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Five IT operational factors you can achieve to reduce downtime, cuts costs, and provide fast solutions to business challenges.

Here is how

Forrester's top 6 cybersecurity predictions for 2018

Read Forrester's six cybersecurity predictions for 2018, and actions that your organization can take to mitigate the risks.

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Your blockchain pilot is going to fail
(but that’s ok)

Blockchain isn’t a miracle technology to solve all problems in one fell swoop. To understand the full benefits of blockchain, enterprises must get their hands dirty with the tech.

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Magnetic tape makes a comeback

Magnetic tape storage is not dead. Introduced in 1951 in Univac computers, magnetic tape lost its luster with the advent of high-capacity hard disks and cloud storage. However, in 2012, the extraordinary volume of data created by a variety of mobile devices and sensors increased the demand for an economical, efficient way to archive everything. Magnetic tape filled that need. Today, a single cartridge can hold 185 terabytes of data

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Lost in translation: Big Data innovation is missing the point

Why? Recent innovation in Big Data has focused on the wrong problem: building a better mouse trap, rather than innovating the entire approach.

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7 habits of highly effective digital transformations

A technology-first approach to digital transformation is a recipe for disaster. Start instead by overhauling your organization with a customer-centric end goal in mind.

Get started 

Pet insurance as a benefit – why your company should consider it

Tech companies offering pet insurance is on the rise because they compete fiercely to attract and retain talent.

Here are a few good reasons, it is worth a look.

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


Small & Midsize Business News


Optimizing SMB Operations with a Hybrid IT Environment

With ProLiant ML110 and ML350, SMBs can modernize their infrastructure to gain the performance and power needed to accelerate their transformation to a Hybrid IT environment.

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Accelerating Time to Insight to Enhance the Customer Experience

With big data and predictive analytics, retail SMBs are accelerating their time to insight and enhancing the customer experience.

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Enhancing Data Storage with Scalable Storage Solutions

Today’s businesses are looking to scalable IT to enhance the accessibility of their data stores, and Nimble Storage solutions provide a comprehensive strategy to service the complex needs of a growing SMB.

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Tomorrow’s retail today: Boost productivity, build value

Constant connectivity and a multi-screen world have redefined how people shop. Consumers tend to move between brick-and-mortar stores, smartphones and tablets, and a purchase can occur through any channel at any time. Shoppers aren’t simply “showrooming”—browsing in stores and then going online to hunt down the lowest-cost option. They’re also “webrooming”— researching online and buying in stores.

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HPE NonStop News

Some BIG happenings at NSU40

  • Video: “The Story of NonStop” is live and available to view! (https://www.nsu40.com/forum/general-discussion/video-the-story-of-nonstop) For those that remember, this was something that was requested by the group from the very first NSU40 meeting, and with sponsor support, we were able to make it happen. This is also something the group has mentioned they would like to see more of in terms of marketing and education. Please take a few minutes to watch the video and provide feedback in the comments. I’d like to give a special shout out to our sponsors on this video; ComForte, TCM, Idelji, and XYPRO.
  • Next President: I’d like to introduce the next president of NSU40, Daniel Craig of TCM! Working full-time in the NonStop field for close to the last decade, Daniel Craig brings a wealth of experience and passion to our group. The board is thrilled for him to be leading the way! Please come meet Daniel at the upcoming NSU40 meeting at the TBC
  • TBC Meeting: Please plan on attending the NSU40 Meeting at the upcoming Technical Boot Camp in San Francisco. The meeting is scheduled for 430pm on Monday, November 13th in Bayside Room B. With most of the group being repeat attendees, introductions will be skipped and we will get right into it. This is a chance for open discussion on all things NonStop!

HPE Shadowbase Software Improves Support for DB2 as a Source

 Gravic recently dramatically improved the support of HPE Shadowbase for DB2 as a source in data replication environments. With this new release, HPE Shadowbase software makes it easy and cost effective to integrate your DB2 databases into the rest of your data processing environments. HPE Shadowbase data replication can now replicate from DB2 on any IBM platform/environment to any of the supported HPE Shadowbase targets, including HPE NonStop, Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, MySQL, and Sybase. This release also includes replicating DB2 data into non-traditional non-database targets, such as replicating DB2 change data into MQ series, JMS, fraud detection systems, flat-files, real-time business intelligence solutions, and other messaging targets. This latest build includes DB2 databases resident on z/OS IBM mainframe environments, as well as DB2 on AIX, Linux, Windows, etc. Read the new HPE Shadowbase solution brief, or contact your local HPE account team or SBsales@gravic.com for more information.



Big Data – Big Risk? How your NonStop can help tackle a Big Challenge with Tokenization

Big Data projects these days are all about Hadoop, advanced analytics, new architecture concepts and have nothing to do with NonStop. Or do they? Chances are that your NonStop is already contributing to your organization’s strategic Big Data initiatives.  comForte is presenting on this very topic at TBC 2017 (#NonStopTBC). You will hear about use cases from NonStop customers that directly intersect with Big Data. You will see examples of how NonStop-based data tokenization plays an essential role in securing sensitive data in such scenarios without impeding big data analytics. Don’t miss this session if you want to learn how your NonStop is going to enable secure analysis in the big data world. 

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TANDsoft Adds Data Masking to its Sensitive Data Intercept (SDI) Solution

Your name is John Doe. Your nine-digit U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) is 123-45-6789. You earn an annual salary of USD $93,000, and your employer maintains all your sensitive personal information as unprotected data in the company database. Perhaps your employer should mask that data via TANDsoft’s Sensitive Data Intercept (SDI). A new feature add-on to TANDsoft’s popular SDI solution, data masking protects sensitive data from individuals or groups not authorized to access it. With SDI, masked data retains its original format (SSN = 123-45-6789); yet it is altered in such a way as to make unauthorized detection impossible (SSN = XXX-XX-X789). Without SDI’s data masking, a security hole can represent an access point for a disastrous data breach.

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NonStop Under 40 – Operation Support – Part 1

Part 1 – Grooming the Next Generation

There are good news and bad news in the world of NonStop Operation support.

First the good news: NonStop operation support teams have always been known to be one of the most technical and versatile groups in any enterprise environment. The team embodies a wealth of technical knowledge that is just as critical in ensuring the fault tolerance of the applications as the underlying NonStop hardware and Guardian operating system. They can diagnose and fix issues ranging from hardware, system software, application scheduling, database, network and others.


Now the bad news: Many members of that superb NonStop technical team are either retiring or looking to retire soon. What are you going to do to replace that talent pool? Is there a way to bring in new and younger resources to support your NonStop systems and applications to ensure it will continue to run smoothly?

I believe the answer is: “Yes.” But it requires a new set of considerations.

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The BITUG Little SIG is on 7th December in London.

If you'd like to attend please visit www.BITUG.com and head for the Little SIG page to register.

Places are limited and registration closes on 1st December, so please don't leave it late or you could miss out.

We look forward to seeing you in December,



Venue: Trinity House, Tower Hill, London




Save the Date: DUST Chapter Meeting - Desert Users of Tandem

December 12
‘HPE NonStop Technical Boot Camp highlights’ 
Scottsdale, Arizona
CVS Health
Information: Event Listing


Save the Date: SunTUG Connect Florida and Golf tournament. 

March 2nd. 2018.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport - Westshore
4500 West Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 

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The European NonStop HotSpot 2018!

49 years of symposia in Germany and 10 years of GTUG and Connect Deutschland


May 14 – 16 2018

Registration open

Connect Board of Directors
2018 Slate

Connect Worldwide is a volunteer led organization.  From the local chapters to the Board of Directors, volunteers are the key to our success.

Per Connect bylaws, members in good standing will be allowed to vote. Please vote yes, no or abstain to approve the following slate by clicking here or the VOTE button below. Should you have problems or questions about the voting process, please contact us at info@connect-community.org.

Voting ends 11-23-2017

The 2018 Board of Directors Slate includes:

Trevor Jackson
Senior Director of Information Technology
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – SOCAN

Trevor has been a long term HPE customer, particularly in the HP-UX software and server space. He is also a HPE 3PAR Customer and has participated as a speaker at several HPE Discover events as well as several written, recorded and video taped interviews. Trevor has served as the secretary on the Connect WorldWide Board of Directors for the past two years.


Navid Khodayari
Director of Business Development

Navid is a longtime HPE Partner in the analytic space on the NonStop platform. Navid has served on the Connect Board of Directors for the last year.


Sue Robinson
Data Security Manager
Aspen Insurance

Sue is a technology expert with over twenty years of experience working with infrastructure technologies. Over the last five years, Sue has been an HPE customer who manages an infrastructure team using HPE 3PAR, All Flash Cache Arrays, HP Dataprotector and OneView.


Marty Edelman
Creative System Software

Since retiring from The Home Depot, Marty Edelman has provided strategic guidance to organizations wishing to modernize their IT infrastructures. While at The Home Depot, he was the director of Payment Services. Edelman has been involved with HPE (Tandem, Compaq, HPE and HPE) for more than 30 years. As an employee, end user, and independent consultant. He founded a small consultancy firm that specialized in developing high-volume mission-critical solutions for Fortune 500 companies. He and his team helped to build the UPS Tracking System, the NYSE Consolidated Trade and Quote systems, and the SWIFT next-generation computing platform.


HPE Education Services News

HPE Education Services launches its HPE Nimble Training

HPE Education Services launches its HPE Nimble Training with its first introductory course - Nimble Storage Introduction and Administration (H6LH8S). This course teaches students how to perform common management tasks, including: array installation, creating volumes and protecting and recovering data with snapshots and replication.  This course also covers system monitoring using Nimble Storage's Infosight.  

Learn more about the course and book your place here.


Digital skills development for your whole team

Digital transformation for your business requires digital skills development for your people. HPE digital learning can assist your organization in keeping up with digital skills development and transforming learning to deliver better digital skills and outcomes for your business. HPE digital learning subscriptions offer the blended and holistic learning experiences that IT and business professionals need, at a better value for your business. Watch this overview video to learn more about digital learning.


Want to boost your technical knowledge?  Book on to a FREE Training Session at Discover 2017, Madrid

Following on from the success of the free training offered at Discover 2016 in London we are once again offering some free training at Discover 2017. Reserve your seat today in one or all of the following classes on offer:

TRNG14346 - See the future of copy management and data retention with Recovery Manager Central and StoreOnce Cloud Bank Storage

TRNG14343 - HPE Synergy: Test drive composability

TRNG14344 - DevOps simulation: How to prevent your DevOps initiatives from stalling

TRNG14345 - Deep Learning Demystified

Learn more about the sessions and reserve your seat today.


Have you earned your HPE ProLiant Gen 10 Fast Start Badge?

The ILT/VILT to count towards getting your HPE ProLiant Gen 10 Fast Start Badge is now available.  Register for any of the below classes and take the last step in gaining your HPE ProLiant Gen10 Fast Start badge.  Get ahead. Earn your digital badge.

HE643S – Introduction to ProLiant, HE646S – BladeSystem Administration, HK758S – HPE Virtual Connect


Software-Defined & Cloud


Happy November everyone…tis the season of Fall and another Discover event that starts later this month and run Nov 28th through Nov 30th in Madrid Spain. I am hopeful that you will be able to join us at in Spain, but if not, there will be many ways that you will be able to keep up with activities virtually. If you are still trying to make up your mind on travel, I have provided an article that might help you sway your decision.

Top 10 reasons to join HPE at Discover Madrid 2017


The other two articles I have included this month highlight where I see IT is struggling the most as they make the move to digital transformation. This transition can be very challenging and unless the move is well planned and thought through it can become extremely disruptive to current business processes. I am hopeful that these articles will provide you with some insight on what others have done already.

4 Steps to a True Digital Transformation

Understanding Hybrid IT Strategies from Fortune 1000 IT Experts


I look forward to seeing you at HPE Discover Madrid later this month.


Mission Critical x86 News

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Unveils the World’s Most Scalable and Modular In-Memory Computing Platform

On November 6th Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) revealed the world’s most scalable and modular in-memory computing platform, HPE Superdome Flex. The platform enables enterprises of any size to process and analyze massive amounts of data and turn it into real-time business insights. HPE’s latest mission critical in-memory computing platform combines the reliability of HPE Integrity Superdome X with the scalable technology for high performance data analytics that HPE gained with its acquisition of SGI.

HPE Superdome Flex enables customers to:

  • Turn data into actionable insights at unparalleled scale and in real-time: Designed with Memory-Driven Computing principles, HPE Superdome Flex provides a shared pool of memory over an ultra-fast fabric that’s capable of scaling from 768GB to 48TB in a single system, delivering unmatched compute power for the most demanding applications.
  • Start small and grow seamlessly: The platform has a unique modular design that scales from four to 32 sockets in four-socket increments. This equips customer environments of all sizes with in-memory computing that can expand seamlessly and cost-efficiently as needs increase.
  • Safeguard mission-critical workloads: HPE Superdome Flex offers proven reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) capabilities not present in other standard x86 platforms to provide 999% single-system availability.


Read the press release

Check out the product page


Turn your critical data into real-time business insights with new HPE Superdome Flex

What if you could process and analyze all your data instantly? Learn about a new solution to address your data challenges with a unique modular design that scales easily and economically for businesses of any size.

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Getting to Know: Mike Woodacre & the Team Behind HPE Superdome Flex

Distinguished Technologist Mike Woodacre shares his team’s journey to build the most scalable and modular in-memory computing platform.

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CenterPoint Energy mines the power of Big Data

Read this case study to understand how CenterPoint Energy is leveraging the HPE ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA to speed data processing by 800%, perform efficient analysis of smart meter data to improve customer service and business decision making, and accelerate the detection and remedy of potential outages or bad weather problems.

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HPE Storage News

News from Around the Storage Block – from HPEStorageGuy Calvin Zito

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  • With this month’s theme of Big Data, I have a blog post and podcast I did introducing object storage and HPE partner Scality. It’s a really good overview of how HPE is leveraging Scality with our Apollo servers.
  • QLC, SLC, MLC, NAND Flash, 3D NAND, 3D XPoint, Optane. Are you overwhelmed yet? Check out What’s the Future of Flash to get answers.
  • Nimble Storage had a community on their website. We’ve migrated it to communities.hpe.com. Two places to know are the HPE Nimble Storage Tech Blog and the HPE Nimble Storage forum. Forums are of course for conversations where you can get answers to your questions.
  • We also swapped our @HPE_Storage and @NimbleStorage. If you were following us before, be sure you’re following @HPE_Storage now.


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