Entries by Dave McAllister

Big Data Rivers Webinar

Every wonder about the impact of data in motion? Or how lambda architecture is used to drive real world big data solutions?

Sumeet Puri, Solace’s global head of systems engineering, shared his experiences and expertise in a webinar covering those topics and more. In particular, Sumeet discussed event-driven architectures and how data movement patterns vary across such architectures, not being limited to request/reply exchanges. He also focused on the importance of open data movement, i.e. the distribution of data using standard protocols and open APIs across diverse cloud and on-premise environments.

The technologies used to implement big data vary across use cases and continue to evolve, but the common thread, as Sumeet put it, is that “Data lakes need data rivers to feed them”.

sumeet-data-river-slideSumeet illustrated with analogies and anecdotes some ways to deal with sync and async data, and how data rivers apply to financial services use cases such as the processing of orders and online payments.… Read the rest

How Solace supports SWIM Air Traffic Management Systems

In this edition of “Solace Says,” I interviewed Wayne Osse, Solace’s director of sales engineering in the Americas, from the floor of the World Air Traffic Management Congress in Madrid, Spain. You can learn more about what Solace offers airlines, airports and air navigation safety providers here.

How does the aviation industry benefit from what Solace brings to air traffic management?

Solace provides the backbone in the FAA SWIM (System Wide Information Management) Infrastructure, so we’re able to feed in a real time fashion the airlines and other industries and ecosystems that needs the SWIM data, whether it’s traffic flow, position data of planes, or weather.

So I keep hearing this mention of Open SWIM from Solace.  What is SWIM?

SWIM is a central theme here at this conference, it stands for System Wide Information Management. It’s about taking point to point system and making them publish/subscribe, at a minimum.  … Read the rest

Solace and Docker: Multi-Cloud Messaging Containers

From the dawn of (software) time, developers have been searching for the solution to software portability. The challenge of managing dependencies, from versioning to network topology to storage in a world of public and private clouds and legacy datacenters is mind-boggling. However, with the advent and acceptance of application containers, the world is closer to a solution that allows apps to be easily moved from one environment to another.

Today’s environments aren’t just a single staging ground or single deployment space. Increasingly, the production solution crosses multiple systems, clouds and datacenters. Sharing messages and data across those multiple environments is also challenging, which is why Solace has embraced open data movement.

That’s why we’re excited to announce today that our Solace Virtual Message Router (VMR) is now available as a Docker image. With this, the VMR can now run in Docker environments with other dockerized apps to combine the benefits of containers with those of the leading open data movement technology.… Read the rest

Solace at PCF Meetup in Boston

On February 16th, Solace took part in the Boston Pivotal Cloud Foundry meetup, talking about the Solace Tile for PCF and how easy it makes it to add enterprise class data movement and messaging services to your PCF environment.

Mark Spielman, a member of Solace’s Office of the CTO, demonstrated horizontal scaling of aggregated microservices. Microservices are a hot architectural topic among developers today, and the ease of using messaging to allow those microservices to communicate was clearly shown. Additionally, the ability to elastically scale messaging and streaming capacity was demonstrated using the standard PCF tools.

Pivotal’s John Ferguson talked about PCF’s OPS capabilities, and how the Solace and PCF work together to create a seamless devops environment.

The Solace Tile for PCF is available now, as is the Virtual Message Router, on which the Tile is based. More information on Solace and PCF is available on the developer portal and that the demo code is open sourced on Github as well as the availability of additional samples and Spring integrations.… Read the rest

Migrating to the Hybrid Cloud? Leave Your Legacy Messaging Behind

The future of information technology is in the cloud. Your data and applications workloads might end up in a public cloud, private cloud or more likely both, but the advantages of cloud computing are clear, making the migration inevitable.

Hybrid cloud architectures include today’s datacenter and both private and public clouds. Today the datacenter houses the majority of your workloads, but most new workloads will be cloud-first, so the balance of power will quickly shift until datacenters are the lonely realm of legacy holdouts.hybrid-cloud-today-tomorrow

That makes it important to ask yourself this question: Does the messaging you rely on in your datacenter today make sense in the cloud?

Enterprise messaging products like IBM MQ and TIBCO EMS were created back when “full stack” mentality was all the rage. They were designed to move messages within a datacenter, mostly between elements of that vendor’s own tool set. They relied on proprietary protocols and made direct optimizations to underlying operating systems, all of which makes them poorly suited to virtualization in the cloud.… Read the rest

Recapping Solace’s First Chicago User Group Meeting

On November 17th Northern Trust hosted the inaugural Solace User Group meeting in Chicago. The meeting was quite well attended, with over 40 folks present.

chicago-ug-2Kicking things off for the evening was Sameer Manelkar, Manager, Enterprise Middleware Service, Northern Trust. Sameer talked about the challenges Northern Trust is facing with their current messaging solutions including HA and DR, complexity, cost and the need to innovate. He went on to discuss the intricate architecture that Northern Trust has and how Solace technology has changed the nature of messaging for the company. Q&A made it clear that the talk resonated with the attendees, and showed that Sameer and Northern trust understand messaging and know the value of Solace quite well.

chicago-ug-3Solace CTO Shawn McAllister followed Sameer by giving a strategic roadmap update, talking about how the market is changing and growing for open data movement, and discussing some new innovations and solutions Solace recently announced.… Read the rest

QCon SF 2016: Deep Knowledge, Amazing Insights.

In many ways, QCon is a unique event. Unlike most events that are filled with evangelists and coaches, it’s made up of peers talking with peers, offering insights and advice from actual experience. For attendees, the sheer depth and breadth of information is amazing. For those of you familiar with the movie UHF, it’s like drinking from the fire hose.

I was there with my Solace colleagues to engage in dialog about open data movement. Open data movement is all about making sure you have the freedom and flexibility to work your way: all your information, all your environments, all your protocols. AMQP, JMS, MQTT, REST, WebSockets, that sort of thing.

I was really impressed with how many attendees were familiar with messaging and the need for data movement in general. It’s clearly a problem space on a lot of minds these days. While many people had implemented point solutions, most recognized that an open, standards-driven model makes sense for solving problems from edge to core.… Read the rest

Open Data Movement Across All Clouds

Driven by the ability to build new applications faster and the promise of SaaS, clouds are becoming the de facto standard way to deliver business services and solutions. As this chart from Wikibon shows, enterprise investment in cloud (purple and red) is set to supplant and surpass traditional software and hardware spending (green) within ten years. That’s an unprecedented amount of change for a single decade in enterprise technology.

enterpriseitMore than anything, embracing cloud is about future-proofing. As companies migrate mission-critical workloads from traditional systems to clouds, they want freedom (no lock-in), flexibility (ability to move workloads as desired) and continuity (progress and migration without disruption).

That means you need to be able to choose your clouds at will, public or private. To choose your environment at both the IaaS and PaaS layers. To build hybrid solutions that factor your existing infrastructure into the equation. And to work with open, standardized APIs and protocols that will meet your needs now and in the future.… Read the rest

Welcome to Solace Labs

Every great “game-changing” scientist needs a lab, right? (remember, madness is in the eye of the beholder…) Well in an attempt to help the big brains who are working to find and refine solutions to data movement challenges, we’ve just introduced Solace Labs.

In today’s technology landscape innovation is fueled by openness – transparent and free-flowing interactions between modern applications, clouds and legacy systems. Such openness can come in the form of APIs, standards and open source, and Solace Labs is set to support all three.

Our goal is to provide open tools and examples that enable flexible, robust and innovative open data movement across existing and emerging technologies alike.  Toward that end Solace Labs will promote and facilitate the use of open standards and APIs for the advancement of data movement solutions in areas such as cloud, IoT and big data. Solace Labs will work in conjunction with our new Solace Samples Github repo as well, for even more code access.… Read the rest

Smart City Meetup: Lessons Learned from Singapore

wazerwcDo you live in a smart city?
Do you wish you lived in a smart city?

Every time I venture out here in Silicon Valley, I wish all sorts of data and services were readily available, on demand and in real time. I’d like my water company to tell me I have a leak, my power company to tell me how my systems are doing, my traffic lights to intelligently decide their cycles for traffic.

That is the start of a smart city.

A smart city uses connected devices and sophisticated communications to deliver innovative services, reduce costs for service providers and allow citizens to improve the running of the city. With sensors planted measuring everything from traffic congestion to street lights, from water delivery to bus route and coverage and even energy demand and pollution, a smart city can really meet the demands of the next megatrends in urban needs.… Read the rest