Launching a VMR in IBM Bluemix

IBM Bluemix has a great cloud platform based on open-standards that they are building to give developers “flexible compute options, choice of DevOps tooling, and a powerful set of IBM and third-party APIs and services”. If you’re not already familiar with it, check it out. It offers developers three distinct platforms for deploying their applications: true platform as a service through Cloud Foundry, portable containers through Docker and Virtual Machines on OpenStack (currently in BETA).

With the recently announced OpenStack Solace VMR support, it seems like a perfect fit – run your Solace VMRs in the Bluemix Virtual Machines environment, your Apps in CloudFoundry and then you can really take advantage of all the benefits of Bluemix public cloud and Bluemix local. More on that in a future post though. For now I want to show you how I got the Solace VMR running in Bluemix.


Along the way, I leveraged two guides to get the VMR up and running:

As required I’ll reference both of those guides to help you understand the steps and how to go further with your personal configuration as required.… Read the rest

Solace Continues to Expand Cloud Strategy with Support for OpenStack and Amazon Web Services

Support for Growing Number of Cloud Platforms lets Companies Incorporate Solace Message Routing into Wide Range of Environments

Ottawa, Ont., January 6, 2016 – Solace Systems, a leading provider of data movement technology, announced today that customers can now deploy its Virtual Message Router (VMR) as part of cloud environments based on OpenStack, and into all regions of Amazon Web Services. The VMR already supports popular hypervisors including VMWare, Oracle VirtualBox and Linux KVM, and Solace will be adding support for more containers, datacenter operating systems and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings soon.

By expanding its support for leading virtualization products, cloud environments and related technologies, Solace is making it possible for companies to use its world-class messaging across private cloud, public cloud, on-premise and hybrid environments to tie together assets ranging from datacenters to IoT devices. By offering a fully-integrated messaging platform that can be deployed in all of these environments, as hardware or software, Solace enables total architectural flexibility and application portability.

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OpenStack-optimized VMR Now Available

openstack-for-blogFollowing on our recent addition of support for AWS,  we’re excited to announce that we’ve taken another step that supports the migration of IT infrastructure to the cloud by making available an OpenStack-optimized version of our Virtual Message Router (VMR).

OpenStack-optimized VMR packages (available for download here) enable companies to quickly get the VMR up and running in their public or private OpenStack cloud. Detailed instructions on how to import the VMR to an OpenStack cloud can be found here.

OpenStack is the most common technology being used to build private cloud infrastructures, so an OpenStack-optimized version of our VMR means companies will have access to the same enterprise class messaging technology that they are used to as they migrate to cloud based infrastructure.

Stay tuned as we add support for more cloud-based technologies to further our vision of providing a ubiquitous messaging service that can span all kinds of private, public and hybrid cloud architectures.… Read the rest

Solace VMR Available in Amazon Web Services Cloud

Following the release of the Solace VMR Enterprise Edition, we are happy to announce the availability of our VMR in the Amazon Web Services cloud.  The availability of AWS native AMIs will make it much easier for developers to get up and running in the AWS public cloud.  For those who want to try out the VMR, the Evaluation Edition has been available for anonymous, free download for an evaluation trial for some time.  That same flexibility is now available natively to all AWS users.  Direct instance launch links are available in downloads that will allow anyone with an AWS account to get an instance of the VMR up and running in the AWS Cloud in minutes.  Here are detailed instructions on how to launch the VMR in AWS.

Solace is ready to support the migration to the cloud.  Existing VMR customers will have access to a native AMI of the VMR Enterprise Edition enabling them to host production applications that use Solace technology in AWS.  … Read the rest

Solace Now Certified for Cloudera Enterprise

Combination of Real-Time Data Movement and Big Data Technology Helps Joint Customers Achieve Faster Time to Insight

OTTAWA, Ont., December 16, 2015 – Solace Systems, a leading provider of data movement technology, announced today a partnership with Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop™. Together Solace and Cloudera make it easier for companies to continuously feed real-time data streams into big data repositories for up-to-the-minute analysis and reporting. The companies have jointly deployed with several customers in the financial services and manufacturing industries, and Solace’s technology is now certified on Cloudera Enterprise 5, the world’s most popular Apache Hadoop solution, as part of the Cloudera Certified Technology program.

“Many companies, including some of the world’s largest, trust Solace’s technology as a fast, reliable way to move high value information throughout their IT infrastructure. Certification of Solace on Cloudera Enterprise 5 means Cloudera customers can easily and with confidence ingest valuable business data from any environment into an Enterprise Data Hub” said Tim Stevens, vice president of Business and Corporate Development at Cloudera.

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Solace Achieves Cloudera Certification

Solace Systems Message Routers have been deployed by innovative companies of all sizes as the messaging foundation for their enterprise services bus. Our technology ties together applications across datacenters via event driven data flows, so their most mission-critical high volume data is already flowing through Solace Message Routers. As a result, when these organizations embrace new technologies they call upon us to help integrate them into their ESB.  It is as part of these efforts that we have been working for some time with Cloudera as an enterprise grade big data solution. Using Solace to feed Cloudera data workflows has given joint customers superior insight into any data, from any app, in real-time, with an enterprise mindset.

cloudera-certified-logoBased on these successful deployments we decided to formalize our integration with Cloudera to make the integration easily repeatable for our joint customers, and we are thrilled that we recently achieved certification with Cloudera’s Enterprise Hadoop solution (CDH).… 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

SAP Selects Solace Systems to Support High-Performance Messaging in the Cloud for Digital Businesses

Adding Solace Middleware to SAP HANA® Cloud Platform Will Help Customers Embrace Cloud Computing to Enable Big Data and Internet of Things Strategies

Ottawa, Ont., July 15, 2015 – Solace Systems announced today that SAP will be using Solace’s next-generation messaging middleware in upcoming releases of its cloud-based integration service. The integration of Solace’s message router technology into SAP HANA® Cloud Platform is intended to help enterprises more easily take advantage of big data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things.

Moving enterprise IT systems to the cloud increases the volume and volatility of information they send, receive and share. The increasing demand for real-time big data amplifies this effect, as does the desire to link sensors and control systems as part of the Internet of Things. Cloud integration service providers need scalable, cost-effective ways to mitigate these effects.

SAP HANA Cloud Platform includes a dedicated integration service called SAP HANA Cloud Integration that is designed to connect applications, business partners and devices as part of end-to-end business processes running in the cloud.

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Live Demo: Real-time Messaging Across the Hybrid Cloud

A popular distributed architecture combines regional applications deployed in the public cloud with centralized functionality running within one or more central private datacenters. Instead of cobbling together a solution using cloud-based messaging, some kind of cloud to on-premise connectivity and yet another messaging solution in your datacenter, it’s far simpler to use one unified messaging fabric across the hybrid cloud. The Solace Virtual Message Router spins up easily in all public clouds and it easily peers with Solace appliances that are a natural fit for on premise datacenters.

In this screencast, I demonstrate a global retail application powered by MuleSoft’s Anypoint platform. The retail company’s API runs in MuleSoft CloudHub iPaaS within the AWS public cloud and the back end datacenter processing uses Mule workers. In the demo, I bring up a Solace virtual message router in the AWS public cloud and connect it to a Solace appliance within a central datacenter.… Read the rest

Solace and HostBridge Simplify Integration of Mainframe Assets with Modern Big Data, Cloud and IoT Systems

Combination of Next-Generation Messaging Middleware and Mainframe Integration Software Unlocks Mainframe Information and Modernizes Applications without Touching Code

Learn how Solace and HostBridge modernize the mainframe.

Ottawa, Ont. and Stillwater, Okla., April 28, 2015 – Solace Systems and HostBridge Technology announced today that they have integrated their messaging middleware and mainframe integration solutions to link critical mainframe systems with modern applications and architectures so they can send and receive large volumes of real-time information, all without modifying any mainframe code.

HostBridge is the only mainframe-resident Web services solution powered by server-side JavaScript, the same technology used by today’s cloud, analytics, Web, and mobile innovators. Companies use HostBridge to transform mainframe-based transactions, programs, and data into object-oriented applications that interoperate seamlessly with any distributed information asset.

“In striving to capitalize on trends like big data, cloud computing, ubiquitous mobility and the Internet of Things, companies look to our next-gen messaging middleware to help their IT systems handle ever-increasing amounts of data, distribution of processing and diversity of endpoints, ” said Denis King, EVP of Strategic Alliances for Solace Systems.… Read the rest