2011 Fall Newsletter — Executive Vice President’s Letter


Paul J. Holenstein
Executive Vice President

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the Fall 2011 edition of the Gravic Shadowbase Newsletter, our periodic news update from the Shadowbase Products Group (SPG). What a busy time it is to be in the data replication and synchronization space!

The economy has certainly taken its toll slashing projects at many companies, but saving money is always in vogue. We are pleased to report that sales activity remains brisk helping companies to do just that by replacing embedded competitors due to their higher-cost, poorer support, and/or lower functionality limitations.

We are seeing considerable interest these days in the “newer” databases, and SQL/MX seems to have finally come of age with the latest sets of functional enhancements HP is making. We are currently refreshing our SQL/MX support to include Version 3.0 features, both as a source as well as a target, for the NonStop platforms. If you are interested in this technology, be sure to check out our development update and give our Support                                  staff a call for specific feature availability.

I’ve mentioned often that data replication as a technology is rapidly morphing to solve many additional business problems beyond its traditional business continuity/high availability role…and our development teams for Shadowbase have been nose-to-grindstone busy adding features and capabilities far beyond the traditional disaster recovery space. For example, we are working on Shadowbase FixIT! (name subject to change) to undo the unwanted changes an errant program has made to your database (or if you simply want to “roll” the database back to a particular point in time); Shadowbase File Chaser (name subject to change) to chase and inject the records or rows from an application log-style sequence into the replication engine (particularly useful for injecting non-audited events into the replication stream without suffering the overhead of an intercept library); and a host of Shadowbase Open Server functional enhancements to improve the performance, flow, and monitoring of replication streams to and from non-NonStop platforms and databases.

As many of you know, we are strong supporters of the NonStop user group communities, and are excited to tell you about the likely formation of an East Coast “SuperRUG” in the early fall of 2012 for the Washington, DC area to retro back to an ITUG look-and-feel regional show.  We are in the planning/formulation stages now with HP, Connect, and the East Coast RUGs, but the evolving plan is to have a larger regional show encompassing the OTUG, NeNUG, NYMAC, MATUG, and ATUG RUGs, open to all (of course!), prior to the GTUG September 2012 event in Germany. Stay tuned as we should have more information to share in the near future.

And finally, I really must comment on the overwhelming amount of blog activity that is going on in the various NonStop-centric user groups – LinkedIn, Google Groups, Facebook, Twitter, Connect, etc. Some pro-NonStop, some con…some pro-product X or Y, some con…some pro-this-or-that person, some con. Happily, much of this banter is good natured and really quite useful for technical or general business knowledge. Sadly, much is not and is rather self-serving or quite frankly just plain old mean. Reader, please beware!

Although I don’t post very often as I generally feel that these forums should be absent of vendor commentary (for the most part) or I (simply put) personally do not have the time to follow this activity, I want to repeat here what I said in a recent post that I grudgingly felt I had to make. Please, if you read these, do yourself a favor and understand the bias of the person making the statement. Many (most?) of the comments that are posted are, in my humble opinion, thinly veiled attacks on or endorsements of products by what is supposedly a knowledgeable, disinterested, non-compensated, third party. Please understand that there are many behind-the-scenes influences and (potential) benefits the supposedly-neutral author may gain by making certain statements. I highly recommend that if you want to know something, ask the person or party that can accurately answer your question. More specifically, if you read that Shadowbase does or does not do X, please ask us about it! I can assure you that we stake our reputation on delivering honest, complete, and accurate responses. Unfortunately, I am not so sure about others—and keep in mind—the people that do the most blogging, generally either don’t have anything else to do or are working their fingers off trying to make a living at it (one way or another).

For additional information about Gravic’s products and services, including free white papers on how Shadowbase data replication solutions can solve your company’s business continuity, data integration & synchronization, application integration, application modernization, and real-time business intelligence challenges, please visit: ShadowbaseSoftware.com.

We deeply appreciate your support and use of our products. Please let us know what we can do to assist in your efforts to solve your availability and data synchronization/integration business problems. Feel free to contact me at any time to discuss what is on your mind. We look forward to hearing from you.

With warm regards,
Paul J. Holenstein

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