Complex event processing (CEP)
Discussion of complex event processing (CEP), aka event processing or stream processing – i.e., of technology that executes queries before data is ever stored on disk. Related subjects include:
I’m not aware of anyone claiming “CEP is an alternative to a relational RDBMS” – except maybe as an application platform for processing events (where RDBMS could be seen as a square hole for an event round peg).
Actually, it’s hard to think of an application for off-the-shelf CEP where the alternative technologies aren’t:
- Custom CEP
- Just write it to an RDBMS and query it
Independent CEP (Complex/Event Processing) vendors continue to flounder, at least outside the financial services and national intelligence markets.
- StreamBase once planned to conquer the world, making an impact as big as database management’s. Now it has retreated into niche markets.
- Progress Software, a decent-sized company, put a large fraction of its energy into Apama. Little has happened outside the financial service sector.
- Coral8 has some great-sounding ideas. But Coral8 now has merged into Aleri, basically a financial-markets specialist.
- Mike Franklin says some ambitious things on behalf of Truviso, but I haven’t noticed much traction there either.
CEP’s penetration outside of its classical markets isn’t quite zero. Customers include several transportation companies (various vendors), Sallie Mae (Coral8), a game vendor or two (StreamBase, if I recall correctly), Verizon (Aleri, I think), and more. But I just wrote that list from memory — based mainly on not-so-recent deals — and a quick tour of the vendors’ web sites hasn’t turned up much I overlooked. (Truviso does have a recent deal with Technorati, but that’s not exactly a blue chip customer these days.)
So far as I can tell, this is a new version of a repeated story. Read more
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When I went to Oracle in October, the main purpose of the visit was to discuss Exadata. And so my initial post based on the visit was focused accordingly. But there were a number of other interesting points I’ve never gotten around to writing up. Let me now remedy that, at least in part. Read more
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It used to be that Coral8 and StreamBase were the two complex event/stream processing (CEP) vendors most committed to branching out beyond the super-low-latency algorithmic trading marketing. But StreamBase seems to have pulled in its horns after a management change, focusing much more on the financial market (and perhaps the defense/intelligence market as well). Aleri, Truviso, and Progress Apama, while each showing signs of branching out, don’t seem to have gone as far as Coral8 yet. And so, though it’s a small company with not all that many dozens of customers, my client Coral8 seems to be the one to look at when seeing whether CEP really is relevant to a broad range of mainstream – no pun intended – applications.
Coral8 today unveiled a new product release – the not-so-concisely named “Coral8 Engine and Portal Release 5.5” – and a new buzzphrase — “Continuous Intelligence.” The interesting part boils down to this:
Coral8 is proposing CEP — excuse me, “Continuous Intelligence” — as a data-store-equivalent for business intelligence.
This includes both operational BI (the current sweet spot) and dashboards (the part with cool, real-time-visualization demos). Read more
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It should surprise nobody that web analytics – and specifically clickstream data — is one of the biggest areas for high-end data warehousing. For example:
- I believe that both of the previously mentioned petabyte+ databases on Greenplum will feature clickstream data.
- Aster Data’s largest disclosed database, by almost two orders of magnitude, is at MySpace.
- Clickstream analytics is a big application area for Vertica Systems.
- Clickstream analytics is a big application area for Netezza.
- Infobright’s customer success stories appear to be concentrated in clickstream analytics.
- Coral8 tells me that CEP is also being used for clickstream data, although I suspect that a lot of Coral8′s evidence in that regard comes from a single flagship account. Edit: Actually, Coral8 has a bunch of clickstream customers.
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Doug Henschen has two good articles based on Gartner’s Event Processing conference, on the theme of BI/event processing integration — an overview, and a detailed interview with Roy Schulte. And as I note elsewhere, Seth Grimes has a good article based on the conference too.
I have my own thoughts on these subjects, but I’m not ready to post them at the moment. In the mean time, I recommend the articles linked above.
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Marco Seiriö offers a distinction between event processing and data-driven processing. Specifically, he says that if an event has an ID, then it’s true event processing; if it doesn’t, and what you’re doing looks somewhat like event processing anyway, then you’re doing data-driven processing. Read more
Truviso and EnterpriseDB announced today that there’s a Truviso “blade” for Postgres Plus. By email, EnterpriseDB Bob Zurek endorsed my tentative summary of what this means technically, namely:
There’s data being managed transactionally by EnterpriseDB.
Truviso’s DML has all along included ways to talk to a persistent Postgres data store.
If, in addition, one wants to do stream processing things on the same data, that’s now possible, using Truviso’s usual DML.
I talked with both Coral8 and Truviso this afternoon. They both have their financial services efforts, of course. Coral8 also continues to get business doing data reduction for sensor networks — mainly RFID and utilities, I think. Coral8 is working on some really cool and confidential other stuff as well.
But my biggest takeaway from this pair of calls was that Coral8 and Truviso are penetrating general BI. Read more
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It seems that the CEP folks are still concerned about what to call themselves. There really are only three choices:
- Complex event processing
- Event processing
- Event stream processing
“Stream processing” might once have been on the list, but it has too many other meanings, and “streaming” adds more meanings yet.
“Complex” has the virtue of inertia; CEP is the closest thing the category has to an agreed-upon name. But few people want to buy technology that describes itself as being “complex.” And in any case it’s not clear how complex many of those events are. “Event stream processing” isn’t terribly well established, and to some extent it runs afoul of the same ambiguities as “stream processing.” What’s worse, those names lead to four-word product category names. Who really wants to market or hear about “complex event processing engines” or “event stream processing platforms”?
So let’s just call the category “event processing” and have done with it, OK? Products can, if they want, be “event processing somethings.” Names like that wouldn’t be any more of a mouthful than “data warehouse appliance,” and the latter category is doing pretty well for itself.