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How to find and
become a mentor in IT

Whether you’re starting a new job, trying to change your current role (such as deciding which cloud skills to learn), or looking to move up the corporate ladder, you don’t have to go it alone.

Here is how

The public cloud isn’t the
only answer, says HPE

The mix of environments is key - with an impressive array of tools that helps customers analyze their cloud usage. A hybrid of on-premise and public cloud datacenter technology will dominate.

Learn more

7 things to consider when
planning your IoT project

Not started an IoT project yet? Here’s what you should consider before getting started.

Learn more

Before you start worrying about
Y2038, get scared about Y2028

Here we go again - yet another future-date issue over which to lose sleep. In addition to the Year 2038 Unix Millennium Bug that may cause remaining Unix 32-bit operating systems to crash, now we have the Year 2028 Bug for companies that resolved their Y2K issues with a quick-fix remediation.

Find out more 

Save the Date: Protecting the Enterprise and Ensuring Security at the Speed of Innovation

Attend Protect 2017. Protecting the enterprise—or government agency—has become a never-ending and mission-critical initiative, as cyber-attacks continually grow in frequency and scope. How do you balance security with innovation? Find out September 11-13.

Register today

WATCH: Get to know HPE Pointnext - Services to accelerate your digital transformation

Navigating and harnessing digital transformation is how to get ahead—creating new customer experiences, optimizing core business operations, accelerating new products and services, or finding new markets.

Watch now  

Arm yourself with the right mix for your cloud strategy

Take a quick survey to see how your current mix of private and public cloud stacks up to the competition- learn what steps enterprises are taking to optimize infrastructure.

Start here

Watch On Demand: HPE Discover 2017 highlights and general session

If you missed it- it's all here! Learn more about HPE's stategy, core beliefs, and the on-going commitment to innovation.

Watch Now

Do you have a customer success story, news, upcoming event or webinar? Share it with the community here.


Small & Midsize Business News

Learn how a garden supply company is
solving their IT challenges with Hybrid IT

Hear from Mike McKirchy, IT Manager from Lurvey Supply, how HPE Hybrid IT helps significantly reduce downtime and server problems, improve the infrastructure, project management and strategic planning.



Create a hybrid IT infrastructure that works for your organization

 It’s not an either/or world.  It’s about finding the right platform for each app, workload, and service.  Find out how your peers are leveraging hybrid IT approach to thrive in today’s hyper-competitive market.



Is your old storage standing in the way of growth?

Is the speed and efficiency of your data storage up to today’s standards?  Can it handle growth as you acquire and retain customers?  
Check out this infographic and find out.



The 5th Generation of MSA Chalk Talk

HPE announced the fifth generation of the MSA with the MSA 2052 and MSA 2050. It has double the performance of the previous generation and at the same price. Check out this ChalkTalk from HPEStorageGuy Calvin Zito to get the details.



TCO Calculators

Calculate the total cost of ownership of transforming your enterprise, and confidently make the right investment decisions.



Don’t just keep up. Excel.

Whatever they throw at you, you’re going to get it done. But now, you don’t have to do everything by yourself. With Just Right IT from HPE, you can partner with a proven IT expert for right-sized solutions for small and midsize organizations. If you’re just getting started or building momentum, HPE and our local partners enable you to get more IT for your budget and more time for your business.



The truth will set you free

By providing a single source of the truth, HPE Flex Solutions for DW with Microsoft SQL Server give you a company-wide, consistent data model that helps converge data and restructure and transform it so it’s more meaningful for users. It also optimizes the data for reporting without impacting system performance.


HPE NonStop News

Connect Chapter and Special Interest Groups Events 2017

Why not attend a face-to-face meetup?  Chapter and SIG events are updated as we receive them. See the calendar here.



Gravic Publishes New Article on Dramatically Reducing Outage Costs with Advanced Business Continuity Solutions

In the May/June issue of The Connection, Gravic published a new article, Dramatically Reduce Outage Costs with Advanced Business Continuity Solutions. Whether it be fire, power failure, software error, malfeasance, or some other cause, events occur which can lead to unplanned outages of IT services. If your business is relying on an active/passive or asynchronous data replication solution for business continuity, then it is time to look at whether or not it really provides a sufficient guarantee of protection against the impacts and costs of downtime and data loss. Chances are that it does not, and you should consider moving to a higher level of business continuity solution – such as sizzling-hot-takeover (SZT) or active/active – which mitigate the issues with active/passive, resulting in much better total cost of ownership (TCO). For those businesses that cannot tolerate any downtime or data loss, synchronous replication, HPE Shadowbase ZDL, should be utilized for the highest levels of availability with no data collisions and zero data loss.



Xypro in the news: How Perks Designed for Millennials
Reinvigorated This Company's Aging Workforce

We started, about six or seven years ago, evolving the company and getting more into modern security technologies. When we started that, we realized that we had to bring in some new blood. Most of our employees were older. There was a time when they might have all been retiring within a five-year time period.

So we specifically started targeting universities and their career fairs. We started an internship program, very small at first, with one or two interns. Now, six or seven years later, we regularly have 12 to 15 interns at any given time.



Tributary's Cloud Object Storage (COS) and STRADL

Tributary Systems introduces innovative high performance enterprise cloud data backup and cloud data management solutions with Tributary's Cloud Object Storage (COS) and STRADL for all open environments, HP NonStop, IBM iSeries and Mainframe z/OS environments. 



Paymark is New Zealand’s leading electronic payments company and Kiwis rely on us to ensure that electronic purchasing is available wherever purchases for goods and services need to be made.

In our history to date, we have put through 16 billion transactions, worth an estimated $700B, and worked with over 120,000 merchants.  Our Connex team are the engine to ensuring Kiwi’s continue to transact seamlessly.  Our team works directly on our core transaction processing platform, on large scale projects like major system upgrades through to small system enhancements.  We have a number of opportunities available for talented individuals to join a great team, these include:  Connex Configuration Specialists, Connex Developers, Connex Support Specialists, Core Switch Architects and Systems Programmers.  Our Core Switch team work across the business to find and develop solutions for our customers, translating those solutions into technical specifications and also provide second and third level support for transaction, card and host testing and configuration.  Detailed role descriptions for each position can be found on our website at https://jobs.lever.co/paymark



Connect Worldwide is pleased to welcome new Board of Director member Navid Khodayari

Navid has spent his career in Business Development field of the HPE NonStop space. Throughout his tenure Navid has witnessed many changes to not only the technology of the platform but also the business landscape of the Mission Critical Server market.

Navid currently serves as Director of Business Development of Idelji and travels the world for all things NonStop. He is the chair of the Southern California NonStop User Group as well as the founder of NonStop Under 40, which advance both the marketing and education offerings for the HPE NonStop world.



NuWave's latest product, LightWave Client, is gearing up for its general release this quarter!

LightWave Client is middleware that allows applications running on NonStop servers to securely access REST Web services anywhere, on any platform or operating system.

To learn more about LightWave Client, visit us online or contact sales@nuwavetech.com for more information!



OmniPayments Introduces OmniATM

OmniATM on HPE NonStop provides ATM terminal driving and broad support for the most popular ATMs. Available 24x7, it drives/acquires all ATM transactions, supports cardless and biometric transactions, offers real-time value-added services, and delivers bulletproof security.



It has been a busy event season!

Don't miss out on NuWave's recaps from all the TUGs on our News & Events page, and keep up with the latest in NonStop Innovations over on their blog.





Save the date!

ATUG 2017 - Atlanta HPE NonStop User Group Chapter Meeting
September 20, 2017 Atlanta, Ga, Home Depot HQ


NonStop Under 40 – Have you joined in the conversation?

 Announcing the launch of the NonStop Under 40 website, www.NSU40.com. NSU40 started as a meeting at the 2016 NonStop Technical Boot Camp, where NonStop professionals with varying degrees of experience met to discuss the current state of NonStop as it relates to the next generation of talent.

The NonStop Under 40 mission is to bring HPE NonStop Server awareness to a new generation of professionals by fostering professional development through relationship building, education and information sharing from the NonStop Community.

The website includes a Knowledgebase where the group is currently working to make educational videos and host online classes, as well as a Forum for people to discuss all things NonStop. It is a work in progress so we definitely ask for your involvement and feedback, as well as your help to spread the word.

Please register here to start participating today!




Chapter Recap: News from NYTUG

NYTUG was a big hit for companies with NonStop systems in the New Jersey/New York area.  HPE hosted the event at their Berkley Heights office in New Jersey. Over 30 people from several companies attended, included representatives from JPM/C, Fiserv, and ValueLine.

The agenda was packed with informative presentations including solution overviews delivered by comForte, Omnipay, Xypro, NuWave, Gravic and Idelji.  Topics on data security, application modernization, monitoring, contingency planning and more were covered.  Bill Highleyman, editor of the Availability Digest newsletter, also gave a funny presentation on “Fat-fingers” and the impact of screw-ups in IT – he shared many examples and brought laughs to the audience.

The HPE team provided excellent presentations as well, covering Blockchain/BitCoin/DLT and how NonStop systems are well poised to support these new disruptive concepts & technologies, an overview of DevOps on the NonStop, and Virtualized NonStop. 

 I must say that both Matt Riesz and Peter Scharvcz, as well as the rest of the HPE team, really know their NonStop customers, as they were contributing to each conversation and discussion throughout the day, which helped make this event a success.

 A few people attending the event for the first time provided some valuable feedback.  One comment I received was that they had no idea what to expect, as they thought some of the topics may not be relevant for their specific day-to-day job function.  However as the day went on, they realized how much value the presentations were, and that there was a lot of useful information they will be taking back to their department to share with others! 

 I think this sums up what the TUG events are all about.  They help bring awareness of potential solutions, especially what others on NonStop systems are doing, which helps driving new attendees to  future TUG events.

 John Vollers and Gabrielle Guerrera did an excellent job MC’ing the day, and high-fives go to Mandi Nulph of NuWave for organizing and coordinating with HPE to ensure the days leading up to the event were properly prepared. 

 With the success of the NYTUG, I look forward to hearing how upcoming events such as HPE Discover 2017 and others, fare for the NonStop community!

 Jonathan Deveaux www.comforte.com




Get Smart! Control KAOS with Layered Security

 XYPRO’s approach to HPE NonStop security is this: we took the layered, defense in depth strategy and deconstructed all those layers to identify where the system or data is most at risk on the NonStop server.  We apply the strategy based on the risk involved, the type of data we’re aiming to protect, and how different layers can interact with each other for risk mitigation. We ended up with the layers illustrated below.  In this introductory article, we’ll identify and explain all the layers.  In future articles we’ll discuss the importance of each layer in depth.



XYPRO - Inc. Magazine’s Best Places to Work 2017 – It’s Always About More Than Just Business

I am pleased to share some very exciting news that XYPRO is one of the honorees of Inc. Magazine’s Best Places to Work 2017!  As part of a prominent inc.com feature, the list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies who have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singled out just over 200 winning companies and XYPRO was one of those companies!




If you missed the May/June issue of The Connection read it here:


Mission Critical x86 News

Pella Corporation reduces Oracle costs with HPE Superdome X

Watch this video to learn how leading windows manufacturer Pella Corporation significantly reduced Oracle deployment costs and improved manufacturing and distribution efficiencies by implementing mission critical HPE Superdome X . Pella runs the full ERP suite on Oracle and needed to reduce licensing without sacrificing performance or availability. Superdome X, along with 3PAR storage, provided the mission-critical reliability they need for these critical workloads, the scale to support business growth and a way to optimize and reduce their Oracle costs.


CenterPoint transforms from a traditional to a digital, data-driven utility

Watch this short interview with Dr. Steven Pratt, Corporate Technology Officer from CenterPoint Energy, where he describes how his company has transformed from a traditional utility to a digital utility, leveraging IoT, SAP HANA and HPE technology to improve business outcomes and deliver outstanding customer service. Randy Meyer, VP and GM Mission Critical Solutions, HPE provides additional perspectives on the steps companies are taking today to become real-time business and how HPE can help them in that journey.


New England BioLabs drives business growth with SAP S/4HANA in the cloud

Read this case study to learn how New England BioLabs is empowering users with real-time decision making by providing real-time analytics and reporting with SAP HANA and HPE. Established in 1974 and recognized as a world leader in the discovery, development, and commercialization of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research, New England BioLabs partnered with Symmetry to host their SAP ERP, HANA, and S/4HANA implementations in the cloud to boost flexibility and agility.


Scale up or out with SAP HANA?  

Read this blog to understand the differences between scale-up configurations and scale-out configurations with SAP S/4HANA. Learn which you should do first and why.


HPE Extends Solutions for SAP Applications

Read this media advisory to learn about new HPE solutions to help customers accelerate real-time analytics: A preview of its next-generation architecture for SAP HANA, new SAP-certified solutions for on-premise and private cloud deployments, intelligent Edge solutions featuring SAP Leonardo and new HPE Pointnext SAP services


Accelerate real-time analytics with HPE

Read this blog to find out how two HPE customers are gaining business value from SAP HANA and to learn about HPE´s next-generation architecture for SAP HANA, designed with Memory-Driven Computing principles, enabling enterprises of any size to analyze and process massive amounts of data in real time


 HPEis #1in two categories on SAP BW-AML benchmark

Read this performance brief to learn how HPE CS500 for SAP HANA took #1 performance spots in two categories on SAP BW-AML benchmark This benchmark shows a server’s capability in business data warehousing using the SAP HANA database.



Modernizing the Digital Core with HPE Mission Critical Solutions

Watch this short video to understand how HPE Mission critical solutions can help you build a dynamic Digital Core, which is vital for business transformation. Now is the time to modernize the heart of your enterprise and accelerate the journey toward a real-time business. To learn more about HPE mission critical solutions, please visit: https://www.hpe.com/info/missioncritical


Software-Defined & Cloud

I am just back from a week at HPE Discover in Las Vegas…and so for this month I have listed some key videos that we tapped at the event. They are useful as they paint a pretty good picture around the direction our tech is going and more importantly how HPE technology is being used to resolve customer problems in the data center.

Ric Lewis Software-defined and cloud Spotlight provides updates on Hyperconverged and Composable Infrastructure as well as a technology preview of Project New Stack

And I have also listed 3 must see video interviews from TheCube:

Ken Won, HPE and William Fellows, 451 Research - HPE Discover 2017

Ric Lewis, HPE and Kate Swanborg, DreamWorks - HPE Discover 2017

Paul Miller, HPE and Brian Yeo, BYU - HPE Discover 2017

Chris Purcell has 29+ years of experience working with technology within the datacenter. Currently focused on integrated systems (server, storage, networking and cloud which come wrapped with a complete set of integration consulting and integration services.)

You can find Chris on Twitter as @Chrispman01 and @HPE_ConvergedDI and his contribution to the HPE CI blog at www.hpe.com/info/ciblog


HPE Education Services News


Thank you to our HPE customers and partners, for an excellent Discover 2017 event!

We had an exceptional event last week, for HPE and HPE Education Services. In our free training sessions, we met with over 600 customers and discussed topics ranging from HPE Synergy and OneView, DevOps, networking and storage – and even included NVIDIA for Deep Learning AI training.

We also introduced two exciting new programs for our customers:

  • HPE-branded digital badging, available for all of our HPE training courses and providing credentialing for customers, partners and HPE employees to share on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. We heard from our customers, that receiving this type of recognition for high-value skills development helps them individually in terms of gaining status, helps their organizations in building reputation, and helps them to help HPE by spreading the word about our excellent training opportunities.

We are super excited, as well, to let you know that we’re working with the Connect team to introduce a special badge opportunity just for Connect members – coming soon!

  • HPE Digital Learner was introduced, a new subscription for organizations that would like to provide their people with better access to training. This subscription offers training to more people, with less cost and disruption. If you are interested, check out our “lighthouse” customer program to provide your feedback and gain early access!

Annual puppet report on DevOps 2017 released sponsored by HPE!

The annual puppet report on the “State of DevOps” for 2017 was introduced recently, sponsored by HPE. Read about our “take” on the findings, and our suggestions for how you can help your team to be more successful with this important methodology.


HPE Storage News

News from Around the Storage Block – from HPEStorageGuy Calvin Zito

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Ahead of Discover, I had storage news on my blog and I wanted to share it with you.  In this article – as is always the case when there’s a lot to talk about – I’ll just cover the news at a high level and then I’ll give you links to follow-up blog posts I had on ATSB from some of my experts. The news is centered on updates to the flash portfolio and data protection solutions to help customers as you continue your journey toward the all-flash data center.

The announcement includes:

  • A more powerful 3PAR all-flash array, the 3PAR StoreServ 9450 all-flash and updates to the 3PAR 20000 Series
  • Availability of Nimble Storage primary and new secondary flash arrays via HPE and HPE channel partners
  • New fifth generation of the HPE MSA Storage with the MSA 2050 and MSA 2052
  • High-speed, cloud-connected StoreOnce CloudBank

I have a YouTube video that is an overview of all the news so if you like watching and listening more than reading, check it out.

So let me address each of these briefly.

Updates to the 3PAR family

I’m excited to have the 3PAR StoreServ 9450 all-flash added to the 3PAR family. It is redefining midrange expectations with greater performance and scale.  With the 9450,

  • Get the most out of your apps and data with a major horsepower boost, with a 70% increase in performance in the midrange with up to 1.8 Million IOPS
  • The 9450 has 2X the capacity with 6PB  and 3X the connectivity for the midrange

The 20000 Series is also getting an update. New controller nodes increase performance by 15% over current 20000 and increased rack density with 288 SSDs per rack, 100% more than current 20000.

And this is the same 3PAR family that is #1 in Gartner Critical Capabilities and the SPC price performance leader. And the entire current 3PAR 8000, 9000, and 20000 are Storage Class Memory and NVMe Ready.  Check out my new 3PAR family ChalkTalk.

Nimble Storage via HPE and HPE Partners

I’ve spent a lot of time since we closed the Nimble acquisition getting to know the products and employees at Nimble.  I couldn’t be more excited.  Nimble storage flash arrays are cloud-ready and powered by predictive analytics called InfoSight.  And we have moved very quickly to make several Nimble Flash Arrays available through HPE and HPE partners. The AF1000 All-Flash Array and the CS1000 and CS1000H Adaptive Flash Array along with the Secondary Flash Arrays that I talked about last week are available from HPE. Here’s a ChalkTalk I did to introduce you to Nimble Storage.

Fifth Generation of the MSA

Over its history, we’ve shipped over 500,000 MSA arrays.  And it has been the leading entry Fibre Channel Array for 8 consecutive years. For those of you that thought the MSA was going away, have I got a surprise for you.  How about double the performance for the same cost as the current MSA. 

The MSA 2052 is a Hybrid Flash Array while the MSA 2050 is hybrid ready.  The difference here is some bundling. They use the same controller but The MSA 2052 comes with 2 800GB SSDs and Advanced Data Services licensing plus 512 snapshots and remote snaps. The MSA 2050 does not come bundled with SSDs but does include the Advanced Data Services except for performance tiering.  It also does not include the 512 snapshots or remote snaps but you can add any of that in the future for a nominal cost.

The fifth generation MSA controllers have faster processors, more memory and more performance.  The result is that the maximum random IOPS is now 2X more than what it was with the MSA 2040. Check out my ChalkTalk for more.

StoreOnce CloudBank

StoreOnce CloudBank elevates protection and retention to a new tier using low-cost object storage.  Here’s a summary:

  • Lower cost of long term protection with AWS, Azure, or on-premises object storage
    Optimize bandwidth usage via federated deduplication while object interface enables multi-cloud support
  • Instantly cloud-enable your backup ISV including flash-optimized protection for 3PAR
    Supports backup ISVs like Veritas NBU, Data Protector, etc. along with RMC apps for flash optimized protection
  • Enable more flexibility and control from disaster recovery to long term retention
    Use existing policies, support multi-cloud destinations, and restore CloudBank stores to any on or off-prem store

Check out my CloudBank ChalkTalk.

And still more….

A few weeks ago at VeeamON (Veeam’s event in New Orleans), I slipped some of the news out early since it was related to Veeam integration.  Check out the post I did talking about integration we now have with Recovery Manager Central and Veeam Explorer. It allows granular recovery of Exchange, Active Directory, SQL and Oracle. That post had a demo I did and it explains it all.

And lastly at VeeamON we announced the Nimble Storage Secondary Flash Array or SFA. The SFA enables you to put your backup data to work. It effectively combines flash performance with built-in in-line deduplication and compression to get the most out of your capacity. The SFA is designed for customers who want to be able to run real workloads on their secondary storage. I have a ChalkTalk that talks about it so check that out.

That’s a lot of blog posts!

So let me conclude with links to all of the deeper dive posts that I have on ATSB. 

Calvin Zito is a 33 year veteran in the IT industry and has worked in storage for 25 years. He’s been a VMware vExpert for 6 years. As an early adopter of social media and active in communities, he has blogged for 8 years. You can find his blog at hpe.com/storage/blog

He started his “social persona” as HPStorageGuy, and after the HP separation manages an active community of storage fans on Twitter as @CalvinZito

You can also contact him via email at calvin.zito@hpe.com