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Business Continuity

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HPE Shadowbase Data Replication Solutions

Gravic's HPE Shadowbase Products Group leads the market in providing database replication and integration solutions ever since the 1984 release of the TMF Auditor product, the first online replication product of its kind. Today, Gravic continues to push the technological evolution of...

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Load/Copy/Validate OSS Regular Files with SOLVUTIL

A large and growing U.S. gas and convenience chain has over 3,500 stores, and is rapidly expanding. They use Verifone (formerly AJB) POS and loyalty rewards applications on HPE NonStop Systems using SQL/MX...

Continuous Application Availability for Merchant Services

A major bank provides credit and debit card processing for its merchant customers. Problem: The bank needed to ensure its merchant services were highly reliable, continuously available, and able to survive any system or...

Disaster Recovery for Credit Card Management Application

Disaster Recovery for Credit Card Management Application

The largest processor of credit card transactions in the U.S. had to provide both ATM and POS services to a variety of financial and commercial firms. One of these services, the card management application (CMA), needed to implement a disaster recovery system to provide business continuity services in case of a disaster...

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Bank Chooses HPE Shadowbase Solutions for BASE24™ Business Continuity

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. The bank also replaced a costly data replication product with HPE...

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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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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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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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Shadowbase Synchronous Replication — Product Overview

Shadowbase synchronous replication (Shadowbase Zero Data Loss, or Shadowbase ZDL) resolves two key issues of asynchronous replication: data loss on source system failure and data collisions when running an active/active environment. By eliminating data loss and effectively setting the Recovery Point Objective, or RPO, to zero, Shadowbase ZDL protects...

Real-Time Fraud Detection and Resolution for Financial Switch

One of the largest U.S. processors of credit card transactions provides transaction authorization and settlement services on a pair of HPE NonStop systems. The processor is running in an active/active HPE...

Continuous Application Availability for Cellular Network

A cellular provider services a large and growing population of cell phone customers. All traffic for a given subscriber is routed to only one system at a time. Problem: The provider needed to improve cell phone services and...

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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...

HPE Shadowbase Support for BASE24™

Gravic, a world leader in providing business continuity software enabling high and continuous availability for IT systems, and an inventor of bi-directional data replication, provides BASE24 classic and BASE24-eps support in its patented HPE Shadowbase product line. All of the...

Achieving Century Uptimes with Shadowbase Active/Active Technology

Achieving Century Uptimes with HPE Shadowbase Active/Active Technology

An HPE Shadowbase active/active system architecture provides disaster tolerance by maintaining a network of independent processing nodes, each having access to a common replicated database. This architecture eliminates the uncertainty and cost that exists with an active/backup...

Large International Tour Operator Uses HP NonStop to Optimize Look-to-Book Processing

Large International Tour Operator Uses HPE NonStop to Optimize Look-to-Book Processing

This case study is an excellent example of HPE’s move to a converged infrastructure. It demonstrates how one customer took advantage of facilities available to the HPE community to integrate diverse systems into a common application while leveraging the inherent strengths of...

Choosing a Business Continuity Solution to Match Your Business Availability Requirements

Business continuity encompasses those activities that an enterprise performs to maintain consistency and recoverability of its operations and services. The availability of application services provided by an enterprise’s IT infrastructure is only one of many facets of...

Fingers Crossed? Or What is Your Business Continuity Plan for the Inevitable?

Extended outages happen, and when they do, the cost to your business can be severe. You are at risk if you: have no business continuity plans, are using tape or virtual tape backup for disaster recovery, or have an active/passive disaster recovery plan (which may encounter failover...

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...

Shadowbase Business Continuity

The award-winning Gravic Shadowbase Business Continuity solutions achieve high and continuous availability to prevent prolonged periods of downtime and data loss, which can be extremely costly to a business.

Homogeneous Active/Active Systems for Cell Phone Messaging Delivery

Homogeneous Active/Active Systems for Cell Phone Messaging Delivery

A European telecommunication service provider was required to use its Short Message Service (SMS) and Unified Messaging Service (UMS) to deliver short text messages to cell phone customers, and to also notify them of their voicemail or email messages. The application...

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

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 services to survive any fault, whether it is a server failure, a network...

HPE Shadowbase Solutions and Pathway Domains—Perfect Together!

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. HPE Shadowbase data replication solutions provide all the capabilities necessary to keep...

HPE Shadowbase Total Replication Solutions for HPE NonStop

For over 35 years, Gravic has lead the industry with HPE Shadowbase Total Replication Solutions for HPE NonStop, providing data replication and data integration solutions for this mission-critical community. The HPE Shadowbase product suite provides the means to meet today’s...

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...

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...

HPE Shadowbase Solutions and HPE Pathway Domains

HPE NonStop Pathway is an application framework that is a mainstay of today's mission-critical OLTP systems It supports a requester (client) server model, and delivers application scalability by distributing requester workloads across dynamic pools of application server processes...

Vodacom’s One Year Recovery

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 to come to a halt as subscribers exhaust their cellular minutes...

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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Stock Exchange and Clearinghouse Gain Operational and Availability Benefits with HPE Shadowbase Solutions

A South American stock exchange that used a trading system built with HPE NonStop servers faced high data entry error rates and the resulting manual reconciliation process required to correct these errors prevented it from complying with its same-day or next-day clearing...

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...

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Cartu Bank Ensures Continuous Availability of Payment Services for Georgian Businesses

Cartu Bank understands the need for continuous availability with more than 60% of all e-commerce transactions in the Eastern European country of Georgia going through its payment switch. Read this HPE case study to learn how HPE NonStop servers with HPE Shadowbase software run...

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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...

Homogeneous Active/Active Systems for Master/Subordinate Peers Cell Phone Application

Active/Active Systems for Master/Subordinate Peers Cell Phone Application

A major U.S. telecommunication service provider needed to offer the HPE OpenCall INS cell phone application with considerable extensions to its customers. One of its customers had nine total nodes in its architecture; and the system had to survive the loss of one or more...

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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...

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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...

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Bank Finds that Active/Active is Better than the End of the Rainbow

This island bank is located on the Pacific Rim Ring of Fire and lost its data center for several hours during an earthquake. The bank initiated its disaster recovery plan, but could not bring its backup systems into operation and suffered a failover fault. The most critical outages were...

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Disaster Recovery for Brokerage Firm’s Sizzling-Hot-Takeover (SZT)

A brokerage firm located in the Midwestern U.S. needed to implement data replication to provide a redundant active/backup HPE NonStop system for a sizzling-hot-takeover (SZT) in the event of a primary node failure. HPE Shadowbase Solution: Active/Almost Active Backup...

Homogeneous Active/Active Systems for Regional Bank Service Bureau

Homogeneous Active/Active Systems for Regional Bank Service Bureau

A large U.S. bank implemented a service bureau in order for its regional banks to process securities and financial information. The service bureau required an active/active architecture that would provide load-balancing and high availability. Due to electrical outages during...

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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...

Large Canadian Bank Dramatically Improves its Availability with Shadowbase Solutions

A Large Canadian Bank Dramatically Improves its Availability with HPE Shadowbase Solutions

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 HPE Shadowbase product suite was selected to provide the data replication...

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One Bank’s March Towards Active/Active

This island bank is located on the Pacific Rim Ring of Fire and lost its data center for several hours during an earthquake. The bank initiated its disaster recovery plan, but could not bring its backup systems into operation and suffered a failover fault. The most critical outages were its online banking services and its ATM/POS network, which were further...

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Payment Authorization — A Journey to Continuous Availability

A merchant services company carefully expanded its use of Shadowbase data replication over the years. The company initially used data replication to provide a uni-directional active/passive data recovery capability for its CMA. After feeling comfortable with this use of data...

Telecom Italia’s Continuously Available Mobile Services

Telecom Italia is the leading provider of mobile phone services in Italy. Because of the critical nature of the mobile voice, text and data services it provides, Telecom Italia utilizes a pair of HPE NonStop servers located in different geographical areas and running in an active/active configuration. In this way, both servers can be used concurrently...

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Cellular Provider Achieves Continuous Availability for Prepaid Calls

By implementing the critical Prepaid Front End (PPFE) as an active/active system, one of the largest cellular telephone service providers in South Africa ensured continuous availability of subscriber account recharging, calling time transfer, and calling time query services to its subscribers. It...

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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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Major Bank Uses Active/Active to Avoid Hurricanes

A major United States bank serves much of the Eastern and Midwestern sections of the country, providing credit and debit card processing for its merchant customers. It uses HPE NonStop servers in a two-node active/active configuration with geographical separation, ensuring that no system failure or environmental or manmade disaster will take down...

Credit Card Application Availability to Survive Disasters

A large processor of credit card transactions provides card management services for its customers on HPE NonStop systems. The original configuration was vulnerable to failure and needed an easy to implement and reliable...

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Homogeneous Active/Active Systems for Financial Firm’s Message Switching

A major financial firm operated the largest message switch in the U.S., with hundreds of thousands of attached devices. It needed to comprise multiple HPE NonStop Server nodes in an active/active configuration. These nodes were distributed around the U.S. for...

Sizzling-Hot-Takeover (SZT) Availability for Island Bank

An island bank runs BASE24™ for point-of-sale (POS) and ATM services on HPE NonStop servers. The bank relied upon an untested active/passive business continuity solution for disaster recovery. The bank needed to...