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Hardware Consolodation with Tributary Systems

By Glenn Garrahan, Director HPE Business, Tributary Systems

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It’s been a month since the 2019 NonStop Bootcamp, but one of the comments Jeff Kyle made during his Keynote Address still sticks in my mind. Mr. Kyle stated that Virtual NonStop X will be placed into production environments in 2020. Ok, but what’s the motivation for customers to move away from converged systems?

When I began my association with Tandem back in 1995, there was no choice for customers; everything was sold as a “converged” system (although that terminology was never used). At that time all the hardware was designed and manufactured by Tandem, from the system mechanical packaging right down to the PCB assemblies. Well, over the years, as NonStop has moved from Tandem to Compaq, to HP and finally HPE, the trend has been to use more and more “off-the-shelf” hardware (albeit HP manufactured hardware). Now there’s Virtualized NonStop, where mission critical workloads can be deployed in a standardized IT environment based on VMware.

Why? Fundamentally hardware cost- TCO is reduced by the use of standardized hardware and virtualization allows for the reduction of hardware footprint as well as allowing temporary “scale-up” for transient workloads, without permanent hardware reconfiguration.

But what about backup- is there any way to leverage existing Enterprise storage infrastructure for use with NonStop servers, whether NonStop Itanium or NonStop X? In fact there is, Tributary Systems’ Storage Director!

Simply put, Storage Director is the most straightforward and best way to connect any NonStop server to any storage device or the Cloud (Public or Private). Storage Director provides for secure and high-performance Backup/ Restore operations at the lowest cost. Why continue with “silo” thinking for backup infrastructure, while HPE NonStop is moving forward with hardware agnostic processors?

As a personal note, I’d like to wish all those who read and enjoy the “NonStop Insider” Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2020.

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Of course, if you’d like additional information on Storage Director, visit, or call Matt Allen at 817-786-3066 (office) or 713-492-7434 (cell).

Storage Director allows NonStop professionals to “augment what they have and use it in creative new ways!”