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NTI – a strategy unfolding for greater data integration with DRNet®
NTI is looking forward to catching up with customers and prospects at this year’s NonStop Technical Boot Camp (TBC). With each occurrence of this event it seems that even more members of the NonStop community take the time to join with their peers to hear the latest news from the HPE NonStop team and this year, we are expecting to hear further updates from HPE about the progress being made to add even more NonStop “new logos” to the community as well as updates on how the migration to NonStop X is proceeding and yes, perhaps a little more insight too into how widespread the acceptance of virtualized NonStop (vNS) has become. Perhaps there will even be further updates as to how the blockchain program, featuring NonStop, is progressing given all the attention HPE is giving to this endeavor. All of which is to say, as a major NonStop vendor, NTI is really looking forward to this year’s TBC.
It would be hard for us to say that Regional User Group (RUG) events haven’t dominated NTI’s agenda for 2018 – as you may have guessed from recent blog posts and LinkedIn updates, it’s been a very busy year for us as we have supported RUGs around the world. Of course, Sydney and Melbourne were places we needed to visit and yes, Leipzig definitely showcased all that was good within the NonStop community even if a visit to the local Zoo saw us literally walking into the lion’s den leaving us with more than a little apprehension. After all, there was a time when these lions managed to escape their enclosures to walk the city streets of Leipzig!
However, it would take a lot more than any uneasy feelings we may have experienced passing that lion’s den to stop us from meeting with our NonStop clients and prospects. In today’s highly connected world with all manner of communication methods to choose from, there still isn’t any real substitute for getting out there among the NonStop user community as impressions and yes, a little anecdotal information, is much harder to come by when seated behind a terminal. For NTI spending time with you all represents an important investment in the NonStop community and hearing firsthand about NonStop users’ plans for future application deployments on NonStop systems remains priceless as far as NTI is concerned.
So, what have we learnt this year and what do we expect to hear at TBC? Is it another case of walking into the lion’s den? Or perhaps, witnessing yet another major breakthrough development? While there is always risk in speculating about possible future announcements by the NonStop team, what NTI is expecting to hear is a lot more about the key message of HPE itself – simplifying the transformation to Hybrid IT. And with NonStop becoming an integral part of the Hybrid IT strategy, there is no lessening in the demand to replicate, integrate and transform the data being created by the mission critical transaction processing that continues to be found running on NonStop systems.
From an organizational point of view we applaud the formation of the Hybrid IT group within HPE that is separate from the Intelligent Edge group. Hybrid IT group brings together all the programs focused on the core and on clouds and where we find NonStop residing. It’s always encouraging to see NonStop participating in major programs so what we are expecting to hear about is a lot more on the overall integration of NonStop within adjacent programs – not just blockchain but more on the types of “as-a-Service” initiatives HPE plans for Nonstop. We all know about NSaaS and even DBaaS as a lot of slideware real estate have been given of late to these programs but are there even more programs to come? Just as importantly, given its home within the new Hybrid IT group – will we see some cross business unit cooperation that lets NonStop participate out on the edge?
What you can expect to hear from NTI at TBC will be further news on major programs already unveiled at select RUG meetings, starting with our increased focus on DRNet® for Splunk as well as further developments in our DRNet® for RDF Replacement program. Without giving away any more about what you may hear from NTI you may want to set some time aside to talk to us as this is only just the beginning of new initiatives within NTI and we will have a lot more to say about where NonStop is headed and how NTI plans to leverage the increased pace of development coming from HPE that all members of the NonStop community need to hear.
Should you be unaware of NTI’s growing product line or not be fully briefed on our roadmaps then don’t miss the opportunity to talk with us when you see us at this year’s TBC in Burlingame, California. And, of course, don’t miss Tuesday afternoon’s presentation from Tim Dunne, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, NTI. Again, even after hearing from Dunne, we would be only too happy to discuss how best DRNet® can address your needs for data replication, integration or transformation no matter what NonStop platform you have chosen to deploy! Just stop by our booth and you will find us only too willing to explain more fully the value proposition of today’s NTI product lines.