Our local television station ran a number of stories over the holidays about the rise of the “porch pirates.” Turns out, as more and more of us purchase goods online, the more delivery companies simply leave packages out on our porch in plain sight of anyone passing by. While many of us have installed video-capable doorbells, they do little to bring the packages indoors and when the porch is raided we have a great video feed, but it is little consolation for the theft of a much anticipated delivery. Across today’s very modern society, we are becoming more dependent on the infrastructure in place at a time when we know our infrastructure isn’t what it used to be – it wasn’t long ago where the sight of a FedEx truck driving down a street was an unusual occurrence, but no longer. This year, it wasn’t just FedEx, but UPS, USPS, DHL and even rented vans from the likes of Home Depot and U Haul, all of them moving through the neighborhood with all those precious items we had purchased online. But increased volume has made them rushed and anxious to return to their routes and what’s left behind them is no longer important! At least, that’s how it worked for packages!
Among us here at DataExpress we saw the usual mix of delayed shipments, damaged goods and in one instance, the same item delivered twice. In other words, missed deliveries, incomplete deliveries and yes, even duplicated deliveries and it was a reminder to us all just how important it is that the files we ship globally really do make it to the right destination, on time and without any data loss. On paper, it all looks very simple but here at DataExpress we know of DataExpress clients moving in excess of 120,000 files a day – more than a file every second of every day, all with specific requirements! This is simply too complex an operation to leave to a couple of scripts or utilities that were cobbled together to “automate” the few files that a couple of operations staff were moving manually not so long ago.
DataExpress has two products that move data – a product for the HPE NonStop community (DataExpress NonStop, or DXNS) and a product for the Open community (DataExpress Open Platform, or DXOP). Whether your source is NonStop or Linux/Windows, there is a DataExpress product option for your business. Right now we are finalizing a major upgrade to our DXOP product and while we won’t get into details, suffice to say we have stripped away all the older proprietary code and that has given DataExpress “a cleaner, slicker, more modern capability; totally updated ciphers and of course total control.” Most important of all, particularly to this community, we have leveraged much of what we know of NonStop and included it in DXOP!
What this really means is that there are many crucial elements normally only associated with fault tolerance included as part of the underlying infrastructure within DXOP – there is the opportunity to run two processes that watch out for each other and can carry the load should there ever be interruptions of any sort to either of the processes. There is no real reason to witness any “oh shucks” moments during the transfer of important files even on platforms that themselves aren’t all that reliable, an increasingly important consideration for any business that has to meet tight deadlines when it comes to filing reports.
But what of those porch pirates and what of those packages that simply don’t show up on time or arrive damaged? The DataExpress suite represents a secure managed file transfer product line and while it operates along similar lines to what we see every day with the FedEx and UPS, there are similar benefits to what we all experience when tracking numbers are generated. Customers of DataExpress can always see what progress is being made when it comes to the volumes of files being moved. There isn’t any mystery here and depending on the underlying infrastructure that is part of the network, little opportunity for any parties curious about what may be passing by pilfering any of the files or otherwise contaminating the contents.
With as much talk as there is today about transformation, modernization, and the emergence of hybrid configurations made up of traditional computing along with clouds, the need to move files around is only getting more urgent and obviously more complex. Not having access to a file when expected can disrupt procedures and go so far as to delay the opening of an application business depends upon. Having DataExpress now running on both NonStop and Open Platforms with similar levels of availability is a big step forward as no similar products exist in the Open Platform marketplace.
Should you like to know more of what we have been doing in support of Open Platforms and how our NonStop users can complement what they depend upon today with an implementation best suited to meet their needs on Linux or Windows, the give us or our sales partner comForte a call as we would be only too happy to demonstrate the new DataExpress for you. And no, porch pirates may have taken the packages from your front door but rest assured, nothing of the sort can ever happen with DataExpress!