothing) this time the briefing was AWESOME!

HPE gathered together their vendors and their senior engineering leaders. They gave deep briefings on their technology direction. Sometimes they showed us incomplete thoughts, reinforcing for me that this was a true “what we are thinking” update. They asked us for direction and took notes. Nothing was sugar coated. 90% of the time we cheered. Once we booed. This was a rare opportunity for partners to look 2 years down the road and see where HPE is going. This gave me a rare opportunity to position my technology to take advantage of the future before it jumps up and kicks me. This briefing made me smarter. This will help me bring my customers what they need to make things better.

While I am jumping up and down and wanting to talk about this stuff, I have agreed to wait about 45 days until HPE makes their announcement.

Over the next 60 days HPE will have a series of announcements around the NonStop. In concert with HPE’s future NonStop direction NTI will have some direction announcements that demonstrate how NTI is following the HPE curve. 

Did you know that about 14,000 people around the world are reading this TandemWorld post?  To the readers I’d like to say two things:

1)   Thank You to Karen Copeland and the entire HP NonStop Product Management team for arranging the briefing, for executing it perfectly, and for bringing me more NonStop info than I have had in over 10 years.

2)   Tandem NonStop has an awesome future ahead of it.


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