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Solace in Azure Quickstart

Earlier this month AWS announced the release of an AWS Quick Start for the Solace VMR.  Now there is also a quickstart on the Azure Quick Start page.

The VMR is a software message router that is fully compatible with the Solace message appliance and Solace SDKs, as well as open source AMQP, JMS, MQTT, REST and WebSocket.   The VMR provides message-oriented middleware with class-leading reliability, performance, scale and robustness.

This Azure Quick Start allows you to select between “Single Node” or “High Availability” deployment models.  The single node deployment model can use the community edition of the Solace VMR and provides a very simple way to evaluate all the functionality a non-redundant instance of the VMR has to offer. The high availability deployment model requires a time based evaluation instance of the VMR and adds the robustness of Solaces high availability solution.

Both of these deployment models utilize the simple template driven Azure Resource Manager (ARM) interface to quickly and easily deploy complete solutions.… Read the rest

Solace Available via AWS Quick Start

This week AWS announced the release of an AWS Quick Start for the Solace VMR.   The VMR is a software message router that is fully compatible with the Solace message appliance and Solace SDKs, as well as open source AMQP, JMS, MQTT, REST and WebSocket.   The VMR provides message-oriented middleware with class-leading reliability, performance, scale and robustness.

This AWS Quick Start is one of their “automated gold-standard deployments” which shows how to create a fully integrated production deployment of a Solace VMR high availability cluster.  Solace has had multi-cloud offerings for some time, but this Quick Start allows you to more quickly and easily deploy a fully configured HA cluster. We worked with AWS architects to develop and validate this deployment in an optimized configuration that eliminates the need to worry about the details and mechanics of configuring the cluster yourself.

Solace will continue to work with cloud providers to provide simple but complete deployments to make our multi-cloud offerings even easier to deploy and start working with in minutes. … Read the rest

New VMR 7.2.2 Adds Hyper-V Support and Eliding

Solace has just released VMR 7.2.2. We’ve had many people looking to use the VMR in Microsoft Hyper-V, so we’ve added Hyper-V to the list of virtualization environments that the VMR can be deployed in. You can download that package or any other at http://dev.solace.com/downloads.

This new version also brings the eliding feature to the VMR. Eliding means “to leave out or omit.” In context of messaging, eliding lets you set the maximum rate at which the router will deliver messages to applications. Publishers can send at whatever message rate they like. But consumers using eliding will have the message stream limited to the rate they desire, while still making sure that any message they receive will be the most recent message published on the topic . Eliding can be valuable when applications are connecting over expensive or low-bandwidth links, and do not need to see every message published on a topic, only the latest one.… Read the rest

Solace Virtual Message Router (VMR) Release 7.2

Today we’re introducing Release 7.2 of the VMR. It’s a big step forward for the VMR in features, performance, and scaling.

One of our major goals for this new version of the VMR was to rev up performance. With R7.2, our benchmarks indicate that the VMR is two to five times faster than the other commonly used software message brokers. We’ve tested it under a wide range of conditions including diverse message sizes and distribution patterns. You can find all of our latest performance numbers here. We invite you to test it for yourself and let us know what you find. We think you’ll agree that the new VMR screams for all kinds of workloads.

We also know that for many of our customers, it is important that their applications work exactly the same whether they are connecting to a VMR or to a Solace messaging appliance. To that end, we’ve added a bunch of features to Release 7.2 VMR that were previously only available on the appliance, including support for:

  • Compressed client connections for use cases where bandwidth between client applications and the router is limited
  • TLS-encrypted bridge connections between VMRs for secure transfer of messages between routers
  • Client-certificates for securely authenticating client connections to the VMR
  • VMware Tools, to make it easier to manage the VMR in VMware environments

Under the hood, we’ve updated the underlying kernel, and improved the multi-threading of our software so that we can take better advantage of modern multi-core server platforms.… Read the rest

Introducing the VMR Community Edition

Today we announced an exciting new version of our Virtual Message Router – the “Community Edition.”

In case you don’t already know and love our VMR, it’s a message broker that runs on general purpose processors or in the cloud. The VMR Enterprise Edition supports your favorite message exchange patterns, qualities of service, open APIs/protocols, and deployment environments – from public and private clouds to virtual machines. And it’s fast: with the V7.2 release all versions of the VMR benchmark at 2-5 times as fast (often even more) as your other choices for message brokering.

This new VMR Community Edition is just as fast and offers all the same features: cloud deployment, JMS, MQTT, REST, guaranteed delivery, unified API and administration, the works! Whatever your favorite Solace messaging feature might be, we haven’t left anything out. In fact, the VMR Community Edition differs from its enterprise sibling only in its lower scaling limits and limited fault tolerance.… Read the rest

Solace VMR Certified as HPE Helion Ready

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. By offering a fully-integrated messaging platform that can be deployed in such diverse environments as hardware or software, Solace enables architectural flexibility and application portability so companies can adapt and scale their infrastructure as needs change and new technologies emerge.… Read the rest

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.

Resources

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 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

VMR Software Now Available for Download

Our new developer portal has been getting good reviews during the invitation-only preview period this week. People have told us they appreciate having easy access to software downloads and product docs, along with getting started guides and code samples.

Some of you have also told us how anxious you are to download and try out our Virtual Message Router software. I’m happy to report that as of right now you can now download a fully-featured, pre-production release of the Solace VMR so you can evaluate Solace messaging for 30 days.

Back when we only sold hardware, offering our technology for evaluation required physically shipping equipment or providing access to a remote shared instance. Similarly, developing and testing applications has required connectivity to a physical appliance. With the release of the VMR, developers can now evaluate our product on anything from a laptop to a datacenter server with a simple download.… Read the rest

The Solace VMR – It’s About Customer Choice

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.

Before Solace entered the market, companies had to buy different products for each of these types of data movement and figure out how to deploy and scale them independently.… Read the rest