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HPE RUG events worldwide, 2018 – September Update

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From OzTUG (Sydney)

I cannot recall a time when there has been more RUG events held in just one month than in September, 2018. As for the events I visited, it all came down to DUST being the only event I could get to without there being a conflict with previously committed activities, but I was sure pleased to have been able to attend as we heard from three important vendors – the first a payments solution vendor (OmniPayments), then a storage solution vendor (ETI-NET) and finally, a tools and utilities vendor (IR). All up, they gave the audience a glimpse into a cross section of activities focused on NonStop – listening to the passion each of these vendors has for NonStop was encouraging as it was a positive reinforcement that there is an ecosystem supporting NonStop where vendors are investing their own money to ensure our NonStop experience continues to get better with every year.


From OzTUG (Melbourne)

OzTUG drew a good crowd to its Sydney event (over 70 attendees) as well as to its Melbourne event (over 40 attendees). What stood out for those in the audience, according to the emails and conversations that followed, was how well HPE supported these events. Joining David Gillbanks, HPE Senior Solutions Architect, were Suresh Menon, HPE GM Mission Critical APAC, Roland Lemoine, HPE NonStop Product Manager, and Paul Johnston, HPE PointNext. Somehow events in Australia always manage to pull a crowd and fortunately the timing of this event being a full month before the infamous end of quarter / end of financial year deadline meant that many HPE executives and senior managers could afford the time to front HPE for the benefit of NonStop communities like OzTUG.



There were other important RUG meetings that took place over the month, ATUG as well as perhaps the favorite for many North American members of the NonStop community, CTUG and even as this update is being written, MEXTUG is holding their own event in Mexico City. Always a big draw for those who like the food with a good dash of “south-of-the-border” heat, it will be interesting to hear more of what transpired a little later – look for further updates in next month’s issue of NonStop Insider.



While the topics covered from Sydney to Atlanta to Toronto and Scottsdale by now are familiar to all members of the NonStop community – NonStop X, vNS, MCDLT, NSaaS / DBaaS and much more – it’s yet further testament to how strongly HPE is committed to NonStop. It’s becoming clear that options are real and diverse when it comes to being able to consume NonStop any way you require.

There will be further coverage next month about the upcoming NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2018 – and make sure you keep checking the Connect web pages as new information continues to be provided – but one item did catch my eye. It’s a reminder of the way things were back in the days of Tandem Computers and of how Tandem encouraged networking and cross divisional, cross organizational, conversations. Yes, that’s right – the traditional Friday beer bust. What caught my eye was the announcement that the Under 40 SIG would be resurrecting a popular event that has its roots in NonStop history that go way back four decades – the beer social:

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And if you aren’t sure when it’s all taking place, then burn these dates into your calendar; you just have to be there:

NonStop TBC – November 11-14 (Burlingame, CA)

Looking further afield, remember there has been a date change for MATUG which is now scheduled for December 4, 2018. It will be held in the originally planned location – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Baltimore-BWI Airport. As this event will likely be the first time members of the NonStop community reconvene following the NonStop Technical Boot Camp, it should prove very interesting to hear the many points-of-view that will surely arise, as there will have been time to think about all that was covered by HPE.