Saturday, June 22, 2019

All that was revealed at HPE Discover 2019

Las Vegas, HPE Discover and the heat was on – HPE lights a fire as it goes Cloudless; really? Find out more …

Summer in Las Vegas is not for the faint of heart nor is it for those who may be prone to fainting. Fortunately, for those who happened to have made room reservation in either the Venetian or the Palazzo, there was never any real reason to step outside. As has been our routine for the past couple of years, we drove our company command center down to Las Vegas, camped out in one of the RV sites, but with reason prevailing, we slept in air conditioned bliss inside the hotel complex. This isn’t to say we never left the facility, but rather, only when HPE arranged for social outings to popular venues.

This year I returned to HPE Discover as a guest of HPE and as part of the HPE Influencer program. This is a group of mostly bloggers, pulled from many disciplines,  that have an interest in all things HPE – some of these bloggers have impressive numbers of followers, with one gentleman having in excess of 750,000. Kind of makes my nearly 3,000 followers (on LinkedIn) rather tame. But before I get into specifics, the HPE team that looked after us did an excellent job and I have to thank Laura Mackay and her team and Katie Boydston as well as Rebecca Wissinger – you put on quite the event for us.

As the days unfolded it seemed almost unnecessary to leave the confines of the digital and social marketing area as the bloggers had been provided a room for themselves where coffee talks were regularly scheduled. This location meant we were very close to the HPE Labs stand on the exhibition floor and also very near the Mission Critical Systems area, which this year seemed to have gained more visibility than in past years – you couldn’t miss it if you were walking down the main aisle upon arriving on the exhibition floor. Of course, having NonStop on the stand was encouraging with Mark Pollans and Roland Lemoine handling the interactions with the attendees. Nearby was Keith Moore who was surprising many attendees with an interesting display of just how versatile NonStop had become while explaining how NonStop was up and running on an HPE Edgeline 4000.

For those looking to this blog for regular updates, it was HPE’s preference for all bloggers to tweet throughout the day and if you missed the activity (and my tweets) just go back to twitter and search handles #HPEDiscover and HPEinfluencer and you will see tweets on all the topics with myself doing the best I could to keep NonStop visible throughout the event. Having said this, I have now returned to adding updates to LinkedIn and of course, there will be even more coverage of HPE Discover in the upcoming July issue of NonStop Insider.

Three items stood out above all else and they proved to be the highlights too of the keynote presentation given by HPE CEO, Antonio Neri. This was expected of course and had been advertised in advanced as being the place to be to hear big announcements from Neri. And no, he didn’t disappoint. However, what surprised many is that Neri began by providing an update on culture and the concerted effort underway to build a culture that revisited the former glory days under Hewlett and Packard and that energized the whole company as it tackled some very challenging projects.

The big news here is the change in culture to where it has become more inclusive, empowering teams to pursue the vision of HPE in ways that produced results faster and it was evident in all the conversations I had with HPE – it’s a complete change from just a year ago. Simply stated, the fear of doing something wrong had completely left HPE and teams were now excited once again by the programs they were advancing. Oh yes, HPE now is a company committed to its partners and to the many channels available to it to get product to market.

So what were the highlights? What were the big stories? After learning that indeed the culture of the company was the soul of the company, once again we heard of data being the new currency of the enterprise. And data was driving everything, make no mistake about it! Neri told us too that HPE was succeeding with its strategy now clearly proven correct and ahead of the market, so much so that HPE was now first in Hybrid sales, first in Hyperconverged deployments (HPE SimpliVity) and yes, first in Composable Systems (HPE Synergy). Addressing the HPE partners who were present, Neri than added how there was now opportunity at the Edge – since acquiring Aruba, it makes the HPE offerings at the edge the best digital transformation partner for you!

Once culture was covered and the presentation moved on to the product portfolio two items stood out. Firstly, there was an update on the vision – Cloud, Edge and Data – with the news HPE was committed to providing everything as-a-Service very, very soon. It will be a challenge but this is where GreenLake comes to the fore and where the announcements were made that GreenLake, which had started out being offered through partners (to enterprises), was being expanded to include robust edge offerings on the basis of as-a-Service as well as infrastructure in general being offered on the basis, too, as-a-Service. This is all part of HPE pursuing a transformation in the economics of products (i.e. the way we consume products) that is up there with the digital transformation of technology and people and processes.

This will be challenging for NonStop users, but the more I heard from HPE, I came to realize the challenge will be for existing enterprise customers. New logos to NonStop, on the other hand, unfamiliar as they will likely be with all things NonStop may find this a good way to begin their NonStop journey. And when you think too of the implications of Hybrid IT, it is almost a certainty that your enterprises will need outside help so I can see the services side of HPE growing significantly, particularly as they are focused on very clear missions with little need to be concerned about legacy as those charged with providing services to legacy IT users have already been incorporated into DXC Technologies. 

The second item that caught my attention was the news that everything running in the data center was to be supported by the edge – if you had your favorite solution overseen by corporate IT expect to see options provided for running that same solution out on the edge. As an aside, for many of us it came as news that out at the edge, increasingly there will be mini-clouds present as really, clouds are an “experience” more so than just a product or technology. Interesting indeed – and a lead in to what HPE is describing as a future that eventually becomes Cloudless. I for one am not expecting to see a HPE Cloudless product line, but anticipate this being a place holder for something big as Neri promised more on an exciting new pursuit at next year’s HPE Discover event.

For the NonStop community, GreenLake may prove worth watching as the prospect of HPE IT, where NonStop has such a strong foothold, indeed becoming a showcase for the comprehensive nature of GreenLake may soon be real as it promotes HPE “eating its own dog food.” However, that isn’t certain but what is more assured is that NonStop will be seen at some point productized and supporting multiple Edgeline products. It’s a real case of showcasing that everything running in the data center will be supported at the edge and there is nothing more reflective of the complexity of the data center than NonStop. Should be interesting to see how HPE builds its go to market plans for such a NonStop offering.

Our bloggers pavilion on the exhibition floor was where the coffee talks were held throughout the event. Perhaps the most impressive coffee talk came towards the end of the event when we were gifted the presence of both the CMO and the CCO – Jim Jackson, HPE’s Chief Marketing Office and Jennifer Temple, HPE’s Chief Communications Officer. As Temple observed even as the change in culture was becoming palpable, “As a company, we believe in getting out in the community; it’s part of our heritage and we are doubling down on it!”

Perhaps closing with this is as good a place as any and to bring together the many threads that made up this year’s HPE Discover event. HPE is executing major pivots – to customers, software, services and to its people; customer first and customer outcomes represent a big change away from the mentality of box sales but as with every major effort looking to become a more confident, leaning-in, organization – it’s going to take more time to see how well the execution holds up, over time. Perhaps most important of all, NonStop still makes it to the final slides of the show – as specialized, mind you - but for the NonStop community, making it onto any slide at this level of presentation is always good news!   

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Off to HPE Discover: “It’s Vegas, baby – Vegas!”

If it is June and it’s very hot then it’s Las Vegas and time for HPE Discover – will we see you there? Follow me with hashtag #HPEinfluencer

Whether you head to Las Vegas for the entertainment or the restaurants, it matters little. It could be the attraction of the shows and concerts or the sporting events. No matter which way you look at it there is the ever present temptation to win big on the floor of the casino just as there is the temptation coming from a bar almost everywhere you turn. Yes, I’m writing about Vegas, baby – Vegas to quote a famous refrain from a popular movie (Vince Vaughn shouts this to Jon Favreau in the movie Swingers)! For the NonStop community this may not be truly the event of the year but for any party interested in knowing more about executing to a vision and delivering on product roadmaps that are all central to HPE’s strategy, this show is a must!

If you are reading this and the event is yet to start then you would be finding us somewhere out on the road between Colorado and Nevada. Once again we will be depending upon our company command center to get us to Las Vegas safely and if all goes to plan, we will be overnighting on a number of Walmart parking lots – west of the Mississippi this is the thing to do when you just want to cover lots of miles. Having said this, the one constant at this time of year is the heat – so once in Las Vegas we will be checking into the Venetian Hotel not only for its closeness to the exhibition floor and the meeting rooms but because of the superb A/C on hand.

The RV is only part of the story as it’s simply our choice of transportation into and out of Las Vegas. Yes, we like to drive and yes, we like our home on wheels when it comes to retiring for the night. But this year we are again guests of HPE as we join our fellow bloggers making up the HPE Influencers group. HPE does such a good job of getting us all close to the action – our coffee talks make this trip exciting all by themselves. And before I forget - a very big thanks this year to Laura Mackey who is putting this program together and making sure all our needs are being met.

I will be representing the bloggers focused on Mission Critical Systems – in particular, NonStop systems – but I will also be pursuing other product and service offerings of HPE. Who wouldn’t want to hear more about the upcoming acquisition of Cray and who wouldn’t want to see how Superdome Flex is developing? And yes, The Machine continues to evolve and with each event, HPE unveils just one more working piece of this dramatic change to the way we think of computing today. HPE Labs continues to be a highlight for me; expect to see plenty of photos from the exhibition hall as the event unfolds.

Have you been following the tweets coming from HPE? Have you seen some of the early promotional emails that have already begun in support of different presentations? Of course, Connect will be out in force and they have a program for the Connect user community and there will certainly be sessions provided for those members of the NonStop community who may be present – make sure you visit Connect booth as it’s not too far from where HPE houses the HPE Influencers and past experience suggests there is always a crowd hovering around the Connect booth and there is always quite a number of familiar faces and while I am not sure what NonStop systems will be on display, there is always one or two NonStop product managers nearby.

Talking of tweets – my handle is
@RichardKBuckle and from 2019 I am working hard to drive the number of followers I have past 2,000. Looking at the numbers of followers of my peers in the HPE Influencer group, there are half a dozen or so with thousands of followers so let’s make the NonStop community more visible. HPE will be broadcasting the tweets by the Influencers - follow #HPEinfluencer as well as the changed hashtag, #HPEDiscover) on Jumbotron screens erected throughout the center – exhibition hall and meeting spaces and wherever there are places to simply sit down and relax. If you have as yet not been to a HPE Discover event, the pace is fast and the atmosphere electric!

This will be my eighth or ninth HPE Discover event (counting 2017’s participation in HPE Discover, Madrid) – I can’t recall missing any since HP Discover 2011. Discover events, HP and HPE, follow three HP Technical Forum (HPTF) events that ran from 2008 through to 2010. At these HPTF events, there was still a semblance of user group engagement as they were the beginnings of a move to combine all of the then-HP user communities following the acquisition of Compaq, but no more. Like myself, a guest of HPE, so too is Connect a guest of HPE and no matter the size of its presence on the exhibition floor, NonStop presence at HPE Discover is still an opportunity to present the NonStop story to all and sundry!

I was posting about the 2010 HPTF event on June 11, 2010, Modernize? Evangelize! and I mused about the following year’s HP Discover 2011. Even as I had concerns about just how visible NonStop would be at an event as large as was being promised, it was left to Steve Saltwick, then of HP BCS/NED Marketing, who “finally convinced me of the value proposition. ‘Just think about it,’ I recall Steve advising, ‘this event in June will be the best opportunity we will have to impress on a much larger community the value that comes from using NonStop!’” Nothing has changed since Steve made that observation – HPE Discover continues to be a place where NonStop has an opportunity to impress a really big audience and my own presence, wearing as I do every NonStop badge and button I can find, in the HPE Influencer briefing sessions cannot be missed!

What will be the big items covered in this year’s event? Where will the focus be directed and in which organizations will the big announcements be generated? Already HPE CEO Antonio Neri has tweeted that there will be “Five advantages to be on the watch for: GreenLake pay-per-use innovation, InfoSight intelligent storage advantage, composable cloud, high-performance compute innovation, partnership and customer choice innovation.” Neri also told CRN reporter Steve Burke as you can read in a June 3, 2019, article
Antonio Neri: 5 Innovation Advantages To Look For At HPE Discover that, “You will be amazed at the innovation we are going to bring to Discover; more innovation in storage in terms of intelligent management platforms, more innovation in terms of edge with edge computing.” Neri also told Burke to expect that, “the biggest innovation you are going to hear from us is the pivot to as a service on everything we do.”

As Margo and I drive into Las Vegas we are expecting to feel the heat, as in the past, temperatures have routinely climber well above 100F mark and perhaps this is only appropriate when an event as important as HPE Discover is being held – and yes, members of the traditional press will be in attendance alongside us bloggers and I am hoping that Burke is nearby. It would be good to catch up for a chat with him and to hear of his observations about this year’s event. That too is one of the big reasons for attending HPE Discover – the networking opportunities are on a scale unlike any other event held during the year. There will be many stories coming “hot off the presses” I expect, but if you want to read of my own NonStop spin on all that is covered at HPE Discover then make sure you check back in to this site as I will be posting updates regularly throughout the week – yes, the heat from the nearby dessert is going to experience competition as HPE Discover certainly is going to be every bit as hot!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Celebrating the 500th post to this blog …

Live an adventurous life and you will write interesting stories!

“Welcome to RT Writer's blog - for all things related to the ITUG Community.” If this catches you off guard, this is the first line I wrote in my very first post to this blog back in August 20, 2007 - a post I simply titled Introduction. It’s been a long time since I used the handle RT Writer, although there are still a number of longstanding loyalty sites where it remains in use. It’s also been a long time since I opened with a reference to the ITUG Community. It may not be obvious to everyone however, the URL for this blog just happens to be – accident? No, not really! But then again, with this post I am celebrating my 500th post for the NonStop community.

If you look back through the posts you will read a little about the history of how this blog came into being. On the other hand, if you missed it all or simply don’t have the patience to go scrolling through the previous 499 posts, it all came about at a Chicago ITUG board meeting, following my last year as the ITUG Chairman and the suggestion was made for me to turn my regular column in the Connection magazine into a blog. Having no clue whatsoever as to what this would involve I said yes. In no time at all I had ITUG board members asking me to slow down the number of posts as they didn’t have the time to read them all; today, it’s a case of three or perhaps four articles appearing each month in this blog. However, the best thing I ever did was to secure the agreement of the then Finance Chair of ITUG to become my editor – Margo Holen. Many thanks, Margo for the dedication and hard work to make my many musings readable!

That first post generated a couple of responses and I have elected to include two of them here. The first was from then NonStop product manager, Wil Marshman, who worked directly for me when I managed the then Tandem Computers communications and networking group of product managers – note, it was a group comprising three product managers and it was just for wires protocols and services. Wil’s sentiment was much appreciated at the time:

Wil Marshman said...

It's going to be interesting to see whether "Tandem customers" pick up on and use the new Web2 technology. It has the potential to enhance the feeling of community that many of us old-timers appreciate. Moreover, we may be able to find ways to create real value with it.

I have enjoyed a great relationship with the NonStop team through the years and not only with product management but with development, the field and even with adjacent technology groups, the tech center and HPE labs. I once quoted from a popular movie that, "If you live an ordinary life, all you'll have are ordinary stories. You have to live a life of adventure." And from the days of Tandem through to Compaq and now to HP and HPE that followed, it would be rather glib of me to say that life with NonStop hasn’t been a life of adventure! Who could have imagined all those years ago that more than a decade later I would be still writing articles focused on NonStop?

Among the other comments published for that very first post is one that I find rather interesting on many levels. It came from CAIL’s CEO, Ron Thompson, and it continues to resonate with me to this day:  

Ron Thompson said...

... with your background, you certainly have considerable insights into the NonStop / Tandem space. Since we have a shared interest in expanding the community, let me know of opportunities to collaborate.

If Ron has been one thing when it comes to his work with the NonStop community it would be his consistency. While even now Ron has those members of the NonStop community who know his story well it may come as a surprise that, even then, Ron was passionate about exploring new ways to expand the NonStop community and to do so by redirecting much of the conversation away from a purely technical in nature to where the needs of the business took priority. If you read the upcoming June issue of NonStop Insider, you will see a further update to this quest of Ron’s, whose passion for the NonStop community hasn’t lessened in the slightest.

If you looked at the blog and thought about printing the entire blog (as I once thought of doing before going on vacation), be prepared to sort through more than 2,000 pages of posts – actually, on A4 it’s more like 2,500 pages. Point is, there is barely a topic that hasn’t been covered and if you need supporting collateral for any presentation to your management, even with the passage of time I am sure you will find at least one reference and / or one quote that will support any point you care to make about NonStop. I am often left wondering how it came to be that the NonStop product line, the NonStop organization and yes, the NonStop community could be the source for so many interesting stories. You may not have read them, all but there will be more than a handful I suspect that have helped you through the years. Yes, you could say, living with NonStop has proved to be a life full of adventure!

It was only a matter of weeks after launching this blog that I was giving a vendor presentation at the Euro ITUG event in Brighton, England. To the amusement of some attendees, there was a group high-fiving (or close to that) each time I mentioned that I was now writing the blog – little did any of us know at the time, however, that in time it would become the foundation for a new business endeavor and to continue with the theme of leading a life full of adventure, I would be launching Pyalla Technologies, LLC, and going into business for myself. At the time of my presentation in Brighton, I was working for GoldenGate Software and it wasn’t till much later that my former colleague and today, good friend, Sami Akbay acknowledged that perhaps my enthusiasm over the value blogs provided as an adjunct to conventional communications channels was not fully appreciated but today, clearly it is a very important channel and almost every NonStop vendor today maintains a blog.

Pyalla has followed a similar upward trajectory as has this blog but it would be remiss of me not to thank the first three clients that I attracted and it was all as a result of this blog. First and perhaps surprisingly for others, it was Ernie Guerrera at NuWave that helped get Pyalla off the ground. At around the same time it was Dr. Michael Rossbach who dropped by our house to talk about working with comforte which began a very long relationship with a company about which I still think very highly. Finally it was through the voice of a friend - Marty Turner - talking to his friend that led me to a meeting with Andre Cuenin of IR that opened the door to yet another lengthy relationship that continues to this day. Management at IR may have changed through the years but the featured product, Prognosis, continues to dominate the payments and infrastructure markets worldwide wherever NonStop has a presence.

I continue writing posts for my clients to post to their blogs even as I develop interesting stories for industry publications like ATMmarketplace and FinTech Futures where clients’ products are featured on a regular basis. Among my solutions-providing clients, OmniPayments has been with Pyalla the longest and for good reason – they continue to help sell NonStop solutions and more recently, have become a VAR for NonStop systems in select markets. Providing potential customers with a number of options, when it comes to deploying NonStop (including virtualized with OmniCloudX) is a plus and over the many years we have worked together, I have come to enjoy our partnership with Yash.  

When news first broke of the decision by the HPE NonStop team to partner-up with NonStop vendors to launch a Migration and Modernization program, I was very pleased to see some of my clients become leading players. I also jumped at the opportunity to help publish the NonStop Insider digital publication – yes, Margo has been the Managing Editor from day one! While perhaps not on quite the same scale as this blog in term of number of articles, very soon we will be hitting the publication of the 50th issue, which is quite a feat in itself and yet further testament to the commitment the NonStop vendor community has for all things NonStop!

It hasn’t all been heads-down, nose-to-the-grindstone stuff – it has been a lot of fun coming up with ideas for the next story. It has been a lot of fun at times as ideas are bantered around among Pyalla’s clients. Nevertheless, NonStop remains the key ingredient in everything that has transpired in the years that have passed since that first post in 2007. Who would have guessed NonStop would have survived the cut that saw non-core software pruned from HPE – and indeed thrived as a result of HPE’s own IT committing so strongly to NonStop.

The appearance of a virtualized NonStop offering alongside traditional converged NonStop systems and  SQL/MX becoming a DBaaS offering (with multi-tenancy) together with the new capacity on demand options and the emergence of embryonic consumption pricing offerings are all helping take NonStop into a new, adventurous world! Yes, NonStop has indeed been leading an adventurous life any way you care to look at it and evidence of this is everywhere you turn these days. Through all of this transformation of NonStop it still has been very much about the fun that permeates within the NonStop community and is visible every time the community gets together, as this latest ETBC Edinburgh event so clearly demonstrated.

In bringing this post to a conclusion I couldn’t help but notice one particular recommendation of me published in LinkedIn very soon after the first post appeared in this blog. It was from a colleague of mine who right along with me has shared similar adventures and with whom I traveled around the world more than once. It was Mark Hutchens who wrote these lines which I think pretty much sum up much of what I have been conveying in this post, the 500th post to Real Time View: 

I first met Richard when he was Managing Director and he recruited me as Sales Manager for Systems Technology / Netlink and had the opportunity to work closely with Richard where I saw firsthand his creativity at work. He certainly knew how to throw a lunch ... And Friday night beer-busts were certainly lively with Richard around ... And of course, he became a beacon for the press looking for interesting stories to report!!! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Legacy IT - a world apart from NonStop!

HPE is pleased to have migrated to a very modern NonStop at the heart of its data center – what about you?

I have no ambitions whatsoever to become a collector of antique cars. Try as I might, I can see nothing attractive about vehicles built 25 or 50 years ago even as I know so many of my friends hold dear to them the vehicles that they once envied in their youth but never could afford. We have a 2003 Corvette parked in the garage and with each passing year I wonder whether or not we have kept it for too long. It’s only fifteen plus years old but Margo and I are in no hurry to sell it as it is our only choice for track day fun outings. On the other hand, there is so much about this Corvette that even with the passage of just a few years, looks “old fashioned.” There is barely an electronic aid to be found and with the exception of traction control and ABS, it’s close to being considered an “analogue car”.
Perhaps one reason for keeping older cars with few electronic aids is that in the very near future they may disappear from the landscape entirely. You drive your car? You actually push on pedals and have a steering wheel? I can almost hear the shocked expressions coming from our grandchildren in a decade’s time when cars such as these are banned from public roads. Suddenly, not only is there a notion that motor vehicles will be looked on strangely, but their owners will likely be viewed as eccentric. Just as horses disappeared from our busy thoroughfares to become expensive hobbies, so too will cars – a legacy, if you like, of technology long forsaken in the name of progress!

When it comes to computing and what populates our data centers, I cannot recall ever reading as much as I have of late concerning legacy systems. I once worked alongside a colleague who owned a number of computer companies and one of them always brought a smile to my face – Archaic Computers. This was a forward thinking enterprise that bought up old mainframes, compressed them in order to fit as many as possible in a standard shipping container and then sent them to a company in Arizona. Gold and other precious metals were then extracted from the crushed remains such that it became very profitable for a short period of time until, that is and unfortunately for my colleague they ran out of old mainframes. At a time when we continue to discuss mining data for information “gold” it’s probably worth noting that data wasn’t the only gold locked inside mainframes. Gold just happened to be “the gold” back then!

In my discussions with industry and financial analysts the question always comes up about what constitutes a legacy system. And always the response is the same – it’s not that simple defining a legacy system. I know my colleagues working with IBM mainframes will be aghast at the news that general purpose computers, once dominated by mainframes, are today’s legacy systems. They have an old architecture, a convoluted operating stack, and a need for skillsets unnecessary elsewhere in IT. No matter how you slice and dice these systems and despite the virtualization provided, their costs outweigh any material value to an enterprise and, at best, they are marking-time until the applications they support find new homes.

A bit too tough on IBM? Perhaps; but when it comes to defining legacy there is much the business of computing has in common with the auto industry. In both industries, everyone will have an opinion but the opinion we all can relate to might very well be, “I may have difficulty describing legacy but I know a legacy system when I see one!” Sit inside a new car on any manufacturers’ showroom floor and almost immediately, the discussions center on the value proposition of the infotainment center – can you communicate with Apple CarPlay? So much for the old methods of choosing a car and yes, what lies under the hood? And yet, when it comes to modern cars it’s all about the graphics and interfaces and less about the basic engineering!

In computing terms, the word legacy is used to describe outdated or obsolete technology, equipment that is still being used by an individual or organization long after it should have been replaced. More noticeable still, “vendor or manufacturer support is not available for legacy systems and applications.”
This explanation came from an online dictionary I referenced where I also came across the following explanation of legacy, “In computing, a legacy system is an old method, technology, computer system, or application program, ‘of, relating to, or being a previous or outdated computersystem,’ yet still in use.” Yet another source I referenced, Techopedia explains Legacy System as a system not necessarily “defined by age. Legacy may refer to lack of vendor support or a system's incapacity to meet organizational requirements.”

In the case of an analogue car as described earlier in this post, there is value – there is both an emotional connection as well as the challenge that comes with physically managing the driving experience. However, when it comes to computing, apart from the emotional connection we may have developed for the very first computer we used – some colleagues have mementos, saved bits and pieces following dismantling, sitting on shelves in their offices - there is little that can be said about any potential enjoyment that comes with operating an old computer. Legacy computers are just that – reminders of once glory days that are best left for discussions at user events long after the effects of adult beverages have taken hold!

Techopedia, in its explanation of Legacy Systems, noted that, “
Legacy systems are high maintenance and may involve intricate patching and modifications. Porting techniques are often used for software adjustments or adaptation. Older hardware may require added compatibility layers to facilitate device functionality in incompatible environments.” On the other hand, Techopedia recognized that, “An organization might continue to use legacy systems for a wide range of reasons, such as the following:
  • "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" The system might work adequately.
  • The system is complex, and documentation is poor. Simply defining scope can be difficult. 
  • A redesign is costly, due to complexity or monolithic architecture
In other words, and perhaps one of the best descriptions of legacy systems, Techopedia tells us that “A legacy system is a technology that is out of date to the point of representing an operational risk to a business.” Yes, it’s just plain old …

HPE NonStop systems never fitted in with the mainframe crowd. Indeed, those vendors championing mainframes back in the late ‘70s and on into the early ‘90s went to great lengths to push to one side NonStop systems whenever discussions about mainframes arose. Transaction processing “front end” computers were a specialty item and as such, lacked the wherewithal to do the full mix of work generally associated with mainframes.
In describing Fault Tolerance in the NonStop Cyclone System, writers Scott Chan and Bob Jardine began with, “The NonStop Cyclone system is a fault-tolerant multiprocessor mainframe designed for simultaneous transaction, query, and batch processing.”

Ouch – it would take a decade or more to move on from this even if it was all part of a positioning message to convince the global IT community that Tandem Computers was a viable systems’ vendor.
Sure, NonStop could do batch, after a fashion, but that wasn’t really part of what NonStop systems were designed to do – small message in, small response out, and a little bit of database access in between. “Do you have the $50 in your account that you plan to spend?”

What we have today with NonStop is far removed from legacy systems we know a lot about (when we see them). NonStop is not a mainframe and perhaps more importantly these days, NonStop is an active participant in HPE’s transformation to Hybrid IT strategy. From a company that now has a strong penchant for talking about software and software-defined-everything, NonStop can be licensed as software today to be run on hardware from server vendors apart from HPE. This is simply not possible with legacy systems of any kind that I am aware of. Indeed, the mark of a legacy system is that the system “is unable to scale to handle anticipated business volumes; has a limitation such as an inability to handle large numbers; technologies used by the system including business software, programming languages, operating system and hardware are no longer supported.”

At a time when the HPE NonStop organization is selecting partners to help enterprises with their migration and modernization projects as they embrace the new NonStop, it’s good to see that there is no references being made to the former family of NonStop – the NonStop i Systems – as being old or in any way, legacy. These NonStop i Systems could scale, handle large numbers and yes, supported modern languages, utilities and tools including a plethora of products and features created by the open source community. It’s always been my belief that the role NonStop has filled in the past has set up perfectly its role for the future. Availability will always be the gold standard of modern systems and with today's’ new NonStop there is gold aplenty to be had when it comes to meeting the business needs for true 24 x 7 sustained operation.

For many of us, there is a reticence to talk about legacy systems. There is almost a fear that even mentioning the word legacy might encourage those around us thinking of NonStop as part of a legacy world. Unfortunately, in our reticence to talk about NonStop and legacy is the very clear perception that we are being evasive – we don’t talk about it so it must be true: NonStop is part of the legacy world! However, NonStop was never part of that legacy world and today, remaining modern, we see NonStop – a vital cog in the transformation to Hybrid IT machine – offering even more options to better capitalize on the growing world of transactions, be they originated in traditional or virtualized environments.

Whereas HPE understands it is very fortunate to be the home of NonStop – is your enterprise, on the other hand, pleased to be moving NonStop into their home? After all, there really isn’t another viable alternative to NonStop when you get right down to it; yes, it is still very much a case that, in today’s world of computing, a very strong argument can be made that #NonStopRocks !!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

ETBC, Edinburgh – as successful as we expected it to be!

Well done, BITUG committee! Edinburgh, Scotland didn’t disappoint and the level of participation was tremendous with all keynote sessions very well attended …

We left for Edinburgh, Scotland, as planned. We had dinner at the airport, caught a flight to London where we enjoyed lunch at Euston Station before taking the train to Edinburgh. All rather straight forward with the only hitch being that we should have caught the train from Kings Cross as our Virgin “express” stopped almost everywhere on its swing through the west of England and we arrived at our hotel some six hours later. Saw plenty of green hills and lots of sheep, mind you, and the weather was way warmer than we had anticipated. Yes, last Wednesday Scotland enjoyed warmer days than residents in Spain and even LA experienced.

There will be much more coverage of the social side of the event and the experiences we enjoyed in the company of other attendees will be covered in an upcoming post to our social blog, Buckle-Up, but suffice to say, Margo and I enjoyed the time in Edinburgh. As an aside our first trip to Edinburgh and to this same Sheraton Hotel was back in the spring of 1999. It was the time when there was a Spring European ITUG event each year and waiting for a lift to take Margo and me down to the exhibit hall, we met Robin Gilchrist and Tony Bond – Robin was then ITUG Chair and Tony was the Vice Chair. Little did I know that this brief encounter would be life changing after a fashion, as subsequent conversations with Tony led me to run for a director’s position on the 2000 ITUG board!  

I mention this in passing not only because of the impact it had on many decisions I made in the years that followed but as I took to the stage for my own presentation, I looked out at Yogesh Teli and Margo Holen who both joined the ITUG board at different times and the thought I had was that well, we almost had a quorum so what should we be discussing this time around? I have always enjoyed the company of Yogesh and we travelled the world together for a time catching up with each other in South Africa, Singapore, Australia and yes, the U.S. Yogesh immediately preceded me as the ITUG Chairman (in 2003) and it was being his Vice Chair where I learnt so much about what to expect as an ITUG Chair. So Edinburgh holds fond memories for me and seeing Yogesh and Margo seated in the front made me feel quite at home as I began my presentation.

Last year I thought the turn out for the GTUG hosted pan-European event in Leipzig was outstanding but seeing 230 plus folks make the journey to Edinburgh impressed me just as much! To the BITUG committee, I tip my hat as they did a wonderful job in making this event work the way it did – from a traditional beer bust to kick off the event Monday night to the gala evening out at the Hub alongside Edinburgh’s famous castle to where a program was created that easily blended the news from HPE and the NonStop team with numerous customer and vendor presentations there were plenty of informative sessions to choose from. After polling just a handful of the exhibits, the vendors I spoke to were somewhat exuberant when it came to relating the much-improved traffic flow to their stations than previously experienced.

As Tim Dunne of NTI said, “We had major financial institutions stopping almost constantly by and asking us about how we can address their business needs. It was hard not to be impressed with just how many customers had turned up for this event.” OmniPayments’ Craig Lawrance added, “I have had better conversations this year than in any other year that are already leading to more opportunities than ever before!” With the BITUG Chair being TCM’s Collin Yates, the TCM table was always busy as was that of ETI where I had a tough time getting the attention of ETI COO, Sylvain T├ętreault. Once again and somewhat predictably, put the coffee and then the lunchtime food in the middle of the vendors’ stands and everyone is happy!

I guess by now everyone has heard the news that the end of sales of Itanium systems will now be coming forward for everyone in EMEA – rather than ending July, 2020 they will end in January 2020. The reason for the change was pretty obvious, according to NonStop Enterprise Division boss, Neil Davis, “It’s ServerNet and the lack of availability of ServerNet related hardware,” that has influenced this decision. And perhaps, after talking to NonStop customer and vendors, this is a moot point as migrations to NonStop X have really begun in earnest of late and that is a very encouraging sign for the NonStop community as a whole. Initially there had been some pushback by the NonStop solutions vendors but HPE has done a terrific job in getting resolutions to NonStop customers’ potential issues to do with migrations.

As for the question of whether or not one vendor or the other was going to migrate or even an issue about the NonStop team supporting mission-critical middleware many NonStop users depended upon, today we know BASE24 will work as will Lusis, even as we have seen Oracle support for GoldenGate extended to include NonStop X. Issues surrounding support of IBM’s MQ are being addressed and as for the NonStop SNA and X.25 products, resolution has arrived. If you depend on SNA or X25 and have relied upon a SNAX or X25AM product, then going forward NonStop has elected to add the Infrasoft’s uLinga product to the HPE NonStop price book.

In a deal worked out with comforte, the sales partner of Infrasoft responsible for sales and support of uLinga, the NonStop team has made a somewhat momentous decision. Both Margo and I were heavily involved in SNAX and then later ICE that has seen us today committed to the success of uLinga and while it took almost a decade to achieve, we always knew there were better solutions available today than the legacy SNAX and ICE products. With uLinga you will be getting a lot more than just a replacement for either SNA or X.25 product offerings but access to features that better integrate NonStop TS/MP applications with both CICS and IMS where there isn’t anything in between but pure IP!

However, these updates were really only a starting point for the event in Edinburgh. ETBC was full of announcements as one after the other vendors talked up their plans for virtualized NonStop, consumption-based pricing and for many, their support of NSaaS – yes, NonStop-as-a-Service.  There are many product offerings from the NonStop community that lend themselves to being accessed out of a cloud, whether it’s a public cloud or more likely than not, a vendor supported private cloud (and there are a number of NonStop vendors well advanced in rolling out their own global clouds all based on NonStop – again, OmniPayments and NTI being two that come to mind immediately), so be prepared to find a number of new and exciting ways to consume your favorite product.

Key candidates? It you are after monitoring of you system and application then I suspect there will be cloud offerings. If your need is for real time analytics to be performed on select data then that too will likely be supported out of a cloud. And what of data replication, file movement and distribution, and yes, products that ease your transformation to hybrid IT? For many of the products I can think of there is almost an equal number of ways accessing them so running these from out of a cloud could easily apply. When you consider that today, NonStop has become a collection of VMs (versus real hardware machines), then the possibilities will be endless and it’s really all confirmation that NonStop is modern and more than an appropriate choice for any business looking at the bigger picture of digital transformation.

If events like ETBC tell us anything at all then it is that HPE continues to invest in NonStop and that NonStop is increasingly turning to its partners. Indeed, as IT comes to terms with Digital Transformation and the world of Hybrid IT – it’s becoming less about partnerships and more about ecosystems. Winning vendors are building out ecosystems that include many vendors who in turn are cooperating with other vendors. Point is bigger vendors will be unfolding umbrellas under which you will find numerous vendors all working towards the same goal – to provide better customer experiences, whether those customers are end users, operators, data scientists and more.

The signs are already there telling us that vendors are talking to vendors even as HPE NonStop is providing a helping hand all of which is to say – success with the core NonStop business as in evidence with the data provided by HPE’s Neil Davis is proving more than enough incentive for vendors to begin partnering-up to create their own ecosystems beneficial to us all!  

This year’s ETBC was a success even as NonStop is beginning to enjoy success in its own right. There will be a lot more events held in the coming months none bigger perhaps than HPE Discover where there is always something said about NonStop but for now, it’s good to be able to reflect on all that we heard in Edinburgh. As for next year all the signs are pointing to a big event again, but this time in Berlin, Germany. Until then, all we can add is our congratulation and thanks to the BITUG committee for putting on one heck of a show! Well done, team!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Another weekend and another European escapade!

Has a renewed sense of urgency taken hold inside HPE that is (positively) influencing the HPE NonStop team? Is HPE looking like a start-up, once again? Whatever you call it, a lot of positive news is coming from both of them and it's not just their new digs …

For a company with staff that doesn’t fly all that often, the Pyalla Technologies team – that’s Margo and me – will be heading to the airport late Saturday to begin our journey to Edinburgh, Scotland. Already this year we have flown back from Australia in January before escaping to Munich, Germany, in March for a couple of adult refreshments together with a couple of client meetings. Turns out this return trip to Europe in May, for the European (NonStop) Technical Boot Camp (ETBC) will be followed with a visit to HPE Discover in June. We have even managed to squeeze in one more trip to participate in N2TUG on June 27.

It also turns out that there is a significant uptick of interest in Regional User Group (RUG) events, no matter where they are being held and we want to see this one for ourselves. As for the reason, it’s not just about checking out the attendance but where else can you hear about product investments being made by HPE in NonStop? A recent conversation with a colleague of mine reminded me of one key ingredient that is making RUG events popular – yes, it’s the only place to hear the latest news about NonStop. Forget social media, he suggested much to my chagrin, you just have to make your way to the nearest RUG event to fully understand all that is taking place with the NonStop product line.

While I am expecting to be surprised, perhaps more than once, during this year’s ETBC event even as I think I have a good understanding of what priorities NonStop development has set for itself, there is bound to be something new announced. Just as we have heard much about how NonStop developers are improving the value proposition of NonStop they clearly haven’t eased up on developing new features. The probability that NonStop will attract more customers and development partners is high and quite honestly, it hasn’t been business as normal inside HPE for some time.

Ever since HPE CEO Antonio Neri ascended to the leadership role, he has brought attention to where HPE is headed and it’s mostly about providing realizable value up and down the HPE product line. With his Next initiative (to re-architect the company), Neri has been extremely vocal, stating that "At the core of this is not just cost savings. It is all about simplification, innovation and execution."

So, is HPE looking more and more like a start-up? With as much talk as there is of late about innovation, and the need to innovate “at the speed of business” is HPE becoming an entirely new company? Has the recent move to new “digs” in San Jose all part of a plan to refashion HPE to become more nimble? The essence of Neri's Next transformation, according to a May 22, 2018 update in CRN, HPE CEO Neri: Next Initiative Is The Ultimate 'Competitive Advantage' In Fast-Moving Market, “is a return to an ‘innovators at heart culture.’ HPE has acquired assets and innovated around those core competencies in a way that gives the company a deeper and wider story. It is not piece parts.”

One of the key attributes that distinguishes a start-up from more established enterprises simply pursuing business as usual is the observable sense of urgency. The need to get things done with products introduced into the marketplace quickly! According to a McKinsey & Company strategy paper published in May of 2019
How to move fast: Innovation at speed and scale, “The biggest thing that makes most start-ups move really quickly is urgency. They are running on the amount of capital and the amount of funding they have at any given moment. And if they cannot get to a next milestone, whether that is actually getting to enough sales to start self-sustaining the enterprise or get to a next milestone with a venture funder, they’re done.”

Ouch! Clearly, HPE is not quite as pressed to succeed as today’s start-ups when it comes to capital. Or, are they?

When you look at the NonStop organization today it is a lot smaller than at any other time in its history. And yet we have all seen x86, InfiniBand and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) followed by Oracle compatibility (for NS SQL), virtualized NonStop, capacity on demand and much more – a sense of urgency? You had better believe it! HPE talks a lot about the core and the edge but how many of us have truly caught the message from HPE of late.

"The digital transformation really starts at the edge. Sixty-plus percent of the data is generated at the edge. Two years from now, we are going to have twice the amount of data we generated in human history,” HPE told CRN reporter, Steven Burke, last year. “Analytics and AI are required at the edge. The compute capacity at the edge in the form of cloud architecture is going to be a significant opportunity for us. That is why I am very bullish about the future of HPE."

You may not view HPE as being in start-up mode just as you may not be thinking of NonStop being new to the market. However, there is no denying that NonStop and indeed HPE has stepped up the pace of innovation. At one point, McKinsey and Company partner Stacey Haas notes in this month’s strategy paper how, “It’s clear the many layers that larger companies have can blur the focus and urgency around decision making, and even make accountability diffuse.” However, under Neri this doesn’t seem to be the case and to that point; let’s just take note that HPE today is “only” a $30+billion company – can we even consider HPE as being big by IT industry standards?

In other words, this appearance of HPE as being in start-up mode and indeed, as is the NonStop group, is clearly a reflection of a rush to innovate together with a rush to get to the next milestone. And the milestones just keep on coming. And where is the NonStop community getting to hear about all of this? The “inside skinny” is one of the true benefits from attending RUG events and with the European event in Edinburgh – the ETBC, hosted by BITUG – about to take place, there is an expectation that we haven’t heard about all the plans for NonStop. There is more news coming so I am led to believe.

“The compute capacity at the edge in the form of cloud architecture,” intrigues me as it is generating renewed interest within many of the NonStop vendors with whom I work. From my perspective, when it comes to the enterprise this is a reference to private clouds more so than public clouds. It’s where transactions take place and it will be where “analytics and AI are required.” Sounds a lot like shortly we will see virtualized NonStop (vNS) being put to good use. Perhaps there will even be members of the NonStop vendor community stepping up with utilities and tools to help make this happen.

The NonStop team has a lot of projects that they categorize as being “under investigation.” Take vNS on HPE Synergy, for instance, as this is something that continues to intrigue me as well even as I have evangelized for some time that this looks to be taking a step in the right direction. Then there is all the effort being made to bring even more open source to NonStop which is a meaningful way to reinforce the overall open message of NonStop.

On the subject of open and just to reinforce the importance of RUG events, if you haven’t seen the promotion for the upcoming June RUG event, N2TUG then you may have missed reading about the keynote presentation by HPE’s Meg Watson of the ATC, who will be sharing how “industry-standard cross-platform tools, such as Jenkins, Git, Eclipse, and Ansible can be leveraged by your organization to help you meet the quickening demands of your business without missing a beat!”

Once again this, and much more, for most of us will only ever be explained in detail at a RUG event – getting the picture now? If you follow LinkedIn or Twitter you may get a glimpse of the urgency evident in HPE’s programs even if you don’t see specific references to NonStop. However, to hear more about the specifics you just have to make it to your local RUG events – and I cannot stress too much the importance of doing so!

HPE is moving fast and is innovating at the speed of business but you will likely miss hearing about any of this if you aren’t attending pivotal events and even if it means catching a plane, being present for any RUG event is certainly going to help you to better understand where NonStop is headed.

NonStop, whether traditional systems, virtualized systems on HPE hardware or on your own hardware or within your own private cloud – you now have options. And whether you see the future of NonStop remaining in the core or gravitating to the edge, the most important thing to remember is no matter the decisions you may make, the big news is that yes, the news about the future of NonStop is simply that for NonStop, there is a future!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Looking beyond the edge; NonStop becomes “First Processor!”

NonStop has always done a good job when it comes to product roadmap presentations and at ETBC, Scotland we are all looking forward to hearing the next presentation

It was many years ago that a group of Tandem developers took a side excursion to Grand Canyon. There had been an industry conference on networking, but in between the conclusion of the event and the scheduled flight home, we all elected to take in the sites of this natural wonder. As we walked from one viewing area to the next there was always an opportunity to look over the edge and of course, I have to admit, this old grainy photograph is of me taking a look!

Wanting to know more about what is just out of sight is always of interest to us all and even as there may be risks involved, it’s always a lot better to know what is just beyond the horizon or, in this case, on the  other side of the edge. When it comes to IT there is always a premium paid for information describing what will likely happen next and it is on this basis alone that so many of us plan on attending vendor events whenever we are informed that there will be business and product roadmap presentations. Of course, this has become of paramount importance of late as we watch the transformation of IT as it polarizes around the core and the edge as the implication that more changes lie ahead is inescapable.

But what is the core? And just as importantly, what is the edge? For many the core is quickly becoming associated with cloud computing and where enterprise data is stored and where the enterprise crunches numbers as it continuously analyzes data to gain better business insights about the customers ever-changing behavior. However, as for the edge, the lines blur considerably as there are as many definitions of the edge as there are deployments. It may have started out implying a thin client, but of late the definition has expanded to include everything that isn’t part of the data center. If it’s not the core, then it’s the edge, right?

It was only a few weeks ago that Karen Copeland, HPE NonStop’s Worldwide Product Manager, provided attendees at the SunTUG event with an update of the NonStop product roadmap. With the news about the strong uptake of NonStop X systems together with new customers – manufacturers in former eastern bloc countries – this latest roadmap presentation set the stage for a lot more good news of interest to all in the NonStop community. Whereas the vision for the “New IT” focused on the transformation under way inside of HPE where NonStop was making its presence felt, the strategic areas for NonStop saw a move beyond simply embracing industry standards and away from anything proprietary. What is new for NonStop is flexibility together with a new style of compute. Topping the list of what’s new for NonStop was NonStop as a collection of VMs together with customer-supplied hardware.

Who would have thought? Yes you can buy “converged systems” from HPE that meets your NonStop needs but increasingly, it’s all about “virtualized systems.” However, while NonStop makes a strong case for participation in the core (being cloud ready with support of virtualization), what about the edge? Surely, if it’s the domain of the core to provide resources to handle data and the subsequent analytics and other post processing, isn’t the edge going to be where transactions take place? If there wasn’t any thought being given to processing at the edge, why then are we considering the intelligent edge playing a role in IT?

Recently I wrote in my weekend weekly Buckle’d Edge email update about the mining industry revolution that is taking place in Australia. First, it was autonomous (yes, driverless) trains taking iron ore from the mines to the port. Now we have autonomous trucks picking up the iron ore and taking to the rail head. Shortly, we will have autonomous water trucks wondering around the mine spraying water on the extraction of iron ore to minimize the creation of dust. Yes, the fully automated open cut iron ore mines of Western Australia (WA) will be completely automated with nary a human in sight.

And thank goodness – do you know how hostile the environment is at these mines? The heat and the close proximity to heavy equipment is a deadly cocktail mine operators have been working hard to correct. While possibly not quite as hostile as the mines depicted in the film Avatar proved to be, nevertheless, the more that can be automated the better for all involved in the Pilbara region of WA. “There's the area’s remoteness - at 502,000 square kilometers it is more than seven times bigger than Tasmania - which can sometimes make recruiting staff a challenge and the risks when humans interact with large machinery.”

There is a lot more happening here in that this isn’t remote operations from some center far removed from the mines where workers tweak joysticks to manipulate the machines. “The truck knows where to go because of information about routes that are programmed by staff in a far-away operations center. The truck, which has a range of sensors that help it navigate, then drives itself to its destination.” Furthermore, "While we are creating technologically-advanced operations, where more repetitive tasks or those that pose a threat to safety are automated, the human element to how we operate remains, just in different forms," (Steve McIntosh, Rio Tinto group executive, growth and innovation said).

“What automation and the digitisation of the industry is doing is creating a need for different jobs such as data scientists and engineers in mechatronics, automation and artificial intelligence. It’s why our reskilling and retraining programs for our people are so important," McIntosh says. This led me to propose to my clients that perhaps they should think of these giants as being part of the new edge. Sensors and control mechanisms with each giant being home to a self-sufficient and self-reliant “data center”.

Thin clients? After a fashion yes, these giants are really big thin client aggregators. And between these giants and where the data will be stored there will be transaction processors – the world of mechatronics, automation and artificial intelligence will still benefit from interacting with servers handling transactions 24 x 7 and are just further examples of where edge meets core to find NonStop making it happen! Far-fetched? While it may not immediately lead to a leap in thinking to consider NonStop systems in every machine, it does beg the question though – why not?

Think of cars as data centers or more, precisely, think of what one Israel’s company is doing with respect to ambulances. MDGo, is leveraging deep learning together with biomechanical modelling with the understanding that turning cars into triage doctors will save lives. After all, “use information gathered by a vehicles multiaxis accelerometers and other sensors during an accident in order to predict the injuries inflicted on the occupants and then share the data with first responders so they’re prepared to provide precisely the care needed.” Again, where is the core and where is the edge in this example as well? Is the vehicle now the data center capable of independent processing feeding off literally hundreds of sensors?

In many ways, it was the advent of the IoT era that led to discussions (and proposals) concerning the edge – something had to be done out there, on the perimeter of IT or the core would be simply overwhelmed. However, as we explore what’s needed at the edge – the intelligent edge if you prefer – the more it needs support by processing systems capable of “autonomous, 24 x 7 operations!” Not quite the stretch you may have initially imagined, right?

Returning to the NonStop product roadmaps that NonStop’s Copeland presented just a few weeks ago, when you revisit the new strategy that depicts NonStop as a collection of VMs on customer-provided hardware then the future for NonStop is only as small as our lack of imagination. That’s right – it should be as big as the biggest iron ore mines imaginable. More to the point perhaps is that NonStop is now software. The transition is complete and while there are still a number of hardware pre-reqs (x86, Ethernet, etc.) these pre-reqs aren’t onerous by any means. There is one more revelation in the NonStop product roadmaps too that warrants further consideration – NonStop Dynamic Capacity (NSDC).

In case you missed it, business leaders want to consume IT as they do any other utility be it water, electricity or gas, or even networking bandwidth. Point is, as the NonStop team presents insights developed by IDC in the report FutureScape: Worldwide Datacenter 2018 Predictions, “By 2020, consumption-based procurement in datacenters will account for as much as 40% of enterprises' IT infrastructure spending.” But what if it isn’t so much a case of the needs of the core but the needs of the edge as well? Surely a giant ore-carrying machine operating autonomously with as much compute power as a former data center, will be spending much of its time idling as it waits for its next load. And surely too, cars aren’t crashing every minute of the day?

By now you have probably thought of your own examples and they may have little to do with cars, trucks and trains. However, what they may have to do is with “systems” that have become much more than thin clients and a way to filter sensor information. Aggregation, applying models, etc. – undertaking transaction processing but of a different type and with different outcomes – it’s just one aspect of what NonStop can do and according to the NonStop product roadmaps, may become a big part of the future for NonStop. Why limit NonStop to just the core? Why not the edge as well? Why put a fence around where NonStop should live when it will be capable of living everywhere? SHouldn't NonStop be the first processor to interact with what's out there, beyond the edge?

Ever the optimist I am now looking forward to the European NonStop Technical Boot Camp (ETBC) that will be held in Edinburgh, May 14 – 15. There will be further updates to the NonStop product roadmap and it’s clear to me that as of right now, HPE hasn’t revealed everything it’s doing with NonStop. Yes, there will be surprises and yes, conversations among the NonStop community will kick-off anew. And isn’t this all good news for the NonStop community? Investments continue to be made in NonStop; new partners are being added; new customers are being found and yes, we are still all here talking and writing about NonStop. Who would have thought?  

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