As for the perception of what is modernization, are our heads in the clouds?

We all know what is now required of any residence to be considered modern. Whether harbor side residences in Australia, mountain villas in Europe or a ranch in Canada or the US, there are important elements that help us recognize them for being modern interpretations of form following function. But not all residences are single homes as increasingly high-rise apartments and condominiums have become just as important an architectural statement.

Towering over all that surrounds them, their occupants are given a vista spanning horizon to horizon just as the promoters tout the value of having “heads in the clouds”. There is no question at all when it comes to having an option to share the expense of the premises with others as simply having this option brings with it substantially less cost while providing enhanced flexibility, space and amenities.

In the two articles that have been posted to the HPE Community Blog, the subject of modernization has been explored. In the post HPE NonStop makes IT modernization easy, Vikas Kapoor, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, HPC/AI and Labs, posted “A review of the tools and software available today for any developer working on NonStop will go a long way to substantiate the successful modernization of the development environment for NonStop and all that is deployed on it.”

It is with the recognition of these concerns that NonStop development has turned to public clouds to better support modern development practices. What gives the NonStop community cause for enthusiasm is on display as NonStop is clearly heading in the same direction as the market, continuously adapting in synch with the marketplace while staying true to its core. Everyone is developing apps in the clouds and NonStop is embracing this model with its eco-system.  Developing applications in the cloud, or more specifically, in public clouds is underway at many enterprises and for a variety of reasons, ranging from time and cost savings, more flexibility and scalability to enhanced monitoring and ease of deployment.

From Sydney Harbor to the busy thoroughfares of London to the skyline of downtown Chicago, it would seem that the trend towards living in a modern apartment tower tells only part of the story. Just as describing a home as being modern by how it presents itself, relating home architecture and design with today’s modern systems can only go so far, but then, for many residents of modern apartments it is only one of their residences continuing as many residents do, relying on a primary residence somewhere else. Yes, they like the option to live wherever they want as after all having options continues to be highly valued by many societies today.

HPE NonStop Development Environment (HPE NSDevEnv) in public cloud – the developer view

HPE NonStop Development Environment (HPE NSDevEnv) in public cloud – the developer view
HPE NonStop Development Environment (HPE NSDevEnv) in public cloud – the developer view

Providing support for application development on public clouds is just the latest option available today to those enterprises that continue to capitalize on the fundamentals of HPE NonStop system. With the introduction of the HPE NonStop Development Environment (NSDevEnv), as a package for developers looking to leverage the cloud for greater elasticity and accelerated application delivery, HPE NonStop is able to offer NSDevEnv as a subscription service – a first for NonStop. In so doing, the HPE NonStop team brings to the marketplace the best option for those in development looking to create, or more readily maintain and support, modern applications for their HPE NonStop systems.

“The availability of HPE NSDevEnv is once again demonstrating the commitment of the HPE NonStop team to meet the growing appetite among those in the development community looking to capitalize on the immediacy afforded them whenever they turn to the public cloud. Those in the development community now need to look no further to t whet their appetite for greater public cloud engagement,” says Vikas Kapoor. “Consistent with the goal of HPE to offer the choice of accessing all of its products on the basis of as-a-Service, with HPE NSDevEnv, HPE NonStop customers are being provided with a virtual machine (VM) based software-as-a-service model that has been configured by the HPE NonStop team, designed to leverage the public cloud’s reach and flexibility and is ready to go whenever accessed.”

Everything a developer requires to edit, compile and build applications for HPE NonStop can be achieved without having to acquire their own hardware. “HPE NSDevEnv comes as a self-sufficient package addressing these developer needs all in one place even as there is more news to follow shortly” says Vikas Kapoor.”

Consider HPE NSDevEnv as a risk-free entry point for NonStop application developers into the world of public clouds. Whether your development environment is COBOL, C/C++ or Java based, this new package from the HPE NonStop team offers support in a manner that makes the switch to cloud environments painless and transparent. It matters little as to whether your development teams have been engaged in cloud development as HPE NSDevEnv is a self-contained “stack” that gives developers the exact same environment with which they have become familiar on NonStop.

HPE NSDevEnv in public cloud—Hardware and software stack

The primary objective of the NonStop development team was to provide a stack of mandatory cross-compilers, utilities and tools that together could be easily accessed by all developers to quickly create solutions for NonStop. Enterprises with agreements in place covering access to public cloud service platforms will find leveraging HPE NSDevEnv as simple as logging into the cloud vendor’s Marketplace and turning to HPE NSDevEnv. “The objective was not only to give NonStop developers the option to leverage public clouds in support of their development pursuits but to ensure that for all users it has the look and feel of just another cloud offering,” said Vikas Kapoor. “In particular we didn’t want to have NonStop developers put out by something that was different from what they were already familiar with on NonStop even as it adds a different consumption channel, one that is throwing a brighter spotlight on just how integrated NonStop is in the new cloud-focused world of development.”

This is particularly the case in a world where teams oftentimes can be found working remotely. The benefit to the enterprise, when using HPE NSDevEnv, is that they can develop and compile business-critical applications for HPE NonStop from anywhere. A home office, a favorite café even in an airport lounge – it matters little. An Internet access to your cloud service provider (CSP) is all that is required. As for the savings this provides an enterprise, it is once again one more example of pay-for-what-you-use, retrieval on demand and resuming interactions at any time.

Realize the benefits that come with a ready-to-go, pre-installed package, which does not require installation or configuration saving time and effort.  Capitalize on the availability of a single Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the complete development lifecycle with an industry standard, extremely popular, and modern Eclipse development platform. Most important of all, relish a near-similar user experience compared to using the products on a Windows PC knowing that you will be provided with all the components you need – Windows Server OS, Eclipse IDE with C/C++ Developer Tooling (CDT), Cygwin Make 4.3 or MSYS 1.0, Eclipse plug-in specific to HPE NonStop, Java Virtual Machine (JVM) / Java Runtime Environment (JRE), and the HPE NonStop for C/C++ and HPE NonStop for COBOL Cross-Compilers.

“We see this as a growing need among our many NonStop customers and solutions partners alike and embracing this option as part of our modernization initiative is already proving to be a welcome addition to the NonStop product portfolio,” added Vikas Kapoor. It is perhaps most fitting that as NonStop customers continue their modernization journey they can now choose where and how their development endeavors take place. It may have been the advent of the many television programs on housing trends, traditional and high-rise, where modernization was championed, but in the world of IT, there can be no confusion as to what modern software development represents.

With the initiatives being pursued by NonStop development rest assured that all NonStop users have options and whether these include the choice of traditional or cloud based development, there can be no discounting of just how modern NonStop platforms have become. Paramount in the minds of most development organizations is the need to embrace industry-standard platforms where ease of use and the leveraging of skills refined through usage over time, such equivalency are at hand with HPE NSDevEnv. The option to develop applications for NonStop in the public cloud ensures a consistent approach to development no matter the choice of platform that can be sustained with all the upside that comes with such unity. The opportunity to create applications for NonStop using tools that are already familiar to your development team, whenever they want and from wherever they are, comes with considerable upside for the NonStop applications developers. HPE has once again demonstrated the importance played by NonStop and in so doing, has taken a giant step towards prioritizing NonStop as the premier platform for all your mission critical applications.

Acknowledgements: Credit needs to be extended to both Vikas Kapoor, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, HPC/AI and Labs together with Sridhar Neelakantan, NonStop Product Manager responsible for Middleware, Languages and Tools both of whom extended to me a considerable amount of time in editing and reviewing this article. For this I want to thank them as without their help, I would not have been able to write this article.  


  • Richard Buckle

    Richard Buckle is the founder and CEO of Pyalla Technologies, LLC. He has enjoyed a long association with the Information Technology (IT) industry as a user, vendor and more recently as a thought leader, industry commentator, influencer, columnist and blogger. Well-known to the user communities of HP and IBM, Richard served on the board of the HP user group, ITUG (2000-2006), as its Chairman (2004-2005), and as the Director of Marketing on the board of the IBM user group, SHARE, (2007-2008).

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