From the earliest days of distributed computing, the idea that steps in a workflow use a task queue of some kind to pass off information has been a central tenant of information design. Over time, major buckets have emerged, each on their own timelines, and each with a different technology that became the de facto standard.
Most enterprises have ended up with a mishmash of all of these types of messaging–often five, ten or even more solutions from a handful of different vendors. This isn’t usually the result of poor decision making, but of the fact that at the time each one was deployed, it was the fastest, easiest or most reliable way to meet a given requirement. But hardware fundamentally changes what’s possible in middleware.
Today’s limits are either limitations of the interplay between operating systems and software, or the limits of supporting multiple general purpose hardware servers. For any one of these kinds of messaging, hardware leaves these limits in the dust and blows the doors off what’s been possible with software-based solutions:
Each one of these represents out-of-the-box performance that surpasses what world-class architects would not be able to get out of software. But what if you could consolidate all of these parallel products into one footprint as well?
The real power of the Unified Messaging Platform is not that it can run circles around software in each of these areas, but that it lets you comfortably use the same equipment for your front, middle and back office capabilities without worrying about one application impacting the performance or stability of another. You don’t build a new IP network for each application, do you? Similarly, it’s time to stop building, scaling and designing redundancy for so many discrete middleware systems.
If you could (over time) replace your MQ and JMS infrastructure, as well as your market data delivery and specialty algo trading infrastructure, in favor of a single network layer that could do all of these better, faster and easier, why wouldn’t you? The ROI is a no brainer. The business gets worry-free headroom and the ability to scale to tens of millions of messages per second. The business gets competitive edge in operational improvements and faster trading.
It’s a game-changing value prop and it was unthinkable just a few years ago. If you ask the really talented architects and infrastructure designers on the street today, they are more likely to call it inevitable than unthinkable.