February 5, 2010

The Sybase Aleri RAP

Well, I got a quick Sybase/Aleri briefing, along with multiple apologies for not being prebriefed. (Main excuse: News was getting out, which accelerated the announcement.) Nothing badly contradicted my prior post on the Sybase/Aleri deal.

To understand Sybase’s plans for Aleri and CEP, it helps to understand Sybase’s current CEP-oriented offering, Sybase RAP. So far as I can tell, Sybase RAP has to date only been sold in the form of Sybase RAP: The Trading Edition. In that guise, Sybase RAP has been sold to >40 outfits since its May, 2008 launch, mainly big names in the investment banking and stock exchange sectors. If I understood correctly, the next target market for Sybase RAP is telcos, for real-time network tuning and management.

In addition to any domain-specific applications, Sybase RAP has three layers:

In theory, there could be a DBMS other than Sybase IQ, such as Sybase ASE or even Oracle, because Sybase IMDB can talk to a variety of DBMS. I didn’t get the impression, however, that in practice there were any Sybase RAP installations whose persistent DBMS was anything other than Sybase IQ.

Aleri had all along had something called Project Ohio, to merge Coral8 with Aleri Classic. Now Sybase’s own CEP engineering team is being added to the mix, schedules are being reconsidered and haven’t been disclosed yet. (If one woman can produce one baby in nine months, how long does it take nine women to produce a baby?) Apparently Sybase has a dozen programmers in the CEP area, plus ~20 more on Sybase RAP, not counting QA, documentation, etc.; that represents a significant bump to the overall Aleri development team.

Sybase doesn’t seem to have decided what to do yet with the various business intelligence/real-time OLAP engine products and technologies it is inheriting from Aleri.

And finally, some metrics:


9 Responses to “The Sybase Aleri RAP”

  1. Quick thoughts on Sybase/Aleri | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on February 5th, 2010 8:09 pm

    […] folks at Sybase still haven’t figured out when to prebrief me. (Edit: I’ve been briefed […]

  2. Hans on February 5th, 2010 9:34 pm

    You ended the Aleri post talking about Sybase IQ.

  3. Curt Monash on February 5th, 2010 10:39 pm

    Sometimes I title a post by the main subject, rather than with something all-encompassing. Do you think I should change the title?

  4. Notes on Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on February 25th, 2010 9:11 am

    […] product, I don’t really have these straight.) In addition, there’s a hand-coded one in Sybase RAP, which will get a planned 5-6X performance improvement later this year when it is replaced by […]

  5. Truviso evidently reinvents itself | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on May 4th, 2010 3:33 pm

    […] CEP (Complex Event Processing) vendors were floundering. Aleri quickly threw in the towel and sold out to Sybase, which hardly changed my opinion. StreamBase actually is persevering, but not with any kind of […]

  6. Quick reactions to SAP acquiring Sybase | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on May 12th, 2010 7:49 pm

    […] Analytic technology — mainly Sybase IQ, but more generally Sybase RAP. […]

  7. Mack Withers on May 27th, 2010 5:44 pm

    Sybase has been a number of demos and presentations lately showing off RAP including the Aleri CEP engine. What has been really cool is to see a usable visual analytics front end associated with the platform – huge improvement in usability and value. They’re focusing on financial services now but I can see how a very similar package will have a lot of applications in telco, network monitoring, etc.

  8. Partial Plans Perplex Press at SAP – Sybase Event, But Promise is Everywhere « Merv Adrian's IT Market Strategy on August 22nd, 2010 1:52 pm

    […] Sybase plans to rename its Complex Event Processing (CEP) products, which include the recently acquired Aleri, as the Sybase Event Streaming Platform, and in response to questions the company talked about the attributes of Coral8, Aleri and the prior Sybase offerings and how they will be brought together into the combined future offering. Analyst Curt Monash discussed some of these details a few months ago in this post. […]

  9. Some thoughts on the announcement that IBM is buying Netezza | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on September 20th, 2010 4:40 pm

    […] SAP’s fuss about in-memory column store is getting me-too response from Oracle. Use your imagination about how that idea could be extended, and you see that all that stuff is still in its early days. […]

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