2021. What an interesting year. With the world turned upside down by a pandemic that seemingly had its sights set on...
NonStop TBC21 returns as virtual event and reality sets in!
By Richard Buckle, Cofounder and CEO
When it comes to reporting about an event after the fact there are many thoughts that run through your mind. Did the event attract as large an audience as hoped for? Was the content important enough to fire-up the community in support of the products? Would there be a renewed sense of community? When we first heard that the in-person event would become a virtual experience it was a bit of a letdown as the majority of community members I talked to had really been looking forward to participating in-person. However, it is hard to argue with the numbers and the global reach of the virtual event, but all the same, I have to admit I harbor some feelings, all positive of course, that the event in 2022 will once again be in person where true networking opportunities will be evident wherever you look.
As for NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2021, you will read more about my observations in my article appearing in the latest issue of the Connect community publication, The Connection. For the NonStop user, there were a couple of items that stood out. The move by the NonStop team to facilitate NonStop user options to have NonStop products part of GreenLake and with that, the presence of a solution – in this case Lusis Payments – as a participant. As for the importance of the option of NonStop participation in GreenLake, “Fully twenty percent of everything we do with NonStop today is being delivered via GreenLake,” said Jeff Kyle, HPE VP and GM, Mission Critical Solutions.
In my article I took the opportunity to include quotes from vendors made before and then after the event and these included the following.
Before the event:
“Over many decades, the NonStop community has remained cohesive and familial, thriving in large part because of periodic face-to-face interactions,” came the response from Tim Dunne, NTI’s Global Director Worldwide Sales. “Although the pandemic has temporarily impeded in person gatherings, I remain optimistic participation in TBC21 will yield renewed and expanded confidence in the NonStop as the ‘bet your business’ solution for payments and infrastructure. And like everyone else I suspect, I would like to hear more about GreenLake.”
“During any TBC, I am always looking for what HPE will introduce and obviously we also look forward to finally meeting the customers,” said ETI-NET COO, Sylvain Tétreault. “This year I am expecting to hear even more about GreenLake which I think will expand the customer base. That should be interesting.”
“Customers have been embracing virtualization and the cloud more than ever before. GreenLake has helped carry that momentum and make it a reality for NonStop,” came the response from XYPRO Chief Product Officer and CISO, Steve Tcherchian, CISSP. Steve added, too, how “XYPRO and HPE have been working together to provide an end-to-end ZERO Trust security model and I’m looking forward to customers adopting a modern, secure, regulated cloud platform for payments and other workloads based on NonStop.”
After the event:
“Even though we didn’t get a chance to see everyone’s smiling faces in person, TBC 2021 was a fantastic event where we discussed technology trends, security, and our shared commitment to modernization of the NonStop platform,” said Steve Tcherchian. “It was great to see so many new ways to harness the power of NonStop and HPE Greenlake to deliver new business value to customers through Payments as a Service, AI, ZERO trust integrations and more. All this effort in innovation and R&D ensures mission critical applications and workloads for NonStop customers continue to operate in a secure and regulated environment.”
“I was expecting a discussion about GreenLake, and that’s what they did. I learned a few more things about GreenLake; I think GreenLake will be good for new sales,” said Sylvain Tétreault . “I have already started to see some deals coming through GreenLake which gives customers easier access to all the products offered by HPE. I think GreenLake contributed in attracting more attendees that then joined us in our presentations for the new products like QoreStor and Nova.”
“NTI leadership was impressed and indeed, encouraged, given significant participation by the NonStop community during this unique period of our lives,” said Tim Dunne. “Although travel may be temporarily impeded, interest and commitment to NonStop remains unaffected. Whether we return to Burlingame in 2022 or participate in the event as it goes hybrid, NTI liked the focus HPE was now placing on data.”
However, to read about all the observations I made you will just have to visit the Connect web site, turn to The Connection publication page for November – December 2021, and scroll down to my article. You will find it at the top of the list immediately after the cover article. Easier still, just click on this link that will take you directly to the article –