There are many messages emanating from HPE and at its most recent event, 2017 HPE Discover, attendees heard all about simplifying (the adoption) of hybrid IT even as they were updated by HPE about steps HPE is taking to power the intelligent Edge. Already we are seeing a new model for data processing appear and it is very much being driven by data. Lots of data! The Internet of Things is partially to blame, of course, but there is also the increased volume of transactions as more of us turn to shopping online than ever before. There is little to hide when it comes to discussing data – no matter its origins, human or automated as is the case when “things” are involved – it is constantly being moved.There is a transformation under way and it’s more than simply changing out old systems for new. The mere appearance of Edge products highlights major changes happening on the network – so much data is being generated that already CIOs are planning hierarchies of concentrators, each running sophisticated analytics to ensure the data important to any business makes it all the way to the critical applications. In today’s highly networked world this transformation is leading to even greater requirements to share information – moving data within an enterprise network is one thing, but having it passed on to partners, clients and regulatory authorities is something else altogether.
An equally important transformation is happening with NonStop and even as it is surprising many longtime advocates of NonStop it holds the promise of bigger opportunities for NonStop. As one senior HPE manager suggested, “With the push to virtual environments, and the cloud, then I think NonStop is certainly “transforming your data center!” At DataExpress we see this coming transformation clearly and it has a lot to do with the ability of NonStop to run on both physical and virtual machines. Like many others we talk to across the industry, the unshackling of NonStop from any hardware dependencies other than the presence of Intel x86 processors, has given rise to some very creative thinking about users and vendors alike. Simply having NonStop participating once again in conversations about the transformation under way within the data center is encouraging in itself.
But again, it’s all 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. Rather than drawing up plans for alternate platforms to former NonStop systems, there is renewed enthusiasm that perhaps HPE and the NonStop team have gotten it right! Yes, when it absolutely must be captured, analyzed and moved, then there is no better, more dependable, platform than NonStop. But just who is ready to transform their NonStop world from the physical systems they have today to virtual machines on hardware that may very well be new to them? And who really understands how to configure the new NonStop to ensure it continues to run non-stop?
In the article just published in the June issue of Tandemworld, we wrote of how the bigger story today seems to surround the issue of NonStop itself – is this new path that HPE NonStop development is taking going to give us a less-than-NonStop product or are we worrying over nothing? From the product roadmap presentations it now seems as if the HPE NonStop team will be monitoring this and making sure configurations of VNS aren’t leading to a degradation of the NonStop message. Furthermore, if you aren’t already invested in clouds – particularly private clouds – and aren’t experienced in provisioning resources and workloads, then you may not be a candidate for the early releases of VNS.
When it comes to NonStop within the enterprise, transformation will take time. And there will be lots of testing and validating involved to ensure no less dependable system is operational than what already exists. 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). Having a choice as to where to run a portion or indeed all of your managed file transfers is always a plus, but even so, we see that our biggest customers are continuing to configure DXNS and to ensure the consolidation of data and the oversight of who moves the data remaining on the NonStop platform.
There really isn’t any escaping the prominence HPE is giving to the message of hybrid IT and of simplifying the transformation to hybrid IT. Nor is there any escaping the effort being made to ensure NonStop too transforms and provides value to hybrid IT. Data is what is fueling the need to transform ad it is becoming a data driven transformation as we connect more and more users and things to our networks. With so much focus on transformation and with it, the implication that we are coming off one processing paradigm to embrace yet another new paradigm, data housed within files will be on the move and at DataExpress this has huge upside potential for even more enterprise customers giving serious consideration as to who they turn to for management of all the files that will be on the move. If this is still news to you then please feel free to call us or send us an email as we would be only too happy to explain the benefits of DataExpress to any enterprise contemplating the transformations HPE envisions happening inside the data center.