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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 - Gwyn Clay, General Manager, Americas, Chief Product Officer

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 http://www.stonebranch.com/common/pdf/dell-poweredge-m-series-benchmark.pdf.

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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
  • NO AUDIT TRAIL
  • 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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When Incorrect Changes are Made to Your Job Scheduling Tool
Published by Mike on June 26, 2014 @ 16:51 in Job Scheduling Software, Webinars

Watch this recorded webinar on what catastrophic impact could occur if incorrect changes were made to your workload automation (job scheduling) tool.

The voice you'll hear belongs to our very own Julie Norris.

What Catastrophic Impact Could Occur If Incorrect Changes Were Made To Your Workload Automation (Job Scheduling) Tool?

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Baobab Software: Our Partner in Australia
Published by Mike on June 16, 2014 @ 09:27 in Partner Profiles

At Stonebranch, our Global Partner Program is a key part of our success. In Australia, we owe our success to Baobab Software.

Baobab Software is our partner in South Melbourne, Australia. Baobab Software provides best-in-class software solutions to organizations in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region. They take products and solutions to market, providing the entire lifecycle from pre-sales through to sales, implementation and product support for market leading software vendors that do not have a local presence.

The team at Baobab Software have extensive experience in the area of Enterprise software, particularly in the area of IT Automation solutions.

The next time you're in South Melbourne, Australia, visit our valued partner Baobab Software.

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TechEd 2014 in Pictures
Published by Mike on May 23, 2014 @ 15:30 in Events, Stonebranch TechEd

If you were able to join us in Chicago for TechEd 2014, we hope you had as much fun as we did and learned a thing or two along the way. If you couldn't make it, here's a recap of tweets sent throughout the conference from @Stonebranch.

Here's a nice picture of Eaglewood Resort, home of TechEd 2014.

Jeff Bridges spoke about United Supermarkets' experience with Stonebranch's Opswise. No, not that Jeff Bridges...

Opwise 6 was shown publicly for the first time and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.

Bowling was a hit.

Here's Cleo presenting B2B.

Colin spoke about Integrating Workload Automation with SOA and Web Services.

Jos Hooft came all the way from the Netherlands to speak about Rabobank's success with Opswise.

The golf course was spectacular.

Here are the champion golfers in all their glory.

Bob closed out the festivities with an Opswise Controller Advanced Course.

We can't wait for TechEd 2015!

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