Entries by Larry Neumann

A Summary of Today’s Solace Announcements

Today is a very exciting day for Solace. We’ve been working on a sweeping set of changes that bring to fruition a vision we’ve had for a while now, and we’re excited to share the big news. This page serves as a summary of all the news we introduced today, so let’s get right to it.

Open Data Movement

open-data-moevementAll of these changes reflect and support a new idea we’re calling “Open Data Movement.” Open Data Movement is about giving you freedom and flexibility in the data movement layer of your application infrastructure. It’s all about avoiding vendor, cloud and product lock-in, and it’s what sets us apart from the message brokers and streaming servers you use today. Our technology supports all the popular open protocols, open APIs, delivers every type of message, offers every quality of service, and runs natively in all the popular public and private clouds. We’re the first to solve all these problems in one backbone, which eliminates the hassles that make most distributed systems fragile.… Read the rest

Introducing Open Data Movement

Today Solace introduced something we’re calling Open Data Movement. I’m going to do just two things here: define Open Data Movement, and give an example in pictures.

Breaking Down the Term

Each of the words are important and we’ve chosen them carefully.


We see this as meaning free from proprietary lock in. Solace’s approach to real-time data movement favors:

  • Open protocols – the defined and de facto standards that have emerged for posting, messaging and streaming, including REST, JMS, MQTT, AMQP 1.0 and WebSockets.
  • Open APIs – where possible, we encourage use of open standard APIs like JMS, Paho or Qpid giving developers and enterprises maximum choice.
  • Open to all the popular cloud environments – Solace works the same in private or public IaaS and PaaS platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, VMWare, Cloud Foundry, OpenShift and more.
  • Delivering all the message patterns and classes of service – best effort, guaranteed or transactions for request-reply, publish-subscribe, fanin/fanout, and more
  • Openly integrated with popular DevOps tools – Modern products need to be fully integrated from getting started with shared sample code in GitHub, all the way to automating the test, stage and deployment process in tools like Puppet or Bosh (and everything in between).

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Announcing the New Solace!

In addition to the exciting product news we announced today, we’ve also announced an update to our brand identity.

New Name

When he founded Solace, our CEO Craig Betts modeled our full name after Cisco Systems, which was famous for tackling a one-time software problem (IP routing) in hardware. And the name Solace Systems served us well as we established ourselves, because it underscored an important early differentiator – our hardware approach. But times have changed, and today we provide the world’s best data movement technology, which you can deploy as software, hardware in the cloud or a combination of all three.  To better reflect that flexible approach we’ve dropped the “Systems” from our company name. I think our new more succinct name lets the word Solace shine, emphasizing the fact that we bring “solace” (i.e. comfort, consolation, or relief) to architects, application developers and operations folks who are tired of the hassles associated with traditional messaging, streaming and WAN optimization products.… Read the rest

Solace wins 2016 CIO/IT Innovation Award from Ventana Research

Today technology analyst and research firm Ventana Research announced the winners of their 2016 Technology Innovation Awards. We were delighted to learn that they selected Solace for the 2016 Ventana Research CIO/IT Innovation Award. From their announcement:

The awards recognize pioneering vendors that contribute advancements in technology that drive change and increased value for organizations worldwide.

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FPGAs and Cyclical Fashion Trends

I saw a headline in the Wall Street Journal speculating that the several year trend towards men wearing beards was coming to an end.  Like all shifts in fashion, nobody can say for sure what causes a trend to turn, but I hypothesize it might have been this photo.

In the world of computing, the rise of the cloud has left little oxygen in the press for anything other than the storyline that Amazon, Microsoft and Google (the tech fashionistas) have decided cheap servers running Linux are the answer to every computing problem. When one unit of compute isn’t enough, you write your software to split the workload two ways, or four, or eight, or a thousand. If you find that hard, too bad, hire smarter people like Google and Amazon.

Horizontal scale on cheap CPUs became a religion, and anything that didn’t look like AWS EC2 was like telling the girlfriend who bought you a flannel shirt for your birthday, “sorry, I don’t want to grow a beard”.… Read the rest

SAP’s Message to Developers: Shake Things Up

During the keynote at this year’s SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, Björn Goerke, EVP of SAP Products and Innovation arrived on stage through a puff of smoke in the iconic DeLorean from the Back to the Future movies. The premise was that on his way to 2026 he had accidentally landed in 2016 and needed to generate enough energy to jump forward 10 years.

He proceeded to show a wide range of new SAP HANA cloud and development technologies as part of a scenario revolving around accessing Nevada’s unused Solar Power. He used SAP HANA and HANA Vora to pull together access to 1.19 gigawatts of energy – but as any back to the future geek knows you need 1.21 gigawatts to travel through time.… Read the rest

Shining a Spotlight on Canadian Entrepreneurship

We were honored to receive a Spotlight Award at a gala event in Toronto tonight. The Spotlight Awards are an annual event honoring Canadian companies for excellence in entrepreneurship. It awards in two categories: Unicorns valued at over $1B and Centurions valued between $100M and $1B. Our inclusion as a Centurion was triggered by the recent large investment by our new shareholder Bridge Growth Partners.

This new investment has added significant cash to our balance sheet and bolstered our board with many new seasoned and well-connected technology vets. In fact, we’re putting our new market muscle to work with new investments across the company to more aggressively capitalize on the disruption we’ve created in the real-time data movement market. Watch this space, we have some BIG news coming in about a month. I could tell you more, but I’d have to kill you 🙂

Thanks to Achievers founder Razor Suleman for creating these awards and recognizing Solace at this event.… Read the rest

Does Your Data Have a “Best Before” Date?

Today I presented as part of a webinar about real-time streaming analytics alongside Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri. He described how streaming analytics differs from traditional analytics where data is collected, loaded into an analytics engine and analyzed after some period of time.

I was intrigued by Mike’s characterization of the “perishability” of information, that is, how much opportunity for insight is lost as different kinds of events age. Equating this observation to everyday life, I bet you don’t usually check the expiration date on a bag of chips. But if you’re like me you do glance at the stamp on milk, and if the date is coming up you’ll give that gallon a sniff before pouring it all over your Lucky Charms.

Which events in your business have long shelf lives, and which ones become useless before you can identify what happened or have a chance to act?

Everything depends on context, of course, and streaming analytics introduces many new opportunities for insight and action.… Read the rest

Don’t Be Embarrassed by Shrinkage (in your Market Data)

The financial industry has a love-hate relationship with market data. It’s the lifeblood of their industry, but trading firms view dealing with it like grocery stores view constantly swapping the price tags on shelves – the cost is pure overhead and it doesn’t differentiate them from the competition. It has to be done and done well, but they want it done as cheaply as possible.

For decades, trading firms had two choices: get market data directly from tens to hundreds of constantly changing sources and figure out how to distribute it where it’s needed, or get it from consolidators that had them by the watermelons (to extend the grocery metaphor) in terms of cost and ability to switch vendors.

OpenMAMA is an open source initiative that addresses this problem by unbundling market data from its delivery. OpenMAMA does the dirty work of consolidating direct feeds and abstracts the delivery layer so you can consume it however you like.… Read the rest

Is Your Company Ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution?

The World Economic Forum’s recent annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, featured a lot of discussion about a fourth industrial revolution which they say will see technologies like big data, the Internet of Things, robotics and artificial intelligence combine to drive a surge in what the WEF calls extreme automation and extreme connectivity. To the WEF, extreme automation means robots and algorithms learning and making decisions, and extreme connectivity means pervasive, close-to-instant communications.

This UBS white paper outlines the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on both society and economies. One of its main conclusions is that the key to capitalizing on this shift is flexibility. At the level of national economies, the winners will be those countries that can best adjust labor assets, educational systems, and be fluid with needed legal environments.  At the level of individual companies, the same types of issues apply to company assets. Can the company innovate within the framework of its business?Read the rest