Archive for June, 2012

HP Discover 2012 – Whatever’s happening in Vegas, it’s NonStop!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
HP Discover 2012 – Whatever’s happening in Vegas, it’s NonStop!
I’ve just returned from HP’s biggest user event for the year, Discover 2012.  As we from the NonStop crowd have come to expect, this years’ conference was large and impressive – similar to what we’ve seen in previous years.  I for one was pleasantly surprised with the conference layout this year.  There’s no getting around the fact that, as a conference hosting towards 15,000 people, there’s going to be some significant distances (and crowds!) involved, but this year it seemed easier to find what you were looking for, with other things like registration and meals handled better than previously.  One standout improvement was the location of the NonStop partners – we had our own signposted area, co-located with the HP NonStop group, which meant much less traipsing back and forth to engage with our HP colleagues.
In terms of content, we saw some excellent keynote sessions.  Meg Whitman took the stage on Tuesday morning to outline her three-pronged corporate strategy, focussed on cloud, security and information optimisation (or big data management).  This in turn was layered over the 4 main areas of offering that HP provides – infrastructure, software, services and solutions.  All good stuff.  Meg went on to discuss a number of HP customer case studies, which (by my count) were all NonStop customers, perhaps bar one.  State Bank of India, a massive NonStop user in the card payments space, was one example, and as we all know, they’ve been happy NonStop users for many years.  It was great to see NonStop getting such prominence, even if it was implied – and this fact was referred to by other HP NED/BCS execs over the coming days.  Meg then introduced Jeffrey Katzenberg, from Dreamworks, who gave a very entertaining presentation, including live animals (!), and a sneak-peak of the upcoming Madagascar movie – some of the stats around production of a Dreamworks animated presentation are quite astounding.  The 2 ½ minute Madagascar promo that we saw took an amazing 6TB of storage.  Three seconds of animation can take a skilled animator a week to complete.  Each movie takes an average of 5 years to produce, and 3D is complicating things even further.  Of course, HP provides the infrastructure that underpins everything Dreamworks does, and this was refreshing to hear from such a creative environment where hardware components are often assumed to be of a different flavour.
Other notable sessions included the HP NonStop: The Platform for Continuous Business, presented by Ric Lewis and Randy Myer, which for most of us was our first chance to see Ric presenting on NonStop.  He came across as very aware of the value that NonStop brings to HP, and very understanding of the considerable legacy that a lot of us bring to the NonStop environment.  Everyone at the show seemed extremely upbeat about the enthusiastic way Ric has jumped into his role.  If you want to hear more from Ric and Randy, I would recommend this interview that they gave at the show: http://t.co/XGTj3Fq2
Closer to home, Karen Copeland, NonStop Security Product Manager, presented a couple of times on NonStop security.  It’s always great to see what’s coming up in this critical area, and it’s even nicer when you see a few of your products forming an important part of the HP product roadmap.  As usual, Karen did an excellent job.
Another interview I’ve come across since the show completed is Rafal Los (Twitter: @Wh1t3Rabbit), Chief Security Evangelist at HP, interviewing HP NED Master Technologist Justin Simmonds – Raf is well known in security circles and Justin does a great job of bringing him up to speed on NonStop.  Take a listen at http://bit.ly/Ks8Cez.
Wednesday evening saw the hosting of the NonStop Community Reception, which was held thanks to the generosity of twenty-one NonStop vendors, at the Grand Lux Café.  This turned out to be a fantastic event, not just for catching up with old friends, but for making new ones as well, with many different vendors and NonStop users represented.  Indeed, we estimated there to be over 200 people there at the peak of the gathering – it got quite cozy in that relatively small room!  Still, a great night – thank you again to all the vendors who helped make it possible.
Things started winding down on Thursday, with many having just enough energy to checkout the entertainment for the week – Sheryl Crow and Don Henley.  Excellent food and cocktails were a welcome accompaniment to some fantastic music.
All in all, another excellent conference.  We look forward to the NonStop Technical Boot Camp that was just announced for San Jose Oct 14-16, and to doing it all again in Vegas next year!
Andrew Price
XYPRO Technology Corporation
HP NonStop Server Security
and Encryption Solutions

I’ve just returned from HP’s biggest user event for the year, Discover 2012.  As we from the NonStop crowd have come to expect, this years’ conference was large and impressive – similar to what we’ve seen in previous years.  I for one was pleasantly surprised with the conference layout this year.  There’s no getting around the fact that, as a conference hosting towards 15,000 people, there’s going to be some significant distances (and crowds!) involved, but this year it seemed easier to find what you were looking for, with other things like registration and meals handled better than previously.  One standout improvement was the location of the NonStop partners – we had our own signposted area, co-located with the HP NonStop group, which meant much less traipsing back and forth to engage with our HP colleagues.

In terms of content, we saw some excellent keynote sessions.  Meg Whitman took the stage on Tuesday morning to outline her three-pronged corporate strategy, focussed on cloud, security and information optimisation (or big data management).  This in turn was layered over the 4 main areas of offering that HP provides – infrastructure, software, services and solutions.  All good stuff.  Meg went on to discuss a number of HP customer case studies, which (by my count) were all NonStop customers, perhaps bar one.  State Bank of India, a massive NonStop user in the card payments space, was one example, and as we all know, they’ve been happy NonStop users for many years.  It was great to see NonStop getting such prominence, even if it was implied – and this fact was referred to by other HP NED/BCS execs over the coming days.  Meg then introduced Jeffrey Katzenberg, from Dreamworks, who gave a very entertaining presentation, including live animals (!), and a sneak-peak of the upcoming Madagascar movie – some of the stats around production of a Dreamworks animated presentation are quite astounding.  The 2 ½ minute Madagascar promo that we saw took an amazing 6TB of storage.  Three seconds of animation can take a skilled animator a week to complete.  Each movie takes an average of 5 years to produce, and 3D is complicating things even further.  Of course, HP provides the infrastructure that underpins everything Dreamworks does, and this was refreshing to hear from such a creative environment where hardware components are often assumed to be of a different flavour.

Other notable sessions included the HP NonStop: The Platform for Continuous Business, presented by Ric Lewis and Randy Myer, which for most of us was our first chance to see Ric presenting on NonStop.  He came across as very aware of the value that NonStop brings to HP, and very understanding of the considerable legacy that a lot of us bring to the NonStop environment.  Everyone at the show seemed extremely upbeat about the enthusiastic way Ric has jumped into his role.  If you want to hear more from Ric and Randy, I would recommend this interview that they gave at the show: http://t.co/XGTj3Fq2

Closer to home, Karen Copeland, NonStop Security Product Manager, presented a couple of times on NonStop security.  It’s always great to see what’s coming up in this critical area, and it’s even nicer when you see a few of your products forming an important part of the HP product roadmap.  As usual, Karen did an excellent job.

Another interview I’ve come across since the show completed is Rafal Los (Twitter: @Wh1t3Rabbit), Chief Security Evangelist at HP, interviewing HP NED Master Technologist Justin Simmonds – Raf is well known in security circles and Justin does a great job of bringing him up to speed on NonStop.  Take a listen at http://bit.ly/Ks8Cez.

Wednesday evening saw the hosting of the NonStop Community Reception, which was held thanks to the generosity of twenty-one NonStop vendors, at the Grand Lux Café.  This turned out to be a fantastic event, not just for catching up with old friends, but for making new ones as well, with many different vendors and NonStop users represented.  Indeed, we estimated there to be over 200 people there at the peak of the gathering – it got quite cozy in that relatively small room!  Still, a great night – thank you again to all the vendors who helped make it possible.

Things started winding down on Thursday, with many having just enough energy to checkout the entertainment for the week – Sheryl Crow and Don Henley.  Excellent food and cocktails were a welcome accompaniment to some fantastic music.

All in all, another excellent conference.  We look forward to the NonStop Technical Boot Camp that was just announced for San Jose Oct 14-16, and to doing it all again in Vegas next year!

Andrew Price

XYPRO Technology Corporation
HP NonStop Server Security and Encryption Solutions

XYPRO Technology to Distribute Voltage SecureData Encryption Solution

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Voltage’s FPE, Tokenization, and Masking solutions added to XYPRO’s comprehensive security offerings

XYPRO Technology Corporation, the market leader in HP NonStop server security, audit, compliance, and FIPS-validated encryption solutions, today announced that it would begin reselling the Voltage SecureData solution suite, to complement its existing NonStop security products.

Voltage SecureData is a comprehensive data-centric security solution, uniting end-to-end encryption, tokenization and data masking for the protection — end-to-end – of sensitive information, including data subject to compliance, such as PCI DSS, and without impacting business process, work flow and applications. Leveraging patented technology and solution innovations, including Voltage Identity-Based Encryption™ (Voltage IBE™) and Voltage Format-Preserving Encryption™ (Voltage FPE™), Voltage SecureData is the most comprehensive data protection platform, securing data as it is captured, processed and stored across the variety of devices, operating systems, databases and applications. It is used by corporate enterprises, financial institutions, healthcare organizations, government agencies, utilities, retailers and service providers.

“XYPRO is extremely pleased to bring the Voltage SecureData solution to our customers,” said Andrew Price, director, Product Management at XYPRO. “As PCI, GLBA, Basel III, OCC, HIPAA, FISMA, FedRAMP, FERC, NERC and other compliance regulations continue to demand protection of sensitive data, our customers need a range of options for that protection. Voltage SecureData, with its support for Format-Preserving Encryption, tokenization and data masking is the most comprehensive enterprise-wide solution for end-to-end data encryption.”

“We are excited to add XYPRO to our list of global distributors. As the technology and market leader in data-centric security for the NonStop platform, this was a logical step for us, and we look forward to helping XYPRO customers meet their data security and compliance requirements,” said Jeremy Stieglitz, vice president of Business Development, Voltage Security.

About XYPRO
Founded in 1983, XYPRO Technology Corporation is the market leader in HP NonStop server security, audit, compliance assessment and FIPS-validated encryption solutions. XYPRO solutions meet the strict requirements of companies who manage, access and transport sensitive data using heterogeneous hardware platforms and multiple communications media. XYPRO helps mission critical businesses manage their security risks, protect assets and gain a competitive edge through compliance, while improving efficiency.

www.xypro.com

About Voltage

Voltage Security®, Inc. is the world leader in providing data-centric encryption and key management solutions for combating new and emerging security threats. With innovative, powerful and easy-to-use encryption and tokenization solutions for protecting sensitive business data, Voltage customers are able to address privacy regulations and best practices from around the world. Voltage customers adopting data-centric encryption include some of the largest companies in the world across a wide variety of industries including payments, financial, insurance, medical, e-commerce and more. Voltage solutions include three groundbreaking encryption approaches: Identity-Based Encryption™ (IBE), Format-Preserving Encryption™ (FPE), and Page-Integrated Encryption™ (PIE). Voltage solutions have changed how enterprises protect their most valuable assets—their customer data. Offerings include Voltage SecureMail™, Voltage SecureData™, Voltage SecureData Payments™, Voltage SecureFile™, Voltage SecureData Web™ and Voltage Cloud Services™, which provides cloud scale encryption and key management for their businesses, partners and customers. The company has been issued several patents based upon breakthrough research in mathematics and cryptographic systems. To learn more about Voltage customers please visit voltage.com/customers.

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