Circular economy helps IT build toward sustainability
Learn why environmental sustainability matters to IT and why the old throw-away model of technology consumption is reconsidered.

AI predictions for 2019 that you can’t afford to ignore
The trope “there’s an app for that” is quickly becoming “there’s an AI for that.”

It’s the age-old math problem of pancake flipping
Jacob Goodman is a New York-based mathematician. While folding towels for his wife, Goodman pondered how many attempts it would take to stack the towels in their order of size. He next moved to the challenge of pancake flipping. Is there a general formula that predicts the number of pancake flips required to size any number of pancakes from smallest to largest? A simple query to pose yet one tough to solve. Thus was born the famous pancake problem.

Top 10 Tech Predictions for 2019
It’s that time of year again and everyone has a crystal ball- right? Check out what the future holds and see if you agree.

Why you should make your professional relationships much more personal
Here is how to rethink your corporate culture and create an empire built on loyalty.

Merging Internet Of Things and Blockchain in preparation for the future
Learn why enterprises are contemplating how they can use blockchain in alliance with IoT, Big Data, AI, and others to build the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Beyond the job boards: Creative IT recruitment
The struggle to find top IT talent is real. Time to mix it up.

 

Software-Defined & Cloud

For those of you that did not get a chance to attend HPE Discover Madrid, I have provided a summary of activities and news that I think will be of interest to you. Starting off with Antonio Neri’s general session which included Keerti Melkote - President, Intelligent Edge, and Founder, Aruba, who brought up Michael Cole CTO European Tour and Ryder Cup. The session was finished by a riveting interview with Dr Eng Lim Goh PhD Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, HPC & AI and Emily Kennedy President and Cofounder Marinus Analytics, which brought tears to my eyes with a very riveting story.

I have also included the Spotlight session with Ric Lewis on Build a better cloud stack with composability which touches on new announcements on Composable Infrastructure.

Lastly, I have include the press release that we put out on the first day of the event that covers a lot of the news that was highlighted at Discover Madrid. Enjoy!

 

HPE NonStop News

Payment Processors: How did you perform on Black Friday?

2018 has been a mixed year for the payment processing industry. Despite significant growth, major mergers, and the introduction of new players, the headlines have been filled with outages that have left consumers raging. Visa looked to have stolen the show in June with a Europe wide outage but was quickly outdone by Mastercard in July. But these behemoths were by no means alone. Fintech’s Starling Bank and Patreon also got hit hard. And so has customer confidence. Having the ability to forecast where and when networks are under strain enables payment processors to flag network pressures to their merchants. DR plans can be invoked with little interruption to the consumer. SLA’s continue to be met, with no financial penalty between processor and merchant. RTLX is the cost-effective, real-time management framework for Monitoring, Tracking, Alerting and Querying the transaction flow across your payments platforms. RTLX simultaneously monitors the health of the underlying infrastructure for components such as subsystems, networks, databases, processes, events. https://www.insidertech.co.uk/solutions/payment-tracking

Transformation of proven applications as a Journey

At the recent NonStop Technical Bootcamp in San Francisco, there were many presentations and sessions on the transformation of system environments including mission-critical legacy applications. Bob Kiep, Chief Architect at Gallagher Bassett, a Third Party Insurance Claims Administrator, held one of the customer presentations.

Bob spoke about the transformation of Gallagher Bassett’s core application, which resides on NonStop and went live back in the late 1980’s. He explained how they kept the mission-critical, core functionality and business intelligence on NonStop but opened up the application to call centers using APIs and cloud technology.

The key takeaway from Bob’s presentation is that legacy applications can be modernized best in small steps, keeping the project risk low while protecting the investment in functionality that is the backbone of your business.

In Gallagher Bassett’s case, the transformation journey started about 5 years ago with a make-over of the green-screen GUI providing Gallagher Bassett’s user with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface thereby simplifying user training and decreasing the number of user errors.

Later on, Gallagher Bassett successfully implemented comforte’s middleware solution to allow access to the core application from other platforms, before adding web services and APIs in order to support new business requirements.

comforte offers a number of software products to help organizations transform their legacy applications from the outside in. From the GUI layer, to middleware, to database and data protection.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of transforming your proven applications, please check out our digital enablement pages here.

Take a Look at what’s new on the Tributary Systems Website!

While most all IT professionals understand the advantages of backup to the Cloud, they are justifiably concerned about ease of implementation. Yet, Tributary Systems, in strategic partnerships with both IBM and Hitachi, has introduced an innovative, simple to deploy solution for a Cloud Backup scenario. Tributary Systems’ Storage Director Cloud Backup/Restore/Archival solution paired with IBM Cloud Object Storage (ICOS) or Hitachi Content Platform (HVP), is architected to be compatible with IBM®, HP, Oracle®/Sun, VMWare and computing platforms running Windows®, Linux®, iOS (AS/400), zOS (Mainframe), HP NonStop™ and UNIX® (HP UX, AIX) operating systems. Also, take a moment to read the CIO Review Magazine article on Tributary Systems. In fact, CIO Review named Tributary Systems as one of the 10 most promising Storage Providers for 2018. https://tributary.com/

Take the ITUGLIB Survey Today!

Take the Survey

Sadly, your support team at ITUGLIB is at the point that our beloved NS 2000 (‘HPITUG’) is at the end of its support life. We have been working with HPE to understand how they might be able to help, but it seems certain we won’t be able to solve the problem the same way we did nine years ago with a generous donation of hardware. We are currently looking at all of our options, which include the possibility of a TNS-V solution.

Because of this, and to continue to provide services you want and need, we’ve opened an Online Survey on Connect’s website. Since ITUGLIB is a service provided by members, for members, we want to know some key things such as what you depend on, how you access it, and what your future needs are.

When you have a few minutes over the next couple of days, please take the survey. We estimate it should take less than 15 minutes of your time.

We will be paying very close attention to the results of this survey to help us make sure that whatever choices we make, they’re done with our membership’s needs in mind. Please take a few minutes to take the survey for us!

comforte AG announces change in executive leadership

comforte AG has announced that COO Michael Weilbacher is entering into retirement and will be succeeded by CFO Jochen Soder. Soder joined comforte AG in April of 2018 and has worked alongside Weilbacher over the past half year.

Read the full story

Please Read the Article “NonStop Impressions from an Under-30 Perspective”

We hope that you enjoy reading Gravic employee Paden R. Holenstein’s article, NonStop Impressions from an Under-30 Perspective in the final printed issue of The Connection, the November/December issue. Paden has worked in HPE Shadowbase Marketing for over two years and writes about his experiences attending and presenting at various regional and international tradeshows.

Risk Management in the Real World: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

 2018 was another troubling year in the cybersecurity world. We saw a repeat of last year’s data breaches on a larger scale. Google, Toyota, Facebook, Under Armour, LifeLock, Air Canada, Blue Cross and many, many more fell victim to some sort of compromise. Hardly a week went by where we weren’t reading about a new mega breach. Even the popular online video game, Fortnite, was hacked and childrens’ personal data was found for sale on the dark web. No one was off limits. It’s to the point where we’ve become numb to the news; we shrug it off and move on. But as consumers, we should be concerned with the lackluster cybersecurity practices companies have in place. It’s clearly not protecting our data.

Companies spend billions on security each year, yet why is this still an issue? It’s almost 2019 and still most applications are horribly insecure, and security best practices are not followed. Applications are designed for functionality, not security because security is seen as difficult and time-consuming, often blamed for adding delays to product launches and revenue generating activities.

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Save the Date!

EBITUG - EUROPEAN NONSTOP SYMPOSIUM
13-15 MAY 2019

Venue: Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh
Details: to follow
Questions or queries can be directed to:
https://www.bitug.com/contact-bitug/

ANNOUNCING: CSP AUTHENTICATOR+

CSP announces an exciting multi-factor authentication solution for NonStop systems, CSP Authenticator+. It supports both primary and secondary authentication for NonStop.

Primary authentication methods such as RADIUS, Active Directory, Oracle ID Manager, Open LDAP and RSA cloud are supported. User Rights Synchronization is now available, making it easier than ever before to integrate a NonStop system into the corporate authentication platform.

CSP Authenticator+ can provide authentication services via Safeguard Authentication SEEP, or Pathway and Non-Pathway servers. Almost any application, including TACL, can now easily support multi-factor authentication. Methods supported include RSA SecurID, Email, Text Message, Google Authenticate and Radius. You can now enable MFA logins for different applications, making them more secure!

CSP Authenticator+ Key Features:

  • Primary and Secondary authentication

  • Support for multiple authentication factors, including RADIUS & SecurID (RSA) tokens

  • Standardized authentication across platforms

  • Configurable for all or selected users

  • Certified for the latest RSA release

  • Support for virtual addressing

For more information on CSP solutions visit www.cspsecurity.com

For complimentary access to CSP-Wiki®, an extensive repository of NonStop security knowledge and best practices, please visit wiki.cspsecurity.com

We Built the Wiki for NonStop Security ®

Regards,
The CSP Team
+1(905) 568 - 8900


TIC AWS Gateway (TAG) connects NonStop to the Amazon Cloud

Cloud computing has become the new normal as companies of every size have realized its benefits.

For most organizations, the question is no longer “if we should?”; it’s “how can we move?” and “when can we expand?”

NonStop applications can benefit from cloud expansion and with TAG from TIC and Canam Software.

TIC AWS Gateway (TAG) provides an easy path to move/copy data from NonStop to the Amazon Cloud, where you will immediately gain access to a complete set of tools and services.

TAG suite has two components: DataLoader and Shadowbase Connect.

Learn more

For more information, please contact Sales-support@ticsoftware.com.

Save the Date!

2019 SunTUG/Connect Florida Sunshine Summit - Vendor Registration

2019 SunTUG Sunshine Summit Golf Tournament

SunTUG/Connect Florida
Saturday, March 2, 2019
7:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)
Lutz, FL

Click here for more info.

REGISTER HERE

 

HPE Education Services News

Introducing ITIL 4

ITIL 4 expands on the previous version of ITIL and embraces new ways of working such as Lean, Agile, and DevOps. Prepare your organization for the new world of digital transformation by partnering with HPE for ITIL 4 skills training and certification preparation.

  • HPE is an ITIL Accredited Training Organization.

  • HPE Education Services is a leader in training, certification and management of change.

  • HPE ITIL training is delivered by experienced consultant trainers.

Learn more

Check out the new HPE Innovation Services webpage

HPE employs proprietary solutions and technologies to deliver innovation in the areas of skills development and service management.  Our new Innovation Services page highlights components of our service management offering that will help your organization tackle these challenges.

Learn more

Gain insights from HPE expert instructors in this upcoming webinar

Interested to hear the instructor’s perspective on training and technology? During this Expert Series Seminar, a panel of our expert instructors discuss their approach to classroom training and virtual delivery.

Register now

Join our Expert Series Seminar to explore ITIL 4

 Join us on January 23 as we team up with Axelos to discuss ITIL 4:

  • Features of ITIL 4

  • ITIL 4 training and certification

  • Transition plans for migrating from ITIL v3 certification to ITIL 4 

Not only relevant to ITSM professionals, this webinar will benefit a wide range of professionals working in the digital world.

Get details and register now

 

HPE Storage News

News from Around the Storage Block – from HPEStorageGuy Calvin Zito

If you haven’t seen our storage news from HPE Discover, check out my latest ConnectConverge article. We had a ton of news around HPE InfoSight, HPE Cloud Volumes, 3PAR, Nimble Storage and more.

One thing that I didn’t know about until after it happened was HPE’s acquisition of BlueData. There’s a blog post on ASTB talking about the acquisition that closed last week.

Two “brag” blog posts: HPE won 5 product of the year awards from CRN and HPE Nimble Storage and 3PAR were recognized as 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice. Check out those two posts.

You can find the blog at hpe.com/storage/blog. As always find me on Twitter as @CalvinZito. My email is hpestorageguy@hpe.com.

 

Mission Critical x86 News

Higher Oracle performance, smaller cost

In mission-critical Oracle environments, proprietary UNIX® systems like IBM Power often deliver the performance – but not the cost-efficiency that today’s businesses need.

At Bulgaria’s leading telecoms operator, Vivacom, too many resources were being spent on costly IBM Power infrastructure – until they implemented an agile and standard new solution based on HPE Superdome X that delivered cost savings, high availability and incredible performance.

“Everything related to the customer is mission critical. Our use case was about saving money from Oracle licensing. We chose the best, which was HPE Superdome X. “

Svetoslav Nanchev
Vivacom  

Watch the video

 

New IT insights – Mission critical solutions for SAP HANA and Oracle

Why has HPE become the leading vendor for SAP HANA® infrastructure, with three times as many deployments as the next competitor? And how was HPE able to meet the needs of over 100,000 enterprises running Oracle, including better performance, greater scalability, and reduced complexity? Watch these fascinating conversations with HPE product managers for all the answers!

Watch: IT Insights on Mission Critical SAP HANA

Watch: IT Insights on Mission Critical Oracle

 

New blogs – Migrate to SAP HANA and quicken security compliance

The HPE community is home to detailed answers to the challenges your business faces today. In these two new blogs, learn the right questions to ask your SAP HANA® migration partner before you commit. And learn how to shorten security compliance deployment time from days to minutes, including SAP HANA solutions, with HPE Workload Aware Security for Linux (WASL).

Read: Ask the right questions about SAP HANA migration

Read: Speed security compliance time with WASL

Watch – How HPE Serviceguard for Linux protects VMware DLS storage

You might already know how effective HPE® Serviceguard™ for Linux is in providing high availability and disaster recovery in VMware® environments. Now watch how you can enhance VMware even further, with Dynamically Linked Storage (DLS) integration that protects Oracle® storage in an Extended Distance Cluster.

Watch video

New whitepaper – Ultimate Oracle flexibility and protection with HPE Nimble Storage

Today’s Oracle® enterprise environments are under constant pressure to meet changing processing and storage needs. And scaling Oracle databases is sometimes a daunting task. When you pair HPE® Superdome Flex™ servers with HPE Nimble Storage arrays, you get proactive management that can rectify issues before they affect uptime. And the 3-2-1 data protection approach on-array Oracle snapshots, AWS backups and more.

Read the white paper