“Security starts with the front door,” our parents would remind us. “Always check to make sure you locked the front door behind you when you return to the house!” A simplistic yet highly effective piece of advice given with the best of intent. Today, houses have many access points and to help us, we have monitoring devices on all access points linked to a single panel and external agencies monitoring that security panel. To improve upon this, we have smartphone apps to monitor and manage these, which in turn introduces passwords to access the app. So, the more sophisticated we get, the more opportunity we create for those with malicious intent. Nothing though, can be as diligent as walking from point to point to ensure it is secure.
Data centers have rarely existed as homogeneous entities because since the first phone lines were dragged into the data center, “foreign equipment” showed up and those responsible for installing and servicing of the equipment often spoke a language completely alien to those already operating “the mainframe.” Ever since, the data center has never been a homogeneous place and elements could be found that have been bought from a variety of manufacturers. Even as considerable savings were realized by those enterprises carefully weighing their options at every turn, a degree of complexity seeped into the data center that wasn’t entirely anticipated by data center management and exists to this day. This mix of systems may be optimal from a financial perspective but it always comes with associated challenges for all involved.
It’s been a month or two since the spin-merge by HPE of its former services group was completed. Now called DXC Technology, it has become the place to go when the really big projects are involved. There are still many former EDS consultants within this new division and being from Texas, this has been something we at DataExpress have watched ever since the original HP purchased EDS. There are expectations that this will be a boon to shareholders given that they all now have equity in this new company, but what does it mean for NonStop users in general and for DataExpress users in particular?
There are many messages emanating from HPE and at its most recent event, 2017 HPE Discover, attendees heard all about simplifying (the adoption) of hybrid IT even as they were updated by HPE about steps HPE is taking to power the intelligent Edge. Already we are seeing a new model for data processing appear and it is very much being driven by data. Lots of data! The Internet of Things is partially to blame, of course, but there is also the increased volume of transactions as more of us turn to shopping online than ever before. There is little to hide when it comes to discussing data – no matter its origins, human or automated as is the case when “things” are involved – it is constantly being moved.
In the most recent issue of the digital publication, NonStop Insider, we published an article about DataExpress being the product that doesn’t transfer the files, but makes the process of transferring files perform a whole lot better. And reliably! In making this claim for DataExpress we explained how we provide a solution for those customers who may have just one file transfer product in use just as we have a solution for those customers with many file transfer products in use, which is the more likely situation. Whatever is the chosen file transfer product for the occasion, we can accommodate it and then forward as necessary, using a file transfer product the target system requires.
Standards, openness, database, clouds – with DataExpress we make your movement of files work better!
It is the goal of every business to constantly review processes with the aim to make the business run better, remain competitive and maintain compliance. There is no room in business for going backwards and for losing market share. Looking to improved performance is the expectation of every stakeholder in the business, be that the financial top and bottom lines, industry survey results, or just as importantly, the ratings, the number of pageviews, downloads and likes! For a specialty company like DataExpress, this is of particular importance as we do just one thing. We move files.
Here in Dallas the storms continue to rage, with some of the largest hailstones ever recorded wreaking havoc in our immediate vicinity. Apparently Texas and the surrounding area don’t hold exclusivity on havoc as those we know who are familiar with the geography of Queensland, Australia, reporting the onshore appearance of a devastating slow-moving cyclone. It is always at times like these that it begs the question: when the alarms are sounded, and mandatory evacuation notices are made – do we have time to think of moving our files?
Hearing news from the HPE NonStop team first hand is always something to look forward to and we are excited the HPE NonStop Partner Symposium is now just days away. Already last year’s NonStop Technical Boot Camp seems so long ago even as the observations our team made continue to resonate strongly with us. The post of last month talked about new systems, new modes of deployment as well as new solutions and new markets. But it was only with the publication of the January – February, 2017, issue of The Connection that, like you, we read of something very new.
New systems, new modes of deployment – virtual as well as physical – new solutions and new markets! HPE has made it no secret that it has upped its investment in NonStop, even as it embraced openness from the metal to the APIs. Also an important consideration is HPE deploying NonStop with NS SQL/MX internally, for its own use, where HPE IT is pioneering virtual NonStop (vNonStop) as it delivers NS SQL/MX on the basis of a Data Base as a Service (DBaaS). This is how we opened our most recent article in the January, 2017, issue of NonStop Insider, New models for secure, managed file transfer.
Looking back at the final post to NEWS / BLOG of December, 2015, we saw how we had made reference to Amazon. We quoted from a Wall Street Journal article Amazon Buys Semi-Truck Fleet to Shuttle Inventory where photos showed trucks branded with “the familiar Amazon logo with a smile on the side.” It would now appear that this was just a starting point, as a few months later, according to a Fortune magazine article of May 5, 2016, Amazon Leases More Planes For Air Cargo Network Amazon had, “partnered with cargo airline Atlas Air to lease 20 Boeing planes, which includes use of the planes, crew, and maintenance for seven years.”
It seems like it was just yesterday that we posted to this blog about “resting easy” for the summer. In that post we observed how change had happened incrementally in the data center – servers were updated, disk capacity expanded and communications protocols standardized. But now, with the increasing popularity of clouds, it is prodding us to take notice. NonStop systems aren’t immune to the rise of the cloud computing model and NonStop users are looking at how best to integrate with clouds. Resting easy was a reference to just how well DataExpress goes about moving files securely and reliably to the point where few folks are even aware of its presence in the data center. This may explain why, following recent user events, it has come to our attention that there are still many NonStop users totally unaware of DataExpress.
There continued to be many events conducted worldwide these past couple of months but the biggest event of all for the NonStop community is the upcoming NonStop Technical Boot Camp. It will be held this year in San Jose and run from November 13 – 16, 2016, and there is every indication that it will be as well attended as previous Boot Camp events. Here at DataExpress we have supported user events for some time and with all that has transpired of late at HPE we believe there will be even more news coming from the HPE executives attending the event.
The news we are hearing of late about the major vendors reworking strategies to simply keep up with the rate of cloud usage is not being ignored by Data Express management. Indeed, dependency on clouds is becoming a focus area for DataExpress, presenting the company with new opportunities to grow the business. Simply put, and with the years of experience we have in securely managing file transfers, we see clouds as just another resource to be leveraged in the same manner as we would consider leveraging any “intelligent” controller that might come from a vendor.
August is typically a time to take it easy, as across the northern hemisphere enjoying a vacation takes precedence over almost any other consideration. Even for the most harried data center manager a couple of weeks spent relaxing by the seaside can do wonder to restore energy levels. However, there is no escaping the changes awaiting every business as data processing models undergo yet another change in architecture, where once more tried and true methods established over the past couple of years are turned upside down.
When a major home or business appliance or even a car manufacturer rolls out a new product the manufacturer makes sure everyone knows about it. News releases, guest spots, interviews with the television networks and early product evaluations are carried out by numerous consumer agencies. For a brief period, there is practically no escape from the advertising blitz that follows as the manufacturer tries to capture the imagination and then the wallets of everyone in its target market. Vigorous promotion of such new appliances or cars today is important for their success and many a good product has simply withered as a result of poor or misdirected market promotion.
With summer officially under way, balmy days simply relaxing in the shade, possibly pool side, is a welcome respite as we reach the midpoint of the year. That isn’t to say it’s been perfect here in Dallas as we have seen it all; rain and floods, now the heat has picked up, but it’s not the changing weather conditions that have us all talking as much as it is the changing HPE all of us involved with NonStop are witnessing of late. No matter which web site, blog or news site you visit there’s rarely a day that passes without some observations being made on just how much is changing at HPE.
The biggest Regional User Group (RUG) event for the NonStop community to date has been GTUG and the majority of presentations have now been posted to the GTUG web site. Taking a look at several of them, there is evidence to support that the HPE Mission Critical Systems group has become seriously vested in the future of NonStop – not surprisingly, as HPE reports a much faster decline in OpenVMS and HP-UX than anyone anticipated; it would appear that NonStop is beginning to make up the slack.
HPE has been very forthcoming about its future plans and in particular, where it is headed. There’s no escaping HPE’s belief that business and technology interests have collided, whereby every business is a technology business. Furthermore, there’s acknowledgment that the new computing model requires accommodation (of technology) as the journey takes business to the next step, hybrid computing and hybrid infrastructure. No matter how good contemporary technology may be or how attractive proposed new models appear there is no escaping the reality that traditional IT will coexist alongside whatever is coming next. For many businesses this includes consideration of clouds – private, managed as well as public.
In the article that appears in the March, 2016, issue of Tandemworld, we highlight a couple of points that we think will strike a chord with many of our customers. The NonStop community has naturally been strong advocates for NonStop systems for many years, often decades and yet, like us here at DataExpress, they see major changes coming that will take a while for the NonStop community, as a whole, to fully grasp. Yes, it’s very apparent that even as a very large investment has been made in NonStop to date, the investments in NonStop are continuing.
We have been busy in our office here in Dallas, Texas. We have major updates coming out for our DataExpress products – DataExpress NonStop (DXNS) testing and certification on NonStop X resulting in a version of DataExpress for NonStop X users as well as updating DataExpress Open Platform (DXOP) with a modernized fresh GUI, representing the new face of DataExpress and adding new protocol support. Of course, we are working with our DXOP customers on the impact the GUI will have on how they set up the product as well as how the progress of file transfers is reported – we are always interested in the reactions from customers who are an important influence on the future direction of all of our products.