It would be hard to ignore just how much attention hybrid cars continue to get whenever there is a car show. At the most recent car show that was held in New York City, it was Toyota’s turn to unveil yet more hybrid cars – this time, attention was being directed to hybrid versions of its venerable Toyota Highlander that is being updated with “smart hybrid tech” joining announcements from other vendors, including Ford with a reference to hybrids for both the Lincoln Aviator and the Ford Escape and Porsche with its updated plug-in Panamera hybrid. While all electric cars still gain a lot of media attention, when it comes to America, many families prefer the hybrid with its backup combustion engine. “If you have a hybrid vehicle, it has a traditional motor and an electric powertrain – two totally different architectures – within the same frame,” said DataExpress CEO, Billy Whittington. Not surprisingly, “it’s called a hybrid! With as much talk as there is today of transformations and the move to Hybrid IT – a reference to traditional systems cooperating with clouds, mostly on-prem private clouds – to our way of thinking, two disparate architectures running in the same frame should be a hybrid, because the frame is supporting two totally different things.”

For the NonStop community this rings true and is a reminder that for those building new solutions for NonStop they have options – coding to the OSS personality or to the Guardian personality, or both. “When a NonStop customer runs a solution developed accessing both personalities, it becomes transparent to the end user how this NonStop hybrid has been used and that is symbolic after a fashion. Today’s users shouldn’t be aware of whether processes and data they are accessing is from a traditional system or a cloud – on-prem or not!”

References to cars brings us to the most recent feature article published in the April, 2019, issue of NonStop Insider, DataExpress – when it comes to moving files, are we there yet?

When you head out onto Americas highways, and I suspect it is the same across Europe and places like Australia and Africa, you quickly become aware of the vastness of the country. Driving for hours between cities either exhilarates you or brings you to boredom, but either way, that popular refrain “are we there yet” inevitably can be heard.

Data center managers may not be exhilarated or bored in quite the same way as those travelling the breadth of continents, but after a fashion they quickly prioritize routine tasks fairly low down on the list … Ask (them) about these delivery services that they facilitate and there is almost universal acceptance by them that well, I guess it all went well as we haven’t heard anything to the contrary. And yet, “are we there yet” may hold far more significance than first thought, particularly if the need to get there has been a supported function for a long time.

DataExpress has built up considerable expertise over the decades and there isn’t a file movement scenario it hasn’t addressed. When it comes to DataExpress NonStop (DXNS), it’s encouraging to see HPE supporting its partners and working more closely with them even as it fosters open dialogues between partners. “When it comes to DXNS we recognize that DataExpress is a major piece of infrastructure that at all times can respond to the question, are we there yet?” said Whittington.

Cars are what we have depended upon for more than a century to get us there just as we have relied upon computers for almost as long to get the data files we need someplace else. But computers, like cars, aren’t just continuing to get us there with a single platform or architecture but are capitalizing on diversity of engines underpinning the way they compute. NonStop’s participation in Hybrid IT shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone deploying mission critical systems from HPE as NonStop itself has been a hybrid for quite some time.

When it comes to DataExpress support for hybrids as we know them today – combining traditional systems with clouds – “we have no doubt most, if not all, our customers are shifting files into the cloud either for themselves or for the sake of their business partners / end users,” said Whittington. “Whether it’s on-prem or is resident at ‘Amazon/MS’ awaiting processing by a business partner, hybrids will definitely be part of helping us make sure ‘we get there!’”

To read the feature published in NonStop Insider, make sure you check out the April issue by clicking on the hyperlink included above of cutting and pasting this link into you browser – https://www.nonstopinsider.com/uncategorised/7363/