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Upcoming Live Webinar

High Tech… Low Tech…. High Tech

comForte was Awarded a Patent on Tokenization Technology within its SecurData Product for the HP NonStop Platform

SOAPam® Client Demo Now Available

Go Easy on Your CISO – They’re Under a Lot of Pressure

Connect With NuWave at Upcoming Events This Fall

Moving to assemble from build; DataExpress proves NonStop customers like smart vendors!

New comForte Video - Making Your Valuable Data A Worthless Treasure

Ban Bottlenecks® Goes Weekly!


XYPRO looks forward to seeing you throughout 2015

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

Gravic Publishes New Article on Advantages of Data Replication

Compared to Tape/Virtual Tape Backup for Disaster Recovery


comForte at events near you in 2015

Video – Get Started in 5 Minutes! XML or JSON-Enable COBOL or C Programs with Canam Software Labs Inc.

Availability Digest Asks, Will You Be Ready When the “Big One” Strikes?

Musings on NonStop! - September, ‘15

New TANDsoft Customer Counts on FileSync and AppendOnly for OSS

Looking for Painless, Efficient BASE24 Migration? Look No Further Than OmniPayments!


NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2015

Online Version

Current Subscribers 15067

Upcoming Live Webinar


 NuWave Technologies is happy to announce their next webinar, Modernization Through Integration, taking place on October 14, 2015.


On HP NonStop, most mission-critical applications remain in production 24/7/365, with minimal downtime. If your company depends on this platform, then this presentation will show you how to modernize your applications by integrating them with other platforms, applications, and Web services. You will also learn how to drive down costs, improve operating efficiency, and create breakthrough improvements in total user experience.


A technical presentation will also be provided by NuWave's technical team.


There will be three sessions. Please register for the session that is most convenient for you.


Europe/Africa: 9am ET/1500 CET

Americas: 11am PT/2pm ET

Asia: 9pm ET/900 HKT (Oct. 15th)


Register for the webinar here:



NuWave Technologies have also opened the vault on their past webinars. Watch them free without having to provide additional information on their
YouTube channel


High Tech… Low Tech…. High Tech

 High Tech

In my career I have been flying to meet Customers all over the world for over 30 years. Recently I hit the Million Mile mark with United. There was no special award for this (other than a sore back) but I wanted to make the point that I have had a ride on almost every type of aircraft possible over my career. But with all of these miles and all of these aircraft my flight last week from Houston to London was a new experience. I had my first ride on a Boeing Dreamliner. The aisles are wide. The overhead bin space is larger enough for everyone’s carryon bags. The ceilings are tall enough for a pro basketball player to walk. The windows are at least 3x the size and have electric shades that cause the tinting to react without having to slide up and down a shade that always seems to be broken. They inject moisture into the air so you can take a long flight without getting dehydrated. The engines are massive and you can actually feel the power vibrate thru the airframe as they fire up. The flight deck is a small apartment separated from the main cabin with two crews, beds, and a toilet. Once airborne you fly comfortably at 41,000 feet.

 All of this high tech stuff was preceded by years of careful planning. Before United took delivery they had to plan the routes, modify the airport jetways, and train the crews. Our aircraft originated in Tokyo, flew 15 hours to San Francisco, spent 3 hours on the ground, flew 3 hours to Houston, spent 1 hour on the ground, then flew 9 hours to London. In London, after a 3 hour servicing, turned around to head back to Houston to repeat the journey to Tokyo. This aircraft spends 19 hours out of every 24 hours in the air, generating revenue. It’s almost as if since the day it was born it was never intended to be on the ground again. This is definitely a vast improvement over the old turbo prop days.

 Low Tech

So this brings me to Ireland where I am this week. I came over to NTI’s offices and to meet with friends. My wife came along with me and we took a day trip to the town of Ballina, County Mayo. About 102 years ago her grandfather, at the age of 26, immigrated to the US in search of work. The family for generations had been dock workers and local work was limited. He headed to the US in search of a better life for his family. In the US he had a son who was fortunate enough to get involved with computers as they evolved from the 1960’s. Now my wife, the granddaughter of the immigrant, who has a career in leading edge technology, has come back to stand on the docks where the American connection began. I found this very cool. As he headed to America he could never have imagined that future generations would return in search of the past.


High Tech

Now let me circle around back to the Dreamliner. When I booked my ticket, the credit card company, and the financial networks, and my bank all used Tandems and DRNet. DRNet replicates their data to backup Tandems to protect against loss. DRNet ensures that United does not lose any revenue and Jim doesn’t get a free ride on their expensive Dreamliner.


That’s all well enough but nowadays credit card fraud is out of control. To counter this our Customers are replicating their Tandem transaction data to Oracle or Microsoft data warehouses to feed fraud scoring engines. DRNet/OPEN is a key component within their sub second fraud detection infrastructure. We intercept, transform, and transmit this data to the scoring engines without interfering with the Tandem transaction flow. It’s cool stuff and as always, is backed by our awesome Engineering team who will walk you through every step of the setup of this complex technology.


From Ireland, where the smile and warmth of an Irishmen is quicker that the slow internet service, I bid you “go mbeadh lá iontach” (have a wonderful day).


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·       Real-time File Synchronization

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comForte was Awarded a Patent on Tokenization Technology within its SecurData Product for the HP NonStop Platform


comForte 21 GmbH announced that it was awarded patents for a 'Computer-implemented method for replacing a data string' by the German, European and United States Patent Offices.


The respective Patent Numbers are:

DE 102012111383

EP 2735991

US 9047461


In general terms, the invention relates to a method for replacing an unencrypted data string from a data record by a token in a tokenisation device, therefore rendering the sensitive data string unreadable.


The patent applies to the Tokenization of data to protect data at rest from getting into the wrong hands. Tokenization has gained significant traction in the financial and other industries in the past several years. comForte invented the patented underlying algorithm as early as 2011, confirming comForte’s position as a thought-leader in data security, especially for the payment industry.

comForte is excited to having been awarded this patent as it is a key technology for its SecurData solution. SecurData can add tokenization capabilities to any payment processing software running on HP NonStop systems.


For more information on SecurData, please visit www.comforte.com/securdata and/or read the latest article on SecurData at www.comforte.com/Tokenization_article.

For more information on comForte, visit www.comforte.com.


SOAPam® Client Demo Now Available


You can now view NuWave Technologies' recorded demonstration of SOAPam Client software, for free! In this demo, one of the original developers of the product uses a banking application on a HP NonStop server to retrieve an account balance stored on a disparate platform. This is done quickly and easily using the power of SOAP Web services.


Access the SOAPam Client demo now to learn to access external public and private Web services.



XYPRO –  Go Easy on Your CISO – They’re Under a Lot of Pressure


Threats are everywhere. And it’s no secret cybercriminals are getting more organized and working more patiently to accomplish their objective: stealing your data, access to which is provided via an infinite number of channels. There are currently an estimated five billion devices connected to the internet today and Gartner estimates that number to grow to 25 billion + by 2020. That’s almost 4 devices for every man, woman and child on the planet. Look around your desk. How many connected devices do you count? 5? 6? More? Further, just how many of these devices are being brought into and connected to the enterprise at work, exposing not just you, but your company to further risk? A recent article I read described the exponential increase of connected devices - including devices such as smart ice cubes that pulse to the beat of your music and monitor how much you’re drinking and smart diapers that can tell you when the baby needs to be changed! Every one of those devices pose a risk at home and work. This risk increases the strain on security resources that now have to be responsible for plugging up every hole, even ones they don’t know about.


The odds are against your success

Security professionals in today's landscape have to be right 100% of the time to stop criminals, whereas the criminals only need to be right once. Those are pretty scary odds considering all the different devices they need to take into account. You would get better odds if you were to wager that I'd end up being the President of the Moon. I kind of like the sound of that.

I’ve been in the security space for nearly my entire career. Back in the old days, security was nothing more than installing a small firewall in a locked room that also housed the cleaning supplies because someone said a firewall was the right thing to do. Back then, the only time sensitive part of the job was ensuring the antivirus software on everyone’s system was up to date. Synching your phone was simply putting your Palm Pilot or Windows CE on its cradle to sync your contacts and calendar and working from home meant printing out your spreadsheets to take with you. As a CISO now, the number and magnitude of security risks that have to be factored into the day-to- day monitoring and overall corporate strategy are mind blowing. BYOD, IoT, VPN, ISO, PCI are all acronyms CISO’s lose sleep over. As a profession, we not only need to worry about the outside attackers intentionally threatening everything in our organizations, but we also have to make sure our legitimate inside users are informed  enough  so they're not going to accidently open our systems to a vulnerability or circumvent security controls because “It gets in the way of doing real work”. We have all received those tempting emails offering an all-expenses paid trip to Tahiti or texts saying that we are entitled to a ten million dollar Nigerian inheritance; all we have to do is send them our SSN and corporate password to collect our riches. How do you ensure your users are armed with enough information so they know not to click or respond to obvious phishing scams as well as the more sophisticated ones designed to look perfectly legit?

Couple all that with the 100 different security tools we need to deploy from 50 different security vendors all with their own proprietary implementation and it’s a mystery to me why anyone would want to willingly work in the cybersecurity space. Don’t even get me started on physical security and regulatory compliance. Good luck getting any sleep at night! (Have I mentioned I’m thinking about switching careers to become a fisherman?)


You’re only as strong as your weakest link

You can spend millions of dollars on the fanciest security hardware with cool flashing lights and engage every vendor for their “Next Gen Security Whatever” solution, but all that aside, one gigantic vulnerability still exists in every organization. PEOPLE. Users are the single largest vulnerability when it comes to cybersecurity. In fact, studies show that 95% of successful security attacks are the result of human error - that is a scary number. Users can be manipulated into giving up sensitive information. Users can forget proper protocols and passwords, they can even forget that they're not supposed to click that link!

A proper security awareness program with frequent reinforcement messages that advocate vigilance will help arm your users with the knowledge needed to protect your organization. Most regulatory compliance and security frameworks incorporate and in fact require a security awareness program for users. There is no use locking all the doors and windows when the users are going to continuously open them again. Informing your users why and how they should keep windows and doors locked empowers them with the information they need to turn them from our biggest vulnerability to our greatest asset. Security is no longer an IT problem, it is a business problem and security professionals at all levels need to work together to minimize the risk of the "people factor" and maximize the success of their security posture. As such, consider the following points to assist in the success of your security program.


1.      Executive Support – A security awareness initiative without executive support will not get much traction with the rest of the organization. If the executives don’t see the value, other key departments you need to work with won’t either. Getting this level of support can be difficult, even though there is a correlation between compliance and awareness efforts and reducing corporate risk.

2.      Peer and Interdepartmental Support Everyone is busy, but just as important as getting executive support is getting departmental support. If people don’t see the direct value of your program, it’s not likely to succeed. Tailor your message to the specific department. Partner with them. Make key departments such as legal, HR and finance understand they have a vested interest. As security practitioners, we know we have to work up, down and sideways to get the support needed for our initiatives to be successfully implemented.

3.      Walk before you run - When it comes to security awareness, there isn’t a one size fits all solution. Depending on your industry and company culture, you will need to evaluate your audience and their level of expertise and cater your program to allow your audience to extract the most value out of your message.

4.      Have a Plan I cannot stress this enough. After getting everyone to support your program, you need a way to execute and measure the success of the initiative. Compliance programs, such as PCI have their suggested methods, but these should be used as a baseline or framework to build on and customize for your organization. Create a 90 day plan and identify key performance indicators to keep your program successful and progressing.

5.      Reinforce, Reinforce, Reinforce It doesn’t have to be weekly stern emails telling people not to click on links in emails sent from Romania or not write their corporate passwords on a sticky-note and place it under their keyboard. Be creative and be consistent. Make people want to join and engage in the program. Create a cybersecurity week and celebrate a theme. Have others share experiences. Give out prizes for participation. Create posters. Get everyone engaged. Employees feel engaged in the program if they can relate personal experiences to the message.


We all wear multiple hats when it comes to cyber protection and security awareness. We must protect ourselves against both internal and external threats, inform our legitimate users about what not to do, sniff out those looking to harm the rest of us. It’s an ongoing effort that requires teamwork. Make sure your team is educated, motivated and armed with the knowledge and tools necessary to do their part and they will.

Steve Tcherchian, CISSP, CISO

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Connect With NuWave at Upcoming Events This Fall


The NuWave team will be traveling to key events throughout the world this fall to build on our relationships in the NonStop community and to speak about how we can help you modernize your applications through simple integration with other platforms.

Want to connect with us? Check out our schedule of upcoming events and presentations, and click here to find more information about each summit. Email Ernie at eguerrera@nuwavetech.com, Gabrielle at gguerrera@nuwavetech.com, or Dave at davidross@nuwavetech.com to schedule a time to meet for dinner or drinks.







London, England

October 5-6, 2015

Ernie Guerrera
David Ross



Andover, MA

October 19, 2015

Ernie Guerrera

Gabrielle Guerrera

Modernization Through Integration


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

October 21-22, 2015

Ernie Guerrera

Gabrielle Guerrera

Modernization Through Integration


San Jose, CA

November 15-18. 2015

Ernie Guerrera

Gabrielle Guerrera

Modernization Through Integration


London, England

December 4, 2015

Ernie Guerrera
David Ross

Modernization Through Integration


 Moving to assemble from build; DataExpress proves NonStop customers like smart vendors!

It always proves interesting when you come across catchy headlines featuring the latest findings from a well-known industry analysis and research company. As everyone in the IT industry can attest, there’s always something being expressed that supports their own assessment of what’s happening when it pertains to technology. Most recently, a widely read newsletter out of Australia, The Rust Report, included statements made by the biggest research firm of all, the Gartner Inc., and it left little to the imagination as to how CIOs were prioritizing their budgets.

In the Rust Report feature of September 7, 2015,
Modernization and digital transformation projects are behind growth in enterprise application software market editor Len Rust opens with, “‘The majority of spending is going towards modernizing, functionally expanding or substituting long-standing business and office applications with cloud-based software-as-a-service’, said Bianca Granetto, research director at Gartner.” Furthermore, under the sub-heading, Modernization of Core Enterprise Applications, Rust writes of how, “In a recent Gartner survey, 45 percent of respondents with knowledge of their organization’s software strategy indicated that one of the current top five IT project priorities is ‘application modernization of installed on-premises core enterprise applications’ and a further 41 percent indicated that ‘extending capabilities of core enterprise applications’ is a top five priority.”

Part of the reasoning for the increased uptick in spending on modernization is the drive to breaking down the application siloes developed over the past couple of decades and to some extent, this came about following research published by Gartner and others that strongly recommended enterprise application software be purchased on the basis of best-of-breed. With little consideration for the likely end-game of such a strategy, the results are now very clear to see – additional layers of expensive middleware is being introduced to move data, and sometimes business logic, to multiple systems in order to ensure consistency.

The popularity of SOA and Web services, off the back of universal presence of the Internet, supporting the externalizing business logic as a service was seen as a quick-fix for presenting a mixed bag of applications and systems in a consistent and readily consumable manner, whereby today, it’s perhaps the most recognized solution to the problem of breaking down application silos. However, what happens when we do get past the breaking down of these silos? What will application modernization mean, once we have completed the quick fixes – is the world of applications about to change again? Surely enterprises have all the business logic they need in order to succeed in business!

In reality, industry trends suggest that this is not the case as technology supports a movement towards a more insightful and predictive model, drawing heavily on data analytics for better understanding of behavior – the transition from simply being able to make actions visible and respond accordingly to where eventual actions can be influenced and indeed steered towards outcomes more advantageous to the enterprise. When you consider the NonStop vendor community today and how they go about developing solutions, there’s a lot more building going on than creating.

The “smarts” of any implementation are in the design and the decisions taken to populate functions with appropriate routines – “assembling a solution” has now become the norm, rather than cutting code. Utilizing open source frameworks, populating with trusted code stubs and indeed complete code routines is accelerating the development of solutions even as it aids in overall quality and reliability (when the right sources are selected), and the NonStop community is not immune to such actions, as isn’t most of the industry.

“There’s no question that the pervasive nature of the Internet has changed much of our thinking when it comes to secure, managed, file transfer such as we provide today with DataExpress,” said DataExpress CEO, Billy Whittington, “Nor is there any question about the impact that SOA has had on application modernization but as we look further afield then the movement to open source looks to be unstoppable as even major vendors like
IBM and HP have become strong proponents of open source. There is definitely a trend developing whereby the creative process of vendors has more to do with assembling than coding along similar lines as to what users face when it comes to build versus buy. For DataExpress, plugging the gaps in our feature list allows us to consider pulling from the open source but, like many of our customers, we still have to be judicious about the code we chose to include in DataExpress. The upside however is that we can respond faster to customer requirements even as we have the opportunity to share features between our NonStop and Open Platform instances of DataExpress.”]  

As Rust concluded in his op-ed column, “Gartner predicts that by 2020, 75 percent of application purchases supporting digital business will be ‘build,’ not ‘buy.’ Gartner’s research shows that many organizations already favor a new kind of ‘build’ that does not include out-of-the-box solutions, but instead is a combination of application components that are differentiated, innovative and not standard software or software with professional services (for customization and integration requirements), or solutions that are increasingly sourced from startups, disrupters or specialized local providers.”

For the NonStop community to shy away from such developments, or discount in any way NonStop vendors “building” new solutions in this manner, is both short-sighted and to some degree, naïve. We all want to see NonStop systems thriving in enterprises today and be the focal point for running mission-critical solutions so when it comes to modernization think not only of what needs to happen now (and to continue to pursue modernization of current business logic) but look further out and consider how best to embrace insightful and predictive computing every enterprise will want in the coming years.

New comForte Video - Making Your Valuable Data A Worthless Treasure




This video discusses recent massive data breaches and strategies to protect your valuable enterprise, credit card and personal private data, making it a "Worthless Treasure" to hackers.


Click here to watch the full video.


Ban Bottlenecks® Goes Weekly!


It’s here! 100% detailed coverage of the performance of your system. Every processor, IPU, disk, IP and legacy comm interface, process, application, etc. Complete detailed charts covering each week. Charts showing the month and the last 24 months, and historical averages for the last 2 years. Charts and reports showing availability, year-to-date and month-to-month growth for system and application factors.  A suite of In-Depth reports covering peaks and problems for the week. Reports providing a 24-month history of “usage per transaction” for processing effectiveness management and capacity modeling.

It’s automatic.  No need to manually collect and transmit huge measurement files. No need to learn and manage complex system management or performance tools.  No need to send someone for training. No need to pay expensive fees for licenses. No need for us to login to your systems.

“I don’t even need to know the questions to ask!” All of the above is in addition to our monthly customized personal expert analysis of your system(s). While you may not have the time or expertise to understand all of the data from your systems, we do. In fact, that’s the principal reason for Ban Bottlenecks. We will review your system each month, grade a dozen or so factors A-F, and discuss corrective actions with you. If your shop doesn’t have the time or training to proactively manage the performance/capacity of your systems, or you’re simply buried in data, we’ll show you how to stay out of trouble. Cost?  Less than what you’re currently paying for software alone.

For the last 25 years Ban Bottlenecks has been successful in collecting, integrating, and analyzing all the factors affecting application availability and performance. 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.

Contact us for a free proof of concept!





XYPRO looks forward

to seeing you throughout 2015


September 29 - October 1, 2015 – North American PCI SSC Community Meeting

Vancouver, BC, Canada




October 5-6, 2015 – Payments Knowledge Forum 2015

One Great George Street, London




October 14-15, 2015 – Asia Pacific PCI SSC Community Meeting

Tokyo, Japan




Oct. 19, 2015 – NENUG

Boston, MA




October 21- 22, 2015 – CTUG

Mississauga, Ontario




November 3-5, 2015 – EMEA PCI SSC Community Meeting

Nice, France




November 15-18, 2015 – Connect NonStop Boot Camp

San Jose, CA



December 4, 2015 – BITUG BIG SIG

Trinity House, London




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

·        Find out why the platform is unmatched in the areas of high availability and linear scalability - all out of the box

·        Discover how to develop new applications on the platform and how to modernize existing ones - all using modern and standard technologies

·        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




Gravic Publishes New Article on Advantages of Data Replication

Compared to Tape/Virtual Tape Backup for Disaster Recovery


Gravic published the article, Tape Backup for Disaster Recovery? Really? in the September-October issue of The Connection. Tape or virtual tape backup/restore for periodic backups is prudent (after all, it is easy to sometimes purge the ‘wrong’ file). However, when used for disaster recovery, in the always-on, never-stop world we live in, it often doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately, some businesses are using this technique for mission-critical applications. This article discusses why tape backup/restore for business continuity is a risky approach for many businesses, and how they should shed these risks by beginning the move to continuous availability. Data replication is an ideal solution for ensuring business continuity, as it eliminates many risks and costs associated with tape backup/restore, significantly reducing outage times and amounts of lost data in the event of a failure. For additional information, please download our white paper, Choosing a Business Continuity Solution to Match Your Business Availability Requirements.


For more information on Shadowbase data replication solutions, please visit: www.gravic.com/shadowbase. To speak with us about your data replication and data integration needs, please visit us at www.gravic.com/shadowbase, email us at SBProductManagement@gravic.com, or call us at +1.610.647.6250.


HP directly sells and supports Shadowbase Solutions under the name HP Shadowbase. For more information, please contact your local HP account team.


Gravic Shadowbase Presents at MATUG Fall Meeting


Gravic helped organize the Mid-Atlantic Tandem User Group (MATUG) Meeting held on September 17 at the Hewlett-Packard EDS HQ in Herndon, VA USA. Gravic presented on Winning the Battle Against Internet Banking Fraud by Leveraging HP Shadowbase Streams Real-Time Data and Application Integration. Please contact us if you are interested in discussing our presentation’s content or having us present it to you or your colleagues. The successful meeting was comprised of over 50 attendees drawn from local customers, HP NonStop personnel, vendor companies, and consultants. Plans for next year’s meeting were discussed, including possible locations. Please let us know if your company can host next year’s fall meeting in the greater Philadelphia, PA to Washington, DC corridor area.

Please Visit Gravic at these Upcoming 2015 Events

The Payment Knowledge Forum London, 5-6 October


NENUG Meeting Andover, MA, 18-19 October


CTUG Conference Toronto, 21-22 October


Connect HP NonStop TBC San Jose, CA, 15-18 November


HP Discover 2015 EMEA London, 1-3 December


BITUG BIG SIG London, 4 December


Please Visit Gravic at these Sites

Gravic Website  http://www.shadowbasesoftware.com


HP 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



comForte at events near you in 2015



PCI Community Meeting, North America

29 Sept - 1 Oct 2015

Vancouver, Canada

The Payment Knowledge Forum 2015

5-6 Oct 2015

London, UK

PCI Community Meeting, Asia Pacific

14-15 Oct 2015

Tokyo, Japan


21 Oct 2015

Toronto, Canada

Connect NonStop TBC

15-18 Nov 2015

San Jose, CA, USA


4 Dec 2015

London, UK


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


Video – Get Started in 5 Minutes! XML or JSON-Enable COBOL or C Programs with Canam Software Labs Inc.


Thunder by Canam Software Labs takes the complexity out of JSON or XML-enabling COBOL and C programs, freeing up developers’ time to focus on a program’s business logic.


Check out this quick tutorial to see just how easy it is to get started with Thunder.


Still curious about the power of Thunder? Download a free 30-day trial of Thunder Lite and experience it for yourself.




CSL will be at the following upcoming conferences. You are invited to stop by our booth to learn more about Canam Software solutions including Thunder to XML and JSON-enable COBOL and C programs.


CTUG – October 21, 2015

NonStop Technical Boot Camp – November 15-18, 2015

BITUG – December 4, 2015



Availability Digest Asks, Will You Be Ready When the “Big One” Strikes?

A recent article in The New Yorker magazine (July 20, 2015) revealed that the Northwest Coast of the United States is long overdue for a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami along what is known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The Zone is a part of the famous Ring of Fire and was first discovered only 45 years ago. Scientists have determined that the last massive earthquake in the area, a magnitude 9.0, was in January of 1700, long before the U.S. became a country and when few inhabitants were there to experience it. Over three hundred years later, the population has risen into the millions along with the thousands of companies that employ them and thousands of vulnerable data centers. Think Microsoft, think Boeing, think Starbucks, think Amazon.

“The Big One – Are You Ready” considers the issue of how companies in disaster-prone geographies make plans to continue business in the event of a predicted (but when?) disaster. With regard to the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the odds are roughly one in three that a big earthquake will happen in the next fifty years. The odds during the same timeframe of a magnitude 9.0 or greater are one in ten. In response, does a company within the Zone make plans now for its ability to survive the inevitable? Or does it assume that it has years left to take precautions? That’s the challenge facing all companies whenever it comes to disaster planning. For those in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, scientists warn that any delay may lead to destruction.

In addition to “The Big One – Are You Ready,” read the following articles in the Availability Digest’s current issue: http://bit.ly/1LrDUQ3.

Upgrades Can Take You Down – Failed software upgrades are a major cause of outages. This Digest article reviews several major outages caused by failed upgrades and discusses two significant takeaways – the need for thorough testing and the value of a successful fallback plan.

Multifactor Authentication – Multifactor authentication brings a great deal of additional security to applications. It can drastically reduce the incidence of online fraud because stealing a victim’s password no longer will be enough to support a malicious logon.

IT Disaster Recovery Planning for Dummies – This book carries on the Dummies series tradition of being easy to read and complete in detail. In it, Author Peter Gregory provides IT management with the knowledge required to develop a disaster-recovery plan (DRP).

@availabilitydig – The Twitter Feed of Outages - Our article highlights some of the numerous @availabilitydig 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. We also offer technical and marketing writing services as well as consulting services.

Join Digest Managing Editor Bill Highleyman at the upcoming NENUG Fall Meeting on 19 October in Andover, Massachusetts USA. Dr. Highleyman also will speak at the OpenVMS Boot Camp in Nashua, New Hampshire USA (27 – 30 September).

Published monthly, the Digest is free and lives at www.availabilitydigest.com. Please visit our Continuous Availability Forum on LinkedIn. We’re at 710 members and counting. Follow us as well on Twitter @availabilitydig.

Musings on NonStop!

September, ‘15

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

Well, what may have initially been whispers has grown into a full-blown yell! HP CTO, Martin Fink, will be attending this year’s NonStop Technical Boot Camp. More of that in an upcoming post to the NonStop community blog, Real Time View, even as this publication reaches you. We all should be familiar with Martin’s history with NonStop so that we appreciate where he is now headed. His efforts inside HP Labs is leading us closer to The Machine, but it’s not a straight forward, drop everything, rip it all out and replace kind of initiative, but rather, one I suspect we will see eased into the marketplace and so I for one am keen to hear exactly what he says at TBC and what will then follow in Randy Meyer’s presentation immediately after Martin’s talk.

I will not revisit here what I will include in my blog post to Real Time View – but check out the site for the most recent post at:


As many members of the NonStop community I talk to, I am looking forward to this year’s TBC, but in the meantime I am really enjoying all that I encounter at the regional user group events I have been attending. As summer comes to an end I would have participated in both the N2TUG and the MATUG events and I can only add that I wish I could have attended more. Indeed, it would be remiss of me not to give a nod to the upcoming CTUG event where the special guest will be Tandem Computer’s founder and first CEO, Jimmy Treybig. Sure would like to hear from him if circumstances were a little different.


N2TUG in Dallas and MATUG in the suburbs of Washington D.C. were events I drove to in the company command center and having run up some 8,000 plus miles as I turned into the driveway, I have used up my time away from the office. From here on it’s going to be time spent behind the desk, writing and presenting (webinars) as TBC approaches. With one eye on the weather as winter is near and with the likelihood of snow arriving, it’s also pretty much the end of the road trips as far as 2015 is concerned for the company command center I rely upon so much; it will be a case of back to driving the company SUV instead of the RV.

However, returning to the topic of whispers, it would also be remiss of me not to mention what I have recently heard about OmniPayments. On one LinkedIn group, and I have to be honest, I can’t recall which one it was, I talked of the whispers growing around the continuing success of OmniPayments in Latin America. As I now hear it, yet another deal has been awarded to OmniPayments and this time it’s for a new switch that will include the deployment of NonStop systems for the first time at this customer’s site. And yes, these new systems will be the latest NonStop X systems on which OmniPayments will install its OmniHub solution in support of switching financial transactions.


What should really please the NonStop community is that by my back of the envelope calculation, over a very short time period, as a solutions provider OmniPayments has been responsible for the sale of some 4 or 5 (maybe even 6) new NonStop X systems, including the latest entry, the NonStop X NS3 systems. These numbers also include some additional NonStop X systems deployment in-house at OmniPayments in support of OmniCloudX on NonStop X, where OmniPayments product offerings are provided on the basis of a SaaS from out of a cloud built on top of NonStop X.

Seriously, by the time TBC rolls around and we return to the San Jose Fairmont I expect we will have heard a lot more about these wins by OmniPayments and the whispers will have been replaced by real-world case studies provided by OmniPayments CEO, Yash Kapadia. I for one will rarely hold back on promoting any wins that are supported by the sale of new NonStop systems into customer data centers where previously NonStop didn’t have a presence! This is essentially why I write as often as I do as the story of NonStop really is all about the recognition that its capabilities remain unmatched by any other platform.

Whenever we talk in whispers it’s normally because what is being conveyed is secretive, and very often, confidential! We simply don’t want anyone to overhear what it is we are communicating. At other times we whisper when we are not sure whether what we have heard is true or not, and possibly nothing more than wishful thinking. All too often, what has transpired with NonStop at one customer site or another is only talked about in whispers as the customer involved isn’t all that confident that their decision to continue with NonStop (or to introduce NonStop) will not be considered a wise decision by the CIO’s peers. Whispers can be a sign of nervousness.

However, after more than four decades of continued success, it sure would be good to hear that the whispers have ceased with customers being more proactive in their support of NonStop – we all know who the big NonStop users are today. The biggest banks; the biggest American drug and pharmacy retailers, the biggest Telcos and some of the most prestigious auto manufacturers! Use GM’s OnStar and talk on your mobile phone even as you catch an amber alert notification and depending on your location in the U.S. there’s every chance you will pass through at least one NonStop system – isn’t that something we should be shouting about?

It will all take time before the whispers die down and we more boldly promote what NonStop platforms we have installed. It’s a sure-fire way to convince others in our industry about the merits of NonStop that in turn, will lessen any lack of faith that may persist. With Martin Fink returning to NonStop community events and solutions vendors cutting new deals in short order, I can’t wait to hear more. And so, the countdown to TBC has started – will you be taking time to be a part of the 2015 celebration?    


Richard Buckle
Founder and CEO

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

Following my blogs? My web publications? My discussion Groups?

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

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

…. And check out the Group on LinkedIn, Real Time View

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

…. And check out the Group on LinkedIn, comForte Lounge

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

…. And check out the Group on LinkedIn, realtime.ir

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

…. And check out the group on LinkedIn, Data Driven Apps

ATMmarketplace at

… And check out the Group on LinkedIn, ATM Industry Association

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

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


 New TANDsoft Customer Counts on FileSync and AppendOnly for OSS

Score a new customer for TANDsoft, Inc. The NonStop interception specialist’s latest client, a U.S.-based retail store chain, has purchased TANDsoft’s FileSync for the OSS environment. FileSync is one of TANDsoft’s most popular flagship products. Of special interest to the customer was FileSync’s FS-AppendOnly feature, which works with very large, unaudited files that must be synchronized every few minutes. Changes made to a file are “appended” to the end of the file. When FS-AppendOnly checks for changes since the last synchronization, it needs only to look at the end of the last changed data update.

For another TANDsoft customer with large transaction log files that required frequent synchronization, FS-AppendOnly reduced the processing time from seven minutes with whole file synchronization to less than five seconds with AppendOnly.

FileSync automatically monitors, replicates and synchronizes source files, program environments, application environments, configuration files, programs – anything non-database that needs to be kept current across the network. It supports all Guardian and OSS files as well as SQL/MP and SQL/MX catalogs, schemas, tables and partitions. TANDsoft customers use FileSync for system migrations, disaster recovery, upgrades, and backups. It works closely with all NonStop real-time data replication products to provide a comprehensive solution for maintaining duplicate system and application environments.

The new TANDsoft customer will install FileSync on three HP Integrity NonStop servers within its OSS environment:

The FileSync solutions suite also includes FS-Data Deduplication and FS-Incremental, both of which seamlessly integrate with other NonStop file synchronization products and can be used not only in conjunction with each other but also in conjunction with FS-AppendOnly.

FS-Data Deduplication significantly reduces bandwidth requirements and the size of backups by streaming to the backup database only changed data, not entire files.

FS-Incremental minimizes the time by synchronizing only files that have changed or are new since the last incremental synchronization.

In addition to FileSync and FS-AppendOnly, TANDsoft solutions – all certified on NonStop X - include the OPTA2000 virtual clock- and time-zone simulator; the OPTA suite of interception and trace utilities (OPTA-Trace Online Process Tracer and Analyzer, Recycle Bin, Low Pin Optimizer, and EMS Alerts Online Startup and Termination Capture Utility); Stack Monitor, which alerts developers to the impending threat of a stack overflow; Command Stream Replicator, which logs and automatically replicates TMF-audited/unaudited FUP, SQL/MP and SQL/MX DDL structure and other environment changes to target systems; AutoLib, which automatically loads a user library or a DLL for executing processes; the Enscribe-2-SQL and TMF-Audit Toolkits and the Enscribe-2-SQL Data Replicator, all of which offer flexible, affordable alternatives to more expensive conversion products or manual conversion techniques; E2S-Lite, which permits efficient, low-cost Enscribe modifications without the need to change a program’s source code; and SDI, a seamless sensitive data intercept API for Enscribe, SQL/MP, and SQL/MX.

For information about TANDsoft solutions, contact Jack Di Giacomo at +1 (514) 695-2234.
TANDsoft will participate as an exhibitor at the Canadian Tandem User Group (CTUG) Fall Conference on October 21st in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and at the NonStop Technical Boot Camp in San Jose, California, USA, from November 15th thru 18th. www.tandsoft.com.

Looking for Painless, Efficient BASE24 Migration? Look No Further Than OmniPayments!


It is wildly incorrect to state that all migrations are painful and take forever. A migration from BASE24 to the OmniPayments Financial Transaction Switch is pain-free, avoids all disruptions to customer services, and averages a migration schedule of only four months. Also attractive is the OmniPayments pricing model. 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.

Several large customers now count on OmniPayments to support their debit/credit card authorization systems. They migrated from BASE24 to OmniPayments with ease and with no negative impacts on their clients.

OmniPayments is a comprehensive architecture by which financial institutions acquire, authenticate, route, switch and authorize transactions across multiple input channels such as ATMs, POS terminals, kiosks, IVRs and the Internet. It supplies a full set of functionalities to support payment transactions. Based on a modern Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), OmniPayments consists of several service modules. The critical payment components are built on NonStop for the highest availability. OmniPayments supports both active/passive and active/active architectures.

At the heart of OmniPayments is its Payment Engine, which supports ATMs, POS terminals, transaction authorization, stand-in authorization, settlement, and card management, among many other functions. An OmniPayments purchase includes a popular Preauthorization Engine, used by financial institutions as a powerful fraud blocker that preauthorizes millions of transactions far more effectively than its complex, compute-intensive competitors. The Preauthorization Engine also is sold separately and seamlessly interfaces to other providers’ switches.

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, and 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 programmers are skilled at rapid project turnarounds, meeting deadlines, and enhancing OmniPayments to address a customer’s specific requirements.

OmniCloudX is a SaaS cloud platform on NonStop X that hosts numerous instances of OmniPayments on an attractive, pay-for-use basis. Each OmniCloudX customer pays only for the amount of CPU resources, storage, and networking that it uses. Pricing options begin at $5,000 USD per month. OmniPayments also supplies the IT staff needed to manage the transaction switches running in its cloud, thereby allowing participating merchants to focus on their core businesses.

OmniPayments and OmniCloudX on NonStop X supply complete security functions for every financial transaction handled, including encryption-at-rest and encryption-in-flight. Available around the clock, OmniPayments and OmniCloudX will survive any single fault, require no downtime for maintenance or upgrades, and support a range of disaster-recovery solutions. Both expand easily to provide additional functionality when needed. Additionally, OmniPayments and OmniCloudX can manage multiple devices, can host application interfaces, and can interoperate with third-party products or other systems if required. Like OmniPayments, OmniCloudX supports EMV smart-card technology.

OmniPayments is High Capacity. OmniPayments is Reliable. OmniPayments is Cost-Effective.

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 OmniPayments in its exhibit spaces at the Canadian Tandem User Group (CTUG) Fall Conference on October 21st in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and at the NonStop Technical Boot Camp in San Jose, California, USA, from November 15th thru 18th. Yash also will be in attendance at the Payments Knowledge Forum in London, UK, on October 5th and 6th.



If you have not RSVP’d for our MOMI Education Class on November 14th (the day before the Boot Camp), please do so ASAP.  Space is limited for this all-day FREE event:  Breakfast, Lunch and snacks included.

Join us for Customer-driven training as we show the latest release of MOMI, explain characteristics of MOMI, and educate you on recent MOMI features.

Since 1999, BlackWood Systems’ MOMI has been the superior Real-Time tool for NonStop monitoring, diagnosing and troubleshooting System operations:

User Friendly

Budget Friendly

Resource Friendly

Reliable, Technical Excellence and Strong Customer Support!

MOMI runs on all NonStop platforms including the new x86! 

When Your System Demands Quick Attention...®


Kathy Wood

BlackWood Systems, Inc.





NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2015



Registration is open!


2015 NonStop Technical Boot Camp Attendee Registration:   $1295

Pre-Conference Seminar Registration:   $150   SPECIAL EVENT!
Please Register in Advance - Includes breakfast, snacks, and lunch.

Guest/Spouse Pass for Evening Events and Receptions:  $200


Hotel info:

Fairmont San Jose  1-800-346-5550

Now available online! (see Travel link)
The room rate for Boot Camp attendees is $209 per night (plus taxes).

The cutoff date for our special room rate is Friday, October 23, 2015. Please reserve your room before 10/23/15 to secure the special room rate.


Call For Papers for the
2015 NonStop Technical Boot Camp
Now Open! 
(see website)

2015 NonStop Technical Boot Camp
Confirmed HP Sessions


HP NonStop X technical overview

HP NonStop X InfiniBand technical overview

HP NonStop X YUMA (User Mode InfiniBand) overview

HP NonStop X application migration overview

OSS architecture overview

Open System Services (OSS) and NonStop OS update

NonStop performance update




NonStop Manageability Update

NonStop Console and OSM Update

NonStop Essentials Update




NonStop security hardening overview

What's new in financial transaction security at HP? (an update on the Atalla NSP)




NonStop Development Environment for Eclipse update

Introduction to Python on NonStop




NonStop quality overview





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


Kathy Wood

NonStop Partner SIG/Vendor Chair




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