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New Solace Message Routers Accelerate Enterprise Applications and Enable Big Data, Cloud and IoT

Combined with Release of SolOS 7.0, New Models Enable Application-Aware Networks that Improve Performance, Robustness and TCO of IT Infrastructure

Ottawa, Ontario, June 3, 2014 Solace Systems announced today two new message routers and a major new version of its operating system, SolOS 7.0, that together meet the diverse data movement demands of today’s enterprise applications and emerging big data systems, cloud computing architectures and internet of things initiatives.

Each of these systems needs an efficient way to move large amounts of information over different kinds of networks with unique requirements in terms of latency, throughput, guaranteed delivery, fault tolerance and more. Solace’s hardware-based platform lets companies replace a wide range of discrete data movement technologies (such as messaging middleware, open source, web streaming, transaction management, WAN optimization, etc.) with a powerful application-aware network. Application aware-networks make it easier and less expensive to move data between applications while offering greater capacity, performance and robustness than other solutions.… Read the rest

Hedge Funds Head into the Cloud

cloudThere was an article in Wall Street & Technology the other day about hedge funds increasingly turning to cloud-based services for various functions instead of building out their own IT systems. The article focuses on the cloud-ward migration of back-office functions, but we see it happening in the front and middle office as well. Just in the past few weeks we announced three new Solace customers that are building cloud-based businesses around their unique technical expertise:

Each chose Solace because we offered them ultra-fast performance, predictable latency, headache-free management, rock-solid reliability and multi-tenant capabilities — all key attributes of any cloud-based service. Starting with a mature, full featured infrastructure means these cloud service companies can spend more minutes focused on making their trading services better instead of coding, configuring, tuning or operating software-based middleware.… Read the rest

The Fleet of Buses

iStock_000002004120XSmall-300x199The message bus, information bus,   and enterprise service bus concepts are popular, and now old enough, that most large organizations find they have an entire fleet of such buses. Complicating matters is the fact that they tend to be heterogeneous in version and vendor and much of this middleware is really embedded legacy application infrastructure that cannot be easily changed. So how do you modernize your fleet of old buses?

1 ) Federate: Get them talking to one another so that they benefit from the network effect that returns greater value as more endpoints are inter-connected

2) Accelerate: Get rid of the road bumps and bottlenecks slowing down the real-time flow of information. Modern data movement is much lower latency, globally distributed, with active/active  replication into in-memory datagrids and distributed cache.

3) Rejuvenate: Remodel a few key flagship implementations to take advantage of the new world of streaming big data, real-time analytics, mobile sensors, M2M, etc.… Read the rest

Baseball, the cloud, and big data

As the release of the upcoming movie Moneyball approaches, it’s inevitable that we’ll be hearing much more about baseball’s sabermetrics. ReadWriteWeb is out front of the topic with a nice article today on How Big Data and the iPad have Fundamentally Changed Baseball.

This article ties together three of my favorite topics – big data analytics, cloud computing infrastructure and baseball. Take a look at the iPad dashboard at right and think about a starting pitcher and catcher sitting together on a flight using this kind of highly-visual tool to decide how to pitch each hitter. Now think about the rudimentary paper-based systems from five or ten years ago. Which pitcher has the edge? I’m sure that comparable data exists for batters on pitcher’s tendencies and release points, but it does appear that the overwhelming advantage of this technology favors the pitcher/catcher game plan.

But do the results back up the theory?… Read the rest

Enterprises taking cues from cloud computing

On the Pervasive Data Center blog, Gordon Haff makes the case that cloud computing is not taking over enterprise computing, as was predicted when it emerged a few years ago, but rather teaching enterprises how to better model their own data centers (as private clouds) to share resources and simplify operations.

I would add to Gordon’s observations that the rapid adoption of appliances within enterprises is being driven by a desire for key advantages of cloud computing: simplified operations and cookie cutter horizontal scaling.

Further evidence exists in how many of our customers are using Solace virtualization capabilities, which let administrators easily partition each appliance into many discrete messaging environments, to give different applications and departments their own message bus without the cost or hassle of deploying new messaging platforms with their own software licenses and hardware. Solace virtualization functionality was originally conceived for multi-tenant service providers that wanted to virtually segregate traffic between different companies’ applications to ensure security and operational autonomy on shared equipment.… Read the rest

Solace and Layer 7 Partner to Deliver Policy-based, Ultra-scalable Messaging for SOA and Cloud Environments

OTTAWA and VANCOUVER, August 3, 2010 – Solace Systems, the leading provider of messaging middleware appliances, and Layer 7 Technologies, the leader in security and governance for SOA and cloud, today announced the integration of Solace’s message routers with Layer 7’s SecureSpan™ Gateways. The combination of these appliances offers unmatched security, manageability and scalability for SOA and cloud integration.

The Layer 7 SecureSpan XML Gateway provides a wide range of capabilities for SOA, web services and cloud environments, such as regulating access to services, enforcing policies, protecting against malicious attacks and enabling policy-based integration. Using Solace’s messaging appliance in conjunction with the XML Gateway allows enterprise architects to create new virtual enterprise service buses (ESBs) with unprecedented performance and policy-based controls for security, management and integration.

“Layer 7 is widely recognized as a leader in SOA/cloud security and connectivity solutions, and is a natural complement to Solace’s high-speed, message-oriented middleware solution, ” said Shawn McAllister, CTO at Solace.… Read the rest

Solace Partners with Adaptris to Deliver Seamless Connectivity Between Middleware Clouds

Solution Reduces the Cost and Time Required to Bridge Solace Applications to over 50 Types of Middleware and Business Applications

OTTAWA, June 22, 2009 – Solace Systems, the leader in messaging middleware and content networking hardware, and Adaptris, a leading provider of SOA-ready application adapters, today announced a partnership to connect Solace’s hardware with a wide range of messaging and application environments as part of Solace’s Unified Messaging Platform. Adaptris provides over 50 adapters for common types of middleware and popular business applications.

“No technology exists in a vacuum; every customer environment has other commercial or home-grown middleware as well as business applications that need to be connected to their Solace backbone, ” said Shawn McAllister, chief architect, Solace Systems. “Adaptris fills this need with a variety of pre-built adapters and a flexible framework as well as a wealth of practical experience expanding to support unique requirements.”

Many enterprises have multiple islands of middleware, along with hundreds of applications and databases that need to interact and share information.… Read the rest

Getting a Jump on 2009 Cloud Computing Predictions

It’s that time of year again … no not time for year-end shopping or the return of wintery weather. I’m talking about the arrival of 2008 year-end reviews and 2009 predictions.

Ken Hess posted a look ahead at cloud computing in 2009 on the Linux Magazine website and had some sensible suggestions for suppliers and consumers of cloud services. I find it interesting that Solace made his list of 2009 chart toppers, since we haven’t announced our cloud intentions publicly yet, but if he is plugged into the cloud community it’s likely that he knows what we’re up to.

Or maybe it’s as obvious to Ken as it is to us that distributed and virtualized applications require better options to share information between enterprises and the various clouds than are available today. More on these topics shortly…… Read the rest

The Death of ‘Cloud Computing’?

When you think cloud computing, who do you think of? Amazon? Google? Maybe Salesforce.com? Did anyone say Dell? Didn’t think so…

We learned this week that Dell is close to trademarking the term ‘cloud computing.’ They’ve already been granted ‘notice of allowance’, which basically means that the trademark has been approved, but not formally registered. When they start using the trademark, there is a high probability that it will be granted to Dell.

Most notably, the period for other companies to send their lawyers after Dell objecting to one company owning the term has passed. How could this trademark filing have gone unnoticed and unchallenged for over a year? And why exactly does Dell want to ‘own’ a common use computing term anyway? If they don’t defend it, only trademark lawyers will know that they own it, and if they do defend it, they are guaranteeing that the rest of the industry will move onto the next synonym — currently something ending with ‘aaS’ (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, …).… Read the rest