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When is continuous business, really continuous?

My name is Carolyn Francis, and I’m the worldwide marketing manager for HP NonStop.  I’ll be blogging and tweeting out news as it relates to NonStop solutions – you can find me here and on twitter at @CarolynatHP. Let’s get started! 

In a world that never stops, many enterprises absolutely can’t afford to be unavailable. Downtime, whether planned or unplanned, can cause irreparable harm, such as loss of customer loyalty, loss of reputation, or even financial disaster. Being in the news is not good news when downtime is the topic.

So why is continuous business so important? Because customers never wait. If your service or information isn’t available when they need it, they’re gone. As a result, business failure brings a high cost.

The question is:  When is it okay for your business to be unavailable to your customers? Never?  

Solutions for industries that never stop

HP NonStop is designed specifically for the very highest availability level. According to IDC1, "Availability Level 4 (AL4) defines fully fault-tolerant servers, in which redundancy of components, combined with special software, ensures that processing will continue, even if there is a failure in a single hardware component in one area of the system." 

That means NO interruption of work, NO transactions lost, and NO degradation in performance and 100% availability. Absolutely, positively 100% availability. Classified as AL4 fully fault tolerant, this is where the timeless value of HP NonStop comes into play. Enterprises and their customers are able to conduct business continuously. A critical necessity for today’s ‘need-it-now’ world.


Many industries like financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, and healthcare are leading the way in delivering a continuous business environment and HP NonStop is there at the heart of their business:

• Processing 68 million credit card accounts and over 10 billion transactions annually2

• Supporting over 375M subscribers in advanced Telco network applications such as HLR,
  HSS, and other network applications3

• Powering mission-critical applications at 100% of the top 10 global manufacturers4

• Supporting several of the world’s leading medical institutions 5

If you require support for high volumes of online transactions, continuous access to information, and rational infrastructure and operational costs, HP NonStop can help you address these critical enterprise business issues.

HP NonStop. The platform for continuous business.

Continuous business means more than system or application availability measured by 9s. It means business process continuity. The agility to quickly respond to ever-changing market and IT demands. The ability to implement new business processes and keep pace with new initiatives. The elimination of complexity and cost. The protection of data and resources. And the confidence that your business will be continuously on.

HP NonStop customers have long been assured of business process continuity. For core, run-your-business solutions that require continuous business and lowest TCO, NonStop is the answer.

The unique value of NonStop 

HP NonStop delivers a complete and efficient integration of hardware, operating system, database and application services. This integrated stack enables unparalleled availability, data integrity, and scalability, along with lowest TCO in its class6. To learn more we encourage you to download our new family brochure and our new white paper: Business Resiliency - continuous business with HP NonStop.


1 IDC Worldwide and U.S. High-Availability Server, 2011-2015 Forecast and Analysis

2 HP 2012 internal sales data, cross-referenced with Nielsen and D&B data

3 Infonetics Service Providers Report, 2011 and TRAI Report, 2012

4 HP 2012 internal sales data, cross-referenced with Nielsen and D&B data

5 HP 2012 internal sales data, cross-referenced with Nielsen and D&B data

6 Richard Buckle, Pyalla Technologies, Research Note, May 2012

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  • I work as a Master Architect in HP Servers R & D group. I work with teams spread across the lab and outside to build solutions which are highly available on HP-UX, OpenVMS and Mission Critical Linux platforms. In particular I contribute to develop HP Serviceguard clusters, HP-UX Security and Middleware products. I have been with HP for last 17 years and have exposure to HA/DR field from both R & D and customer perspectives.
  • Kirk Bresniker is the Vice President/Chief Technologist for HP Business Critical Systems where he has technical responsibility for all things Mission Critical, including HP-UX, NonStop and scalable x86 platforms. He joined HP in 1989 after graduating from Santa Clara University and has been an HP Fellow since 2008.
  • I’m the worldwide marketing manager for HP NonStop. I’ll be blogging and tweeting out news as it relates to NonStop solutions – you can find me here and on twitter at @CarolynatHP
  • Cynthia is part of the HP ExpertOne team. ExpertOne offers professional IT training and certifications from infrastructure refresh to areas that span across the datacenter like Cloud and Converged Infrastructure.
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  • Wendy Bartlett is a Distinguished Technologist in HP’s NonStop Enterprise Division, and focuses on dependability – security and availability - for the NonStop server line. She joined Tandem in 1978. Her other main area of interest is system architecture evolution. She has an M.S. degree in computer science from Stanford University.
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