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2019 Q2

April 29 - May 2, 2019 — Gravic Presents at NYTUG, SCNUG, and LATUG Meetings

At the NYTUG Meeting, Paul  Holenstein and Gary Strickler visited the HPE office in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Gary enjoyed reconnecting with old faces, while Paul enjoyed chatting with our HPE colleagues and customers.  Several of the presentations were particularly appropriate.  For example, Paul Densinger discussed how to effectively modernize data and “open it” by migrating it from Enscribe into a relational SQL target (e.g., SQL/MX), which is a hot topic for HPE Shadowbase software. Our presentation touched upon this topic, showcasing a new HPE Shadowbase customer’s use case. Congratulations to Andy Burdulis from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, who won our Beats earphones gift.

Prior to the SCNUG Meeting, Paden Holenstein arrived in Los Angeles, and took a brief tour of The Getty Center, stopped at an excellent restaurant, Ozzie’s, in Commerce, and explored the nearby area. He attended SCNUG in Orange County, and listened to a variety of topics ranging from HPE NonStop to testing to security. Attendees shared ideas and challenged each other with questions (in good faith) and later enjoyed a cocktail reception at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. Special thanks to Mirko Buzolitch for the ride back to the airport, where planes from LAX flew no more than fifty feet overhead, a startling experience!

Since we were unable to attend the LATUG Meeting in Bogota, Colombia, Alfredo Villarroel, an HPE Mission Critical Business Manager, presented HPE Shadowbase use cases and a brief product update on our behalf. We greatly appreciate Alfredo delivering our presentation, and in Spanish. He has many connections in South America and attends numerous shows. We look forward to seeing him at the HPE NonStop Customer Event in Chile in a few weeks!

Gravic Celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

In 2019, our 40th year of business, we take time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Over the past forty years, we overcame economic cycles, Section 1702 and the inception of GDPR and other regulation changes, and the rise and fall of IT analyst fads as opportunities. Some may ask: how do we measure our success? We measure it in how we strive toward our core purpose of Improving Society Through Innovation. Our Gravic and HPE Shadowbase software protect numerous industry-leading and household-name companies' datacenters from disasters that could place unprotected businesses into bankruptcy. Our core values permeate all of our actions both internally and externally. We strive to be humble, and temper our successes with the belief that we can do even better. We hosted a 40th celebration event at the American Helicopter Museum, and were happy to have our good friends and colleagues, Dr. Werner Alexi, Dr. Bill Highleyman and his spouse Janice, and Bill Knapp join us. Here's to the next forty years!

2019 Q1

March 18, 2019 — Gravic Publishes Article: Using Data Replication to Offload Online Host Processing and Enable New Business Applications

Gravic recently published an article in the Spring issue of Connect Converge: Using Data Replication to Offload Online Host Processing and Enable New Business Applications. The current data in online transaction processing systems is some of the most valuable. If this data is trapped in that system, and not available to enable other real-time business intelligence processes, then its full value is not being exploited, and competitive opportunities are missed. To avoid these missed opportunities, companies need to access their online data in real-time – as the online system is processing transactions – which can significantly impact the throughput and response times of that system. This article discusses such a situation, and the clever way it was resolved using data replication. It only scratches the surface of data replication’s potential, which can:

  • Integrate disparate applications, such as an online production shop floor application with a reporting application
  • Eliminate data silos and enables the creation of new business processes
  • Distribute data wherever it is needed with low overhead while it transforms and cleanses that data
  • Distribute data where it can easily be consumed by other applications (typically without requiring any application changes)
Data replication is not only for providing backups for business continuity, but also for moving data in real-time to leverage its value wherever needed. Think about where you have valuable, yet isolated, data. How would you use data replication to unlock this value for competitive advantage and to build new solutions for your business? To speak with us about your data replication and data integration needs, please contact us.

March 1, 2019 — HPE Shadowbase Team Presents at SunTUG

At this event in Tampa, we enjoyed talking with the local HPE NonStop users, presenting HPE Shadowbase Use Cases, meeting with HPE personnel, and learning what updates the other vendors are talking about. Karen Copeland opened the show with HPE NonStop Strategy and the Migration to x86. Each vendor ran out of give-a-ways in the first two hours of the show due to the high number of attendees! Special thanks to Pat Hill and Teri Sears for coordinating the event. We also wanted to wish a “Happy Birthday” to Theresa Norton and Mark Flanigan of HPE! Congratulations to Mauricio Bermudez of Chase Paymentech for winning our Beats earbud headphones prize.

February 24-26, 2019 — HPE Shadowbase Team Presents at Asia Pacific Mission Critical Solutions (MCS) 2019

During this event in Thailand, we enjoyed meeting with local HPE MCS personnel, HPE corporate, and several customers in the region. We presented HPE Shadowbase Data Replication Solutions to Solve Business Challenges and HPE Shadowbase Enterprise Use Cases and Product Update to attendees, reviewing our latest feature and solution enhancements, along with discussing our future product direction. We toured local Bangkok, and are always thankful to interact at a more in-depth level.

2018 Q4

December 4 & 6, 2018 — HPE Shadowbase Team Presents at BELUG and INNIG

During these European events, we enjoyed meeting with the customer base at the local HPE offices, and reviewing our latest feature and solution enhancements, along with discussing our future product direction. In particular, we discussed how best to manage the replacement of RDF (now in the ‘Mature’ product state) with HPE Shadowbase, and presented examples of how to do this using the low-risk HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) approach. We enjoyed connecting with everyone on a more personal level, along with sharing our various experiences and challenges. We appreciate the interest and feedback we received on our presentation, HPE Shadowbase Use Cases and Product Update. We hope the attendees enjoy their new Shadowbase socks! Special thanks to Ad Klijn, Bart Wever, and Ton Vrowe for coordinating the meetings, and for their hospitality while on site.

December 4, 2018 — HPE Shadowbase Team Presents at MATUG

We recently attended and presented on HPE Shadowbase at MATUG (Baltimore, MD). We reminded the audience that since HPE NonStop RDF is now in 'Mature' status, we want customers to consider migrating to HPE Shadowbase as their go-forward solution for the additional features it offers. We also recapped some slides from the TBC (Connect Technical Boot Camp) regarding the announcement of end-of-sales for specific J-series hardware platforms, and that HPE Shadowbase provides Zero Downtime Migration capabilities to assist customers to migrate to NonStop X with no risk and little to no application downtime (contact us for more information). We are grateful to John Vollers and Pat Boland for helping us plan and manage the MATUG show. We would also like to thank the other vendors that supported, attended, and presented at the show, along with the consultants and customers that attended. Congratulations to Andrew Kim of Navy Federal Credit Union for winning our Beats earphones prize!

November 11-14, 2018 — HPE Shadowbase Team Presents at the Connect NonStop Technical Boot Camp

Gravic personnel greatly enjoyed the 2018 Connect HPE NonStop TBC held at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame. During our time in California, the camp fire smoke caused dark red sunrises. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy. To kick off the conference, we celebrated Connect's 10-year anniversary. Our thoughts We listened to informative talks from other vendors, customers, and experienced NonStop users, and 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:

If you are interested in discussing our presentations’ content or would like us to present these or other HPE Shadowbase topics to your staff, please contact us.

November 11, 2018 — David Jones and Chris Lowry Added to HPE Shadowbase Hall of Fame

At the annual Partner Technical Update, Paul Holenstein announced that HPE solution architects, David Jones and Chris Lowry, are the recipients of the HPE Shadowbase Hall of Fame award.  Each were vital this past year in their role of implementing HPE Shadowbase at two customer sites: ArcelorMittal and ATI Metals.

October 25-27, 2018 — Gravic Presents at Two HPE Events in Thailand

Bill Holenstein, Senior Manager of Product Delivery, presented on HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migrations & Upgrades Overview at the Thailand NonStop Connect 2018 event held at the ATTA Lake Resort in Khao Yai, two hours north of Bangkok.  Prior to this event, Bill presented on HPE Shadowbase Use Case Solutions & Product Update at the Thailand NonStop Partner Conference at the HPE Headquarters in Bangkok.

October 4, 2018 — Shadowbase Team Presents at MexTUG

We recently attended and presented on HPE Shadowbase Use Cases and Product Update at MexTUG (Mexico City). We enjoyed our stay at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel (which, by the way, has an impressive exercise facility and rooftop pool) by the Paseo de la Reforma. We visited some local sights, experienced the culture, and purchased a few Mexico national soccer team jerseys. At MexTUG, we attended several interesting talks, covering the inception of Hewlett Packard to modern day NonStop. We also met with HPE and toured the Santa Fe office, reviewed local sales and regional business development strategies, and ended the trip with a visit to Pinche Gringo to sample some delicious BBQ. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn from and interact with our NonStop peers on a more in-depth level. Additionally, we thank the MexTUG board and all of the participants including customers, vendors, consultants, and HPE executives and technical staff for their support. Congratulations to Ulises Castañeda of HPE for winning our Beats earphones prize. Viva Mexico!

October 2, 2018 — Gravic Publishes New Technical Article on Switching Replication Engines with Zero Downtime — Part 3

Stock photo of two switches, one is switched "on" and the other is "off"Gravic recently published the third and final part of the article series, Switching Replication Engines with Zero Downtime. When it is necessary to change or upgrade to a new data replication engine version, a zero downtime migration imposes no downtime on applications or users, and the databases all remain consistent, complete, and up-to-date during the process. This migration technique is similar to the HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) technique used to upgrade applications, database schema formats, file and table locations (or indices), and operating systems. The ZDM technique results in greatly reduced risks for error, staff stress levels, and migration costs while still providing continuous availability.   This article discusses various methods used to switch replication engines without missing or re-replicating any data (solving the so-called jagged edge problem). For reference, the Version Independence approach discussed in Part 1 avoids interoperating between different software versions; Part 2 discusses an improved method that utilizes three nodes for partial hardware migrations or utilizes four nodes for a full hardware refresh, as well as bi-directional environments that keep all (new and old) nodes synchronized as the migration takes place.

2018 Q3

September 19 and 26, 2018 — HPE Shadowbase Team Presents at ATUG and CTUG

We recently attended and presented on HPE Shadowbase Use Cases at the ATUG Meeting (Atlanta) and CTUG Conference (Toronto). At ATUG, we attended several interesting talks, from a NonStop update to various vendor talks. We toured the HPE office in Alpharetta, stopping by the impressive server room, which contained a physical system running HPE Virtualized NonStop. Afterwards, we adjourned to the Carbernet Steakhouse nearby for a pleasant post-show reception. At CTUG, we attended several interesting talks, from Mission Critical Blockchain, COBOL to Cucumber (from a customer's perspective), and various vendor and customer talks. We greatly enjoyed the opportunity to learn from and interact with our NonStop peers on a more in-depth level at these events. Additionally, we thank all of the participants including customers, vendors, consultants, and HPE executives and technical staff for supporting these wonderful events.

September 18 and 20, 2018 — Shadowbase Team Presents at OZTUG NonStop Technology Summit

After a twenty-hour flight, we arrived in Sydney on Monday morning and headed to the Pullman Hotel near Hyde Park. We unexpectedly ran into Roland Lemoine of HPE in the hotel dining room. On Tuesday, the meeting was well-attended with about 50 participants. Through several HPE presentations, we learned more information on the Intelligent Edge, SQL/MX, Blockchain/R3 Corda, and NonStop OS Updates. We also enjoyed several vendor talks, and gained insight from a Customer Experience presentation. On Wednesday night, we flew to Melbourne, and arrived at our hotel in the heart of Chinatown. The next day, the Melbourne meeting followed the same format as the Sydney meeting, with 35 attendees, and the Customer Experience was presented by a regional bank employee. We delivered presentations on HPE Shadowbase Use Cases at both meetings.

September 24, 2018 — Gravic Announces New Feature in HPE Shadowbase Compare Utility: Shadowbase Repair

HPE Shadowbase Repair is a feature in the HPE Shadowbase Compare for SQL NonStop Utility to assist with correcting or repairing SQL/MP or SQL/MX database discrepancies between two tables. Shadowbase Repair works on any two tables in these databases, provided they are both of the same type (MP or MX). It does not require a Shadowbase replication configuration, and can be used in any environment where a source and target table need to be verified. Repair is particularly useful in business continuity data replication environments to provide confidence (or certification) that the source and target data matches, and to repair the discrepancies when it does not. HPE Shadowbase Compare reports the discrepancies between two sets of SQL tables, which would be an error-prone and time-consuming task to correct if even only a handful of differences were found. With HPE Shadowbase Repair, the user can automatically and quickly correct these differences with just a few simple commands. For more information, please read our solution brief.

September 24, 2018 — Gravic Announces New HPE Shadowbase Data Management Utility: Shadowbase Data Definition Language Utility

Many Enscribe users need to replicate their Enscribe data into external systems and environments, usually by converting the Enscribe information into standard SQL data structures and schemas. The HPE Shadowbase Data Definition Language Utility (SBDDLUTL) simplifies this process by providing a powerful interface to convert and map the Enscribe DDL data structures (records, fields) into their SQL equivalents (tables, columns). SBDDLUTL supports a variety of target SQL databases, including NonStop SQL/MP, NonStop SQL/MX, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Oracle MySQL, SAP HANA, and SAP Sybase. Typically, this manual process takes many hours to complete depending on the size of the Enscribe DDL definition. Instead, SBDDLUTL instantly flattens the definition, eliminating this error-prone effort. The SBDDLUTL feature is available as part of the HPE Shadowbase Data Management Utilities product bundle. For more information, please read our solution brief.

August 1, 2018 — Gravic Publishes New Technical Article on Switching Replication Engines with Zero Downtime — Part 2

Stock photo of two switches, one is switched "on" and the other is "off"Gravic recently published the second part of the article series, Switching Replication Engines with Zero Downtime. Sometimes it is necessary to change or upgrade to a new data replication engine version. The zero downtime migration approach will impose no downtime on either applications or users. This migration technique is similar to the HPE Shadowbase Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) technique 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. This article discusses how the Version Independence approach discussed in Part 1 of this series can be improved using one or two additional nodes. It also explains how to protect the old production and old standby system(s) while the replication engines are being upgraded or switched.

August 1, 2018 — Gravic Publishes New HPE Shadowbase Presentation Web Page

Gravic published a new Presentations web page on its Publication website pages, featuring the latest HPE Shadowbase data replication software solutions. We hope that you enjoy learning more about these solutions, product updates, use cases, and case study from viewing the following presentations: