People who are happiest at work have these habits in common
Looking for a way to enjoy your 9-to-5 a bit more? Check out these nine habits that people who are happiest at work have in common.

Resolve to add cloud deployment training to your list of 2019 goals
Smart tips for working in a complex hybrid cloud world.

Top tasks are the invisible gorilla
Here’s how to be the best customer champion in the room.

Will 2019 be the year cybersecurity goes mainstream?
Cyber hygiene will be top of mind and Congress will take a proactive stance.

7 key strategies to become the go-to business
Success is no accident- here’s how to be better than all the rest.

How to find and become a mentor in IT
The key to a good mentor/mentee relationship is respect. The art of mutual satisfaction is the name of the game.

Data centers sacrifice reliability for efficiency
A recent Uptime Institute Survey indicates that the data center industry is struggling with the complexities of hybrid architectures and is failing to maintain historic levels of reliability. Service degradation increased by 31% in one year, with 80% of the resulting outages identified as preventable and due to human error, power issues, network failures, and configuration errors.

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Software-Defined & Cloud

Happy New Year!! As I did last year I wanted to highlight a couple of product successes we received in 2018 before moving to the new year. The first is around HPE OneView which continues to lead the industry as the best infrastructure management application. It was great to see CRN validating this claim and naming HPE OneView 4.1 as Enterprise Software 2018 Product of the Year! Second was in the hyperconverged Infrastructure category, where HPE SimpliVity was placed as a leader in both the Forrester Wave and the Gartner Magic Quadrant for HCI. These were both great recognition results to achieve and I am really excited to see where we will be with both these products at the end of 2019.

And talking about 2019, continue to keep your ears open for a lot more news around Composable Infrastructure. During HPE Discover Madrid there were a couple of new exciting solutions announced. Firstly, HPE Composable Cloud for ProLiant DL - an open, hybrid cloud platform enabled by composability that allows enterprises to deliver cloud speed, scale, and economics to innovate faster. And second, the industry’s first Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solution with Composable Fabric;  which make HPE SimpliVity a fully comprehensive hyperconverged offering specifically designed to provide end-to-end software-defined automation for compute, storage and networking—all managed via a familiar single user interface. The solution brings cloud agility, scalability and simplicity to the enterprise data center—in a single building block. All exciting stuff which I will continue to highlight through 2019 


HPE NonStop News

Save The Date!

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.


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Save the Date!

13-15 MAY 2019

Venue: Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh

Details: to follow


Save the Date!

Friday, March 1, 2019 from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)

Vendor Registration

2019 SunTUG Sunshine Summit Golf Tournament

Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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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.

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Lusis Payments Makes Strides to Revolutionize Payments Technology

At Lusis Payments, technology is our passion, and our clients are the heart of our business. We live and breathe payments platform technology, and we’re committed to maintaining our position as a market leader. Beyond payments, though, we’re striving to pave the way for new technologies that will enhance our current solutions and lay the foundation for future solutions that will take the industry by storm. Here’s what our team at Lusis Payments was up to in 2018, as well as a look at what’s ahead in 2019.

Out and About

We’re devoted to our clients and technology, but that doesn’t mean we’re chained to our desks. Last year, you might have met us at a Tandem User Group (TUG) event near Atlanta, Georgia (ATUG), or in Mississauga, Ontario (CTUG). You may have seen us at Forum TELECOM Nancy at Université de Lorraine. Maybe you visited our booth at the HPE NonStop Technical Boot Camp in Burlingame, California.

Industry Game Changers Revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2)

PSD2 was implemented in 2018, and, per instructions from the European Union (EU), it requires banks to enable their customers to use third-party financial services vendors. This will shake up banks’ competition model. They’ll need to ensure that these third-party providers have access to their customers’ accounts through open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), and third-parties will be able to build financial services on top of banks’ data and infrastructures. Competitive differentiation will become less about an account’s location and more about the services customers use. Read More

New ATM and POS Security Requirements

In August 2018, Lusis Payments released a report summarizing new security requirements introduced by PCI-PIN V3 that merge requirements from the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SCC) and the Accredited Standards Committee X9 Inc (ASC X9) for a single, unified PIN Security Standard for payments stakeholders. Two evolutions — ASC X9 TR-31 and ANSI TR-34 — have emerged from the standards and will introduce a massive change in ATM and POS remote key management. X9 TR-31 is a method consistent with the requirements of the ANS X9.24-1 standard for the secure exchange of keys and other sensitive data between two devices that share a symmetric key exchange.  ANSI TR-34 describes new rules to unify methods to build and store the original Terminal Master Key in ATMs and POS devices. Until now, each vendor has used its own methods to achieve this initialization. ANSI TR-34 specifies a method consistent with the requirements of ANSI X9.24-2. Read More

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Using the XYGATE Merged Audit (XMA) BASE24 Mover to Collect and Alert OMF Security Audit Events

Written by: Dave Teal, Solutions Delivery Specialist, XYPRO Technology Corporation


The BASE24 Online Maintenance File (OMF) contains audit information about users who have logged on and logged off the BASE24 Pathway system as well as information about users who have accessed or attempted to access (i.e. read, add, delete, update) records in BASE24 files accessed through the BASE24 Pathway system.   


For reads, a record is only written to the OMF if the record contains cardholder data, such as a Primary Account Number (PAN). In addition, OMF records are written when users attempt to read a record from the file or when a security violation occurs, for example:

  • The user does not have security access for the institution (FIID) to which the record belongs.

  • The user does not have security access to the file or authority for the function attempted.

  • The user does not have authority for the function attempted based on configuration settings in the CRT

Authorization Security (CSEC) File.

An OMF record is not written if a user attempts a Read or a Read Next function and the record is not retrieved successfully.

BASE24 provides the means to generate two OMF audit reports:

  1. Logon/Logoff Access Report (OMF03)

  2. File Access Report (OMF04)

The OMF audit reports include the information from a single day’s OMF file(s), displayed in chronological order.

The OMF-AUDIT parameter in the Logical Network Configuration File (LCONF) affects OMF audit reporting. This parameter controls the amount of information that is written to the OMF and is, therefore, available for reporting.

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Crystal Point Introduces OutsideView 9.0:

A Major Release with New and Refined Features
Latest Security Protocols, User Productivity, Better Performance, Higher Quality

Crystal Point, the world’s leading provider of PC connectivity software for NonStop™ systems, today introduced a new release of OutsideView, the company’s popular host connectivity solution. OutsideView 9.0 was created specifically for our IT/NonStop administrator, developer, and application users who demand a stronger tool.  These tools include:

Windows 10 certified

  • Supports SQL Server 2017 for Enterprise Licensing

  • Native 64-bit application

    • Installation automatically installs 32-bit or 64-bit version as appropriate

  • Data communications Improvements

    • Full IPv6 support

    • HTML Tunneling access method

  • Security Improvements

    • Password protection for Session files

    • Updated OpenSSL and SSH libraries

    • SQL Enterprise Licensing supports SQL Server Native Client 11.0 and TLS 1.2 protocol

  • Fully Integrated ID/userid management

    • Automatically manage both link level and NSK logon credentials.

  • Tools for organizing workspaces with a large numbers of sessions

    • Session windows can be organized into separate groups on the desktop. The groups can be organized vertically or horizontally. You can drag and drop individual sessions between groups.

    • Every session can be assigned to a subgroup. The session bar then lets you organize and filter the sessions by session type and/or subgroup.

    • Enhanced Session Bar Color Coding

    • Within a Workspace, you can mark each session to automatically start connecting when the Workspace is opened. Sessions that don’t automatically connect when you open the workspace can be manually invoked later. Within the session bar, sessions are color-coded to indicate if they have been invoked or not.

    • When you open a workspace, all of the automatic sessions start connecting simultaneously. This speeds up the loading of large workspaces.

  • User Interface Improvements

    • Automatic status pane switching based on session context

    • Sessions can be dynamically switched between 80 and 132 column modes

OutsideView 9.0 is now available.   Customers with active STAR Support and Maintenance Agreements are entitled to this release at 50% of upgrade costs.  Contact Crystal Point ( for additional information and updated licenses.


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Digital Enablement means Business

As we move into a new year, it is rather fittingly to review your organization’s application and system landscape. For many, the HPE NonStop is at the centre of your mission-critical business and is as modern as any other platform out there. But what about your applications running on HPE NonStop and the data being processed day in day out?

Providing access to your corporation’s data has never been easier. There are plenty of tools, which allow businesses to mine their data to provide real value to the company, unless of course, that data is still stored in Enscribe files.

As of 2017, the HPE NonStop customer base still had about 50% of its data stored in Enscribe files on NonStop.

Imagine the value that IT could provide to the business if they simply unlocked that data.

Download the white paper ‘The IT Directors Perspective: Maximizing the Value of HPE NonStop’ to learn how comforte provides methods on how to do just that on the NonStop, including:

  • Unlocking data and turning it intoactionable business intelligence

  • Leveraging Web service enablement

  • Aligning legacy applications with ever-changing expectations and requirements

  • Security as a first-class citizen

  • Achieving data protection at the core


HPE Education Services News

Join our Expert Series Seminar to explore ITIL 4

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

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

Register now

Management of Change

To stay competitive, organizations need to adapt how they operate, serve customers, communicate and collaborate. HPE Education Consulting offers a broad range of Management of Change (MoC) services to support evolving business and technology transformation needs. Our course, HE601S Managing Organizational Change, introduces MoC concepts and best practices to help prepare and support your workforce.

Learn more

Helping our customers to succeed: consumer products company standardizes skills globally

Learn how a leading consumer products company combined HPE Management of Change services with our digital training services to create and support a dynamic end-user technology environment.

Learn more


HPE Storage News

News from Around the Storage Block – from HPEStorageGuy Calvin Zito

Happy New Year – and that is the last time I’ll say that in 2018, I mean 2019!


Mission Critical x86 News

Continuous Innovation for Continuous Business

2018 was an exciting year for Mission Critical Solutions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The introduction of HPE Superdome Flex, powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, helped businesses all over the world to supercharge performance, scalability and efficiency. Continued innovation across the HPE MCS portfolio ensures your evolving requirements are met. Read this cover article published in the latest issue of the Connect Converge Magazine where Diana Cortes gets Jeff Kyle´s perspective on the Mission Critical market trends, strategic initiatives, new offerings, and a look to the future of this strategic area.


HPE Superdome Flex highlighted in CRN´s “Ten Hottest Enterprise and Business Servers of 2018”  

CRN features Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Superdome Flex Server in its list of “The Ten Hottest Enterprise and Business Servers of 2018”.  ”HPE Superdome Flex Server, designed to power critical applications. The Superdome Flex scales from four sockets up to 32, with a maximum memory of 48 TB. The server includes Intel Xeon Scalable processors with speeds of up to 3.6GHz, top-notch RAS and end-to-end security to enable real-time analytics, manage high-performance computing workloads and safeguard data with predictive and self-repairing technology.”


Twice the performance. 66% lower CAPEX.

Modern banks need to process huge volumes of transactions at speed, and reconciliate accounts without delay. At global bank Produban, moving from a mainframe platform to HPE x86 servers finally delivered the required performance – with additional benefits on top, including a 66% CAPEX saving, simpler regulatory compliance, and twice the headroom for future growth.

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Podcast – How Superdome Flex reduces Oracle costs

Do you want to reduce your Oracle licensing costs and grow your database more affordably? In this HPE podcast, Sam Young from our mission critical team explains how migrating from UNIX to Superdome Flex you can halve your costs per core, optimise licenses to save you even more, and enable you to scale up instead of out for better performance and efficiency.

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Case studies - The smoothest path to SAP HANA

SAP® customers must move their workloads to the SAP HANA in-memory platform by 2025 – and more are choosing HPE as their migration partner than anyone else. These two case studies show why. Nissan cut month-end reporting times by two thirds and improved data recovery point from 24 hours to 15 minutes, with HPE ConvergedSystem™ 900. And flavour developer Duas Rodas doubled their SAP application performance with their Superdome X SAP HANA solution. Click below to learn how.

Podcast – What makes Superdome Flex so reliable?

RAS – that’s reliability, availability and serviceability – refers to the server features that keep your business up and running. That’s extremely important for mission critical environments, and HPE Superdome Flex leads the industry with its five nines availability design, advanced fault tolerance, self-healing and more. Learn more about these invaluable features direct from RAS expert Anurupa Rajkumari, in a new HPE podcast.