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Social Media Round-Up [July 2020]

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Rise in LinkedIn group membership –

For the NonStop community it’s encouraging to read of how a number of groups on LinkedIn, directly related to NonStop, now have more than 3,000 members. This group includes the HP NonStop Tandem Professionals (3,713), Tandem User Group (3,676) and, most recently to join this group, BASE24 & BASE24-eps Forum (3007). Membership numbers this high are not just encouraging but directly reflect the levels of interest in all things NonStop no matter where the professional interest might lay.

As for groups hovering around the 1,000 membership level there are numerous examples – too many in fact to call out individual groups although, interestingly enough, ITUG (1,139) passed this number some time ago. While there are many of us that have membership in more than one LinkedIn group if you really want to become actively involved in sharing the message of NonStop with a bigger audience, you may want to consider joining the group, HPE My Learning. This group has only 26,849 members!


Rise in references made to Kubernetes –

When HPE CEO Antonio Neri gave his keynote address at the recent HPE Discover Virtual Experience, HPE GreenLake was the subject of a number of his boldest statements. According to CRN reporter Steven Burke, in his post Antonio Neri’s 10 Boldest Statements From HPE Discover Virtual, references to Kubernetes were frequent.

“On top of that, HPE is bringing the full GreenLake Cloud experience to, where customers can price and try the various services—from disaster recovery/backup to private cloud and container as a service—and then buy from an HPE partner.

“With HPE GreenLake and our container services based on Kubernetes, you are not locked in. You can move those workloads and data to any public cloud if that makes sense for you.”

This message may not be of any significance for many NonStop users and yet, with the “promise of GreenLake” being as heavily promoted as it is across all of HPE’s marketing channels, perhaps it’s worth giving it a second look. It was a message that I posted to the LinkedIn group, Tandem User Group, as follows:

OK, NonStop users – who out there is contemplating any tie-in between their NonStop applications and Kubernetes container orchestration / oversight.

Getting asked a lot of late about Kubernetes but perhaps I am missing something. Does NonStop even need to look at Kubernetes and what would be an example (of usage / deployment)?

Kubernetes doesn’t run on NonStop, right? So, offboarding – would that lead us to think of a connecting NonStop to a couple of dedicated Kubernetes “CLIMs” designed solely to pass info / msgs between NonStop and Clouds?

This triggered a response from one HPE Distinguished Technologist, Keith Moore, who responded:

What if we could have an application or data instance of NonStop under Kubernetes? Is that of interest? I (we) need to know if this is a customer need. Please do-tell, folks. Please feedback to Richard or to HPE?

If this is a topic of importance to your company, please reach out to the HPE NonStop team.


Talent supports NonStop – good people continue to see strong future in NonStop!

Sometimes, when you are scrolling through social media sites you run across stories that have you reading further. One recent incident did exactly that as news broke of a familiar face joining a highly-thought of company. In this case, it was of Mercedes Fabila joining Lusis Payments. In the very early days of Lusis, Margo and I went to Paris and met some of the team and they impressed us a lot. Coming from ACI we came away with the impression that Lusis would likely do well against ACI as at that time, ACI was non-committal about its future support of NonStop.

Mercedes on the other hand was well-known within the HPE NonStop community and had been working with NonStop for as long as Margo and I can recall. So, while this isn’t an open invitation for all parties to provide updates on new hires, this particular announcement was worth promoting on two counts. NonStop vendors are continuing to hire good talent and yes, good talent continues to see a positive future in NonStop:

Lusis Payments Welcomes Mercedes Fabila to the North American Sales Team

Lusis sets to expand its presence in Mexico and select countries of Latin America.

Lusis Payments, leading global innovator of mission-critical payments software and data science technology, is pleased to announce the newest addition to its sales executive team, Mercedes Fabila. Fabila joins the company as the Director of Sales, Mexico and Latin America.

Lusis is best known for its TANGO solution, an online transaction processing engine for mission-critical 24×7 solutions including payments, retail, loyalty, finance, fraud, utilities, and transport.  TANGO delivers performance, availability, and scalability, with a rich set of functionalities, all from a single architecture. TANGO is built on a highly performing micro-service architecture providing agile delivery for business needs. Lusis has also made significant advancements in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, FX Trading, ISO 20022, Fraud and Blockchain.

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“I am extremely proud to be part of this great company and team. For these challenging times, organizations require innovation, faster implementations, more efficiency, and next-gen technology,” said Mercedes Fabila. An accomplished sales technology professional, Fabila has been in the NonStop payments industry for nearly thirty years with experience at Scotiabank, Banamex, Compaq and HPE among others.

“We are very excited to be further expanding our presence in Mexico and select countries in Latin America,” said Brian Miller, Lusis General Manager.  “Mercedes is a seasoned professional with an outstanding track record, and we are eager to work with her to provide the best technology solutions in the industry.”

And if you aren’t a member of the group Lusis Tango – HPE Nonstop – Linux – Open System Services on LinkedIn, perhaps it’s time to look to joining this group.
The uptick in virtual events – their promotion goes unabated!

There is a lot to be said about the benefits of virtual events as nearly all vendors are turning to them to better support their communities. What is interesting to see are the steps these vendors are taking to ensure we do not miss out on an opportunity to participate. This has led to multiple promotions even as the message oftentimes is consumed by the promotion itself. This led one cartoonist to pen the following which to some extent perfectly sums up the lengths some vendors have indeed gone:

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