Gravic recently published the article, The Better Backup Method. This article focuses on The Better Backup Method for improving database recovery times after catastrophic failure for companies that use the “tried-and-true” backup and restore approach for data recovery. This method focuses on reducing the amount of data that needs to be backed up, stored, and subsequently retrieved for restoring transactional mission-critical databases to a current, consistent, and complete state in order to continue processing. The method focuses on the so-called online backup problem (where the database is open for processing while the backup occurs), and uses several techniques to reduce the amount of data that must be stored while the backup is taken as well as for the subsequent changes to the data after the backup completes. Since there is a growing need for an economic and efficient way to back up very large-scale databases, many companies are returning to physical tape to fill this need. The Better Backup Method significantly and efficiently uses backup media and backup/restore processing to improve current techniques.
Gravic’s HPE Shadowbase data replication product won the Gold Stevie Award in the category for Best New Product or Service of the Year – Software – Healthcare Technology Solution at the 16th Annual American Business Awards (ABA). The ABAs are the United States’ premier business awards program, and all organizations with U.S. operations are eligible to submit nominations. This year, more than 3,700 submitted nominations in virtually every industry were under consideration in a wide range of categories. Over 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select the winners. Details regarding the ABAs and the list of winners are available at https://stevieawards.com/aba. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word, “crowned,” the awards will be presented to the winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 11.
The award-winning submission involves HPE Shadowbase data replication software that provides real-time replication from an HPE NonStop-based prescription claims processing system to feed a new environment for fraud decision support. As a result of the project, HPE Shadowbase software enables each agency to perform independent maintenance, analytics, and other necessary healthcare solution functions on individual schedules. This architecture improves the solution’s availability to eliminate failover fault risk and dramatically improve recovery time if a failure occurs at any point. The updated solution now assures the agency’s important healthcare data is fault tolerant, encrypted, reduces overall reimbursement cost, and enables law enforcement to monitor and investigate fraudulent claims activity. For more information regarding this submission, please read Prescription Drug Fraud Prevention – An HPE Shadowbase Data Integration Case Study.
As part of a group of regional partner meetings, Paul Holenstein, Gravic EVP, traveled to Singapore to visit Loreen Teo of Legato Solutions & Services. Paul and Loreen enjoyed crabs over dinner and discussed the Shadowbase presence in the region. Paul also met with HPE NonStop sales and technical teams in Singapore, as well as Bangkok and Jakarta, to discuss HPE Shadowbase customer use cases, product updates, market opportunities, regional sales, and other relevant topics. Paul also found time to enjoy several Southeast Asian attractions.
Gravic recently published the article, Scale-up is Dead, Long Live Scale-out! Keeping up with user demand is a significant challenge for IT departments. The traditional scale-up approach suffers from significant limitations and cost issues that prevent it from satisfying the ever-increasing workloads of a 24x7 online society. The use of massively parallel processing and scale-out architectures is the solution, since they can readily and non-disruptively apply additional compute resources to meet any demand, at a much lower cost, and with improved service availability. The use of a data replication engine, such as HPE Shadowbase, to share and maintain consistent data between multiple systems enables scale-out application and workload distributions across multiple compute nodes, which provides the necessary scalability and availability to meet the highest levels of user demand now and into the future.
The HPE Sales and Presales teams enjoyed our presentation, HPE Shadowbase Use Case Solutions & Product Update, at the HPE APAC MC Boot Camp in Macau. The teams also learned more about the best practices for selling Shadowbase solutions, which are available in the HPE price book. Later, these teams were joined by over 1,200 technical support (TSS) employees from the greater region, who began a week of technical training on product and industry updates. We look forward to participating in the APAC Partner Technical Update in May.
At the SunTUG Sunshine Summit in Tampa, attendees enjoyed our presentation, HPE Shadowbase Use Case Solutions & Product Update, which reviewed new and future HPE Shadowbase product features, including support for DB2 as a source; Enscribe to SQL replication enhancements; further improvements that simplify migrating from RDF or OGG to HPE Shadowbase; and additional BASE24 feature support. We also described how HPE Shadowbase works in several use cases for these solution categories:
Gravic published a new Use Case section on its Publication website pages featuring the most popular enterprise HPE Shadowbase use cases in the following categories: business continuity, data integration, application integration, zero downtime migration, zero data loss, big data, and asymmetric capacity expansion. HPE Shadowbase use cases solve data replication and integration problems for various financial, industrial, healthcare, and telecommunication enterprises, for a variety of environments, including HPE NonStop, Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms, running Enscribe, NonStop SQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, MySQL, DB2, and other databases. HPE Shadowbase is sold and supported by HPE. Please contact us for additional information.
Gravic recently published the article, Protecting Your Vital Applications written for The Connection (January/February issue) by Mark Pollans, HPE Sr. Worldwide Product Manager. This article is based on the excellent and informative presentation that Mr. Pollans gave at the 2017 Connect Technical Boot Camp on how to design and build advanced business continuity (BC) architectures, a rather important topic to Gravic. It is not a question of IF a disaster will occur; it is a matter of WHEN. A thoroughly planned and tested BC strategy helps assure companies that their applications can survive a disaster. BC is about minimizing or completely mitigating the impact of a catastrophe on business applications. A business impact analysis and overall BC strategies should be reviewed at least every two years to confirm that applications meet mission-critical or business-critical requirements. What was not mission-critical yesterday could be mission-critical today. This article also discusses the Critical Application Continuum, recovery time/point objectives (RTO/RPO), costs and durations of outages, and three fundamental data replication architectures: active/passive (classic disaster recovery), active/almost active (sizzling-hot-takeover), and active/active (continuous availability). HPE Shadowbase solutions are instrumental in assisting customers in deploying and leveraging these advanced BC architectures.
Gravic recently published the white paper, Switching Replication Engines with Zero Downtime and Less Risk. Switching replication engines with zero downtime is a topic with immense complexity. In this paper, we discuss how a data replication engine can be changed or upgraded without taking either the application or the database offline. There are numerous methods to thwart common problems faced during a migration: Version Independence (which avoids interoperating different software versions); the challenges when utilizing two nodes; utilizing three nodes (for partial hardware migrations); utilizing four nodes (for a full hardware refresh); and bi-directional environment (that keeps all nodes synchronized as the migration takes place). Additionally, the so-called jagged edge problem must be resolved, which occurs when performing any replication engine migration. HPE Shadowbase software offers several methods to solve these problems, including HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migration, which can upgrade applications, database schema formats, file and table locations or indices, operating systems, and can refresh hardware. Properly undertaken, a data replication engine migration imposes no downtime on applications or users, and the databases all remain accessible, consistent, complete, and up-to-date during the process.
Gravic recently published a technical article, Swapping Replication Engines with Zero Downtime. Sometimes it is necessary to change or update a data replication engine. A zero downtime migration will impose no downtime on either applications or users. The migration can take place during normal working hours and occur over an extended time, while the backup database is always available and fully synchronized with the production database. Therefore, application availability is ensured during the migration process. This migration technique is similar to HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) that customers have been using for decades to upgrade their applications, database schema formats, file and table locations (or indices), operating systems, or perform a hardware refresh. In this article, we describe how a data replication engine can be changed without taking down either applications or the backup database.
Gravic personnel greatly enjoyed the 2017 Connect HPE NonStop TBC held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel. We shared ideas regarding how the HPE Shadowbase product suite can provide solutions to users' most pressing business issues for business continuity, data integration and synchronization, and application integration purposes. We thank Connect and the HPE staff for hosting a terrific gathering. We delivered several presentations, one with Mark Pollans of HPE, one on synchronous bi-directional replication and DB2 source, one on a data integration case study, and one on mission-critical systems with Dr. Highleyman:
We recently attended and presented on HPE Shadowbase synchronous replication at CTUG (Toronto) and MATUG (Baltimore). We reminded the audience that since HPE NonStop RDF is now approaching mature status, HPE Shadowbase is HPE's go-forward data replication solution. We are grateful to the team that managed the CTUG show, and John Vollers and Peter Schvarcz for helping us plan and manage the MATUG show. Additionally, we thank all of the show participants including customers, vendors, consultants, and HPE executives and technical staff for supporting these wonderful events. Congratulations to Vladislav Sokol from Ministry of Health and Vimal Brahmbhatt from JP Morgan Chase for winning our Google Home prizes at CTUG and MATUG respectively.
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. Contact your local HPE account team or SBsales@gravic.com for more information.
We attended the ATUG meeting in Atlanta at the Home Depot headquarters, and thank Dale Van Stratten for coordinating the event and Home Depot for allowing us to use its facility. Paul Holenstein presented on our new product, Shadowbase Zero Data Loss (ZDL). Shadowbase ZDL delivers zero data loss and preserves your mission-critical data to eliminate the effects from disasters. Synchronous data replication products do not lose data when a failure occurs. You may want to consider replacing your asynchronous data replication, or else you could corrupt your information during a fail over. Paul also mentioned that since HPE NonStop RDF is now approaching mature status, HPE Shadowbase is HPE's go-forward data replication solution. We are excited and proud to bring Shadowbase ZDL to market, which includes the implementation of many novel and patented techniques. Please contact your HPE account team or contact us if you could benefit from this technology, or are interested in learning more about how Shadowbase replication can replace your RDF implementation. Congratulations to Richard Bernard of Comcast, who won our Google Home prize!
Gravic recently published Prescription Drug Fraud Prevention – An HPE Shadowbase Data Integration Case Study. Prescription drug claims fraud is big business, costing billions of dollars. To help a country’s government healthcare agency stem the losses, a centralized claims fraud adjudication and prevention decision support system was implemented. The agency chose HPE Shadowbase data replication software to provide real-time replication from an HPE NonStop claims processing system to feed the new decision support environment. Shadowbase SOLV enabled the new system to load with no application downtime. This case study provides an excellent example of how new services can be rapidly implemented by using HPE Shadowbase Data and Application Integration facilities.
Gravic recently published a white paper, Shadowbase Synchronous Replication — Product Overview. Shadowbase synchronous replication (Shadowbase Zero Data Loss, or Shadowbase ZDL) resolves two key issues of asynchronous replication: data loss on source system failure and data collisions when running an active/active environment. By eliminating data loss and effectively setting the Recovery Point Objective, or RPO, to zero, Shadowbase ZDL protects your valuable data from having to be recreated after catastrophic failure. This product removes the risk of loss and uncertainty of the status of your data after a failover/takeover. In a future release, by eliminating data collisions, Shadowbase ZDL also allows active/active solutions for applications previously prohibited from running in a continuous availability architecture. There is no need for application/data partitioning or data collision detection and resolution. Removing this need also allows for optimal load-balancing across systems using a “route request anywhere” architecture, resulting in better system capacity utilization. By removing these restrictions, the minimum possible outage and zero data loss for the widest possible range of applications is now a reality. Shadowbase ZDL provides unique differentiating product capabilities for the HPE NonStop market, and is the only choice for business critical applications where even milliseconds of lost data or downtime is unacceptable.
One of the most significant expenses of downtime is data loss, which can cost a company millions of dollars - plus loss of customer confidence, negative publicity, regulatory violations, and even threats to human health and safety. With Shadowbase Zero Data Loss (ZDL), all of these concerns are avoided. Your data is always safe, saving you from the impacts of data loss. Shadowbase ZDL uses unique and patented synchronous replication technology, ensuring that all database changes made on a source system successfully replicate to a target (backup) system. To learn more, please visit our web page.
Gravic publishes new technical article, Achieving Scalability for Mission-Critical Systems in the Cloud. The third pillar of mission-critical systems is scalability; reliability and availability are the other two, creating the acronym RAS. Applications often require additional capacity during critical times. Scalability is an inherent and important attribute of mission-critical systems, since both the servers and the database must be scalable. Active/active systems can provide scalability to servers as well as to the database. However, adding physical servers and disk systems to achieve greater capacity is typically not feasible, especially for temporary additional capacity needs. Scalability can be achieved via the use of active-active systems and Pathway Domains that span multiple HPE NonStop systems. It can also be achieved by bursting applications to RAIC servers (inexpensive commodity hardware) deployed in one or more clouds, where it can be reused between applications, providing an economic cloud platform for scalability-on-demand. For NonStop users, maximizing the RAS for mission-critical systems can now be accomplished by leveraging the new Virtualized NonStop technology.
We enjoyed meeting with Yuji Saeki, Yoshiro Suyama, and Daisuke Horiuchi of High Availability Systems (HAS), the Shadowbase reseller in Japan. HAS explained its future business strategies and what has changed since its recent structure reorganization. Gravic presented on Shadowbase product updates, a zero data loss case study, IBM DB2 as a source, and virtualized NonStop. During the visit the HAS visitors enjoyed a Phillies game and a dinner of Philly cheese steaks, hot dogs, French fries, and beer.