A recent CBS video news update that aired February 22, 2018, Warplanes pushed to new limits thanks to communications technology, reported how, “Warplanes that cost billions to develop aren’t worth a dime if they can’t communicate with each other. That’s why the military just wrapped up one of its largest exercise in California, involving dozens of aircrafts – old and new.” More telling perhaps was the subsequent observation by the CBS reporter, Carter Evans, “Modern planes, like the F-35 and F-22 are essentially flying computers, but they have to share data, like battle plans and enemy coordinates, seamlessly with older jets, like the F-16.” To any IT professional this sounded a lot like hybrid IT, so much so that the key observation that data needs to be moved fighter to fighter rings true. Data is of paramount importance and just as important is securely transmitting data, even more critical when it comes to the coordination of warplanes. Another perspective on this is that it is just a giant jigsaw puzzle of IoT devices, all wanting to feed their information to every other IoT participant. “Everything from how accurately an enemy is detected to how effectively the planes communicate with each other is tracked,” said Evans. “It’s an enormous amount of data – 100 times more than the pilot can even see in the cockpit.” Hybrid IT, IoT, enormous amounts of data and yes interfacing old, with new? Walk into any data center and talk to the operations managers and these are all issues dominating their conversations. No matter how we view our requirements to move data whatever we have relied upon in the past from scripts to post-it note reminders, it is highly unlikely to be able to keep up with the “enormous amount of data – 100 times more than” we have seen in the past.
At DataExpress we move files with every type of data imaginable – what is in the files remains proprietary, of course – and we move these files between systems old and new. We have helped with systems migrations and integrations and we are well positioned today as the NonStop community begins to explore the benefits from leveraging clouds, private and public. Having to share data, as the modern warplanes are now finding is important to the execution of their missions, is an integral part of daily life for those enterprises dependent on NonStop systems in support of their mission critical applications. But even among the NonStop users, there is not just the mix of old and new NonStop systems but with the gradual introduction of hybrid IT, an equal mix of NonStop with Linux and Windows as cloud purveyors typically support one or the other operating systems.
In the post of June 29, 2017, to this DataExpress NEWS BLOG, TRANSFORMING YOUR DATA CENTER – DATAEXPRESS SUPPORTS THE FILES YOU HAVE TO MOVE we highlighted that for DataExpress it is still very much about the data. “There will continue to be a requirement that data is neither lost nor corrupted and where security is paramount, all of which fall nicely into where NonStop for decades has held a premier position within those enterprises well-versed in what NonStop provides.” And no, this wasn’t written about the requirements of warplanes but rather, the requirements of business. As we noted in the post, “At DataExpress we see this focus on data and on moving data as new opportunities for DataExpress, both for DataExpress NonStop (DXNS) and DataExpress Open Platform (DXOP).”
Increasingly we are seeing as much interest today in DXOP as we are seeing in DXNS – even among the NonStop users there is recognition that taking some DataExpress functionality off platform may be a consideration. But just how many files are being moved today and how is this likely to play into the plans of data center managers? In the upcoming March – April, 2018, issue of the NonStop community magazine, The Connection, this question is addressed in a little more detail. In the article, Data is King: What NonStop Mission-Critical Applications Can Learn from Formula where it isn’t warplanes that are covered but rather, Formula 1 race cars, you will read of current NonStop users that “rely on DataExpress to move 100,000 plus files in a night – the orchestration that this involves has been all sorted out over the decades bringing with it an assurance that those in charge of executing the movement of data can rest easy every night.”
In that feature article in The Connection, Billy Whittington, DataExpress CEO, says that, “The need to move data will continue to increase exponentially, whether to the cloud or other users and that movement demands the security of a tried and tested platform.” If you are still relying on scripts and post-it notes even as you trouble-shoot all the potential problems that can so easily occur when attempting to move as many files as is being done right now by current DataExpress customers, then perhaps it’s time to turn to an off-the-shelf enterprise-grade solution like DataExpress. Even warplanes need solutions to better communications as they continue “trying to work all the bugs out,” as Air Force Brigadier General, Carl Schaefer, was quoted as saying in the CBS report. “So by the time it gets to the war fighter, there are no bugs. They can go right into whatever situation they need and operate seamlessly and share the information.” And in all reality, with the complexity that most certainly will arise as “the need to move data will continue to increase exponentially,” you really do need DataExpress to move the files efficiently, automatically and securely! Feeding files to systems old and new, NonStop and Linux or Windows, is a requirement that isn’t going to lessen any time soon so take a look around our web site and just see how beneficial relying on DataExpress will prove to be to your enterprise!