Entries by Larry Neumann

Merging the Megatrends – Big Cloudy Things


For a couple of years now, the press and industry analysts have been focused on the three megatrends that will shape the future of computing. You know the script – everything is either about big data, cloud computing or the Internet of Things.

Lately I’ve seen these three trends coming together to create interesting new use cases. For example, this Forbes article makes the case that IoT is the Killer App for Big Data. The author covers two in the title, and he hits the trifecta when he points out that most of that IoT data flows through the cloud on its way to the big data store.

That’s three for three — the megatrends collapsed into one use case.

In our business, we see the same pattern emerging. We see all kinds of use cases tapping into the IoT at some point, everybody’s moving some (or lots) of their infrastructure to some variation of the cloud, and data volumes are climbing as both a cause and effect of all this change.… Read the rest

Flying High: How Big Data will Reduce Delays in Your Air Travel

There was a fascinating article this week in ReCode about efforts to squeeze more efficiency out of the world’s aviation networks using smarter algorithms to isolate the impact of weather events. From the article:

“Bad weather is the cause of 70 percent of all traffic delays within the U.S. National Airspace System, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), adding about $6.7 billion a year in passenger costs. An estimate from the Congressional Joint Economic Committee puts the annual cost of delayed flights at about $40 billion. That spending also adds up to lost time. In fact, in 2013 alone, the airline industry experienced more than 12 million minutes worth of weather-related delays.”

Air traffic controllers do their best with the data available, but will err on the side of caution on any judgement calls in the name of public safety. According to the article, up to 66% of those decisions to delay should be preventable with input from algorithms that use the very latest weather and flight data, and study rates of meteorological change as it applies to the specific flight situation.… Read the rest

Solace VMR Certified as HPE Helion Ready

Editor’s noteWe’ve renamed our product suite. The VMR is now referred to as Solace PubSub+. See our products page for more information.


We recently announced that our Solace Virtual Message Router (VMR) software supports deployment into OpenStack-based cloud environments. Now we’re proud to announce that the VMR has been certified as part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s HPE Helion Ready program.

HPE Helion combines OpenStack® and Cloud Foundry to help customers build and manage hybrid cloud services with a standards-based cloud platform which offers enterprise-grade scale, security, reliability and manageability.

This certification means customers running HPE Helion OpenStack and HPE Helion Development Platform can now easily deploy our Virtual Message Router to add sophisticated messaging middleware functionality to their hybrid cloud infrastructure.

With robust support for leading virtualization products, cloud environments and related technologies, the Solace VMR routes real-time information between applications, cloud services and Internet of Things (IoT) devices across complex hybrid cloud environments.… Read the rest

SAP TechEd 2015; Talking Enterprise Architecture in the Desert

Last week about 6, 000 developers, architects, integrators and system administrators descended on the Venetian resort in Las Vegas for SAP TechEd 2015. The common thread that tied them together was SAP technology, whether they use it as current or prospective customers, or add value to the SAP stack as ecosystem partners.

The agenda was full of updates from SAP on product direction, best practices, and case studies. Wednesday night was DemoJam, an on-site contest in which developers quickly built a healthcare solution based on a fixed set of criteria, and Saturday night featured a rockin’ concert by Third Eye Blind.

We were there to talk about an alliance with SAP that we announced in July; namely their selection of Solace technology for use within the SAP HANA® Cloud Platform as a means of moving information between their core cloud datacenters. This means that HANA Cloud Platform customers will be indirectly using Solace as well, in addition to the many SAP customers already using Solace technology to keep real-time information flowing between SAP and other applications within their datacenters and in the cloud.… Read the rest

Infographic: Dealing with the Data Deluge

Earlier this month we published an infographic about the challenges associated with rapidly-increasing data volumes. That blog post was among the most highly trafficked of the year, suggesting either the topic resonated with people — or people like infographics.

Dealing with this information explosion is a real problem for all companies – even if you have a strategy that works well today, you’ll be dealing with twice as much data in two short years, and ten times as much in six. The ramifications are as staggering as the rate – all of that information will need to be efficiently moved between an increasingly diverse set of applications, analytics engines and connected devices across on-premise, cloud and hybrid computing environments.… Read the rest

Infographic: Real-Time Information and The Data Deluge

In our industry, the meaning of terms often shift over time. Case in point, the term “real time” has been around for decades, but its meaning has changed several times.

Initially, the term real time was used in high performance computing circles to describe problems that required correlation between events within a latency budget. For example, a high-tech manufacturing process step that needs to be altered within 3 milliseconds of a given condition being identified. Those real-time computing systems were optimized for timing predictability.

Later, the term real time came to mean up-to-the-minute or second information – kind of the opposite of batch oriented. At the time, batch was still the dominant architecture for sharing information across systems and geographies due to the high cost of adequate WAN bandwidth and computing power. Making any system real time required serious cost justification, otherwise, batch prevailed.… Read the rest

Getting the Most from Open Source, Open Standards and Solace

linux and openmamaWith Solace technology being used more and more alongside open source products, and with open standard protocols, we’ve been hard at work expanding our interoperability with complementary technologies to give our customers maximum choice and help them avoid vendor lock-in.

Earlier this year, we announced support for MQTT, an OASIS standard protocol within the Internet of Things, and support for REST as a first class messaging protocol. We’ve also worked with clients to connect Solace with Flume, Spark and Storm as means of  gathering data across the enterprise and making big data more real time.

This week, we were part of two more announcements that highlighting this effort:

  • On Tuesday the Linux Foundation announced their newest members, including Solace, CloudLinux and MariaDB. The Linux Foundation is at the heart of much of the open source movement, and we look forward to participating in the growth and adoption of these technologies.

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Recapping the Summer 2015 User Group Meeting

On July 7th we held our Summer 2015 User Group Meeting in London. Here are some highlights:

  • Our CTO Shawn McAllister introduced the ins and outs of our new Virtual Message Router, the software version of our market leading hardware appliance. In the Q&A and networking session we heard about lots of interesting ideas for how companies might take advantage of the deployment flexibility the VMR gives them.
  • Aaron Lee and Tom Fairbairn did a demo to give the audience an idea of the user experience for installation and operation of the VMR.
  • Mauricio Gonzales Evans, CEO of BCC Group talked about how Solace is helping multiple banking clients tackle Excel compliance.
  • Dave Carson of SR Labs shared some info about their partnership with Solace, and discussed recent developments around OpenMAMA.

It’s always gratifying to see IT pros come together to share their experiences with our technology. We look forward to our upcoming user group meetings in other locations around the world.… Read the rest

A Real-Time Renaissance for Oil and Gas

A new report from energy industry analyst Technavio says the future of the oil and gas business is about embracing real-time information in oilfield services.

From the abstract of their report, entitled Smart Oilfield IT Services market from 2015-2019:

Furthermore, the volume and detail of data generated in exploration and production need to be put into better use so that the O&G companies can gain value from the same and act upon the insights generated by data produced during exploration and production.

They see the growth of just the IT services in these projects (they don’t consider the growth of spend on specific technologies) at a healthy 5.93% CAGR, driven by tangible benefits to the business:

The implementation of these services enables companies to increase production, improve recovery rates, and cut capital and operating expenses. In addition, the time-to-value also gets enhanced with the implementation of these services.

This is what we’ve heard from customers and prospects in the energy industry in general, and specifically within the oil and gas sector.… Read the rest

The Solace VMR – It’s About Customer Choice

Editor’s noteWe’ve renamed our product suite. The VMR is now referred to as Solace PubSub+. See our products page for more information.


It all Started in Hardware…

When Solace began in 2001, the key company founding observation was that the volume of real-time information in the world was about to skyrocket, yet the technology that existed to manage and move it was closed, limited and expensive.

Thus was born the Solace message routing appliance; a unique piece of hardware that combines many capabilities in one device:

  • Support for multiple APIs and protocols like JMS, OpenMAMA, REST, MQTT to integrate with the majority of existing applications.
  • Smart WAN protocols to dramatically improve behavior over long-distance networks.
  • Ultra low latency for when microseconds matter.
  • Web streaming to hundreds of thousands of mobile users or IoT devices.
  • Comprehensive monitoring for the most detailed understanding of application traffic available anywhere.

… all with 50-100 times higher throughput than any comparable technology.… Read the rest