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A Bank’s Crisis Migration to a New Data Replication Solution

A Bank’s Crisis Migration to a New Data Replication Solution

The Connection, by Paul J. Holenstein
As part of an HP (HPE) NonStop system upgrade project, a major bank and financial services institution found itself faced with either paying a large increase in license fees for its current data replication engine or having those licenses terminated. With only two weeks to go, the bank...

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A Large Financial Institution Migrates Datacenters with No Downtime Using HPE Shadowbase ZDM

The Connection, by Keith B. Evans and Paul J. Holenstein
A major financial company offers person-to-person money transfers, money orders, and business payments. The company implemented an active/active system with two NonStop systems located 1,000 miles...

    A Modern Look at Reliability, Availability, and Scalability

    The Connection, by Dr. Bruce Holenstein, Paul J. Holenstein, and Dr. Bill Highleyman
    Computer manufacturers often stress performance and availability in their marketing literature. Yet, reliability (R), availability (A), and scalability (S) are the three pillars that support mission-critical applications and...

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      Achieving Scalability for Mission-Critical Systems in the Cloud

      The Connection, by Dr. Bruce D. Holenstein, Dr. Bill Highleyman, and Paul J. Holenstein
      The third pillar of mission-critical systems is scalability; reliability and availability are the other two, creating the acronym RAS. Applications...

      Shadowbase Solutions for the Cloud

        Adding High Availability to the Cloud

        The Connection, by Paul J. Holenstein
        In this article, we discuss the role that data replication solutions can play in public, private, and hybrid-cloud computing for critical applications and how it can lower your IT costs, improve fault tolerance of your applications, and increase flexibility. Companies are motivated to find...

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        Bank Chooses Sizzling-Hot-Takeover Data Replication for its BASE24 Business Continuity Solution

        The Connection, by William G. Holenstein and Keith B. Evans
        A regional bank serving a major resort island took a very stale, aged BASE24 system and upgraded both the hardware platform and BASE24 software with no outages except for a brief time during the final cutover...

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        Connection Cover Story on Shadowbase Software Synchronous Replication

        Jonathan Ziegler, Gravic’s Senior Manager of Product Development for the Shadowbase Products Group, discusses Shadowbase software synchronous data replication for zero data loss (ZDL), as well as the business continuity continuum. Data loss is one of the main issues whenever an unplanned outage of an IT service occurs. Enhancing asynchronous replication, Shadowbase ZDL uses a...

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          Crunching Big Data

          The Connection, by Paul J. Holenstein
          In this article, we look at several technologies that interact to extract valuable business information from “the noise” of big data. Big data offers the opportunity for businesses to obtain real-time business intelligence that they could never reach in the past from their typical internal...

          Discovering Meaningful Patterns Using Data Integration

          The Connection, by Paul J. Holenstein and Keith B. Evans
          HPE Shadowbase Streams for Data Integration uses CDC technology to stream data generated by one application to target database and application environments, eliminating data silos and providing the facilities for integrating existing applications at the data or event-driven level...

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          Dramatically Reduce Outage Costs with Advanced Business Continuity Solutions

          The Connection, by Keith B. Evans
          Whether it be fire, power failure, software error, malfeasance, or some other cause, events occur which can lead to unplanned outages of IT services. If your business is relying on an active/passive or...

            From Hacker to Hackathon – History in the Making!

            The Connection, by Vuk Petrovic and Paden R. Holenstein
            What comes to mind when you hear the word hacker? You most likely imagine an individual, (probably male) with elite technical prowess and malicious intent, hunched over a set of bright computer screens streaming matrix-like green text on a black background in a poorly-lit...

            Hardware vs Software Data Replication for Business Continuity (Disk/Cache Flushing vs Transactional Replication Engines)

            The Connection, by Keith B. Evans
            Business continuity encompasses activities that an enterprise performs to maintain timeliness, consistency, and availability of its data, operations, and services. Application availability depends upon the ability of IT...

            HP (HPE) NonStop Business Continuity Product Suite: An Introduction

            The Connection, by Ajaya Gummadi
            Only HP Integrity NonStop servers are designed, from the ground up, for continuous application availability – from their native fault-tolerant system architecture, to a complete set of integrated and...

            HP (HPE) Pathway Domains and Data Replication—Perfect Together!

            The Connection, by Keith B. Evans and Paul J. Holenstein
            It takes two to tango! It is of no use having data available on alternate/takeover systems if the applications required to provide the business services are not also available when needed. Shadowbase...

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            HPE Shadowbase Software Enables Operational Analytics for Commodity Big Data

            The Connection, by Keith B. Evans
            HPE Shadowbase software plays a key role in a quality control system for a major U.S. commodity market by integrating applications to extract meaningful data from a mass of test and product quality data, or...

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              Improving Availability via Staggered Systems

              The Connection, by Dr. Bruce D. Holenstein, Dr. Bill Highleyman, and Paul J. Holenstein
              The reliability of a redundant system is optimized by minimizing the probability that both systems will fail simultaneously. If they both have the same failure probability distribution, then when one system is most...

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                Improving Reliability via Redundant Processing

                The Connection, by Dr. Bruce D. Holenstein, Dr. Bill Highleyman, and Paul J. Holenstein
                One of the three pillars of mission-critical systems is data reliability – a significant concern in data centers worldwide. Data reliability can be ensured via a special configuration that compares the operation of one...

                Large Canadian Bank Adopts Converged Infrastructure

                  Large Canadian Bank Adopts Converged Infrastructure

                  Connect Converge, by Paul J. Holenstein
                  A large Canadian bank took a major step towards providing improved service to its customers by modernizing its active/backup data center architecture and reengineering it into an active/active network. The Shadowbase product suite was selected to provide the data...

                    Leveraging a Big Data Analytics Engine for Meaningful Insights

                    Connect Converge, by Keith B. Evans and Paul J. Holenstein
                    In this article, we look at several technologies that cooperate to extract valuable business information from the noise of big data, enabling businesses to obtain real-time business intelligence. A big data...

                      NonStop Impressions from an Under-30 Perspective

                      The Connection, by Paden R. Holenstein
                      This article gives a unique perspective on the HPE NonStop community from an individual under the age of 30. Paden Holenstein reflects on his first two years of experience in the "real world" and his initial impressions on the HPE NonStop community as a whole.

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                      One Bank’s March Towards Active/Active

                      The Connection, by Paul J. Holenstein
                      A major bank, located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, suffered a devastating earthquake causing it to lose much of its data. After the disaster, the bank decided to switch to active/active data replication to prevent this kind of problem in the future. This article discusses in detail the steps the bank...

                        Only On NonStop: Data Replication on Steroids

                        The Connection, by John R. Hoffmann
                        Concurrent replication has many efficiency advantages over serial replication, which are described in this paper. The highly efficient technique of concurrent replication is commercially available only on HP (HPE) NonStop server systems because of the unique structure of and...

                          Only On NonStop: The HP (HPE) NonStop Synchronous Gateway

                          The Connection, by Paul J. Holenstein
                          This article provides a detailed description of the HP NonStop Synchronous Gateway, and how it is used to implement synchronous data replication using Coordinated Commits (a future Shadowbase...

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                          Protecting Your Vital Applications

                          The Connection, 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...

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                          Real-Time Data Replication for Prescription Drug Fraud Prevention at a Large Government Healthcare Agency

                          The Connection, by Paul J. Holenstein
                          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...

                            Scale-up is Dead, Long Live Scale-out!

                            The Connection, by Keith B. Evans and Paul J. Holenstein
                            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...

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                            Stock Exchange and Clearinghouse Accelerate Operations and Improve Availability with Data Replication

                            The Connection, by Paul J. Holenstein
                            A South American stock exchange using a trading system built with HP (HPE) NonStop servers faced high data entry error rates. The resulting manual reconciliation process required to correct these errors...

                            Switching Replication Engines with Zero Downtime

                            The Connection, Dr. Bruce D. Holenstein, Paul J. Holenstein, and Dr. Bill Highleyman
                            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...

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                            Tape Backup for Disaster Recovery? Really?

                            The Connection, by Keith B. Evans
                            Tape or virtual tape backup/restore for periodic backups is prudent (after all, it is easy to sometimes purge the ‘wrong’ file). However, when used for disaster recovery, in the always-on, never-stop world we live in, it often doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately, some businesses are using this...

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                            The Better Backup Method

                            The Connection, by Paul J. Holenstein, Dr. Bruce D. Holenstein, and Dr. Bill Highleyman
                            This article discusses strategies 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...

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                            The Evolution of Real-Time Business Intelligence and How to Achieve It Using HPE Shadowbase Software

                            The speed of today’s processing systems has moved classical data warehousing into the realm of real-time. The result is real-time business intelligence (RTBI). Business transactions are fed as they occur to a real-time business intelligence system that maintains the current state...

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                            Two Merged Retailers Integrate HP NonStop SQL and Oracle RAC

                            The Connection, by Paul J. Holenstein
                            As the result of a merger, a major U.S. retailer had thousands of stores using two different point-of-sale systems. To resolve this, the company integrated point-of-sale processing for its existing ACI BASE24...

                            Using Data Replication to Offload Online Host Processing and Enable New Business Applications

                            Connect Converge, by Paul J. Holenstein and Keith B. Evans
                            Data is valuable. And the more current the data is, the more valuable it is. For this reason, the resident data in online transaction processing systems is some of the most valuable. However, if this data is...

                            Vodacom’s One Year Recovery

                            The Connection, by Brett Dismore and Paul J. Holenstein
                            Vodacom (Pty) Ltd is one of the largest cellular telephone service providers in Africa, currently supplying voice and messaging services to over 55 million customers. Prepaid calling cards are a major Vodacom service, which if unavailable, would cause much of Africa’s cellular traffic...

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                            Why an Active/Passive Business Continuity Solution is Not Good Enough

                            The Connection, by Keith B. Evans
                            The costs of prolonged downtime of critical business IT systems are significant (potentially to the point of closing the company). These potential costs are compounded by the fact that the many events...

                            Why Your Business Continuity Plan May be Inadequate

                            Why Your Business Continuity Plan May be Inadequate

                            The Connection, by Keith B. Evans and Paul J. Holenstein
                            Disaster recovery is not business continuity, and business continuity technologies are not all equal – some technologies are “more equal” than others. Even though you may already have a business continuity plan in place, it may not be adequate, well-tested, or well-supported. Worse...

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                            Winning the Battle Against Internet Banking Fraud by Leveraging Real-Time Data Integration

                            The Connection, by Keith B. Evans
                            A European bank needed to design and implement its internet banking application in a very specific way: to detect and prevent fraud, yet still enable the authorities to pursue a conviction against the actual actions...