2011 Spring Newsletter — Executive Vice President’s Letter

Paul J Holenstein

Paul J. Holenstein Executive Vice President

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the Spring 2011 edition of the Gravic Shadowbase Newsletter, our periodic news update from the Shadowbase Products Group (SPG). Please visit with the Gravic team at Kiosk 190-K in the NonStop Zone at HP Discover 2011 Las Vegas to learn about High and Continuous Availability Architectures, and while there, enter for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle. Also, participate in an exclusive presentation on “Advances in High and Continuous Availability Architectures for NonStop Systems” – Breakout Session 4500, Thursday, June 9, 8-9 am, Room Titian 2303. Even if you have heard us speak before, we have a lot of new information to present. You will learn how technology is evolving quickly to deliver continuous application availability with zero data loss in the event of a disaster. Always feel free to contact us for more detail in these or any of the other areas where our solutions may be of help to you. It has been a busy year so far, and my hope is to convey the highlights to you.

Key highlights over this period include:

  • Entering into the GE Centricity™ healthcare market, as well as our continued penetration in the ACI BASE24™ market, particularly as we travel and meet with new customers at the various regional trade shows. See Dick’s Sales & Marketing update for our progress in these important application environments.
  • Releasing new versions of Shadowbase software for both the HP NonStop as well as the Open Server markets, incorporating a number of customer “request-for-enhancements” (RFE’s). Shadowbase is truly a multi-faceted product suite, providing a variety of unique solutions to today’s pressing business problems. We strive to satisfy all of our customers’ needs, and implementing useful customer-requested enhancements is a key part of our strategy. See the Shadowbase Development update for more information.
  • Inventing and implementing innovative, useful, solutions is one of our key goals, and we are pleased to report that we have been awarded additional patents for our intellectual property inventions since our last newsletter. See below for more information.

Earlier this year, in response to Oracle’s decision to drop Itanium support for its products, we reaffirmed our commitment to Itanium and the HP product suite with the following press release:

For Immediate Release: Gravic, Inc., makers of the popular Shadowbase line of data integration software and tools, announces continuing support of the Itanium-processor systems produced by Hewlett Packard. Paul J. Holenstein, Gravic Executive Vice President and head of the Shadowbase Products Group, states “Oracle’s announcement that they are planning to end support for Itanium-based systems made by HP will likely strand tens of thousands of customers on older versions of Oracle. We want to assure HP’s customers that our Shadowbase product line will continue to run on HP’s Itanium-based systems. If any customer wants to migrate off an older version of Oracle to another database, a fast and efficient way to perform the migration is using the Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) technology.”

On the intellectual property (IP) front, I am pleased to report that we have had continued success in securing patents for our innovative Shadowbase technology:

  • Gravic, Inc. is pleased to announce that Paul J. Holenstein, Dr. Bruce Holenstein, and Dr. Bill Highleyman were awarded US Patent No. 7,801,851 entitled “Method for Ensuring Referential Integrity in Multi-threaded Replication Engines” on September 21, 2010. During replication of transaction data from a source database to a target database, one or more multiple paths may be needed to support the transaction load. This IP addresses the splitting and recombination/reserialization of the replication traffic across multiple delivery channels to achieve transactional consistency and referential integrity during replay.
  • We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Bruce Holenstein and Paul J. Holenstein were awarded US Patent No. 7,739,237 entitled “Data Input Routing after Failure” on June 15, 2010. During an application session that is being sent to/processed and stored at a source node, if a replication engine is configured for replicating the application’s transactions to a target node, then failure of the source node typically causes the in-flight transactions to be aborted (and resubmitted) to the target node when it takes over. This IP addresses avoiding the abort and resend of the data for the in-flight transactions; rather, after a failure of the source node, the application connects to the target node and continues processing the in-flight transactions where it was when the failure occurred.

Please let us know if any of our solutions are of interest to you as they often can be implemented quite easily, quickly, and efficiently into existing application infrastructures. Busy and overworked staff? No problem, we will typically help with the POC/trial for no charge, and in many cases, either no or only a small additional license fee may be due for rollout help.

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, and real-time business intelligence challenges, please visit here.

We deeply appreciate your support and use of our products. Feel free to contact me at any time to discuss what is on your mind. I hope to see many of you at HP Discover.

With warm regards,
Paul J. Holenstein


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