Tandemworld eNewsletter for November 2015

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Tandemworld eNewsletter for November 2015


Computer Security Products

Is your NonStop Infrastructure secure and fit for purpose?

Jim Johnson Writes....

Non-Reactive Performance Management

A return to successful events past – success of TBC ensures there will be many more to follow!

BITUG Agenda - Dec 2015

Musings on NonStop! - November, ‘15

Gravic Shadowbase News

IR and Big Data

Boot Camp and HP NonStop Modernization on the NonStop Innovations Blog

Tell me what you think

Video of “Modernization through Integration” Now Available

Secure Data and Accelerated Applications


NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2015

XYGATE SecurityOneTM

NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2015 -  a personal view

The Power of XML Thunder: XML Schema Choice, Sequence and All

OmniPayments Reduces Your Total Cost of Ownership

NuWave at the BITUG Big SIG!

Modem Memories from an Old Tandem Guy with a Little Bit of Life Left in Him

comForte Proof of Concept for a hybrid application built on the Yuma Infiniband stack

XYPRO – Out with the old and in with the NEW!

Preview - comForte at BITUG BIG SIG, 4 Dec, 2015


XYPRO looks forward to seeing you at these events!

Tandemworld at BITUG

comForte's Limited Edition 'HP NonStop for Dummies' Book!

comForte at events near you in 2015 and 2016




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Computer Security Products

Computer Security Products was thrilled to be a platinum sponsor at NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2015, where we unveiled our new website cspsecurity.com and introduced our innovative security hardening solutions CSP-Wiki and Protect-X®, which received an overwhelming response from show attendees.

CSP’s security hardening session “Got Hard”, presented by CTO Callum Barclay, was well attended and generated an enormous amount of interest towards our new hardening solutions.

CSP would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth and attended our presentation, as well as all those involved in coordinating this year’s event.

CSP will be in attendance at BITUG’s Big SIG 2015, which takes place at Trinity House on December 4, and will present our exciting new solutions CSP-Wiki and Protect-X®. Please visit our booth to learn more about our suite of security hardening solutions for NonStop systems.


For information on CSP’s new solutions please visit www.cspsecurity.com or use the following links:

CSP-Wiki - http://www.cspsecurity.com/solutions/safeguard-and-oss-security-hardening/csp-wiki-2/

Protect-X® - http://www.cspsecurity.com/solutions/safeguard-and-oss-security-hardening/protect-x-2/


Is your NonStop Infrastructure secure and fit for purpose?

Hpe, together with it’s Partner BrightStrand International are extremely pleased to offer this signficant new service to NonStop customers. It has been clear for some time that a complete service of this nature has been required and we are delighted, that after many months of taking customer feedback and subsequent planning, we are able to launch this new service.

Particularly in light of recent media coverage, there are  many questions that are rightly being asked. No matter what market sector you are in, we know that your NonStop Infrastructure is crucial to your customers, your business and to your well-being as an organization.Have you ever asked yourselves any of the following questions, for example:

What happens if your system goes down?

Is your Infrastructure Secure?

Have you a viable Storage, Backup and Restore Strategy?

Are your Interfaces to Networks and Other Systems resilient?

Are Roles and Responsibilities and Interdependencies clearly defined?

Is training current and appropriate?

How do you approach Software releases and Updates?


The NonStop Infrastructure is crucial to your business and your customers.

We have all seen what happens if things go wrong and it can be hugely expensive and hugely embarrassing and lead to the loss of valuable customers. There is also the subject of heavily regulated environments and how you view/include/monitor the Social Media. The key is to ensure that your NonStop Infrastructure and the resources involved are operating in the most effective way and that there are also comprehensive, known, tested and current processes in place to try and avoid those unfortunate instances. This should also ensure that if and when these instances do occur, corrective actions are known and taken, to try and minimize system risk and outage.

Problems can and do of course occur but as we have also seen, how they are handled is as important to finding the root cause. It is vital now, perhaps more than ever with the media capabilities these days that organizations are seen to be operating as effectively as they possibly can be. We also know that the resources who work in these environments, want to know that too


NonStop SDI Service offering

HP are taking this seriously and together with their Partner BrightStrand International would like to propose that nominated resources from your organization attend an initial 1 day workshop (only for your organization), for the purpose of discussing the main areas of interest for you. The above list is by no means meant to be exhaustive and there will almost certainly be areas of specific interest to you that should be covered.

Clearly, the attendees of this initial workshop are very important and will need to be agreed with you beforehand, as they will also need to be present to gain the most effective output. Also, the receivers of this output will need to be agreed with you.

The output from this workshop will be a document outlining the specific Service to be delivered to your organization which will address all of the main issues identified in your workshop. A customized Professional Service to cover each issue in great detail, to ensure that from the perspective of both the technical and people resources involved, your organization will be much better prepared to hopefully prevent future issues where possible but also very importantly, to deal with them as effectively as possible when they do occur.

Following this workshop, there would be no obligation for you to accept the specific service being proposed to move forward with but we would hope that you will be able to see the huge benefits in doing so. During this Service delivery process, we will hopefully find areas where things are indeed already being done extremely well within your organization and we will report on that. Either way, the key is you now have a way of ensuring that your organization, at least from a NonStop perspective is “Fit for purpose”, which we hope will provide you with peace of mind.

David McLeod, the Director of NonStop for EMEA says:

“Recent requirements for continuous availability, often from regulatory authorities, have caused many customers to review the practices employed in support of the HP NonStop to ensure that not just the computer but the whole environment is capable of supporting these augmented demands. This offering is geared to all customers requiring the highest levels of availability.”

Alan Mushett, MD of BrightStrand International Ltd says:

 “We are delighted to be working with HP on this very significant service. Over many months, a lot of input has been taken from customers and experienced NonStop people, which has enabled us to put together this complete NonStop infrastructure service. It was clear that customers wanted a complete service of this nature, in order for them to ensure that all areas of their NonStop business, both system and resources were covered to ensure that for the future they were prepared and ‘Fit for Purpose’.  

For more information please contact Brightstrand (Kevin Poultney) and HPE at BITUG on Friday 4th December 2015

or emeasales@brightstrand.com.

or Contact your HP NonStop Sales representative.

Jim Johnson Writes


 Jim Johnson has written in the Standish Group  blog, Cafe CHAOS.


Ghost of Christmas Future.


By Jim Johnson  

In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, four ghosts visit Ebenezer Scrooge. One of the ghosts is the Ghost of Christmas Future. The future ghost shows Scrooge his likely future based on his past transgressions and present habits. The ghost points out that Scrooge could change his future if he changed his habits. A few years ago, Software Magazine called me the Ghost of Christmas Future based on our ability to spot trends and predict the outcomes. In working with IBM in the mid-’90s, one of my peers predicted the end of the mainframe based on IBM’s current habits and market trends. Those habits made IBM seem like it was using the mainframe as a cash cow and investing in other technologies and services.

Having an inside view, I personally saw the incredible lengths to which IBM and its users went to change their habits and reinvest in the mainframe. Today, the IBM mainframe enjoys both a healthy market and a highly placed position within the IBM product families. A decade and a half later, I would see this same situation with HP in its mainframe division called NonStop. In the late ’90s we (Standish) had done some total cost of ownership (TCO) studies and found that for certain environments the HP NonStop had a remarkable TCO advantage. For a few years we worked with many of the NonStop customers in exploring these advantages. However, each year we saw the HP NonStop TCO advantages dwindling away.........



Please read Jim's full article at http://blog.standishgroup.com/post/52


Ban Bottlenecks®

See You At The NonStop TBC

Non-Reactive Performance Management


The industry hasn’t learned much in the 25 years that we’ve been providing the Ban Bottlenecks Performance Management Service. As opposed to our Ban Bottlenecks clients, many mission-critical sites still suffer outages with nothing more than weak excuses that “No one could have anticipated…”  Nothing is further from the truth.

With today’s state of the practice of performance management most sites simply don’t collect and review the information required to anticipate problems. You can’t do it by watching a screen change colors, or by focusing on CPU and disk only. You can’t do it by collecting reports and not looking at them.  You can’t do it by not understanding the application, the business behind the application, and the business plans driving the application.

Simply put, the mission-critical applications which we manage deserve a much more comprehensive view, a much more integrated collection and examination of all the factors affecting the application.  Computer and non-computer factors must be considered.

For the last 25 years Ban Bottlenecks has been successful in collecting, integrating, and analyzing all the factors affecting application availability and performance. Time and again we have shown our clients where their systems will be heading into trouble. They have fixed the issues before there were problems, before there was a service disruption.  If this is your goal, give us a call.

Say hello to us, Jon and Janis, at the TBC!





A return to successful events past – success of TBC ensures there will be many more to follow!

By the time you read this update from Data Express, the NonStop Technical Boot Camp (TBC) will have run its course. Fingers crossed of course that it all goes well and if you participated I’m sure you took a lot back to your organization as a result. If you missed the event then a peruse of the agenda will give you a good idea of the scope of material covered and with as many breakouts sessions as there were, everyone’s interests was well served. Clearly, the keynote presentation by HPE EVP & CTO Martin Fink proved to be the highlight of the event attracting the biggest crowd, and with the title of his presentation, NonStop: The Inside Story, there was no lack of interest in what he had to say. For more on what Martin said as well as our perspective on what we observed, more information will be provided in next month’s article.

We were pleased that DataExpress was the focus of one of the breakout sessions, with Susie Raye representing DataExpress along with Richard Buckle of Pyalla Technologies, LLC. What you may have noticed during their presentation was that the theme of last month’s article to Tandemworld found its way into Susie and Richard’s presentation. The similarities between the FedEx operation and what is delivered by DataExpress provided a powerful illustration of the benefits from deploying DataExpress. It was too good to let pass by without some reference in their presentation, as the imagery alone conveyed the message of DataExpress we hope all in the NonStop community now recognize.

The TBC follows on the heels of numerous regional user events, from nearby Dallas to Arizona, California, Mid-Atlantic and New England not forgetting events in Canada and the UK – with more to follow before the year wraps up. Individually, each of these events has drawn just a handful of users – sometimes as few as two or three – but the net of all of this activity is that a growing number of companies are now becoming more aware of today’s NonStop offerings and of the value these offerings provide. The realization that there is no substitute for a tractor when a field needs to be ploughed and where a flock of canaries pulling on the same plough is not up to the task no matter how many canaries you find, still resonates strongly with the NonStop community.

Today, NonStop X may deliver a stronger cluster-in-a-box message but it is still identifiable as just one system with all resources under the management oversight of just overarching operating system. As HPE has been highlighting in the recent presentations we have seen, the NonStop X family of systems provides greater scalability that any x86 server can possibly conceive – a single image over 4,000 plus instances of x86 processors is unique to the NonStop architecture. However, that’s only part of the story. That NonStop X may drive some instances of private clouds within the more enterprising data centers is a possibility that very soon may materialize and watching that coming to fruition will be a resounding endorsement of just how powerful NonStop has become after four decades of meeting the mission critical demands of these data centers.

Like many in business within the NonStop vendor community there are occasions when we are left to consider the prospects of a slowing demand for NonStop solutions. No business wants to hitch their wagon (or plough) to a vehicle that’s simply run out of steam. Like many of our peers, DataExpress invested in an open platform in support of DataExpress, DataExpress Open Platform (DXOP) (http://dataexpress.com/solutions/#dxop), to ensure we had a future but little did we know that the plans of HPE for NonStop involved hybrid solutions – not just the participation of NonStop systems in heterogeneous configurations, but rather, very tightly integrated with systems apart from NonStop such as Windows and Linux. NonStop has had a presence in heterogeneous systems since the very beginning, being deployed by financial institutions as a programmable front-end to networks previously connected to mainframes, with NonStop inserted into the middle of other vendors systems offerings. And NonStop simply had to work!

But hybrids featuring tightly-coupled NonStop with Linux and / or Windows are a whole new system topology to take into consideration and in this configuration there’s clearly choice as to where DataExpress features are installed. Some files may not need the security or indeed the layers of management provided by DataExpress to ensure delivery as much as other files and then there’s the termination of internet protocols external to NonStop for business reasons. At DataExpress we are seeing no end to the ways NonStop hybrids could be configured with DataExpress and now with the introduction of our new features for handling incoming emails the mix of NonStop with Linux and / or Windows is starting to make our lives here at DataExpress very interesting.

The TBC, following closely behind numerous regional events, has demonstrated for vendors like ourselves that the NonStop community is as passionate as ever. From all accounts, particularly as it was at the San Jose Fairmont, comparisons were made to major ITUG events of past years, and for a good reason. The number of attendees and the unmistakable buzz that surrounds enthusiastic participants is not lost on the NonStop vendor community even as it impresses the management at HP. NonStop needs a forum as it pursues broader acceptance within companies and it may still take a few more years but by all accounts the TBC forum’s popularity ensures that it will be around for many more years. And for that, we at DataExpress want to say thank you to all of those in the NonStop community who turned out for the event and made it the success it proved to be. See you all in 2016!



BITUG Agenda - Dec 2015




Musings on NonStop!

November, ‘15

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

Bags are packed and the process of loading the SUV is complete. The road trip from Boulder, Colorado, is under way as we head to San Jose, California, for the 2015 NonStop Technical Boot Camp (TBC). These musings will likely be in two parts as I hope to be able to include a couple of gems garnished from the keynote presentations before I forward this month’s musings to the editor of Tandemworld. However, it’s been impossible to escape the blitz of promotional emails in support of this year’s TBC and that has given me a lot of material.

We will be crossing two major mountain ranges on our way to San Jose and this changes what gets thrown into the back of the Jeep. Colorado is now enforcing a traction law (that’s been on the books for years) on Interstate 70 as it crosses the Rockies. Drivers must now have snow tires, tires with the mud / snow designation for a four-wheel drive vehicle to be able to travel on the roadways without a potential fine. Additionally, all tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread. So, to be safe, we have thrown in a set of snow chains for this trip.

It is all necessary baggage, and while the Jeep has plenty of room, throwing in the chains in addition to the extra washer fluid we carry, together with a couple of sacks of kitty litter, a shovel, a brush and scrapper to remove excess snow and ice from the windshields, a box of candles and lots of water and a couple of energy bars, a lot of the space was taken, but there’s a rational reason for doing so. Call it survival mode, if you like, and collecting all of these extra items is done in the full knowledge that we just hope a situation never develops where it’s all needed. But then again, being part of the NonStop community, deteriorating road conditions won’t force us from our route – we can handle whatever backup situation is thrown our way.  

With the NonStop X family  taking shape and discussions within the NonStop community now including talk of hybrid systems, as enterprises take in the messages coming from vendors, including HPE, that there’s a massive transformation (of IT and the data center) under way, has it become time to rationalize some of what has found its way into the data center? Do we really derive value from everything that constitutes our data center?   

Think of it as unwanted baggage; including everything we have set aside in case of emergency. That extra system deployed somewhere in the network we can rely on should a server fail; that consultant we turn to for an explanation of an unexpected phenomena that surprises us; that application that runs every night, undocumented, unsupported and that nobody is prepared to decommission. Even the HVAC that’s been in use ever since the second mainframe was installed even though both mainframes have been removed years ago.

As with driving in winter conditions through a potentially hostile environment, there’s so much stuff on hand that we view as part of our infrastructure that for many CIOs it might as well be questionable baggage. With the message being advocated by HPE executives to base our systems on hybrid infrastructures, I am wondering whether this is just a modern interpretation of the old adage about cleaning house. Is transformation simply another word for dusting? Or perhaps, expressed more succinctly, a case of out with the old and in with the new?

Perhaps a bit too simplistic and possibly even naïve, as I am sure the plans of most enterprises where NonStop systems are deployed are more rational than that. Not for these enterprises is the knee-jerk reaction to every fad that is enthusiastically promoted, no matter how technically or financially attractive they may appear to be,  there’s just too much history to simply chuck everything in for something that’s the “architecture de jour”! NonStop systems, particularly the new family of NonStop X systems, have a very legitimate role to play in the world of hybrid systems. And after a fashion, open the door to reevaluating what runs where and why!

There’s no lessening of the need to process transactions in near-real time without dropping a single transaction just as there’s no lessening of the need for near-permanent uptime. Private clouds are beginning to emerge and many NonStop vendors consider offering their solutions on the basis of a SaaS, even as others are taking the next step to deploy their SaaS offering from out of a cloud, so expect to see a growing presence of NonStop within these clouds, particularly now that InfiniBand connectivity option exist. All it takes is for just one Linux or one Windows participant in the cloud to opt for a Yuma interface into NonStop X and the deal is sealed. NonStop is part of the cloud!

Next month I will have plenty to say about the TBC and in particular, about what HPE EVP and CTO, Martin Fink, had to say in his keynote presentation to the NonStop community. Martin is giving me thirty minutes of his time for an interview and at the last moment he changed the timing of the interview to after his presentation so there would be time for me to think a little more about what he presented and for that I am particularly thankful. Of course, expect to see much more written before the December issue of Tandemworld as I will feature this exchange in an upcoming post to the NonStop community blog, Real Time View shortly. Did you check the LinkedIn group, Real Time View, for the posts I made during the event? Let me know if you found them useful and yes, by all means, comment on any of these posts as you see fit!    

Call it being prepared to take an alternate route; call it survival mode, if you like,  but the move to clouds, both public and private, even as our approach includes hybrid systems, is gathering momentum and CIOs will take advantage of the chance to clean house. Unwanted baggage is simply that; unwanted baggage and no matter the line of business keeping the baggage is no longer an option. Only business critical systems of high value will be kept. When asked what was the 10% of applications being kept in-house (and not being pushed into the cloud), one CIO recently responded, “Well, the company books, of course!”  

Yes, there will always be some aspect of the business the CEO will not want to let go of and for the very same reason, there will be some part of the transaction flow CIOs will want to keep running on NonStop. Hybrids involve systems of different architectures providing value in unique ways and this is exactly what NonStop provides – NonStop is part of security, NonStop is part of high-value, business critical transaction processing, NonStop is part of the cloud and few CIOs may expedite the removal of some systems, but NonStop? No, there’s not a single rational reason to do so – and yes, you can call it survival mode as well!



Richard Buckle
Founder and CEO

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

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Check out (or copy and paste to your browser):

Real Time View at http://www.itug-connection.blogspot.com/

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comForte at http://blog.comforte.com/

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ir.com Payments and Infrastructure at http://www.ir.com/blog-pay/

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WebAction.com at http://webaction.com/blog/

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buckle-up at http://www.buckle-up-travel.blogspot.com/

…. And check out the SubGroup on LinkedIn, Pyalla Track Days


Gravic Shadowbase News

We greatly enjoyed the 2015 Connect HPE NonStop Technical Boot Camp held November 15-18 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA and spending time with so many of you. We thank Connect and the HPE staff for hosting such a terrific gathering. We delivered five presentations, two with Mark Pollans of HPE on various Shadowbase topics, two case studies, and a general Shadowbase product update, all of which are listed below:

·        Business Continuity with HPE NonStop, Featuring HPE Shadowbase, Mark Pollans, Paul J. Holenstein

·        HPE Shadowbase Data and Application Integration Solutions with Use Cases, Mark Pollans, Paul J. Holenstein

·        Case Study: Vodacom’s One Year Recovery, Keith B. Evans


·        Winning the Battle Against Internet Banking Fraud by Leveraging HPE Shadowbase Streams Real-Time Data and Application Integration, Keith B. Evans

·        Shadowbase Product Suite Update, Paul J. Holenstein, Keith B. Evans, John R. Hoffmann

If you are interested in discussing any of our TBC presentations’ content or having us present these to your staff, please contact us. Congratulations to Kazim Mohamed of Royal Bank of Canada who won our GoPro Hero+ prize!

Please Visit Our New Shadowbase Website

Please visit our new website at www.ShadowbaseSoftware.com! You will see major improvements in both high-level and technical content and graphics, with easy-to-use “drill-down style” page navigation under six major tabs: Solutions, Products, Support, Publications, About Us, and Contact Us, and a convenient site map at the bottom of each page. Our home page focuses on our four major solutions: Business Continuity, Data Integration and Synchronization, Application Integration and Utilities, all linking to in-depth information. Located under the Publications tab are our popular white papers, case studies, and articles, all categorized by Shadowbase solution type, as well as recent news and newsletters. Other highlights include expanded pages on Shadowbase products and support/service. We hope that you will enjoy visiting and using our new site! Note, we are no longer updating our old website and will retire it within the next year, so please change all references you may have from www.Gravic.com/Shadowbase to www.ShadowbaseSoftware.com.


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 HP account team.


Please Visit Gravic at these Upcoming Events


HPE Discover 2015  London, 1-3 December 2015


BITUG BIG SIG  London, 4 December 2015


SunTUG Sunshine Summit  Tampa, 4 March 2016


GTUG IT Symposium  Berlin, 18-20 April 2016


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IR and Big Data

Prognosis was first conceived in the late 1980s, where, with the help of the local Tandem Computers offices in North Sydney, the first version was brought to life. IR then hit the road with Prognosis and demonstrated it at Tandem User Group events worldwide, attracting customers who continue to rely on Prognosis to this day. Some 10 major releases later, the capabilities of Prognosis have helped global corporations with the need for 24 X 7 monitoring of mission critical applications that must be always available.

Data is King

Business critical applications derive their importance from the functionality they provide and the data they contain. Today, data is recognized as the key to breaking down barriers between systems and ensuring that legacy processing silos are tapped for the unique information that every company needs to develop greater business insight. Externalization of applications as services via the web allows any computer equipped with a browser to pull data directly from web-enabled application, and locally integrate it with other data that can come from a variety of sources, both internal and external to the company.

This has caused the requirements for application monitoring solutions to grow exponentially.  The familiar dashboards we associate with application monitoring solutions have become programmable entities in their own right. Tools have emerged rapidly in support of operational staff who needed to see far more than just what is running on the system.  This applies just as much to applications running on NonStop systems as it does to any other platform.

The Universal Dashboard
Dashboards have become points of integration, transitioning from simply providing visibility into a working application, by adding context sensitive guidance on the best response options for addressing and correcting potential error situations. This topic has been the subject of numerous posts to the
IR blog and highlights the important operational role that a world class monitoring solution provides by capturing, displaying and sharing data. In additional to NonStop and NonStop X, Prognosis for Payments and Infrastructure supports a number of other fit-for-purpose platforms that will serve the NonStop community well as it embraces hybrid systems.  

NonStop Technical Boot Camp (TBC)
Recently the NonStop community gathered to hear more about what is coming from Prognosis and other NonStop solutions.  All TBC participants made it a point to attend the keynote presentation by HPE EVP & CTO, Martin Fink and he didn’t disappoint. In a presentation titled “NonStop: The Inside Story,” Fink covered the last ten years of NonStop history and gave everyone insight into his take on the many decisions made in that time, most importantly the focus on returning NonStop to profitability.

TBC: Big Data and Big Data Analytics
One theme that stood out at this year’s TBC was Big Data and Big Data Analytics. Given how data is the key to understanding the patterns of transactions, social interactions, and even automated activities as the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to take shape, the need for application performance monitoring products with the ability to tap into many resources will follow suit.  The demands of data being generated in increasing volumes and velocity means IT operators have to be more sensitive to their surroundings than ever before. Prognosis clearly has a critical position to play in this new data centric environment and participants at TBC gained valuable insight into how Prognosis plays an increasingly important role at some of the biggest NonStop users’ installations in the world.

With TBC over for another year, IR remains committed to ongoing participation in the regional NonStop user group gatherings. IR welcomes the opportunity to reach even more members of the NonStop community by pursuing direct engagement at TUG events in major cities across the globe.

Want to learn more? Check out IR on Demand where you can watch any of our webcasts on demand and join us for our next webcast on December 3rd at 8:00am MT. Richard Buckle will be providing a recap of the highlights of NonStop Technical Bootcamp.

Andre Cuenin


Boot Camp and HP NonStop Modernization on the NonStop Innovations Blog

The NonStop Innovations blog recently had the pleasure of chatting with Phil Ly of TIC Software about HP NonStop modernization, what TIC has accomplished so far, and what they have planned.


Be sure to subscribe to the NonStop Innovations blog for great articles like this, a recap of Boot Camp—which will be posted shortly—and much more. Read this article and subscribe.


Tell me what you think

 With the recent announcement by HP that the NonStop is moving to the enterprise it seems like this is the perfect time to tell the NonStop world about a project that NTI has been working on for some time. On December 4th at BITUG in London I will be unveiling a new infrastructure direction.

My good friends at BITUG have graciously given me 20 minutes at the end of the day to put up a diagram. What I will be showing is not yet for sale so this will not be a sales pitch. I value the opinion of the NonStop community as we shape this new approach, so I will be asking for advice and opinions. Everyone attending (End Users, Vendors, and HP) is welcome to join in. Your opinion is very important to us. 

Because your time is valuable, and because this will be at the end of a long day, I want to make it worth your while to attend and participate. I will be bringing a PILE of GoPro cameras. Every 4 minutes the timer will ding and we will give away another camera. Everyone in the room has an equal shot at a camera.

See you at BITUG in London on December 4th.


Cathy Meurer from US Foods organizes the DUST group in Phoenix. Cathy has given me a similar slot at her December 9th meeting for the same announcement.

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Video of “Modernization through Integration” Now Available


Did you miss NuWave Technologies' latest webinar, "Modernization through Integration"? Well now you can now view the video, which includes a demo of NuWave's latest product, LightWave™ Server, for free. 

In this video, Gabrielle Guerrera, NuWave’s director of business development, and Dave Belliveau, NuWave’s senior software architect, show how you can modernize your HP NonStop applications by integrating them with other platforms, applications, and Web services. As an added bonus, Dave, one of the original developers of the product, gives a demo of how simply LightWave Server can share information from your NonStop servers using JSON Web services and REST APIs.
View the webinar now.



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Secure Data and Accelerated Applications

888-301-2431 / sales@thirddata.com


               Third Data Corporation provides numerous products which can reside on HP Nonstop and other HP  hardware platforms. In addition we provide custom high performance software design and development for our clients. Don't forget to download the latest version of Sysbusy. It's FREE at www.thirddata.com/dwnlds.html

Accelerated Development of High-Speed Applications

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

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

Securing Data at Rest

SecureStore – If you are security conscience trying to become compliant (PCI, HIPAA, etc) then you know that you can not leave sensitive data readily viewable. SecureStore  encrypts the data  for your application so that you can become compliant. As part of disaster recovery your data is sent to multiple locations so it will be available when you need it. As a bonus for those having trouble with Guardian 4K limits there is no record size. It can also integrate with SQL systems (SQL MX/MP, Oracle, Postgres etc).

TokenStore – TokenStore supports multiple formats. From generation and storage of Tokens per EMV specifications to translation and non-storage of full or partial customer PCI data.

Securing Data in Flight

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.


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.


NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2015



The 2015 NonStop Technical Boot Camp was a huge success!  Approximately 450 attendees participated in the 3 ½ day Conference and Pre-conference sessions: Customers/HPE/Partners.

Thank You to HPE for their strong presence and high content! Many thanks to the Exhibiting Partners in the Exhibit Hall and Passport for Prizes participants!

We look forward to seeing you again in 2016!





$100 Cash

Robert Bolha


$100 Pre-paid Debit Card

Lars Andro


Syma Quadcopter Drone with HD Wifi Camera

Scott Weekley

BlackWood Systems

Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

Bo Jonsson


Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Larry Giordano


Beats Headphones

Mauricio Bermudez

Crystal Point

2TB USB Backup Drive

Bill Honaker


Monster – Superstar Bluetooth Speaker

Young Choi


Bose Bluetooth Sound Link Color

Tony Messink


Best Buy Gift Card

Jeff Mangus


GoPro HERO Plus

Kazim Mohamed


Tech Travel Kit

David Wiseman

HPE Security-Data Security

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Narada Battle


$150 Amazon Gift Card

Glynn Richard


My Passport for Mac

William Muckerheide



Michelle West

Lusis Payments

Netgear Dual Band Wi-Fi range Extender

Takahiro Terakura


Fire HD 8

Yakoob Teladia



Yves Tournier


$100 Visa gift card

Emile Roach


$100 Amazon Gift Card

Takuro Kakiuchi


LogitechBluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480

Alwyn Dsouza

Resource 1

Amazon ECHO

Allen Wang


PC Monitor

Mark Cremona

Striim (WebAction)

Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Jagath Kurundukumbura



Cristiano Mendonca


Bottle of Single Malt Scotch + 2 Crystal Glasses

Rodney Winfield

Third Data

Acer HD Tablet

Koichi Ebina


$100 Cash

Paul Singh

Tributary Systems

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Stanislav Hartman



Neil Barnes




Kathy Wood

NonStop Partner SIG/Vendor Chair


XYGATE SecurityOneTM – The Next Generation of NonStop Security


Jimmy Treybig, founder of Tandem Computers, reminded everyone of his secret to success last month while presenting at CTUG in Toronto. 

Innovation and Change, without those, you have no success.

Criminals are constantly finding new and clever ways to exploit security defenses.   Security providers must drive the innovation necessary to counter these attacks to protect business operations and data. The strategy that worked yesterday probably won’t work tomorrow.  That’s why XYPRO is looking beyond what’s there today.  To innovate and develop the solutions that protect you and your business from threats – today and tomorrow.

Mission critical systems like the HPE Integrity NonStop servers house an organization’s most valuable applications and assets and must be protected against a variety of threats. Although the NonStop has unique security features not typically seen on other enterprise systems, it is still at risk from insider and outsider threats, misuse, non-compliance and security breaches.  As systems grow larger, faster and more economical, the amount of data generated, and thus put at risk, exponentially increases.  Keeping track of what is happening to that data and those systems becomes a very expensive and inefficient exercise for system operators.  Without proactive control and visibility into their NonStop infrastructure, organizations expose themselves to greater risk. Current solutions do not provide the specialized NonStop security intelligence and contextualization to paint the correct picture for this purpose.

XYPRO is pleased to announce XYGATE SecurityOne! SecurityOne provides real time Security Intelligence and Analytics for HPE NonStop Integrity Servers. SecurityOne leverages the data generated by many sources to Reduce Your Mean Time to Detection and take a proactive approach to security.


To learn more see our article in the upcoming Connection Magazine!


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NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2015 -  a personal view

By Thomas Gloerfeld, VP Marketing, comForte


It has been almost a week since the event and it is fair to say, it has been a great event with more than 400 attendees. 


The future of NonStop, Security and YUMA were all high on the agenda for me as well as comForte's pre-conference workshops on Tokenization and YUMA.


Last but not least, Michelle West’s account of the joint tokenization project using SecurData at TD Canada Trust was a great testimony to the team's technical expertise and the superiority of the solution.


Read my day-by-day account of the highlights and other noteworthy points.


Canam Software Labs, Inc.

The Power of XML Thunder: XML Schema Choice, Sequence and All


XML schemas define the “rules” that a set of XML documents must follow.  These “rules” cover two main aspects:  

1.      The structure of an XML document (e.g. element and attribute names, minOccurs, and maxOccurs)

2.      The data content found within the XML document (e.g. minLength, maxLength, and domain)

As part of defining the structure of an XML document, XML schemas use order indicators (also known as compositors) to specify the order that elements must appear in as well as identify elements that are mutually exclusive. 


The order indicators used by XML Schemas are <all>, <choice> and <sequence>.  These three schema elements provide a powerful technique for defining how a set of XML documents must look; however, they also add complexity and therefore significantly increase development time when coding support for them by hand.  


XML Thunder by Canam Software Labs, Inc. simplifies working with order indicators by automatically interpreting these rules in an XML Schema and then generating all of the COBOL or C source code needed to read, write and validate associated XML documents. 


To understand more about XML Schema order indicators and how XML Thunder can expedite the process, please click here for more info.  (http://goo.gl/gOFLdl)


OmniPayments Reduces Your Total Cost of Ownership


Our Financial Transaction Switch is Available as a Standalone System or as an OmniPayments Instance in Our Private, NonStop X-based Cloud


Any successful slide presentation includes at least one memorable graphic.  In the case of OmniPayments, the TCO slide left session attendees talking.  “Migrate to OmniPayments from Your Existing Financial Transaction Switch in Just Four Months” focused on OmniPayments’ efficient, pain-free migration schedule with no disruption to customer services. Although the takeaways were many, what stood out were OmniPayments’ efforts to reduce Total Cost of Ownership by optimizing its software stack. 



OmniPayments is a switching solution for the financial and retail industries. It is deployed on NonStop for the highest availability and offers all the requisite functionality to manage credit/debit-card transactions. It manages multiple devices, hosts application interfaces, and interoperates with third-party products or other systems if required. OmniPayments easily expands to provide additional functionality when needed and supplies complete security functions for every financial transaction handled, including encryption-at-rest and encryption-in-flight. Available around the clock, OmniPayments will survive any single fault, requires no downtime for maintenance or upgrades, and supports a range of disaster recovery solutions.


The OmniPayments pricing model is based on a one-time software license instead of on transaction volume.   OmniPayments guarantees that customers will save at least 50% off their current transaction processing costs.


Also cost-effective and a successful TCO reducer is OmniCloudX, the next generation of OmniPayments’ standalone system. It is built on NonStop X and hosts numerous instances of OmniPayments at a price so attractive that mid-size retailers now can enjoy the benefits of having their own high-capacity transaction switches.  OmniCloudX starts at only $5,000 USD per month and is available on a pay-for-use basis.  OmniPayments also supplies the IT staff needed to manage the transaction switches running in its private cloud, thereby allowing participating companies to focus on their core businesses.


OmniPayments systems in production today process 700 million transactions per month, generated by point-of-sales terminals and over 14,000 ATMs. A single OmniPayments system supports up to 10,000 transactions per second. Multiple OmniPayments systems can cooperate to provide any capacity required by an application. From our seven worldwide locations, we serve as a 24×7 managed services provider for remote production monitoring.  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.


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


Join Us at the BITUG Big SIG!

Join NuWave Technologies at the Trinity House in London on December 4th for BITUG’s Big SIG.

David Ross, NuWave’s regional sales director for the EMEA region, will explain how to modernize your HP NonStop applications by integrating them with other platforms, so be sure to catch his presentation, “Modernization through Integration” at 11:35 in the Pepys room.

If you haven’t registered for the Big SIG yet, you can do so at https://bitugbigsig2105.eventbrite.co.uk, and then email davidross@nuwavetech.com to set up a meeting about how to modernize your applications!


Modem Memories from an Old Tandem Guy with a Little Bit of Life Left in Him


The science of data communication has come a long way since AT&T first introduced the technology in the late 1950s. Back then, AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph Company) was studying the potential for transmitting data over a telephone network. Initial results proved depressing. Data transmission was unreliable due to issues inherent in AT&T’s network, and those issues had to be fixed before data communication could be made commercially viable. Once the network was upgraded, AT&T began developing their products, or modems, in earnest. AT&T referred to their modems as dataphones.

A modem (modulator-demodulator) is a device that produces an encoded digital signal that can be transmitted easily and then decoded to reproduce the original data. Why after all this time have memories about modems surfaced? Availability Digest Managing Editor Bill Highleyman (he’s the old Tandem guy) recently toured the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California USA (http://www.computerhistory.org). It is a huge facility, and a visitor easily can devote a full day or more to seeing all the exhibits. To Bill’s surprise, he found displayed the DataPhone 103, the design and development of which he supervised when he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories (Bell Labs), AT&T’s development unit.

Bill joined the company after receiving his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and Bell Labs sent Bill to school for his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering. Why no degree in computer science? None existed at the time.

The DataPhone 103 was the second commercial modem for computers. Released in 1962, it offered full duplex communication (data travels in both directions simultaneously) at a speed of 300 baud. Fast for its time, it nevertheless would have taken the 103 an excruciating seven hours to transmit a standard, one megabyte JPEG photo.

The DataPhone 103 paved the way for such modern mobile communications standards as 3G (third generation networks) and 4G (fourth generation networks). Thanks to Bill and his design team, the 103’s encoding scheme, now known as Bell 103 Modulation, remains in use today in shortwave radio, amateur radio, and some commercial applications. For many years, higher-speed modems retained the ability to emulate the Bell 103 as a fallback method for data communication at lower speeds if network conditions deteriorated.

“Modem Memories” is among the articles in the November Availability Digest. http://bit.ly/1IctoHk It provides an interesting look-back at a technology that now sits in a prominent position in the archives of computer history.

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.

Published monthly, the Digest is free and lives at www.availabilitydigest.com. Please visit our Continuous Availability Forum on LinkedIn. We’re at 712 members and counting. Our most recent thread is “Continuous Availability vs. Zero Downtime.” Follow us as well on Twitter @availabilitydig.



comForte Proof of Concept for a hybrid application built on the Yuma Infiniband stack


comForte took part in the “Yuma” project which enables tight coupling of Linux systems with HP NonStop NS X systems and used Yuma to “Infiniband-enable” it’s Client Server Link (CSL) product. CSL can be used to easily build distributed applications between a Linux system and the HP NonStop, a.k.a “Hybrid architecture”. While that in itself is not new, the reduced latency and improved throughput of Infiniband compared to TCP/IP changes the scenario massively.


comForte and HP ran a successful pre-conference workshop at the NonStop Technical Boot Camp which was presented in three parts: Justin Simonds, HP,  talked about the Hybrid architecture and potential use cases. Mike Rice, HP, explained the Yuma/Infiniband architecture in more detail and Brad Poole, comForte, covered the results of comForte’s Proof of Concept based on an early version of the Yuma product; he also discussed comForte’s product plans based on its existing product set and the new possibilities.


Contact us if you would like to learn more about CSL and YUMA. http://www.comforte.com/company/contactform/


 XYPRO – Out with the old and in with the NEW!

Earlier this year we reviewed our website and realized it was time for something new, fresh and modern. We wanted a site that allow our customers easy access to valuable information and resources that we strive to provide in real time.

As many of us know rebuilding a website is not easy task, but after months of hard work we are excited to say that it is ready to break out of the shadows and step into the spotlight. The brand new www.xypro.com is now available, we hope that you will take the time to look around and take advantage of all the added resources and features.


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Preview - comForte at BITUG BIG SIG, 4 Dec, 2015


As the year is drawing to an end we are looking forward to yet another key event in the NonStop space - the BITUG BIG SIG in London.


What's in store?

comForte’s plenary session is entitled ‘Highly available tokenization services for the payments industry’ which will be given by Thomas Gloerfeld, VP Marketing.


In light of ever increasing security threats to the payment industry it is becoming more and more important for those businesses to limit or eliminate their exposure to data breaches. Tokenization is the last line of defense which provides both lower risk and compliance with industry standards (such as PCI). This presentation looks at a new, innovative tokenization solution which can be implemented cross-platform to help reduce operational risk and achieve compliance.


Please visit www.bitug.com for more information and registration.


Stop by our booth to learn more about Payment Security, Application Modernization and Connectivity.


XYPRO looks forward to seeing you at these events!


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Tandemworld at BITUG

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Come find Dave and see how the eNewsletter could assist you in 2016.

You can reach Dave on +44 (0)7801 540086 or info@tandemworld.net


 comForte's Limited Edition 'HP NonStop for Dummies' Book!


This book is for anyone with an interest in HP NonStop systems. This book is for you if you're new to the platform, have spent many years working with it, if you manage people or IT systems, or if you're a system operator or developer on/for the HP NonStop platform.


Get the book and …



·        Learn more about HP NonStop systems - a lot has changed in the past few years

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·        Explore ways to better integrate your HP NonStop systems in the Enterprise IT infrastructure



If you would like to receive a free copy of the 'HP NonStop for Dummies' book please register at … http://www.comforte.com/ns4dummies

comForte at events near you in 2015 and 2016




4 Dec 2015

London, UK


9 Dec 2015

Scottsdale, AZ, USA

SUNTUG 2016 & Golf

4-5 Mar 2016

Tampa, FL, USA

International GTUG

18-20 Apr 2016

Berlin, Germany


Please get in touch if you would like to arrange meetings with our team at any of these events.




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