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There are always varying opinions when it comes to choice. That’s not to say there are those against there being choices, but rather, when it comes to technology, choice can sometimes lead to confusion. Give anyone responsible for managing technology a number of choices and the upshot can often be that no decision is made. None! For the NonStop community that DataExpress serves choice is very much on the minds of users, no matter how big or small their IT infrastructure is and whether NonStop is playing a supporting role or is the sole system a company relies on to serve the business. Today, NonStop is available on two different chip technologies and these two families of NonStop systems will be with us for at least a couple more years. Do we move from NonStop i to NonStop x? Do we upgrade what we already have or do we augment with a node that is a different system? Or do we jump ship completely and go with something different. And who’s to say that in a couple of years’ time, as software-defined-everything introduces the NonStop community to different computing models, there isn’t a third family introduced by HP Enterprise (HPE)?
Of course there’s NonStop based hybrids in test as well and that’s going to add to the growing list of options. Yes, choice has never been greater for the NonStop community and this is something that intrigues us here at DataExpress even as it has us actively assessing what our responses might be. But it’s different this time around, as formerly the NonStop had distinct large systems (VLX, Cyclone, etc.) and small systems (CLX) but now both NonStop families overlap considerably. What is clear however, and something that escapes few of us working with NonStop, is that the choice of languages, tools, services, utilities, etc. has opened up the prospect of taking formerly NonStop only solutions to platforms apart from NonStop.
What has also not escaped our attention is that the reverse is equally true – what was once a solution for an open platform can just as easily be deployed on NonStop. Most commonly used languages are supported on NonStop as are the latest programming models, be that SOA and Web services or Java, HTML5, JSON / REST. There are really few restrictions today limiting what can and cannot run on NonStop. The help on offer from HP’s own Advanced Technology Center (ATC) certainly is something users and vendors alike should leverage as the opportunity presents itself and if the chosen solution is seen to be running on NonStop, why not go down that path if the key attributes of NonStop are of interest!
Today, like many other vendors, DataExpress has two product families – one designed and optimized for running on NonStop, the other, a separate implementation, designed to run on Linux, Unix and / or Windows. Having our roots deep in NonStop doesn’t detract us from promoting our products on systems apart from NonStop and while this took us down a completely different path, the flood of options presenting themselves may see DataExpress too pursuing convergence at some point. But that’s only half the story.
In the last post to this blog we wrote about the choice we have when hybrid systems (that include NonStop systems) begin shipping, which we expect to see happen towards the end of calendar year 2015. In the post, TESTIMONIALS BY OUR NONSTOP CUSTOMERS PROVE MOST CREDIBLE! There’s more than a hint about the value of choice when you read of how we have solutions for securely managing the movement of files between disparate systems and where we now have a NonStop (DXNS) as well as Open Platforms (DXOP) implementation and each one quietly goes about their daily business moving critical files to where they need to be moved.
However, in an article to be published in the August, 2015, issue of the e/Newsletter, Tandemworld, NonStop has always been about choice – hybrids extend choice to new systems! , we write about what really excites us most; that there is now more to choose from and the NonStop community has always welcomed choice. The key observation by DataExpress included in this article references that in all likelihood, with choice, the NonStop community will begin evaluating just how much of the business logic runs on NonStop, whether under the Guardian personality or under the OSS personality, or now, natively under Linux or even windows. This is where the real value in having choice lies – the NonStop community will have the option to run a function either or NonStop or whatever else they have elected to configure as part of the hybrid (most likely, Linux).
There never really is any downside to having choice. And this has been a constant theme of many blog posts and commentaries over the course of the last couple of years. Proprietary systems are on their way out even as industry standards have come on strongly. If you want to hear more about this and you happen to be planning on attending MATUG in September then watch for Pyalla Technologies, LLC, Cofounder and CEO, Richard Buckle, present more about the value of choice in a presentation he will be giving on our behalf.
DataExpress for Open Platform is very important for DataExpress and having written this, very important for our NonStop customers, too. The number one goal of business is to stay in business and ideally, grow. With the support of two product lines, the likelihood of DataExpress running out of business opportunities is unlikely, so staying in business is a reality. In select situations, having solution running on a platform apart from NonStop out of which to securely move files may be the more cost-effective, whereas in situations where the bulk of the current business logic runs today on open platforms, having the opportunity to securely move files from out of a NonStop system may let CIOs rest easy. And that’s a choice we suspect few CIOs would willingly walk away from …