Now that the IBM® MQ V8.0 release is available on HPE NonStop X, we expect many additional HPE NonStop customers to migrate to that platform. HPE Shadowbase is fully certified on both NonStop X and Virtualized NonStop. Please contact us for more information on migrating with Shadowbase. For more information on the IBM announcement, please see IBM's software announcement.
Gravic recently published a new case study, HPE Shadowbase Software Enables Operational Analytics for Commodity Big Data. HPE Shadowbase software plays a key role in a quality control system for a major U.S. commodity market by integrating applications to extract meaningful data from a mass of test and product quality data, or big data. The system grades and classifies samples from large batches of the commodity as it arrives from the field, to provide real-time analyses on various performance parameters, including moisture content, tensile strength, color, and quality. This information is also used to price the commodity in the spot markets. Extraction is efficient thanks to a series of Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) utilities. The solution has dramatically improved the reporting of the quality metrics for the crop, immediately alarming the users when key parameters are not met, or if the testing equipment goes out of band. It provides for near real-time tactical reporting of crop metrics to the growers (for production analysis), manufacturers (for manufacturing analysis), and markets (for accurate pricing), and provides historical analysis for strategic purposes.
Gravic publishes 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.
We recently attended the N2TUG show in Dallas at the Gaylord Texas Resort, and thank the N2TUG board for hosting such a terrific event! Special thanks to Bill Honaker and Diane Funkhouser for a job well done! As far as regional events go, this is one of the best in the Americas. Paul Holenstein, EVP, attended and presented on our new product, HPE Shadowbase Zero Data Loss (ZDL). HPE Shadowbase ZDL provides zero data loss in a system or datacenter, preserves your mission-critical data to mitigate disaster's effects, and is now released from Gravic in Controlled Availability (CA) mode and from HPE for testing purposes only. (The first customer ship is expected soon.) We are excited and proud to bring this new product to market, which requires the implementation of many novel (patented) techniques. Congratulations to Brandon Kay of US Bank/Elan Financial Services for winning our gift card prize!
Shadowbase recently attended the NYTUG show in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, and want to thank John Vollers from Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Mandi Nulph of NuWave Technologies for organizing the event. We particularly enjoyed Bill Highleyman’s presentation on the “never agains.” He discussed how “fat fingers” can cause major system outages. Paul Holenstein, EVP, presented on HPE Shadowbase Zero Data Loss (ZDL). Shadowbase ZDL’s innovative replication feature enables no data loss due to a catastrophic system failure. Shadowbase ZDL is currently available from Gravic in Controlled Availability (CA) mode and from HPE for testing purposes only. Congratulations to Donna Webb of Value Line for winning our Google Home prize!
We recently presented on our new product, HPE Shadowbase Zero Data Loss (ZDL) at eBITUG, held in Tower Hill, London. We are excited and proud to bring this new product to market, which requires the implementation of many novel (patented) techniques. We want to thank the local HPE team for meeting with Xypro, Idelji, and Gravic at the Partner Technical Update prior to eBITUG; the CSP Team for the unforgettable evening at Aqua Shard; and Collin Yates from TCM and the eBITUG committee for organizing a successful show. Congratulations to Wolfgang Breidbach of BV Zahlungssysteme GmbH, who won our gift card prize at eBITUG!
At the MRTUG and OTUG Meetings, held in Chicago and Columbus respectively, attendees enjoyed our presentation, HPE Shadowbase Synchronous Replication Feature Rollout, announcing HPE Shadowbase Zero Data Loss (ZDL). We are excited and proud to bring this new product to market, which requires the implementation of many novel (patented) techniques. We discussed major new HPE Shadowbase features, including the pros and cons of asynchronous versus synchronous replication, feature rollout sequence, architectural flow, and what to consider when using synchronous replication. Please contact us, if you are a customer who could benefit from this technology. Congratulations to Sean Parmley of Kleinschmidt and Jenn Perry of JPMorgan Chase who won our Google Home prizes!
HPE account, sales, and field teams enjoyed and benefited from our Shadowbase Sales Enablement Training as well as product suite update presentations at Partner Technical Updates (PTUs) held in Santiago, Chile; Bogota, Colombia; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. We described how Shadowbase works in various solution categories: business continuity (active/passive through active/active), data integration and synchronization, application integration, and various utility ancillary products, all demonstrated by several use cases. We thank all of the HPE teams for their wonderful hospitality that they shared with us during the trip.
Last week, HPE published a new case study, Cartu Bank ensures continuous availability of payment services for Georgian businesses. Cartu Bank understands the need for continuous availability with more than 60% of all e-commerce transactions in the Eastern European country of Georgia going through its payment switch. Read how HPE NonStop servers with HPE Shadowbase software run mission-critical BASE24 payment engines to keep the Georgian economy running 24x7. Giorgi Ioramashvili, head of Cartu Bank’s IT department, remarks, “It was important to our solution to have replication software like Shadowbase integrated with the NonStop servers. We looked at Oracle GoldenGate, which also could replicate BASE24, but because Shadowbase operates natively within the NonStop operating environment, it was more stable and easier to work with. Plus, Shadowbase was 40% to 50% less expensive than Oracle GoldenGate.”
Gravic recently published a technical article, Improving Reliability via Redundant Processing. One of the three pillars of mission-critical systems is data reliability – a significant concern in data centers worldwide. Data reliability can be ensured via a special configuration that compares the operation of one sub-system to another sub-system running the same applications. Verification may be accomplished by comparing results generated by the two sub-systems at specific synchronization points. If the results agree, the sub-systems are operating properly, if not, corrective action can be taken. This article suggests that the comparison of transaction-processing output via a Transaction Indicia Matching (TIM) module is a significant improvement over the use of a Logical Synchronization Unit (LSU), which represent a single point of failure in a system. A version of a TIM can be implemented with HPE Shadowbase synchronous data replication.
HPE Shadowbase is always ready to take advantage of any new HPE features, such as the just-announced HPE Virtualized NonStop product. This is a very exciting new direction for the HPE NonStop server; it is now a totally software-based solution, which can be deployed on any x86 platform that meets the guidelines of the HPE Virtualized NonStop hardware reference architecture. We were given early access to an HPE Virtualized NonStop environment for testing purposes, and there were no issues. We can happily announce that HPE Shadowbase is HPE Virtualized NonStop ready!
At the SunTUG Sunshine Summit in Tampa, attendees enjoyed our presentation, HPE Shadowbase Synchronous Replication Feature Rollout, announcing HPE Shadowbase Zero Data Loss (ZDL). Data loss as a result of an unplanned outage is a thing of the past with this new release. We discussed major new HPE Shadowbase features, including:
Gravic recently published a new case study, A Large Financial Institution Migrates Datacenters with No Downtime Using HPE Shadowbase ZDM. A major financial company offers person-to-person money transfers, money orders, and business payments. The company implemented an active/active system with two NonStop systems located 1,000 miles apart, and the databases were synchronized with a legacy bi-directional data replication solution. When the company decided to move its systems to other cities, upgrading them in the process, it could not tolerate an application outage during the move, so it relied on HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) software to avoid application downtime and provide full business continuity protection while the move took place. Its customers were able to make money transfers and use all applications as the servers and services were relocated. The company also relied on HPE Shadowbase ZDM to replace its legacy data replication software product and position itself for continuous availability into the future.
The February issue of the NonStop Insider published the article, Gravic turns up the temperature on synchronous replication. "Let’s talk about something that is hot, really hot! Sizzling hot! From the time Gravic first began talking about Sizzling-Hot-Takeover (SZT) Replication Systems it caught our attention. In presentations given by Gravic it is hard to miss the presence of SZT, occupying a place between Active/Passive and Active/Active replication, and for good reason. Now you can configure your Disaster/Recovery (DR) environment to have some of the benefits of what Active/Active configurations provide without embracing a full-blown Active/Active configuration. Turns out, running applications on the passive system is no longer out of the question."
Part 1 covers MTTF — Mean Time To Failure while Part 2 focuses on Mitigating Redundant Failures via System Staggering. The reliability of a redundant system is optimized by minimizing the probability that both systems will fail simultaneously. If they both have the same failure probability distribution, then when one system is most likely to fail, so is the other system. Previous methods for calculating estimated availability from any point in time are flawed because they are based on memoryless random variables. The calculation of the average time to the next failure is always the same, regardless of how long a system has been in service. By staggering the system starting times so that their probability distributions are not aligned, the time that the two systems are most likely to fail are different. When one system is most likely to fail, the probability that the other system will fail is significantly reduced. Therefore, the probability of a dual system failure is reduced. Redundant system reliability can be greatly enhanced by staggering the starting times of the two systems. This strategy applies both to hardware failures and to software failures.
Gravic personnel enjoyed the 2016 Connect HPE NonStop TBC in San Jose, CA, and thank Connect and the HPE staff for hosting such a terrific gathering. At the Gravic Partner Technical Update, held prior to the TBC, we met with the HPE field teams, and hope to replicate that experience at 2017 events held around the world. We delivered several presentations, two with Mark Pollans of HPE, one on our synchronous replication feature rollout, one on a case study, and one on new availability topics with Dr. Highleyman of the Availability Digest. All are listed below:
Gravic, an HPE Silver Partner, was recently verified by HPE as tested on these two types of servers; HPE generated two posters for this announcement. Please visit this list of our supported databases and platforms for more information, or visit HPE Shadowbase advanced replication products to learn more.
Gravic presented at the CTUG Fall Conference Fall Conference and the NENUG Fall Meeting, both held at HPE Headquarters, in Mississauga, Ontario and Andover, MA respectively. We congratulate each organization for creating a powerful forum for customers, partners, and HPE executives to share success stories and best practices, learn about each other’s latest offerings and future technology, and network with one another. It takes a special effort to do all of the planning and preparation for these meetings, and we heartily thank these organizations and the attendees that support them for creating such a valuable experience. At both shows, we presented on Improving Uptime and Eliminating Risk for Disruptive Migrations with HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) Technology. If you are interested in discussing our presentation’s content or would like us to present this or other HPE Shadowbase topics to your staff, please contact us. Congratulations to Emile Roach of Scotiabank and Jere Douglas of CGI for winning our Sennheiser headphones gifts!
Gravic presented on HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) Technology at the well-attended ATUG (Atlanta Tandem User Group) Meeting at the Home Depot Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Special thanks to Marty Edelman and his staff for hosting the meeting, to Dale Van Stratten of XYPRO for his effort in organizing it, to HPE corporate for sending the NonStop A-team to support the rebirth of ATUG, and to the many customers that attended from the local NonStop user community. ATUG was originally established in the 1980’s and is now reformed with new purpose and comprised of members from HPE, partners, users and international vendors. Congratulations to Rob Chandley of VISA for winning our Sennheiser headphones gift!
Gravic presented at the first-ever Greater New York/New Jersey Area HPE & Partner NonStop Information Day, held for partners and users at the HPE Offices in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Our presentation on Shadowbase ZDM demonstrated how customers are leveraging HPE Shadowbase solutions to perform zero downtime migrations, and to safely eliminate planned downtime with no loss of business services for otherwise risky and disruptive application, database, and operating system upgrades. Several use case scenarios were reviewed for both homogeneous and heterogeneous migrations. If you are interested in discussing this presentation’s content or would like us to present this or other HPE Shadowbase topics to your staff, please contact us.
The conference was held at the beautiful Ranas Slott Castle outside of Stockholm, Sweden. The VNUG show is a very special event that fully engages the customers with great content and HPE and vendor support, while providing a refreshing atmosphere for networking. Each time we attend the conference, we are thankful for the hospitality that we receive from the VNUG board, customers, users, and HPE attendees. Paul J. Holenstein, Gravic EVP, presented on Improving Uptime and Eliminating Risk for Disruptive Migrations with HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) Technology. Congratulations to Thomas Monell of Evry Card for winning our GoPro Hero camera!
Gravic recently published a new white paper, Hardware vs Software Data Replication for Business Continuity. Data replication is an enabling technology for achieving high or continuous availability for application services and the timely backup of important data. There are two primary data replication technologies, hardware replication and software replication. In this paper, these two technologies are compared, concluding that a business continuity architecture built on software-based transactional data replication is the only viable solution to meet the highest levels of service availability and protection against data loss for mission-critical applications.