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HPE RUGs – End of Year Update
As this issue of the NonStop Insider was being finalized, BITUG was holding its last event of the year, December 3, in London – the BITUG Little SIG. Half a world away and just a day later, DUST was holding its final event in Scottsdale, Arizona. What characterized both events was an atmosphere of end of year celebrations and even as these two events were focused on meeting the needs of the local NonStop community, they still attracted participation from your HPE NonStop team.
This has been a reoccurring theme for all of 2019 – the NonStop team really did step up to supporting the NonStop community this year. No surprises here either, as the leadership was visible throughout the year starting with Jeff Kyle, VP & GM Mission Critical Systems, who attended many of the events and who gave timely presentations on the future of NonStop. Also in attendance at user events in the US and Canada was Ken Goldman, Director, North America NonStop Sales. As for Europe then it was easy to spot Neil Davis, Director, EMEA NonStop sales. Such a strong presence coming from the leadership sent a positive message to the NonStop community as it reinforced just how big an investment HPE was making in NonStop even as it signaled to everyone that HPE strongly valued the NonStop community.
Of course, the annual NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2019 (TBC 2019) dominated the November events calendar and the presence of senior management was backed up by NonStop technologists, architects and evangelists who provided numerous insightful presentations. Among the more popular presentations were those given by Franz Koenig and Justin Simonds. For his topic, Franz once again framed his material by giving it the title, “The art of the Possible” while Justin launched into the current state of the art with AI, ML and DL preparing all those attending the session for the coming of IIoT including such items as V2V communication.
It’s very easy for some members of the NonStop community to become so engrossed in their daily usage of NonStop systems that they may overlook the inherent capabilities of the world’s premier offering in support of mission-critical applications but the fault tolerant attributes of today’s modern NonStop systems continue to attract a global audience. Whereas we heard many times this year the message “NonStop, Won’t Stop” many of us were left to wonder if the real message was “NonStop, Can’t Stop!”
It is at these local, regional and GEO events that we get to see NonStop at its finest – showcasing new products, new customers (or new logos in HPE parlance) and new partnerships. This year we heard about more new partners turning to NonStop than many of us can recall ever having heard before and this too is encouraging. When it comes to expectations for 2020 clearly there will continue to be interest in just how global the take up of NonStop X is proving to be even as we wait to see what develops for virtualized NonStop (vNS). Everyone involved in discussions at TBC 2019, for instance, was keen to hear of specifics on use-cases when it came to deploying vNS.
When it comes to the big events in 2020, we are already seeing dates and locations being firmed-up and if you missed any of the news coming from the NonStop vendor community, then the list below is only just the beginning. Hope to see many of you attending these events as the NonStop community is already making plans:
MCS Boot Camp (AsiaPac) – 2/16 – 2/18, 2020
NonStop Thailand, Bangkok – 2/19, 2020
NonStop Indonesia, Jakarta – 2/21, 2020
SunTUG Sunshine Summit (Florida) – 2/28, 2020
IT-Symposium 2020 (Berlin) – 5/4 – 5/6, 2020
HPE Discover 2020 (Las Vegas) – 6/23 – 6/25, 2020
NonStop TBC 2020 (Burlingame, CA) 11/16 – 11/18, 2020