Social media may not hold all the answers and may be a poor substitute for actually meeting face-to-face. And yet, it's proving to be a powerful lightening rod in terms of attracting those anxious to learn more! As for the future of NonStop then check out what these fools predict ...
Keith Dick then suggested that NonStop “is a very good system on which to build applications that have as one of their requirements that they have no downtime, or extremely little downtime, and the main competing systems could not match that characteristic in NonStop's early years … Although the clustering approaches of other systems have continued to improve slowly, they still do not match the ease with which a large, fault-tolerant application can be built and run on NonStop. Now the cost of NonStop is comparable to similar Windows or Unix clusters, so the stage is set for NonStop possibly to win more business.”
Yes, tides do turn. What was once fashionable, particularly when it’s out there on the bleeding edge, requires little outside influence before it crashes and burns, relegated to the distant depths of the closet. Commoditizing all the hardware needed by the major HP Integrity server offerings to the point where all that is left is ServerNet is materially affecting the costs – they are coming down. As Keith Dick points out, declining to the point where on paper, there’s not much separating the hardware costs of a Integrity NonStop blade system and Unix, or even Linux, clusters and when these better known systems often run fowl of software license fees, particularly when it comes to databases, NonStop begins to shine.
There are clearly some anomalies remaining with the pricing of some middleware offerings, as well as with some solutions, but even here, current market conditions are seeing vendors revisit their models much to the benefit of the user community. Is it foolish to consider deploying a very modern NonStop Server? I don’t think so! Am I a fool for continuing to lobby hard for further usage of the NonStop Server? Again, I don’t think so!
I found the time spent in Palisades, Colorado, riding through fields on a bicycle and sampling fresh peaches while tasting some pretty wonderful wines, the detour well worth the effort. I may very well have been viewed as a fool for sidestepping a weekend in Telluride or Aspen, preferring to be distracted by the simple life within a small Colorado village but then again, I came away a lot more relaxed than I had at first anticipated.
There’s much that can prove distracting when it comes to social media and it’s a challenge to find a path to those sites providing value. For many, too, there’s the issue that corporations block access on a routine basis and it’s left to quiet periods at home before there’s any opportunity to check out what’s being discussed. But if the speed with which membership in Fools for NonStop grew is any indication there’s very little that’s foolish when it comes to deploying NonStop.