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While HP removes boundaries for NonStop, Prognosis opens the gate

Delegates have returned from the major NonStop community event in Germany and for many, absorbing all that was addressed by HP NonStop executives and...

HPE NonStop Blog

Visualization is becoming even more important - NonStop going virtual and Prognosis will keep it real

One of the major characteristics of Prognosis is its ability to project an image of all that is transpiring on your NonStop system. Throughout the years, NonStop users have relied upon what is being depicted to tell them if there are resource issues looming and whether applications are failing or otherwise experiencing difficulties. However, what constituted a NonStop system up until now was easily describable. You could simply point to a...

HPE NonStop Blog

Unearthing Important Gems for NonStop Users

Riding the interstate system back to Boulder, Colorado, after attending events on the east coast may be the last time this season that I get time to enjoy the coming of fall from many different perspectives as I pass through maples that will shortly turn red and then beech and aspens that shortly will be blindingly gold. It was just a matter of hours ago that I was strolling the sandy beaches of Cape Hatteras on North Carolina's outer banks. To...

HPE NonStop Blog

There's still the need for skilled personnel - Prognosis augments NonStop operations

These past few weeks I have been embroiled in numerous conversations about the direction being taken by automation. Whether it's a factory production line, a farm or even related to planes and cars, automation seems to be at the fore of most predictions about the likely future for us all. No longer tied to doing anything by rote, in theory we should be capable of free thinking and coming up with new ideas as leading vendors, including HPE, view...

HPE NonStop Blog

The future of servers keeps changing but Prognosis let's NonStop users see more clearly

Baseball legend Yogi Berra was always capable of reeling off quotes that stunned his audiences. Perhaps no more so than when he made references to the future proclaiming as he did on one occasion of how, "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." He also was quick to point out that, "the future ain't what it used to be." As someone who likes to imagine where technology will take us I can well do to listen to Yogi Berra as the...

HPE NonStop Blog

NonStop? Enterprise Transformations? Increased complexity - all needing Prognosis!

Over the past few weeks I have been involved in delivering a number of webinars and, hopefully, in the New Year, there will be further sessions developed. What I like about webinars is their intimacy with the audience – in this case, the well-informed NonStop community – and the questions that arise are always a good indicator of where lies the true interest of NonStop users. However, unlike in previous years, even in the short time between...

HPE NonStop Blog

NonStop: Engineered for the Highest Availability

I have been writing numerous posts and commentaries about the vision, strategy and goals of HPE, particularly when it comes to its Mission Critical Server, the NonStop X. It's hard not to see statements of one type or another originating with HPE splashed across media channels. I am not a big twitter's user, but even I have been impressed by just how many tweets there have been of late concerning high level messages in support of HPE's vision.

HPE NonStop Blog

NonStop X and Hybrids - diversity warrants better monitoring

I am in full-on preparation for an upcoming webinar I will be delivering jointly, with IR's Jack van Meel. The presentation has been titled, House of Cards: NonStop X & Hybrid Computing and while it's something I am looking forward to, the topic has aroused interest over just how different the NonStop X is proving to be. This is not to say it's a case of bad news but rather, there is now much to be excited about in this latest implementation of...

HPE NonStop Blog

NonStop X - a lot to take in and monitor, of course

There's always something exciting in the air when IR throws its semi-annual sales update event. Exciting, because the energy of the participants is palpable and the business results are always upbeat – IR continues to fire on all cylinders. Walking into the meetings I was unprepared for just how successful a first half-year had turned out to be, and I was regaled by stories of success pretty much everywhere I turned. For me, the best news of all...

HPE NonStop Blog

More payments processing, more network switches, more NonStop and yes, more Prognosis.

If the need is for IR to ensure that customers and prospects alike know where Prognosis is headed, even as it's recognized company wide that all involved within IR need to know as well, then it's a given that on balance, where these customers and prospects are headed is equally as important. There's never any shortage of requirements when it comes to application monitoring and historically the HP NonStop community has always been highly vocal...

HPE NonStop Blog

More NonStop transactions? More for Prognosis to monitor!

If generating buzz about a company or a product is a good thing then creating even bigger buzz has to be a very good thing, and a bigger buzz was obvious to all who participated in this year's IR sales kick-off. Participants not only included all those involved in sales in the Americas but those from Europe as well. In the years that have followed my first participation at a similar event in 2009, I have seen the rooms required to house the...

HPE NonStop Blog

Monitoring and protecting NonStop - too extreme for us?

This past month has proved to be particularly newsworthy, and for many reasons: HP made another acquisition that many consider significant for its cloud computing endeavors, even as Apple shook up the payments processing industry. China's computing industry made itself heard with the largest ever Wall Street IPO – a boon too for others, including Yahoo – and yes, shareholder activists are pushing for change with suggestions being made for Yahoo...

HPE NonStop Blog

It's event time - NonStop meets in Munich

There's always something in the air as events season kicks off in earnest. Even as I write this post I know of many have made plans to head to Munich, Germany, for the Connect GTUG - IT Symposium and the turn-out looks to be on track to be better than in previous years.

HPE NonStop Blog

It's about growth and new opportunities for NonStop X

On March 31, 2015, HP NonStop took the wraps of the first model of the new NonStop X family of products – the NonStop X NS7 X1. On that day, I posted Here comes NonStop X and here's to another decade or two, or four, of NonStop excitement! to the NonStop community blog, Real Time View, that can be viewed here on the IR blog site.

HPE NonStop Blog

HPE is delivering on its promise for NonStop - it's now free of Infrastructure

For the past couple of months I have been very much focused on HPE messages looking at HPE's vision, strategy and goals as they pertain to Mission Critical Systems. This is the organization where NonStop systems reside and as we all come to better appreciate where HPE is headed it's clear HPE is very much committed to NonStop. Not just as a complete system, but as software and perhaps further out as services.

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How ready are NonStop users for hybrid infrastructure?

In my last post, Servers: Big Data, Clouds and Hybrids are changing landscape but Prognosis sees all, I referenced my imminent departure for Las Vegas where HPE Discover 2016 was being held. Now that I have returned from HPE Discover 2016, I can honestly reiterate that indeed, we are watching a sea-change under way at HPE. Furthermore, it was impossible to miss the focus given to the key messages of Big Data and Data Analytics, Clouds (together...

HPE NonStop Blog

Here comes NonStop X and here's to another decade or two, or four, of NonStop excitement!

It's been a little over a year since the NonStop community heard the news that HP was adding support for the Intel x86 architecture and now the day has come. It's here with the first model, the HP NonStop X NS7 X1 just announced!

HPE NonStop Blog

Half Time Approaches: What will 2016 bring for NonStop & HPE?

At this time of year for most folks living in the U.S. it's not only a time for celebrating the holidays but also watching as your college football team heads to the playoffs. Newly instigated only a year or so ago, after more than a century debating which team is actually the best team on the grid iron, playing a grand final has lessened in relevance. The winner of the big game is clearly that team walking off the field for the last time that...

HPE NonStop Blog

Get Greater Insight into NonStop Operations

There can be little argument against business enterprises growing concerns with security. Not just security from the perspective of protecting valuable IT resources from physical harm but the more insidious stealth attacks on company and personal information.

HPE NonStop Blog

Freedom of choice focuses NonStop users on visualization (is that a NonStop behind the screen?)

When you look at the IT Industry there's a single question many of the major vendors are ducking, for now. Well, perhaps not entirely true, but certainly the subject of some deep soul-searching and it has to do with branding! More specifically, we identify with our major vendor whenever we see the presence of one of their systems inside our data center.

HPE NonStop Blog

For NonStop users the projected upward path of Prognosis heralds good news

Fixing a trajectory has relevance in many fields. Whether it's simply casting a tow line from a tugboat to an oil tanker or simply a shore-man dockside catching the ropes from a docking cruise ship, comprehending trajectories are important as they save time and lead to smoother operations. In times of warfare, of course, they take on a much higher level of relevance as they can determine the outcome of a battle as artillery pieces are trained on...

HPE NonStop Blog

Delivering Value for NonStop X Users

IR has been providing value to the NonStop community for more than 25 years. Many people view IR's system and application performance management solution, Prognosis, as the solution of choice for NonStop environments. While we're proud of what we've accomplished, we haven't stopped working diligently to expand the value we bring to NonStop users.

HPE NonStop Blog

Can you Visualize NonStop in a Virtual World?

In my last post, When windows open, only the swift make it through, I wrote of how I would be developing a new presentation for an upcoming webinar IR was hosting: NonStopX- The New Goal. It was to be the third webinar (in a series of three) and I was pleased with the audience, as I was with the quality of questions asked. It's always good for those giving a webinar to know their audience is fully engaged.

HPE NonStop Blog

Big Data changes trajectory of application monitoring - Monitoring NonStop boosted by analytics

These past couples of days I have been inundated by webinars and podcasts and while I regularly take perhaps a little more than a cursory look at what's being scheduled, in the past I have been rather selective. But not recently, as the topics being covered were of real interest to me. In my last post I wrote of Gartner promoting the concept of the third platform – in effect systems sitting squarely in the crosshairs intersecting mobile...

HPE NonStop Blog

A return of trust - HPE transforms; NonStop is part of the strategy

If you have been reviewing the statements from recent Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) presentations made at major vendor events, and have been giving consideration to the ramifications, you will get the sense that HPE is on a tear of late. By this, I mean it is not just talking about transformation from the user perspective, but from its own perspective as well. This hasn't been missed by industry analysts or technology pundits and there have...

HPE NonStop Blog

2015- A Year to Be Proactive for HP NonStop

As we start the New Year, there are goals and resolutions that we all hope to achieve. When we asked what is heading the top of their lists, many of our HP NonStop customers talked about HP's release of the first Nonstop systems based on x86 server hardware and the opportunities it might present for them.

HPE NonStop Blog

When windows open, only the swift make it through.

Another six months has passed by and another IR sales kick-off event has taken place. I have posted several times about how much I enjoy being a part of these occasions and this year proved to be no exception. Whether it's simply the opportunity to escape the routine or to be back down in the Denver Tech Center - where there's an ample variety of restaurants to sample – socializing with those from IR directly responsible for the front line...

Payments Blog

Potholes and repairs; it's not just highways that suffer but networks as well

I have spent time on the east coast and as in the past, there was something new to observe daily. The conditions of America's highways are atrocious and will be theme of posts published elsewhere shortly. Not only has it become indistinguishable as to whether roads are under repair or simply abandoned, but drivers have become numb to the inconvenience they experience. With so many people asking me why we drive the SUVs and trucks the answer is...

Payments Blog

Mobility and the Idea Economy

My latest white paper is now available on the IR web site. It's called Smarter devices; smarter applications; smarter monitoring. The focus of this white paper is the impact mobility is having on many aspects of commerce and how the consumer is in the driver's seat. When it comes to how the infrastructure from the networks, to the servers, to the databases it is being impacted by mobility so much so that it has reversed the way IT perceives...

Payments Blog

Kick-off draws a bigger field; shifting gears at an opportune time!

Readers of my blogs know all too well that there's not much I enjoy doing more than driving cars on race tracks. On more than one occasion I have worked something about cars into the story line of my business blogs, as I believe visualizing something dynamic goes a long way to reinforce simple messages.

Payments Blog

HP Technical Boot Camp 2015 Review

Since the days of my youth I have been drawn to computers, cars and cycles. Motor cycles, of course, but in general, anything that included an element of speed. Performance too, and yes, to a small degree, risk! As I watch my own career develop over the years I don't think there are many windmills left I haven't tilted. Perhaps jousting at imaginary enemies is a stretch, but my penchant for supporting the underdog is undeniable.

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Vegas High Roller offers city views; Prognosis offers real views!

For those who registered for the 2015 HP Discover event in Las Vegas the folks at Connect, the HP User Group, entered your name into a draw for free tickets on the latest attraction to hit Vegas – the High Roller that is a part of the new open area devoted to restaurants and bars.

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Servers: Big Data, Clouds and Hybrids are changing landscape but Prognosis sees all

Recent articles and commentaries have been focusing on where servers are headed. The question resonating with each story is whether or not servers as we know them are losing popularity. Traditional servers, anchoring many applications and highly visible on the floors of data centers, have been central to the daily operations of enterprises around the world. However, increasingly their reputations are being tarnished and their agility denigrated.

Payments Blog

Ideas being turned into reality ... rapidly!

At a recent informal lunch with IR executives in the Denver Tech Center, there was an air of expectation as always when the week just happened to be the last week of not just the month, but the quarter. A very important milestone for any company, particularly a public company such as IR, which is constantly being measured in the court of financial opinion. While it is not my place to comment on anything financial, and like everyone else I have...

Payments Blog

Hybrid systems open the door to greater choice

HPE is placing heavy emphasis on hybrid infrastructures, digital enterprises and the ideas economy. Messages have been reverberating around the world focused on just how "IT strategy and business strategy are no longer separate; they have become inseparable ... every business is a technology business today."We all have heard how, "Every company … is having to take their legacy IT systems and transform themselves so that IT can be a competitive...

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Fault tolerant computers for a lot less money.

Over lunch this past week I was asked by a potential client about just who were the biggest users of NonStop systems these days. The demographics have clearly evolved with the move away from NonStop by some of the largest stock exchanges and with recent M&A activity in the Telco space, the picture isn't quite as clear as it once was. However, very large users of NonStop remain, but they are scattered around the globe, and actually naming names...

Payments Blog

EMV: Baby Steps - But Down the Right Path

The clock continues to count down and October 1st isn't that far away. Across America, retailers are holding their breath even as card issuers are stepping up their card distribution programs. EMV deployment is but a matter of weeks away from becoming a reality. But how pervasive will deployment be and how big a change will it be for the retail and finance industries? And every bit as important, what will the impact be on application monitoring...

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