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:
- CEP (Complex Event Processing). Sybase RAP CEP is based on a version of the Coral8 engine Sybase licensed and has been subsequently developing.
- In-memory DBMS. Sybase’s IMDB is part of (but I guess separable from) and has the same API as Sybase’s OLTP DBMS Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE, aka Sybase Classic).
- Sybase IQ. Actually, Sybase used the phrase “based on Sybase IQ,” but I’m guessing it’s just Sybase IQ.
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:
- The Sybase/Aleri guys estimate that 1/3 of of Aleri’s customers and even less of its revenue came from outside the financial services sector. They did say the non-financial-services business was “starting to pick up,” but not very convincingly.
- Sybase IQ is now up to >1800 customers, with >200 new ones in 2009.
- Sybase IQ indeed has users taking in market feeds up to 3 terabytes a day, so it probably matches Vertica in having at least several-hundred-terabyte databases in the financial sector.