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Infrasoft gives NonStop X users WAN options
Running uLinga means you no longer need to run either SNAX or ICE and pay the price for middleware that is now obsolete!
It has been a couple of months since we last provided an update on Infrasoft, but our work rate picked up considerably over the northern hemisphere summer. Although, here in our Sydney offices, it’s been anything but winter-like with temperatures well above average and with a lot less rainfall than normal and now they are telling Sydney-siders to expect future summer temperatures to climb up to 50 degrees Celsius. Sure looking like it’s going to get even hotter in the coming years …
We participated a short time ago in the NonStop user event – OzTUG. This was held in conjunction with the updates HPE provided on the new capabilities offered by the HPE Gen 10 server range. This was covered in an update on OzTUG provided in last month’s issue of NonStop Insider and from the perspective of Infrasoft, it was good to see so many familiar faces in attendance. There’s nothing better from a networking perspective than a user group event and of course, there were a couple of surprises. One of our local NonStop users is adding a new application onto their NonStop system while a brand new NonStop user was introduced to the community. It is not a dramatic change to the profile of the user community but it is still good news to hear that HPE is working hard to maintain a strong NonStop presence in the region.
As for the bigger regional picture, when it comes to Asia Pacific / Japan (AP/J) we are seeing a lot more activity than was evident in previous years. HPE is landing new business for NonStop and this is good to see. While we heard that the NonStop event in Thailand was postponed, we understand that it will still be going ahead and that there will be a couple of familiar vendor faces in attendance so we will be waiting to see what develops following that event. However, in general, it looks like NonStop X may open more doors for NonStop than previous systems as AP/J is a strong and growing marketplace for Intel’s x86 architecture.
On the product front, it’s beginning to heat up as well. Ever since HPE introduced NonStop X systems and following the introduction of NonStop X, HPE NonStop product management announced no support for SNAX and pointed users requiring SNA Support to the Infrasoft uLinga alternative. While there hasn’t been a dramatic rush of inquiries concerning uLinga, migrations away from both SNAX and ICE have begun. Since the last time we posted to NonStop Insider magazine, we have completed one of each – SNAX to uLinga and ICE to uLinga conversion and in both cases the NonStop user opted to go with uLinga EE. This is our support for IBM’s Enterprise Extender (EE) and is our most advanced solution for those NonStop users who wish to step up and have more reliable, indeed fault tolerant, connectivity between their NonStop systems and the mainframe.
It should be common knowledge now, after so many years, that we have been partnering with comForte and the relationship continues to be very strong. Of course, like any of comForte’s partners we would like to see even more activity but as comForte builds out its ecosystem of partners, they are gaining even greater HPE mindshare and they are very active with HPE when it comes to attracting new business for Infrasoft. And this is very encouraging and the customer migrations referenced above have all come about as a result of comForte’s sales activities. Should migration to NonStop X systems be part of your future plan for NonStop and you need to consider your options with respect to WAN support and would like to evaluate uLinga on your systems, then please reach out to the comForte sales team. And of course, you can always contact me directly at our Infrasoft office.