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Mark your calendars for the 2019 NonStop TBC on November 3 - 6, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency SFO hotel in Burlingame, CA.
NonStop TBC 2018 Presentation Downloads are here!
Many of the breakout sessions from the 2018 NonStop TBC are available for free download.
Get them online here, and don't forget to complete the 2018 conference survey.
Upcoming HPE NonStop webinar on April 16th and 18th: "Connecting to BASE24 and Other Payment Engines"
Data is valuable. And the more current the data is, the more valuable it is. For this reason, the resident data in online transaction processing systems is some of the most valuable. However, if this data is trapped in that system, and not available to enable other real-time business intelligence processes, then its full value is not being exploited, and competitive opportunities are missed. To avoid these missed opportunities, companies need to access their online data in real-time. This issue presents a problem. As the demand for real-time data increases, accessing it while the online system is processing transactions can significantly impact the throughput and response times of that system. This article discusses such a situation, and the clever way it was resolved using data replication.
The New Regulatory Terrain for Data Privacy
2018 saw the introduction of The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. A major piece of legislation designed to address the protection and responsible use European Union citizens’ personal data. GDPR is not an EU only regulation; it affects any business or individual handling the data of EU citizens, regardless of where that business or individual is based. The sanctions for non-compliance are stiff: Up to €20 million (approximately $24 Million USD) or 4 percent of annual global turnover, whichever is greater.
According to Bart Willemsen, research director at Gartner – “GDPR will affect not only EU-based organizations but many data controllers and processors (entities that decide what processing is to be performed and/or carry out that processing) outside the EU as well. Threats of hefty fines, as well as the increasingly empowered position of individual data subjects in controlling the use of their personal data, tilt the business case for compliance and should cause decision makers to re-evaluate measures to safely process personal data.”
IBM Cloud Object Storage receives highest score in 4 use cases!
Take a moment to read this IBM Infrastructure Blog pertaining to IBM’s Cloud Object Storage (ICOS), authored by David Wohlford:
In the blog, Wohlford mentions the Gartner Group, who recently published its 2019 Critical Capabilities for Object Storage.As IBM did in the last publication (January 2018), IBM Cloud Object Storage scored highest overall for Analytics (4.24), Archiving (4.24), Backup (4.23) and Cloud Storage (4.24) use cases. This is the third time in a row that IBM scored highest in three of the use cases, Analytics, Archiving and Cloud Storage.
It’s important to remember that Tributary Systems, an IBM partner, and as such, Tributary Systems’ STORAGE DIRECTOR, enhances IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS) performance in both active backup and archive use cases. STORAGE DIRECTOR increases read and write speeds to IBM COS by 5X on average when compared to directly connecting a backup application like Commvault, NetBackup or Veeam to ICOS. In addition, by caching backup data, Storage Director also reduces or eliminates ingress/egress charges for public clouds. We are pleased to demonstrate this in customer environments in a proof of concept (POC).
In addition, no one is more concerned about data security than 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. Importantly, for IBM 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.
Check out our website at www.tributary.com for complete details on Storage Director, Cloud Object Storage, and data security.
Data Centre Operations with Sentra
Data Centre Operations is a perfect fit within Insider’s Sentra Enterprise Monitoring solution, whereby, operations can monitor their miscellaneous components such as NonStop, Linux, Windows, AIX, Solaris and their associated databases, files, processes, networks, as well as temperatures of the various systems.
The solution is to incorporate this into a single pane of glass interface, where Business Service Management can benefit from seeing issues and problems before their customers do. All available within common dashboards, hypervisors, security and alerting functions.
Sentra provides a common, real-time management and monitoring platform for all interdependent systems, supplying resource management, real-time monitoring and preventative maintenance before any problems occur or develop into major problems such as downtimes.
Utilising a single interface, obviates the need for multiple management interfaces and multi-level expertise. View all of your monitoring requirements via Sentra and help ease or reduceyour data centre management concerns.
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Read the latest HPE NonStop product announcements here:
NSJ 8 Update 4 is generally available on HPE Integrity NonStop X, Virtualized NonStop and Converged Virtualized NonStop Systems
HPE NonStop Enterprise Division (NED) is pleased to announce the General Availability of Ported Binaries on HPE Integrity NonStop Servers, Java SE 8 Update 4 (referred in short as NSJ 8 U4) for HPE Integrity Converged NonStop X, HPE Virtualized NonStop X and HPE Virtualized Converged NonStop X Systems.
Here are the new features added in the NSJ 8 U4 release.
Compatible with Java SE 8 specification
NSJ 8 U4 is based on Oracle Java SE 8 Update 172 (JDK 8u172). It is a certified implementation of the Java SE 8 and implements all application programming interfaces (APIs) and tools that are defined for a headless configuration of Java SE 8. A complete list of Java SE 8 features can be found in http://openjdk.java.net/projects/jdk8/features. For information specific to the new features in NSJ 8 U4 please refer to the Release Notes for Oracle Java SE 8 Updates 151, 152, 161, 162, 171 and 172 at JDK 8 Update Release Notes.
Dynamic Thread Pre-emption (aka dynamic thread slicing)
Thread pre-emption feature was first introduced in NSJ 7 U2 release. It provided a mechanism for application developers to optimize the performance of their multi-threaded applications by configuring a timer which will guard how long a particular thread is able to use the services of a CPU.
In NSJ 8 U4 release the feature is enhanced to make it “dynamic” by employing an algorithm which is based on a set of user configurable parameters. This feature is called Dynamic Thread Pre-emption (or) Dynamic Thread Slicing. The amount of time granted to an application thread can be changed dynamically at run time using the parameters provided by the algorithm. Previously, the time for which a thread was allowed to occupy a CPU was fixed for the entire duration of the execution of the thread.
NonStop DevOps Utilizing Continuous Integration and Deployment
April 17, 2019 - 9am US Pacific / 12pm US Eastern / GMT-5
DevOps CI/CD has gained immense popularity in the last few years as a way to streamline and improve both quality and release time for software release cycles using a robust suite of tools to support automation. HPE NonStop supports several popular tools which are often used to implement DevOps CI/CD, including Jenkins, Git, Eclipse/NSDEE, and Ansible. This talk will introduce DevOps CI/CD concepts and tools, and how to begin to apply those processes in your HPE NonStop development organizations.
This session will be facilitated by Meg Watson - Master Software Engineer, HPE NonStop Advanced Technology Center (ATC).
Her background is as a software engineer in operating systems and compiler development. More recently she has been focused on modern development methodologies, languages, and tools. Meg also studies Java application performance and tuning.
You will also have the opportunity for Q&A during the session.
Please reserve your seat now for this live, FREE 1-hour technical event.
Please register by clicking the link below and entering your name and email address.
You will be confirmed a seat and receive a calendar invite along with a link to join the session.
You will also have a chance to test your browser connectivity.
For those who can’t attend live sessions, we’ll provide a recording shortly after each presentation in the Technical Webinar archives on www.NonStop-Academy.com.
- We will be using GoToWebinar.
- You can join any session by using a Mac, PC or a mobile device.
comforte AG expert on ensuring data centres are cyber-resilient
Felix Rosbach, Product Manager at comforte AG, discusses how data centre owners can best ensure cyber-resilience.
With an ever-increasing attack surface, security is a constant struggle for data centres. While IoT enables us to analyse data like never before, every device represents a potential attack vector.
Apart from DDoS (Distributed denial-of-Service) attacks and other methods of sabotage, the most painful type of cyberattacks are the ones involving theft of sensitive data. Stolen data is not only problematic in terms of reputation and losing IP, in the age of GDPR it can also result in very hefty fines.
There are two main problems:
Malicious software: this is a battle that is extremely hard to win, especially with the digital workplace and smart devices connected to your data centre.
Backdoors: the bad guys always seem to find a way to get in somehow.
Sometimes systems are not patched or it is simply impossible to patch a legacy system because there are dependencies on older software versions you would never have even thought of. Sometimes the operating system is so dated it might no longer have active support available and security patches simply do not exist anymore.
For example, with backdoors on systems that are facing the Internet, attackers are able to launch web attacks like SQL injection, cross-site scripting or cross-site request forgery to gain access to sensitive data.
You can do a lot to protect your network with classic perimeter defence. Firewalls, intrusion detection systems, patching unpatched systems, identifying servers that are listening in on unwanted service ports – these things are still important. The days of ‘never touch a running system’ are way over – now it‘s ‘you’d better touch a running system.’
Nevertheless, even if you buy every security solution possible, you will never be 100% secure. These only protect you against known attack methods. However, the more connections you have and the more complex your network is, the less effective is it to build a wall around it. Moving to the cloud, connecting to IoT and having digital workplaces in your enterprise only complicate the situation.
The way to go forward is to implement sophisticated identity access management in combination with data-centric security.
With that combination, you make sure that only the right people get access and, if somehow the wrong people still manage to gain access, they cannot use the data.
Good data protection practices (the ‘golden rules’ of data security if you like) say that you need to protect your data as early as possible and unprotect it only if necessary. This really puts HPE NonStop and the (payment) data being processed and stored at the centre of an effective enterprise data protection strategy. At the same time, it makes HPE NonStop systems the obvious starting point for any data protection project.
But how do you secure your business and how do you protect your mission-critical data?
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Save the date! LATUG 2019
We're excited to announce one of the premier NonStop events in Latin America is back! Join us for LATUG 2019 in Bogota, Colombia during May 2nd and 3rd. It will be 2 days filled with conversations and learning about where NonStop is and will be heading in the future in this important market with incredible growth potential. Customers from the payments, banking and other important industries from Latin America will be there. Did we mention there will be arepas? ¡Los vemos pronto!
For more information contact Adriana Malaret or Henry Fonseca.
Southern California - SCNUG
Southern California Tandem User Group Chapter Meeting
May 2, 2019
7th Floor, Surf City Room
2677 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
For more info: SCNUG@outlook.com
Save the Date!
European NonStop Technical Boot Camp
13-15 MAY 2019
Venue: Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh
N2TUG Save the Date!
Our 2019 N2TUG Event will be Thursday, June 27th. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. We got great reviews of the venue for our meeting in 2017 and are very pleased to be able to enjoy the Gaylord’s hospitality again!
We have lots to share in terms of technology and solutions. We anticipate a great day of sessions and networking!