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Right spot; right time!

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Call it good planning or call it serendipitous but whatever the call, sometimes it just pays to be in the right place when news breaks. And this was the case as HPE Discover Virtual Experience reached out to us all!


It was late 1984 and I was returning to Sydney from a trip to Australia’s capital, Canberra. At that time I was working for Nixdorf Computers where I was managing the organization responsible for the introduction of Nixdorf’s Plug Compatible Mainframe (PCM) – the 8890. Having checked in early for my return flight I ventured into the Ansett Golden Wings lounge to relax. Ansett Airlines was the second national carrier alongside Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) and whereas Ansett eventually failed as an ongoing airline, in the early 1990s, TAA was gobbled up by that flying red rat, QANTAS.
For many of my friends in America, what then happened may hold little meaning but it so happened that I was in the right spot at the right time to meet the most gracious cricketer of the twent…

Changing our perspective; what develops will be good!

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HPE Discover is always an occasion that the NonStop community looks forward to and with the event going virtual, HPE met our expectations …

One of the benefits of living in Colorado is that the weather is truly a hit or miss circumstance. For the past week we have ventured out into morning sunshine only to be pelted a few hours later by heavy rain and yes, hail. Whether it’s ducking back into stores that happen to be open or jumping into our vehicles it doesn’t really make a difference. Living in Colorado, alongside the Rocky Mountains, means making adjustments quickly in response to changing circumstances no matter what plans were in place. And yet, after checking with the locals, apparently Colorado enjoys more sunny days than just about any place else in USA.
Among the many changes of circumstance that the global pandemic has brought about is that for Information Technologists the big-tent marketing events put on by major vendors have undergone change that will likely live on well af…

The blueprint to optimum data integration; we sure could do with some help, right?

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Crossing the lines, stepping outside the box and even lining up incorrectly are all familiar warnings; for NonStop architects, lines on whiteboards or napkins oftentimes convey complexity that needs expertise to address …

I have been involved with the building of three homes. With each home, the engagement differed as the starting place varied, but there was always a blueprint on hand. In the southern suburbs of Sydney, Lilli Pilli, the home was already standing and it was down to details. However, I did get to finish out the lower level, lay the bricks for the backyard retaining pool and come up with the design of the swimming pool. 
As for my home in Niwot, North East of Boulder, I started with a blank piece of paper and took many months before settling on the final blueprint of my dream three-level home. Every detail was covered in those blueprints when breaking ground commenced, but even so, when it came time to move in, there were additional lines drawn on the original plans for e…

Outages, Yes! But with NonStop, No!

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In times when it seems defining what’s coming next has become a sport, it’s even more important to stress what NonStop means for uptime whether total outages or simply brownouts!



Stepping into the garage and checking on our hybrid powered vehicle, it’s always good to see that it is fully charged and ready to go. Margo and I are now onto our second plug-in hybrid vehicle and it’s encouraging to see the range of our second generation extended beyond the original 12 to 15 miles to where it’s now more than 35 miles. Doesn’t sound like a lot but in the world of plug in hybrids, relying solely on electric power isn’t what it’s all about – electric power augments a traditional combustion engine thereby considerably increasing the savings in fuel costs. We have enjoyed fuel consumption dropping to where on one occasion we eked out almost 80 mpg on a trip from Windsor, CO, to Dallas, TX.
Seeing the vehicle fully charged is a not too subtle reminder that I too am fully charged. I’ve never been on…

The new abnormal – if the shoe fits, right?

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Call it the new normal, the not normal or even the new abnormal, our world as we knew it when we celebrated the new year is long gone; on the other hand, for IT and NonStop things are becoming clearer, with a meaning …





One of the more enjoyable aspects of spending my days writing is that it is a legitimate excuse to leave the family and go hole up in my office. In so doing, I can switch off and put the rigors of daily life behind me. I can escape into a world of my own making, right? Well, not exactly! More like only after I have helped clean up after breakfast, assisted in making our bed and even taking out the trash.
Yet, it goes without saying, the escape is real even as the opportunity to lose myself in my work overrides all else. For the record – my wife’s view on all this is totally different to mine – Margo claims I use my writing as an excuse to retreat to my office leaving the breakfast mess for her to clean up. Statistically she is probably right, but those 4 times this year …

How easy it is to NonStop!

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From video clips to social media posts to publication editorials, NonStop is gaining traction whenever availability is no longer an option. But the question remains, can you afford not to NonStop?



We are now deep into spring and for us, living in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is in sight. For us Americans, Memorial Day isn’t all that far away and with this remembrance of times past, we begin a period of backyard BBQs and days at the beach. Yes, it’s nice to step outside to enjoy a timely glass of wine. Well, sort of; no one is prepared just yet to get too far ahead of themselves as we continue to be influenced by what is driving all of our plans – the global pandemic we know as COVID-19.
This past week has been a time where Margo and I have been focused on publishing the May issue of NonStop Insider. Have you read it yet? Have you checked out Margo’s editorial? Just as importantly, have you become a NonStop Insider subscriber? What we have come to enjoy reading are numerous opinion c…

Scaling out: NonStop, the “secret ingredient” within HPE product portfolio

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An uptick in blog posts and even video clips helps ensure the story of NonStop continues to resonate with IT professionals even in times severely impacted by global events.
There has been a constant reminder in our neighborhood that we each are looking at the world differently. The global pandemic has forced us all into thinking about how big our social network should be – do we have enough friends? Do we need to reach out to even more colleagues and acquaintances? Is there a minimum set that ensures our happiness? A maximum? Can our emotions scale accordingly, such that our friendship is all embracing without breaking down into an inner circle and a perimeter?
This weekend we saw an impromptu performance taking place on a neighbor’s driveway that attracted a number of passersby. A simple guitar was all that was involved and yet those listening to his performance considered it good enough to stop whatever else they were doing. Our next door neighbors arranged a number of deck chairs on …