Friday, January 28, 2011

Don’t fade away …

In the first film of the Highlander series, the giant immortal Kurgan taunts us with the line “it’s better to burn out than to fade away!” It’s also sung by Neil Young … but need that happen to us?

In my previous post to this blog I referenced the January issue of Tandemworld.Net and highlighted a couple of items,. In particular, I asked whether those who have worked with NonStop for so many years will want to embrace new approaches and methodologies.

I went so far as to ask whether the accumulated knowledge of NonStop we have today will simply fade away as part of the aging process!

However, I immediately followed these questions with my own proposals about the actions we can take and on how it’s not something we should be waiting for others to address … it’s up to me and you.

HP will shortly take the wraps of a new direction; CEO Apotheker will unveil a strategy focused on software, services, and perhaps most important of all, integration. Hardware, up and down the line, will become commodity and HP will fuel its growth with what goes into these boxes.

It will mandate standards, and the acceptance of homogeneous infrastructure underpinning it all. This will require a level of partnership between users and vendors and an acceptance by vendors of the need to be particularly responsive to users’ changing requirements. Nowhere is this more in evidence than when it comes to networking.

You may observe that in many data centers legacy networking products remain in use often for no other reason than uncertainty about what these products do, and of course, users being fearful of change. As Infrasoft took the wraps of its network modernization product, uLinga, their customer interactions had suggested providing modern TCP/IP connectivity between legacy SNA applications like IMS and CICS would have mass appeal.

As Proof of Concepts (PoCs) began, it soon became clear that there was a more pressing need to provide modern TCP/IP connectivity between NonStop and legacy SNA client devices. Today, not only has a new DLSw implementation been added as a feature of uLinga but the support of enough of what had formerly been provided by HP and other vendors: HLS APIs in order for products like BASE24 to function. All implemented as a result of the partnership that has emerged between users and the technical staff at Infrasoft.

Shortly, Infrasoft’s distributor will be running a series of webinars on products and technologies that they support. In a recent exchange with Thomas Gloerfeld, head of marketing at comForte, he reminded me of how comForte had been running webinars for several years and that they are well received by the user community.

“This is an efficient way to update, inform, and educate people on hot topics in the NonStop industry and on how to address the challenges with solutions from comForte,” Gloerfeld went on to explain.

Kicking off the series will be a webinar on uLinga, “Understanding the benefits from modernizing the data center’s network” and it will be held twice to cover the major Geo’s:

For The Americas
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Register here:

For EMEA and Asia Pacific
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Register here:

There are actions we can take and there is something we should be looking at doing – the information provided in webinars, such as these, can prove invaluable when it comes to updating our knowledge at a time when options and alternatives may not be fully understood. There should be no fading away for some of us.

As for me, I will be on these calls and I hope I will hear from you!

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