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Tributary Systems and Bootcamp 2019

By Glenn Garrahan, Director HPE Business, Tributary Systems

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Tributary Systems, along with many HPE NonStop employees and Partners, gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame California for the 2019 HPE Nonstop Bootcamp last week. Happily the recent North Bay (especially the Kincade) fires did not impact the event, only picture perfect early November weather greeted all our out of town guests. It is indeed a time of year we all look forward to, renewing relationships with old friends, and meeting new folks who are committed to the continuation of the NonStop Platform.

Before I comment on the event itself, I need to clarify one thing. I included in the morning Emails a couple of pictures of a little Chihuahua in a 10 ounce (rather than 10 gallon) purple cowboy hat. Several people thought that I had found this picture on the Internet! No way, that’s actually my little Chihuahua mix, his name is Chimichanga, and he’s an 11 or so year old rescue that I’ve had for four years now. And believe me, he’s 8 pounds of canine fury!!

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Now on to Tributary Systems’ 2019 Bootcamp comments:

It’s very gratifying to see the enthusiasm for the NonStop platform exhibited by HPE management; this was very obvious during Jeff Kyle’s Keynote Address. The fact that virtual NonStop will be placed into production environments in 2020 is most interesting, as is the fact that HPE is pushing private cloud connectivity with virtual NonStop. While it’s still expected that the majority of NonStop X sales in the near future will be converged systems, it bodes well for the long term viability of the platform that early adopters are already envisioning “betting the business” on virtualized systems.

In addition to the comments on the future of virtual NonStop, Mr. Kyle made a point that NonStop as a Service (NSaaS) will be available. HPE has already committed that all products will be available as a service; we feel therefore that NSaaS is going to be a key offering in the HPE portfolio, allowing new customers to take advantage of the advanced NonStop feature set without a large initial outlay of capital.

As for the mechanics of the Bootcamp itself, we’re given to understand that there were about 420 total guests, of which 115 (or just over 27%) were first time attendees. Just as significant, five first time customers and three first time partners felt it was worthwhile to make the investment in sending their employees to the Bootcamp. Statistics like this are crucial to, and demonstrate, the continuing importance of the platform as we move into the third decade of the 21st century. It’s almost unbelievable to think that the first Tandem/16 system was shipped to Citibank, 44 years ago; clearly the NonStop Platform has had a lifespan far longer than most 1976 technology!

And then there was the talk given by FBI Special Agent Elvis Chan on Cyber Security. I must say that he wasn’t what I was expecting when I think of FBI agents. Maybe I watched too many episodes of “The FBI” (with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Inspector Lewis Erskine) as a child. Anyway, Elvis was articulate, obviously very knowledgeable, with a quick wit and a good sense of humor. The room was packed, and I’ll bet there wasn’t a person there who didn’t enjoy the talk, finding it useful and timely in today’s environment. So take a moment to watch this video where Agent Chan discusses preparations for the 2018 US midterm elections:

Speaking of Security, Tributary Systems’ Storage Director provides AES 256 bit data-at-rest and data-in-flight encryption capable of working with both an enterprise key management systems as well as generating its own keys. Tributary continually conducts extensive vulnerability tests, updating the base Linux kernel is updated when security vulnerabilities are identified. Working with our customer base, Tributary engineers design security measures tailored to individual datacenter environments. Tributary leverages the security features provided by public cloud vendors such as AWS, Azure, and Google. For IBM and Hitachi Cloud Object Storage, Storage Director fully supports Information Dispersal Algorithms (IDA), otherwise referred to as Erasure Coding, probably the most unique security protocol available today.
Storage Director is the simplest and best way to connect any NonStop server to the Cloud (Public or Private) for secure and high-performance Backup/ Restore operations at the lowest cost.

As always, if you’d like additional information on Storage Director, visit, or call Matt Allen at 817-786-3066 (office) or 713-492-7434 (cell).

Storage Director allows NonStop professionals to “augment what they have and use it in creative new ways!”