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On June 1st, The North Texas and Oklahoma NonStop Users Group (N2TUG), in conjunction with the local HPE NonStop Sales team and a great bunch of sponsors, held our 2017 event at the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine, Texas.
The theme of the event, Mission: Virtual, Lone Star Style, originated with the design of the resort. Throughout the venue are vestiges of San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country, old bridges, and oil wells. It brings to mind a ‘Virtual’ tour of the state of Texas. The opening remarks, given by N2TUG President Bill Honaker of XID Software and Diane Funkhouser of HPE, tied the great legacy of the Republic of Texas to that of the NonStop platform – and in so doing celebrated the latest great innovation from the NonStop division of HPE, Virtualized NonStop.
Next up, Karen Copeland, HPE’s Manager of NonStop Product Management, presented our keynote with ‘NonStop for your future’. She started that by reminiscing and sharing some pictures of her growing up in Central Texas. She then gave updates on HPE’s mission critical solutions, focusing on the family of NonStop systems. We got information not only on the Virtualized NonStop, but on SQL Strategy and other exciting directions from her teams.
Jim McFadden from our Platinum sponsor, Network Technologies International, spoke on the Evolution of Data Replication. He presented information on their latest EVOLUTION, VISION, and LiveLink support offerings. The event’s Happy Hour sponsor, XYPRO, brought us CISO Steve Tcherchian to talk about Security Defense in Depth.
The rest of the day brought 9 other speakers from all the other sponsors to enrich the day’s program. A lunch buffet took place in the open atrium area of the resort, after which Tom Miller from HPE updated us on NonStop MQ Version 8. After all the speakers were done, we strolled down to the ‘Mission Plaza’ area (reminiscent of the historic district of San Antonio) for a couple of hours of hors d’oeuvres and beverages – along with conversation and a few door prizes.
We had a total of 84 attendees (our largest yet), representing 19 customer companies and 15 sponsors. As usual, the day included plenty of time for great networking, as well.
We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from both the sponsors and attendees that some really good business got done, in addition to that networking. All in all, a great day by the lake in Texas!