Thursday, March 10, 2011

Return of the Matrix!

I have always been a fan of the Matrix trilogy and have watched it many times, many years ago. Today, HP has launched its BladeSystem Matrix and NonStop users may be well served casting a keen eye over this product line …

The title of this post may look like it’s a mixture of movie titles, but for those who attended the user community event, SATUG, this week and were present for the keynote presentation by HP’s Kevin Barnard it was something that struck a chord.

Choosing his words carefully, given the audience was made up almost exclusively of NonStop users, Barnard talked of how the recently announced BladeSystem Matrix was a key component of HP’s Converged Infrastructure (CI) initiative and of how it was an ideal foundation for enterprise private clouds.

There’s a moment in the movie Martix when Morpheus faces Neo and explains how “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters.”

And this bemused me, as I could easily visualize Morhpeus as a senior salesman working for IBM appalled when he’s considering the impact the HP BladeSystem Matrix could have on his business – across the enterprise spectrum of users; from executives, to business unit managers, to staff and general contractors!

Much to the delight of the SATUG audience, Barnard turned to Neil Pringle and promised “Yes, you will get one for NonStop very soon!” to which Neil responded right on cue “I can neither confirm or deny ..”, or something sounding similar in intent. From Barnard’s presentation it was pretty obvious that the NonStop community would quickly embrace such a system, should it’s reach widen to embrace NonStop!

The provisioning capabilities, all through software, seemed to be the answer to many a data center’s wishes! Nothing represents, in my opinion, a better and wiser choice than this, and it is a quintessence of modernization!

When it comes to modernization of the HP NonStop server, comForte today provides solutions for application modernization, enterprise integration as well as support for SOA and Web services including more recently, as part of the CSL product suite, connectivity to an Enterprise Server Bus - a first for NonStop users, as best as I can tell. These are all critical product offerings for “assembling the infrastructure” needed within the systems of tomorrow!

The message I conveyed the following day in my morning keynote presentation, and a subject I will cover in more detail elsewhere, paralleled my presentation on comForte, as it too highlighted the investments being made across the NonStop vendor community in support of NonStop, and of the partnership that is developing between NonStop R&D and the vendor community – something that just wouldn’t be happening if the vendor community didn’t see a future role for modern NonStop servers as IT demands intensify around the data center becoming little more than a location delivering services.

The words quoted from the film Matrix came very early in the first movie as the new reality was being explained to the film’s hero, Neo. Truly, the HP Matrix is a system – and one that for me heralds an exciting future and I have my fingers crossed that NonStop will be a participant. Certainly, from the slides Pringle and Barnard used to depict the data center of the future, the presence of the Matrix was obvious as was the presence of NonStop.

But there’s much to be done to convert the slide-ware to something more tangible. However, from what was covered and the discussions that followed over coffee as I manned the comForte booth, HP is certainly headed in the right direction. As the Matrix’s Neo was to later report, “the Oracle. She told me this would happen. She told me that I would have to make a choice!” Perhaps we don’t need to check as Neo had to, with the Oracle from Oracle as this time, HP I am happy to report, has chosen wisely!

1 comment:

  1. The term "Enterprise Service Bus" (ESB) might be a bit misleading here as it relates to a somewhat fuzzy technological concept - at least in my opinion.

    Beyond ESB there is other terminology to get confused around - can YOU tell the difference between SOA and SOAP ?

    Terminology aside, a couple of things are indeed happening among these buzzwords:

    (1) heterogeneous platforms do connect with the technology between the platforms (finally and really!) providing an abstraction layer which allows swapping the system implementing either end of the connection. One might call this server-server communication.

    (2) a platform who can not participate in these connections is deemed isolated and legacy

    (3) more and more NonStop customers are using these new technologies to better integrate their NonStop into the Enterprise.

    Combine this all with "the Matrix" Richard talked about and things do look exciting indeed.