NonStop ™ eNewsletter for May 2018

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 Meet the BASE24 Innovators

Have a Crisis? All Your NonStop Guys Retired?

XYPRO Ready Player None: Protecting What You Can’t See

Registration is open for the 2018 NonStop Technical Boot Camp! 

Availability Digest Asks, “What’s This Stuff Called Middleware?”

Gravic Wins Gold Stevie Award® for
Best New Product at the 2018 American Business Awards

 HPE NonStop Security Provider XYPRO Granted Patent for Contextualizing Multiple Security Events


XYPRO - Getting Things Done

XYPRO looks forward to seeing you at the upcoming shows!


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Meet the BASE24 Innovators


A US-based finance company decided to ditch their previous solution and connect to BASE24 using NuWave middleware. By switching out their software, this innovative HPE NonStop customer saved approximately $300,000 in five years, and the savings continue to grow each year.

The customer runs BASE24-pos on their NonStop servers, providing 24/7 POS transaction processing for their customers and merchants. By using NuWave SOAPam® Server, those POS transactions can now be accessed using modern Web services. 

Read more about this exciting customer story on NuWave's NonStop Innovations blog.


Have a Crisis? All Your NonStop Guys Retired? No Worries with BrightStrand’s Flexible Resource Program


 It is a sad fact of life in the NonStop world.  Your NonStop Systems work forever, but your developers and support teams don’t. They retire, they migrate to other assignments, and their expertise is difficult to replace in your business-critical environment. That is why you count on BrightStrand International and its flexible resource program. Brought to you by the largest pool of HPE NonStop resources in the U.K. and quite possibly in the world.

Here is how our flexible resource program works. 

Not every company requires a year’s worth of support services. So why pay for a year’s worth? With BrightStrand, you have the option of contracting for a predetermined number of service days over a defined period. That way, all contractual necessities are in place. When an emergency or another unforeseen issue arises, we can act quickly to place the most appropriate resources at work on your behalf.  You avoid having to negotiate prices and terms while your systems – and your business – suffer.

Your costs are less than those of an annual contract, and you can add more days if necessary.

Beyond the obvious advantage of having access to our highly experienced NonStop team, BrightStrand’s flexible resource program allow us the opportunity to understand your system configurations and applications. Therefore, well in advance of your use of our services, we can anticipate the skills you may need and which of our BrightStrand colleagues are best suited to assist you. 

Just how far-reaching are BrightStrand’s skillsets?  When it comes to NonStop, we have centuries of combined experience spanning every NonStop platform and operating system. Our multiplatform support extends as well to IBM, UNIX, and Windows. Count on us to be prepared for any challenge your systems encounter because we have experienced every possible challenge.

Such deep expertise is a valuable commodity.  What it offers BrightStrand customers is peace of mind.

BrightStrand International is your go-to source for highly skilled IT professionals. In addition to our flexible resource program, BrightStrand offers a complete product lifecycle from initial planning through implementation to fully managed services.  We work onsite and remotely, and everything we undertake is tailored to the specific requirements of each customer.  The result?  Lower costs, reduced risk, higher availability and increased efficiencies.

We encourage you to contact us for additional information.

Tel: +44(0)141 204 4046



XYPRO Ready Player None: Protecting What You Can’t See


There is a large disconnect in the way breaches are evolving versus how security solutions are keeping up to address them. Virtualization adds an entirely new layer of complexity to the puzzle. As a security strategist, I’m constantly evaluating what is possible to help identify gaps and opportunities. The one thing I have learned over the course of my career:

The only thing constant in cyber security is that attackers’ methods will continue to evolve.  They get smarter, more resourceful and are impressively ever patient.

The HPE Integrity NonStop server is not only a foundation of the HPE Server business, it is also central to countless mission-critical environments globally.  For the longest time, security of “Mission Critical” systems, such as IBM Mainframes, HPE NonStops, SAP HANA and others have remained mostly static and under the radar, while high profile attacks on other platforms and applications have taken the spotlight.  That hasn’t lessened the risk to these foundational systems and the data they possess,it has actually created a gap. A security gap that will only increase if not properly addressed due to the advancements in globalization, virtualization and newly introduced technologies like IoT, distributed systems and in-memory computing.

Interestingly enough, the NonStop server isn’t the only mission critical enterprise solution in this situation. There are some colorful parallels that can be drawn between applications running on the NonStop server and those running in SAP environments. Both are in highly mission-critical environments and vital to the revenue generation of an organization, and they frequently run payments applications like ACI’s BASE24 and other vendor supplied and homegrown applications. This creates some interesting security challenges. In a recent article from The Connection Magazine, Jason Kazarian, Senior Architect at HPE, described legacy systems as “complex information systems initially developed well in the past that remain critical to the business in spite of being more difficult or expensive to maintain than modern systems”. His article went on to point out the security challenges of legacy applications. Some of these applications tend to be unsupported and lack security features that modern applications would have. Security patches aren’t readily available, and even if they are, these critical patches aren’t applied in a timely fashion out of fear it will cause a disruption to the business. This makes detecting and addressing security risk a greater challenge than it already is.


Mind The Gap

How can this problem be addressed? Protect what you can. Be it system, application or data – push the risk down the stack to an area that is more addressable by security controls. For example, tokenizing or encrypting sensitive data used by a legacy application will send an attacker away to search for that data through alternate methods, preferably one better suited for detection.

Have a risk-based, layered approach. This will dramatically swing the odds in your favor. A layered approach based on security risk will provide you an arsenal to fight back with that you never had. It will create those choke points, provide needed visibility and help reduce mean time to detection allowing you to respond quickly and decisively.

With the way threats are evolving, those of us responsible for security need to constantly evaluate our capabilities. Let’s dive into each layer to explore the benefits they can provide in an overall security strategy.

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Registration is open for the 2018 NonStop Technical Boot Camp!


Make plans to join the global NonStop community for four days of networking and learning with NonStop Engineers, Executives, Partners and Customers at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport:

Registration Information:

EARLY BIRD:  $1395 (before 10/01/18)
REGULAR FEE:  $1695 (after 10/01/18)

Call for Papers is OPEN:

Deadline for proposal is September 1st.

The Partner SIG looks forward to reuniting with Customers and HPE this fall in the Grand Peninsula Ballroom on the Lobby level!

Kathy Wood

NonStop Partner SIG/Vendor Chair


Availability Digest Asks, “What’s This Stuff Called Middleware?”

It’s amazing what you find when you clean out your bookshelves. In the case of Digest Managing Editor Dr. Bill Highleyman’s cleaning spree, it was an article he wrote in 1994 about the new technology called middleware and its introduction to the IT industry. Back then, middleware was defined as the glue that bound client applications to server applications – the “/” in client/server.

Today’s definition of middleware is much broader. Middleware is a staple of today’s distributed systems. More than just a glue, it is a software layer residing between the applications and databases on various systems and the networking layer that connects these systems into a distributed computing network. “What’s This Stuff Called Middleware” reviews middleware of the 1990s and compares it to the technology’s current services.

In addition to “What’s This Stuff Called Middleware,” read the articles below in the Availability Digest.

Sheltered Harbor Provides Protection – Two years ago, dozens of U.S. banks, including Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America, began collaborating on a secret, ultra-secure data bunker called Sheltered Harbor. The bunker holds a copy of all bank transaction data to protect it from a devastating cyberattack. But the banks and industry groups behind Sheltered Harbor have recently changed the plan from a single bunker, itself a possible target of attack, to a backup buddy system. Banks choose “restoration” partners that store a vault of one another’s core data that’s updated each night. If one bank goes down, the other can restore accounts and make customers whole.

The PDP-8: My Favorite Computer – Sorry, Tandem loyalists. For all the decades that Digest Managing Editor Dr. Bill Highleyman has been devoted to the NonStop community, his favorite computer remains the PDP-8. He was involved with the computer from its inception and was a friend of Ken Olsen, who founded Digital Equipment Corporation. The company’s first big success was the introduction of the PDP-8 in 1965. The PDP-8 was considered the first commercially successful mini-computer. Its architecture was built on Olsen’s creation of flip chips, which revolutionized the development of complex logic modules.

Archivist Rebuilds HP Archives Lost in Fire – In the November 2017 issue of the Availability Digest, we described the devastating wildfire that destroyed an archive of historical documents created by Hewlett-Packard founders William Hewlett and David Packard. Despite the loss, efforts now are underway to rebuild the historical narrative thanks to the dedication of archivist Karen Lewis.

@availabilitydig – The Twitter Feed of Outages - Our article highlights some of our numerous tweets that were favorited and retweeted in recent days.

The Availability Digest offers one-day and multi-day seminars on High Availability: Concepts and Practices. Seminars are given both onsite and online and are tailored to an organization’s specific needs. Popular seminars are devoted to achieving fast failover, the impact of redundancy on availability, basic availability concepts, and eliminating planned downtime.

In addition, the Digest provides a variety of technical writing, consulting, marketing, and seminar services. Individuals too busy to write articles themselves often hire us to ghostwrite. We also create white papers, case studies, technical manuals and specifications, RFPs, presentation slides, web content, press releases, advertisements, and so on.

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


Gravic Wins Gold Stevie Award® for
Best New Product at the 2018 American Business Awards



Gravic’s HPE Shadowbase data replication product won the Gold Stevie Award in the category for Best New Product or Service of the Year – Software – Healthcare Technology Solution at the 16th Annual American Business Awards (ABA). The ABAs are the United States’ premier business awards program, and all organizations with U.S. operations are eligible to submit nominations. This year, more than 3,700 submitted nominations in virtually every industry were under consideration in a wide range of categories. Over 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select the winners. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word, “crowned,” the awards will be presented to the winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 11.


The award-winning submission involves HPE Shadowbase data replication software that provides real-time replication from an HPE NonStop-based prescription claims processing system to feed a new environment for fraud decision support. As a result of the project, HPE Shadowbase software enables each agency to perform independent maintenance, analytics, and other necessary healthcare solution functions on individual schedules. This architecture improves the solution’s availability to eliminate failover fault risk and dramatically improve recovery time if a failure occurs at any point. The updated solution now assures the agency’s important healthcare data is fault tolerant, encrypted, reduces overall reimbursement cost, and enables law enforcement to monitor and investigate fraudulent claims activity. For more information regarding this submission, please read Prescription Drug Fraud Prevention – An HPE Shadowbase Data Integration Case Study.


To speak with us about your data replication and data integration needs, please call us at +1.610.647.6250, or email us at


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


Please Visit Gravic at these Upcoming 2018 Events


N2TUG Meeting—Dallas, 7 June

LATUG Summit—Santiago, 12-13 June

VNUG Conference—Stockholm, 11-12 September

ATUG Meeting—Atlanta, 19 September

CTUG ConferenceToronto, 26-27 September

MATUG Meeting—Baltimore, 28 September

MEXTUG Meeting—Mexico City, 4 October

Connect HPE Technical Boot Camp—San Francisco, 11-14 November


 HPE NonStop Security Provider XYPRO Granted Patent for Contextualizing Multiple Security Events


New security analytics technology to provide faster breach detection using patented security intelligence.


LOS ANGELES – May 15, 2018 – XYPRO Technology Corporation (“XYPRO”), a leading provider of HPE NonStop Security, Risk Management, Compliance and Database solutions announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 9,948,678, titled Method and System for Gathering and Contextualizing Multiple Security Events. The patent covers the aggregating, correlating and contextualizing of disparate and unrelated security and system events. This proprietary technology is intended to provide faster detection of suspicious activity by intelligently combining security and non-security-related data while applying a layer of context which makes the newly enriched data much more insightful and actionable.


“We are pleased that the US Patent Office recognized the innovative achievement of XYPRO,” said CEO Lisa Partridge. “Our method aggregates and correlates multiple data sources, including those not traditionally used for security monitoring. Our clients in banking, finance, telecom, retail, manufacturing and other critical sectors will find this new technology paramount in risk mitigation.” XYPRO’s patented method uses sources such as file metadata, system data and application data and applies a layer of platform and application specific context to determine if the newly created data is an actionable threat or not. The applied context can come from either a security context event map or from a machine learning algorithm generated by profiling the system over time to determine what context is normal for the given platform or application.


“Traditional risk and threat detection methods are no longer sustainable,” said Steve Tcherchian, XYPRO’s CISO and Director of Product. “Even with recent security advancements, the average time to detect a breach is still unacceptable at well over 100 days. We need to expand the data points used in order to identify suspicious activity more rapidly. By coupling data not typically used in security incident detection with security-related data, we have created a new type of enriched data that didn’t previously exist. Applying context to this newly formed data can detect security incidents that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.”


The market for security intelligence and analytics solutions is large and growing. Analyst reports indicate that the global market for threat intelligence will reach USD$9 billion by 2022, with a CAGR of 15% through the same period.


With the issuance of this patent, XYPRO expands its footprint in the security intelligence and analytics space, leveraging this technology for computing platforms and markets in addition to the HPE NonStop server market


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XYPRO - Getting Things Done


I’m a head down, roll up your sleeves kind of leader. I started out at XYPRO on the ground floor 27 years ago and feel most comfortable in the trenches with the team, making sure they’ve got what they need to be successful.  I know I don’t provide public updates nearly as often as I should, so this blog is an excellent exercise in reflection as the events of a year are distilled into a message that conveys where we’ve been and where we’re going as a company.


The impact we’re having and are still to have on Mission Critical Security & Risk Management is the heartbeat of XYPRO’s  business opportunity and it’s what we identify as our mission.  We’re thrilled with what we accomplished in 2017 and the plans for 2018 that are already coming to fruition.  In addition to 2017 being another record revenue year, it was an exemplary year for us in several areas.


Following an executive restructuring in Q1 we were able to streamline our product management and engineering divisions, improving product vision, time to market and overall company communication and productivity.


In March we finalized XYPRO’s acquisition of Canadian database specialist Merlon Software Corporation, which increased our global client base and added a sophisticated suite of Database Management products to our HPE NonStop Mission Critical Software catalog and a great group of people to our company.  Amalgamating the very experienced team from Merlon with the growing XYPRO family was new territory for us and has proven to be a very rewarding experience.


A key factor to ensuring happy customers is to make sure that people enjoy coming to work every day.  One of the ways we try to accomplish this is ensuring that each employee knows they are a valuable contributor to our success and in Q2, 2017 we were honored as one of Inc. Magazine’s “Best Places to Work 2017”.   Happy employees give their best and make sure that customers know we’re on their side.

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 XYPRO looks forward

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NENUG 2018May 21, 2018Andover, MA

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PCI Asia-Pacific 2018May 23, 2018 May 24, 2018Tokyo, Japan

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NYTUG 2018May 23, 2018Berkeley Heights, NJ

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N2TUG 2018June 7, 2018the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park in Plano

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VNUG 2018September 11, 2018 September 12, 2018

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ATUG 2018September 19, 2018

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CTUG 2018September 26, 2018 September 27, 2018Hewlett–Packard Enterprise Canada, 5150 Spectrum Way, Mississauga, Ontario

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 Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lusis Payments are collaborating in a fresh new way to bring increased value to customers like you.

We know that acquiring technology is only the first step in achieving a business goal. The technology pieces need to work together. They need to be tested. They need to provide rich functionality, quickly and effectively, so you can concentrate on your business needs.

To help satisfy these needs, Lusis Payments is a member of the HPE Partner Ready for Technology Partner program, an industry-leading approach to supply sophisticated integrated technologies in a simple, confident, and efficient manner.

Lusis provides state of the art products and services to the payments industry. Using micro-service architecture, Lusis brings a modern and truly flexible proposition to the payments EcoSystem.

Lusis Payments has access to the right tools, processes, and resources to help our joint customers accelerate innovation and transformation that brings value, achieves business needs, and increases revenue and market shar

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OmniPayments unchained



How can OmniPayments customers truly enjoy virtually 100% uptime? How do we help Financial Institutions to serve their own customers better and better? 

For this year’s TUG program, OmniPayments are focusing on how best to build applications with seven 9s uptime, (that’s 99.99999%, or just 3 seconds per year), where in our presentations we liberally illustrate what steps can be taken with examples from the work we have done with OmniPayments product. “Having worked for Tandem Computers many years ago,” said OmniPayments CEO, Yash Kapadia, “the attention to ensure NonStop availability became so deeply ingrained that it drives everything we do. As the HPE NonStop team comes up with new features and even new products then we take a good long and hard look at these and wherever possible, we leverage them to improve our level of availability, so both our customers and their customers benefit.”

It hasn’t just been the NonStop community events that OmniPayments has been supporting this year. It is the goal of OmniPayments to be more widely recognized across the payments industry. Financial Institutions gravitate to events where solutions addressing their needs are highlighted and so this year, OmniPayments has made sure events like the ATMIA US Conference as well as the MONEY 20/20 events receive the OmniPayments attention. Whether it’s sponsorship of a coffee break, the inclusion of handouts in show bags, or simply being a participant in the exhibition hall, as has been the case so far with RUG events, you would be hard pressed not to see some evidence of OmniPayments’ presence as you walked the event hallways.

This should be of particular importance to the broader NonStop community. It is important to see vendors developing solutions for NonStop systems taking their solutions to a much wider audience. One temptation for every member of the NonStop community is to think of themselves and their use of NonStop in isolation – as the last NonStop standing! And this is simply not the case. Listening to any keynote presentation given today by a HPE executives – particularly to a group of NonStop users – you will always hear references made to “new logos” added to the community. When HPE VP & GM, Mission Critical Systems, Randy Meyer last addressed the NonStop community at Boot Camp, he highlighted some dozen or so new logos being added to the global base of NonStop users.

“Last year we heard that there were more than a dozen such new logos and looking ahead to what we can expect to see this year, I am hopeful that this number climbs to twenty plus new logos,” noted one eminent blogger. However, where Yash and OmniPayments are taking their message is ensuring that there will be even more new logos in 2018 and of course, you will only hear about any of this if you attend an event or conference where payments solutions are part of the conversation.

But new logos, new products and new features are more than just soundbites uttered in moments of enthusiasm by faithful adherents of NonStop. When you take a closer look at what is being developed by the NonStop development team then you will read of the very important evolution under way that will make NonStop capable of running virtual, make NonStop SQL/MX support multitenancy and yes, make Blockchain a big contribution to the ongoing relevance of NonStop. To this end, you will be hearing a lot more from OmniPayments about OmniCloudX, the company’s first inroads into the world of SaaS and Clouds. OmniPayments runs today on NonStop X at customer sites as well as across its own multi-site data centers where it supports a number of financial services that no longer require making hardware investments and when it comes to Blockchain, suffice to say, work is under way to better exploit Distributed Ledger Technology that is now part of MCDLT from HPE – Mission Critical Distributed Ledger Technology.

Where will you hear more of this evolutionary roadmap? You may have already heard it at this month’s events and conferences at BITUG and GTUG; continue to look out for more TUGs where OmniPayments and Jessica are supporting these OmniPayments-sponsored events. We hope to see you all there but if you are not participating this year, you can always reach out to us.

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