May 16, 2013 – Gravic Publishes New Case Study on HP NonStop SQL and Oracle RAC Data Integration – Gravic recently published its latest case study, "Two Merged Retailers Integrate HP NonStop SQL and Oracle RAC." A major U.S. retailer has thousands of stores, and wanted to integrate the point-of-sale processing for its existing ACI BASE24 application with a new AJB point-of-sale application as it rolled out new stores or upgraded existing stores. The BASE24 application runs on NonStop SQL and the AJB application runs on Linux/Oracle RAC. This challenge required bi-directionally integrating an active/active heterogeneous database environment across the ACI BASE24 NonStop SQL database and the Linux-based Oracle RAC database as the applications actively run in each environment. The retailer turned to Shadowbase Streams to integrate the distinctly different applications by mirroring key parts of the NonStop SQL and Oracle databases. Each store now has local access to all sales, refund, and exchange activities so that any customer is easily serviced at any store. The retailer completed the integration without any downtime of the application services to its customers or stores.
MATUG Meeting, May 3, 2013 – Gravic helped organize the first MATUG Meeting in three years, held at Quest Diagnostics headquarters in Chantilly, VA. Chris Gotiear, Senior Manager of Application Development at Quest opened the meeting with an overview of Quest, followed by four HP presentations: NonStop and Big Data, Internal NonStop Sales Support, NonStop and Persistent Cloud (PCS) Technology, and NonStop Hardware/Software Roadmap. The full agenda included eight well-received vendor presentations and a Connect update by Nina Buik, Chief Marketing Officer. Look for the vendor presentations, soon to be posted on the Connect website. After the meeting several attendees continued their networking opportunities at “Eggspectations,” a local restaurant. Plans for next year’s meeting were discussed, including the possible locations of Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE. If your company is interested in potentially hosting next year’s meeting, please let us know. Gravic has received much positive feedback and hopes that next year’s event will be just as successful.
SATUG Technology Conference and Tradeshow, April 21-24, 2013 – Gravic was pleased to participate in the 2013 South African Technology User Group’s (SATUG) Conference and Tradeshow at the Emerald Resort and Hotel Casino, in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa. The event kicked off with a dinner at the High Stakes restaurant that SATUG hosted for the vendors in attendance and other attendees who were staying at the hotel. The well-attended dinner allowed for networking opportunities with several businesses, as well as members of HP, including Neil Pringle, NonStop Enterprise Division Director and members from Connect, including Kristi Elizondo, CEO. The speaking agenda and trade show began promptly on Monday with introductions by Pieter Rostoll of ABSA Bank, the SATUG Chairman. Neil Pringle presented on the state of NonStop in EMEA and beyond, followed by a day and a half of vendor, customer, and additional HP presentations. Networking activities throughout the conference included buffet meals, coffee and tea breaks, a “braai” (South African barbecue) and bonfire event, as well as a twilight dinner cruise on the Vaal River. An HP-sponsored training day covered the NonStop Cluster I/O Modules (CLIMs). Gravic has sponsored this annual event every year since 2004 and looks forward to participating again next year!
MRTUG Meeting, March 19, 2013 – The well-attended meeting was held at the HP Offices in Downers Grove, Illinois and covered a wide variety of topics including a Connect update on HP Discover 2013, and HP updates on NonStop West Area Sales and CLIM, as well as informative HP presentations on Persistent Cloud and Modernization for Scobol/Cobol. Paul Holenstein, Gravic EVP, presented the well-received Gravic case study “One Bank’s March Towards Active/Active." Please contact us if you would like us to give this presentation to your company. Congratulations to Paul Keipert of Gallagher Bassett Services for winning our Kindle Paperwhite prize!
SunTUG/Connect Florida Sunshine Summit, March 8, 2013 – The Summit featured a full day of NonStop education and networking for end-users, third-party vendor partners, and HP, as well as an evening networking social and a golf tournament. Gravic attended and presented its case study “One Bank’s March Towards Active/Active (A Strong Reminder Why Successfully Testing Your Business Continuity Plan Actually Matters)." Several attendees inquired about having this presentation shown to management, in order to see what happens when active/passive DR configurations are not fully tested. Please contact us if you would like us to give this presentation to your company.
N2TUG Meeting, February 21, 2013 – Gravic recently attended and presented its case study “One Bank’s March Towards Active/Active (A Strong Reminder Why Successfully Testing Your Business Continuity Plan Actually Matters)” at the recent N2TUG Meeting in Grapevine, Texas. We also enjoyed participating in the mystery play, “Write Between the Eyes” at the Texas Star Dinner Theater. Our presentation is based on the case study that led to Gravic winning the HP and Intel 2012 Mission-Critical Innovation Award. If you missed our presentation and would like a copy, or have any questions about how Shadowbase can assist you in solving your business continuity, data replication, zero downtime migrations, or other real-time data integration needs, please contact us. To read an article based on the award submission, please click here. Congratulations to Dan Bartley of Sogeti USA for winning our Barnes & Noble Nook prize!
Shadowbase Newsletter Winter 2013 – Vice President's Letter, Gravic Wins HP and Intel 2012 Mission-Critical Innovation Award, Shadowbase Development Highlights, Shadowbase Sales & Marketing Highlights, Shadowbase Support Tips, Gravic Labs Announces New Patent, and Shadowbase Spotlight.