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Issue 8.2 Editorial


Editorial December 2023

In this issue of the NonStop Insider you will read about participants’ experiences at the BITUG Little SIG, December 2023 and the VNUG event.

You may want to start with the article by Karen Ramirez, Director, NonStop North America Sales at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “My NonStop team consists of 25 Sales, Pre-Sales, Architects, Master and Distinguished Technologists covering North America.  Looking back on 2023, it was a surprisingly good year with some great stories.  My team is assisted by our NonStop HPE Services Team, the GNSC, and our remarkable NonStop partners. I’m not sure where we’d be without them.” Karen added: “HPE announced the end of support for HP-UX which should open some potential application migrations to NonStop.  We’ve identified some existing NonStop customers who also have HP-UX applications.  A migration to NonStop will increase the availability and scalability of the application.  Any customers who have UNIX applications are encouraged to reach out to their sales rep or SA for a migration evaluation.”

I particularly enjoyed reading the article “Pirates of the 21st Century” by Keith Moore, Distinguished Technologist at HPE. Keith says: “It is an obvious step to compare pirates to the computer ransomware exploits that are perpetrated by groups, countries, and individuals” and then “As with most things relating to IT security, the simple truth is that prevention is the most valuable action to address piracy. If the pirate cannot get to the vulnerability, then they cannot exploit it.  Obviously!” Read it, it is informative and funny!

Collins Yates, BITUG Committee Treasurer and Vendor Liaison, wrote: “We had quite a full agenda and the overall theme was as has been case at all events this year – ransomware and what companies / HPE are doing or should do to prevent this happening to them. Lots of quite horrifying stats around and the thought that ransomware costs worldwide 30 billion this year and expected to increase 10 x fold by 2030!!” and then mentioned NTI presentation: “Tim gave an update of DRNET offering and how with the AIB project they can now say that DRNET is Base24 ready. So a compelling story for those still using Golden Gate (and Tim made it clear NTI are targeting all GG users).” He also added: “It was nice that a number of vendors – HPE, Gravic, NTI – all mentioned TCM in their presentations so we are getting good publicity from a TCM stand point.”

In the TCM’s article you will read: “The NonStop focused events held a special place for TCM as we continue with our program to shine a spotlight on the services we provide. As with the events held around the globe so too did the presence of TCM likewise further enhance our global presence. TCM readily acknowledges that there is no better way to serve the NonStop community than to be visible, working to better enable NonStop customers realize the maximum value NonStop can afford them. However, for many NonStop customers, this doesn’t happen naturally but rather requires assistance from those who are already further along on their own journey. With the global presence TCM enjoyed in 2023, there isn’t all that much that cannot be positively addressed by your TCM team members.”

From NTI: “‘As the year came to a close, we participated in VNUG and BITUG events,’ said Tim Dunne, NTI’s Global Director of Worldwide Sales. ‘From my own observations when at BITUG’s Little SIG event, it was evident that with the close of 2023 interest in NTI continues to be strong and for that we have to thank the NonStop community’s willingness to engage with all vendors of the NonStop community.’” And then: “‘Without the need for any additional products and as the originator of Change Data Capture (CDC) methodologies that were subsequently embraced by GoldenGate, the move to DRNet®/Unified is as straightforward as it is an opportunity to embrace a vendor that is committed to NonStop. What adds to our value proposition is that DRNet®/Unified has BASE24 capabilities as part of our standard product offering,’ said Tim Dunne. ‘What this brings to the NonStop customer is a reduced resource commitment to any conversion effort from GoldenGate to DRNet®/Unified.’”

ETI-Net’s article states; “What proved to be a highlight of recent NonStop events was the message coming from ETI-NET about the 3-2-1 rule as has become a best practice option dating back many years. According to TechTarget’s analyst, Rich Castagna ‘three copies are made of the backup data to be protected, the copies are stored on two different types of storage media and one copy of the data is sent off site.’ Featured in presentations at NonStop TBC 2023 and then followed up with additional commentary in recent presentation by the ETI-NET Team at VNUG and BITUG’s Little SIG, the 3-2-1 best practice is gaining more attention given the need for greater backup data protection and recoverability following potential actions from unauthorized parties looking to penetrate the regular defenses of a NonStop system.”

In Gravic article you will read: “This month, Gravic presented on HPE Shadowbase Digital Resilience and Data Recovery at the BITUG Little SIG held in London. Data is a key aspect of digital resilience, and ensuring its continuous availability has never been more important. This is especially true as new government regulations, such as the European Union’s Digital Operations Resilience Act (DORA), impose stringent technical requirements on businesses to protect, detect, and recover from information technology incidents. We discussed exciting and innovative HPE Shadowbase solutions that are helping NonStop customers maximize digital resilience and address emerging business needs, like Ransomware data recovery, Cloud Integration, Streaming Data Analytics, and Virtualization.”

4Tech’s article refers to what it shared at the SIG: “HPE NonStop customers now are realizing the benefits of the latest feature offering from 4Tech Software – HPE Integrity Detective. NonStop customers with multiple systems will be pleased to know they can now view the live integrity status of each of their systems in a single window.”

NuWave article is written by its new CTO, so it is an introduction of the company’s new offering as well as its new employee: “Dave Belliveau is the CTO of NuWave Technologies and has spent more than 30 years developing middleware for HPE NonStop servers. Before joining NuWave, Dave was the architect and developer of Remote Server Call, the original NonStop client/server middleware. That experience, combined with his work on NuWave’s next-generation SOAP and REST middleware products, makes Dave one of the leading experts on NonStop modernization and cloud integration.” Welcome, Dave!

Pyalla’s article by Richard Buckle got a tad nostalgic this time of year: “It is against this background of upcoming anniversaries, and not to put too fine a point on it but in 2024 it will not be just Tandem celebrating the passage of a milestone as Margo and I will have a celebration of our own to enjoy, that thoughts turned to the passage of time. And with time passing, the experiences enjoyed and the memories retained. Working up a storyline for a former business colleague and now good friend, I found myself reading Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. Perhaps that was influenced by coming across the movie of the same name while channel surfing one night. What resonated so well with me was Swift writing:

‘My hours of leisure I spent in reading the best authors, ancient and modern, being always provided with a good number of books; and when I was ashore, in observing the manners and dispositions of the people, as well as learning their language; wherein I had a great facility, by the strength of my memory.’”

In the article “Let’s get social – NonStop turns to social media to stay abreast of the news!” Richard Buckle, Pyalla Technologies Cofounder and CEO writes: ”Of late the views of my posts to LinkedIn, for instance, have passed 2,000 impressions (an impression is a record of someone who spends more than 30 seconds reading the post), which has taken me by surprise. In the past a normal impression total rarely topped 500. Am I now doing something right or has the interest in NonStop climbed of late?” Do read the article to find out!

Lusis’ article starts with “Celebrating Success and Wishing You a Merry Christmas
and Prosperous New Year!”  Then an update on the company’s progress is quite upbeat! “Our TANGO expansion around the world has been nothing short of exhilarating, and we are poised for even greater strides in the coming year. The foundation of our success rests firmly on the shoulders of our fantastic client-base, who passionately advocate for Lusis Payments within the financial industry whenever the opportunity arises.”

On behalf us all here at NonStop Insider I’d like to with you a good Holiday Season and we are looking forward to working with you in 2024!

As always if you would like to see a question included in the next issue of the NonStop Insider or you have any comments you would like to see published, don’t hesitate to send an email to me, at:

Thank you,

Margo Holen
Managing Editor