Hope you and your family are doing well and keeping healthy.
As we come closer to the end of the (memorable yet forgettable in many ways) year 2020 and the holiday season, this edition of The Connection magazine brings to you the Best of NonStop. It’s a timely theme because we did get to see at least one part of the best of NonStop in the recently concluded NonStop Technical Bootcamp 2020. I’ll start with that and then move on to the other topics.
This year’s TBC was very unique in that the event was all digital, necessitated by the Covid-19 related regulations and HPE’s and Connect Worldwide’s prudence, keeping in mind the well-being of employees, customers and partners. As Benjamin Franklin stated “out of adversity comes opportunity”, the all-digital TBC 2020 gave an opportunity to broad base the TBC participation among the NonStop community. In the able hands of Karen Copeland, Kristy Elizondo, and Kelly Luna it turned out to be a remarkable event indeed.
The event registration was full several days before the event even started!! Thanks to some HPE participants who generously bowed out, we were able to accommodate customers who were left out initially due to the lack of seats. We had 2000 registrations for the event which is more than four times the normal TBC registrations. So, many more could attend and benefit from the knowledge shared during the event than the normal TBC and that’s truly satisfying.
There were a total of 74 unique talks apart from the keynotes from HPE senior leadership beginning with Peter Ungaro (General Manager HPC and MCS) and Jeff Kyle (Vice President, Mission Critical Solutions) and the regional leaders. These sessions were delivered in seven tracks, three in the Americas and the rest in other regions aligned to local timezones). The icing on the cake was the free training sessions on NonStop and several products delivered on the last day of the event. All talks and training sessions are recorded and will be made available to the NonStop community as a rich library archive to benefit from.
The event was managed and delivered using the Whova platform and Zoom. All talks were well attended and the audience asked plenty of questions which is the true essence of a successful conference. The exhibitor’s area, where many of our partners hosted their stalls with lively videos and discussion rooms, evoked strong interest among the attendees and led to great exchange of ideas. The attendees interacted amongst themselves using discussion threads inside the community chatrooms. I saw some lively discussions on topics as varied as the age group of NonStop participants, what next for the platform, latest trends and so on. We also saw lots of pictures and videos being posted at the event page in Whova, ranging from favorite wines, past events, nostalgic moments in the 40+ year history of NonStop and so on.
Well, to sum it up, TBC 2020 was truly unique in many ways and will be recalled as yet another testimony to the fail-safe nature of NonStop – be always prepared to take over if the main path breaks down. A Big Thank You to all the speakers, moderators, planners and many others whose untiring work and passion made this possible. We humbly pay our gratitude to the NonStop customers who embraced this new format of TBC with overwhelming participation. We received great feedback from many attendees and, once again, thank you for your participation. While we did miss all the personal interactions and camaraderie of a regular TBC, we do hope to catch up on those once the world comes back to normal again from this raging pandemic.
Some news from HPE and the NonStop Enterprise Division (NED). Like everyone else, most HPE employees continue to work remotely (“the edge”) and continue to deliver their work on time and with quality. This is amply demonstrated by the fact that NED delivered two RVUs during the year and is on track to deliver the next generation of NonStop X systems in the coming weeks. NED has also been able to support our customers, meeting the stringent SLAs required to run their mission-critical environment. HPE has figured out an effective way to work through this challenging period and, again, a Big Thank You to our customers and partners for their continued trust and support.
In this edition of The Connection Justin Simonds writes about the journey of Artificial Intelligence and how it has transformed into today’s concepts of Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Justin and Richard share their thoughts on the TBC event. comforte and Gravic have written interesting case studies on how data protection and data/system migration requirements are realized on NonStop systems today. XYPRO writes about how modern security practices can be implemented on NonStop systems. There are many other interesting articles on topics such as modernization, OS upgrade best practices and availability. Hope you find this edition enlightening.
Season’s greetings to you and your loved ones. Hope the New Year will bring back the much-needed health and normalcy to carry our lives forward.
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