As a more or less happy iPhone 3G user, I will confess that I had the live event playing in my browser when Sir Jobs was unveiling the sexy new features coming in the iPhone4. It’s an exciting day when something that you’ve come to rely on gets a new set of capabilities, and I invested some time thinking about whether a HD Video, multi-tasking or video conferencing would be useful to me. For Solace customers, today is just like that launch day as we released V5.0 of our Solace message router firmware. The only difference between the two is our launch doesn’t have live blogs, video streams, fanboys or CNN coverage. But I bet our demo would have worked.
A bit of history will help to put V5 in context. In our V3 release, the majority of features were aimed at creating hardware versions of features previously available in software products. There is a core set of capabilities that you just must have to be in the game, and our innovation then was focused on making existing messaging features faster or easier to deploy and manage. In V4 about half of the features introduced were rounding out legacy messaging capabilities, and the other half was introducing new capabilities.
With version 5 the majority of our major new features are innovations that have not previously been available in any messaging platform. At this point, we’ve met or surpassed the important features equivalence of legacy software platforms and we’re taking advantage of what’s unique about hardware to give customers capabilities that haven’t been available in commercial messaging offerings.
There are literally dozens of little features in V5.0 but below is a summary of the major ones we’re highlighting:
We’re very pleased to bring these advances to our customers and prospects. In truth, you all helped bring many of them to us with your excellent feedback, requirements and suggestions.
Oh, and one more thing… Unlike Apple who made you wait 2 weeks from announcement to availability and requires you to buy a new iPhone to get the cool new features, Solace V5.0 is available in GA now and is free to anyone with current maintenance.