Analysis of complex event/stream processing vendor Truviso, formerly called Amalgamated Insight. Related subjects include:
When I agreed to launch the StreamBase LiveView product via DBMS 2, I planned to catch up on the whole CEP/streaming area first. Due to the power and internet outages last week, that didn’t entirely happen. So I’ll do a bit of that now, albeit more cryptically than I hoped and intended.
- The upshot of my what to call CEP thread in August was that “streaming” and “event processing” are not the same concept, but it so happens that they have the most traction where they intersect. That said, I both observe and endorse an apparent shift from “event” to “stream” as the core of the terminology, in a reversal of my opinion of several years ago.
- IBM continues to throw a lot of resources at its System S/ InfoSphere Streams product, but I haven’t heard yet of much marketplace success. That said, I believe IBM is still pretty serious about Streams, as one would expect from an effort whose code name so cheekily references System R. In particular, Streams shows up prominently on IBM’s top-level analytic architecture slide.
- Sybase recently released its ESP (Event Stream Processor) 5.0, which it says is the full merger of the Aleri and Coral8 predecessors. You can still get Sybase ESP without buying into the full Sybase RAP stack, and Sybase has no plans to change that.
- Sybase has discontinued all the business intelligence types of products Aleri and Coral8 were developing. Rather, Sybase is OEMing Panopticon, which it reports has been well received. Other than the discontinuation of the BI efforts, there seem to be few Aleri or Coral8 features missing from the merged Sybase ESP product.
- Truviso continues to be out of the picture.
- I have more to say about StreamBase separately.
- I have more to say about Sybase and IBM, which I’ll get to when I can.
- I have nothing new on Progress Apama. I also know little about any of the open source efforts.
Meanwhile, if you want to see technically nitty-gritty posts about the CEP/streaming area, you may want to look at my CEP/streaming coverage circa 2007-9, based on conversations with (among others) Mike Stonebraker, John Bates, and Mark Tsimelzon.
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I refer often to machine-generated data, which is commonly generated inexpensively and in log-like formats, and is often best aggregated in a big bit bucket before you try to do much analysis on it. The term has caught on, to the point that perhaps it’s time to distinguish more carefully among different kinds of machine-generated data. In particular, I think it may be useful to distinguish between:
- Log-stream machine-generated data, when what you’re looking at — at least initially — is the entire output of verbose logging systems.
- Remote machine-generated data.
Here’s what I’m thinking of for the second category. I rather frequently hear of cases in which data is generated by large numbers of remote machines, which occasionally send messages home. For example: Read more
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When Aleri bought Coral8 last year, I wrote that the independent 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 breakout success. Big vendors, such as Microsoft and IBM, have at least some aspirations of eventually filling the gap.
Meanwhile, Truviso — which never got much market traction in the first place — was in hiding; Roman Bukary never did keep his promise to brief me on the company’s new and improved strategy. Then Truviso had yet another management change, amidst rumors that it was repositioning away from CEP. As per a press release Truviso emailed today, that’s now official, with Truviso’s main business being something to do with web analytics.
Edit: It seems Truviso was at some point absorbed into Cisco.
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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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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Robin Bloor is one of the best analysts around — which doesn’t say much about his eponymous firm, since he no longer works there, but I digress. Even so, he evidently got snookered by a Truviso spokesperson, as evidenced by this article.
Apparently, Truviso convinced him that other CEP firms execute one query at a time, while Truviso executes a bunch of queries at once. Well, the latter part of that is presumably true, but it’s hardly the big differentiatior for Truviso Robin would have one believe. That’s what everybody else — StreamBase, Coral8, Progress Apama, et al. — do too. I wouldn’t be surprised if Truviso had a somewhat different architecture for doing it (each vendor describes its approach in rather different language), or even if this were a particular focus and strongpoint of theirs. But fundamentally, all the CEP vendors are doing the same thing.
After my call with Truviso and blog post referencing same, I had the chance to discuss stream processing with Mike Stonebraker, who among his many other distinctions is also StreamBase’s Founder/CTO. We focused almost exclusively on the financial trading market. Here are some of the highlights. Read more
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StreamBase is a decently-established startup, possibly the largest company in its area. Truviso, in the process of changing its name from Amalgamated Insight, has a dozen employees, one referenceable customer, and a product not yet in general availability. Both have ambitious plans for conquering the world, based on similar stories. And the stories make a considerable amount of sense.
Both companies’ core product is a memory-centric SQL engine designed to execute queries without ever writing data to disk. Of course, they both have persistence stories too — Truviso by being tightly integrated into open-source PostgreSQL, StreamBase more via “yeah, we can hand the data off to a conventional DBMS.” But the basic idea is to route data through a whole lot of different in-memory filters, to see what queries it satisfies, rather than executing many queries in sequence against disk-based data. Read more