NonStop Technical Boot Camp 2018

The NonStop Technical Boot Camp (TBC) held this year in San Francisco hosted an impressive number of NonStop users, HPE managers and executives, and more than 100 “first time attendees”, newbies of the NonStop. Their presence means that the NonStop community not only is growing, but it’s re-shaping the social structure: a new generation of “NonStoppers” opens the door to the NonStop.

During the event, HPE announced that the NonStop i family, along with the J-Series OS, will be retiring – after a long and successful life on the NonStop market – by the end of October 2019.  Orders for 56000 blades can be only placed through July 2020. The maintenance and support plans will still be ongoing for an additional five years after the retirement date, so basically all the “out-of-life” systems will be supported for about seven more years.

The new systems to replace the i family are ready to hit the market and will be built around a virtualized architecture with Gen10 ProLiant processor cores. Presently, NS2 systems are delivered with Gen9 ProLiant servers. Moreover, NS2 is about to be extended with NonStop Dynamic Capacity (NSDC) to get to resemble to NonStop X family systems. The NSDC capability is now available for NS7 – which moved from 2 cores per CPU to 4 cores and will probably move in the future to 6 cores -.  The NS7 already deployed systems will therefore be able to increase the capacity and to upgrade to better performance.

HPE announced as well that they would provide the support to help all enterprises migrating to L-Series through a new system called “HPE Pointnext”.

All in all, this year’s TBC has been an eventful summit with more than 50 presentations over three days, with announcements and news, with lots for orders for Virtualized NonStop licenses, and with new opportunities for the NonStop vendors’ community.