Here are the most important terms and acronyms describing the Gravic and HPE Shadowbase software release process:
IP – Independent Product. A software product delivered separately via DVD, as opposed to being bundled on the SUT. SUT and IP are the two means by which all HPE NonStop software is initially delivered. HPE Shadowbase is distributed by HPE as an IP. Typically, customers must order and receive a DVD for HPE Shadowbase before they are able to download more recent versions (SPRs) from SCOUT.
SCOUT – HPE online tool for customers to download SPRs. Note that the customer must already possess a valid product license in order to download any SPR from SCOUT.
SPR – A software product update, either a TCD or a TCF.
SUT – The media by which the HPE NonStop O/S and a number of other products (both standard and licensed) are delivered all together in a bundle. An SUT is custom-built for each customer, based on the software it has licensed. SUT and IP are the two means by which all HPE NonStop software is initially delivered to the customer.
TCD – A software update delivered via an SPR downloadable from an FTP dropbox. A TCD is an early version, intended for customer testing only (not production usage). A TCD by definition is restricted to certain customers. Note that a “Gravic TCD” is delivered directly from Gravic, not via HPE, but otherwise has the same attributes.
TCF – A software update delivered via an SPR downloadable from SCOUT. A TCF is fully QA’d and ready for production use. A TCF may be generally available or restricted to certain customers. Note that a “Gravic TCF” is delivered directly from Gravic, not via SCOUT, but otherwise has the same attributes.