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Dallas/Fort Worth: Lunch Monday is on Stonebranch
Published by Mike on September 10, 2014 @ 13:52 in Events

If you'll be in Dallas/Fort Worth on Monday, you've got to drop by Maggiano's Little Italy on Park Blvd. in Plano for lunch on us. We merely ask that you arrive at 11:15am and submit this simple form to let us know you're coming.

Ci vediamo Lunedi !

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Introducing Opswise 6
Published by Mike on September 8, 2014 @ 08:54 in Stonebranch News

With Opswise 6, we set out to elevate the workload automation experience. To do that, we looked at the entire system and built great new capabilities into a new and exciting interface. The result is that Opswise 6 has a new look with all the power and simplicity you've come to expect from Stonebranch.

Click here to learn more about Opswise 6!

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3rd Friday Education Webinar Series
Published by Mike on September 5, 2014 @ 10:20 in Webinars

To help keep you informed, we wanted to let you know about our upcoming 3rd Friday Education Webinar Series. Here is the list but you can also view the Live Stonebranch Webinars page at any time.

9/19 - 11 am EDT Independent Job Scheduling Agents: A Customer's Experience

10/17 - 11 am EDT Managed File Transfer: What MFT Is and Where It's Going

11/21 - 11 am EST Workload Automation Integration: MFT, Agents and More


Upcoming Webinars:

Independent Job Scheduling Agents: A Customer's Experience [Register]
Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM EDT

Description: Is your job scheduler past its prime? Did you have to bring in multiple job schedulers because yours didn't support new platforms? Is it time to modernize your job scheduler? A single solution to be deployed across the enterprise?

You owe it to yourself to hear what Reed Elsevier Technology Services' Architect Engineer Doug Perseghetti has to say about the only solution in the market that can run with any job scheduling solution, even multiple job schedulers. Doug will share his personal experiences using independent agent technology. Whether you are running software from CA, BMC, IBM, UC4, Cisco, Redwood or others, Stonebranch agents can easily integrate with these scheduling engines while significantly reducing your budget expense.


Managed File Transfer: What MFT Is and Where It's Going [Register]
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM EDT

Description: Is your file transfer process integrated with your workload automation process? File transfer is a major IT activity, and should not be a separate process from the workload automation tool. It is often a key factor to the way your business operates. Improving the way you move and manage your data will improve your responsiveness to the needs of your business.


Workload Automation Integration: MFT, Agents and More [Register]
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM EST

Description: You've heard about Stonebranch's revolutionary universal agents and MFT, now see it fully integrated with the best workload automation engine on the planet.


We hope to see you online!

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Dallas/Fort Worth: Join us for a Free Luncheon on September 15!
Published by Mike on August 11, 2014 @ 10:45 in Events

Reserve your seat now to attend this enlightening luncheon where you can hear directly from a customer that has modernized from a legacy solution to enable a DevOps team with state of the art automation capabilities to help their rapidly expanding environment. You will also see a LIVE demo of Opswise Automation Center 6.1, the latest in modern capabilities for Workload Automation.

September 15th - Maggiano's Little Italy, Park Blvd., Plano, TX

11:15am - 11:50am - Customer Case Study - United Supermarkets - Jeff Bridges
12:15pm - 12:45pm - Introduction of Opswise 6.1 - Modern, Efficient Workload Automation

Attendees will each receive a copy of the latest Dell-Certified Study detailing the extensive scalability using Opswise Automation Center.

Register now by submitting the form below:

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Hear From Somebody Who Recently Modernized Their Job Scheduling Software
Published by Mike on August 7, 2014 @ 11:03 in Customer Stories, Testimonials, Webinars

United Supermarkets recently converted their Workload Automation solution from AutoSys to Stonebranch.

In this thorough and honest presentation, Jeff Bridges from United Supermarkets explains the process, benefits and reasons behind their switch.

Click here to watch this recorded webinar on-demand right now.

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Stonebranch at the Het Scheepvaartmuseum
Published by Mike on July 31, 2014 @ 13:53 in Events, Innovation Europe

The evening event for Innovation Europe is all set, and we think you're going to love it.

On the evening of October 23, we will take a boat to the Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam where we're tour the museum, enjoy drinks and dinner, and have a great time.

The Het Scheepvaartmuseum is The National Maritime Museum and is dedicated to maritime history and contains many artifacts associated with shipping and sailing. The collection contains, among other things, paintings, scale models, weapons and world maps. The paintings depict Dutch naval officers such as Michiel de Ruyter and impressive historical sea battles.

Stonebranch at the Het Scheepvaartmuseum

To join us at Innovation Europe, and the Het Scheepvaartmuseum, register today.

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Stonebranch Achieves 3.2M Tasks/Day in Production Configuration
Published by Mike on July 24, 2014 @ 10:05 in Stonebranch News

We recently partnered with Dell to conduct a thorough benchmark study. The results were an astounding 3.2 million tasks per day in a Dell PowerEdge M-series blade server line.

This performance test was executed using Dell PowerEdge M620 blade servers in a M1000e Blade Chassis connected through 10 Gbit Ethernet Dell MXL Switches. The test cases showed that the system is capable of securely handling the complete individual life cycle of ~3.2 Million tasks/day on the tested blade based hardware. These numbers have been achieved both by executing task sequentially, as well as by executing them concurrently in a Workflow. Also a 14h long duration test showed no impact on the performance.

The key results of the benchmark tests are as follows:

  • 3.2 Million Tasks /day with all logging and transaction security features enabled.
  • Parallel Execution of tasks had no impact on the task throughput - 3000 tasks in parallel showed the same throughput as sequentially executed.
  • Throughput rates remain stable over time - a 14h test showed no degradation of the task throughput
  • The execution of the actual Linux Process by the Opswise Agent had no relevant impact on the performance

The full report can be found at

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Key Indicators that you need a Workload Automation solution
Published by Mike on July 3, 2014 @ 13:32 in Education, Workload Automation

Job Scheduling began in the late 70's and surprisingly many of the original products that were introduced are still around, but the NextGen data centers need a more robust solution that can provide the agility for the business data to be processed immediately. This Enterprise Workload Automation solution should have the ability to integrate diverse workloads across numerous operating systems and application servers, using SOA and Web Services Integration.

Some of the common reasons Next Gen customers choose an Enterprise Workload Automation solution are:

Embedded Tools, like Cron and Windows AT, have limited functionality

  • Restricted to time-based triggering
  • No calendar-based exception processing
  • No Time zone support
  • No ability to handle conditional processing, i.e. success/failure
  • No ability to create dependency structures
  • Limited to local server environment
  • No resource management controls
  • No notification ability
  • Difficult to scale as more servers are added and workload needs to be defined.

Desire a Web-based visual interface, fully accessible from any web-enabled device

  • Not just a skeleton web-interface, built solely to satisfy an RFP requirement.
  • Ability to create customized, user-focused dashboards
  • Exception-based notification and monitoring capability
  • Centrally control enterprise-wide workflows

Easily deployed with automated configuration ability

  • Simple to install
  • Additional agents, as business grows, can self-configure
  • Virtualization and Cloud-enabled

Built-in Advanced Reporting Capability

  • Administrative, Operational, and Audit-centric reports
  • Ability to 'schedule' reports to be created at specific times
  • Centralized to collect data from multiple sources

Automatic Notification and Triage

  • Ability to notify on exceptional conditions
  • Automatic delivery of trouble-shooting information directly to problem management system or to specific personnel

Granular Security Access

  • Allow for user-initiated workload processing
  • Prevent unauthorized access, yet allow multi-tenancy to shared automation tool

Watch this 4-minute video and see the future of Workload Automation.

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