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:
While I was cryptic in my general CEP/streaming catchup, I’ll say a bit more regarding StreamBase in particular. At the highest level, non-technically:
- StreamBase once planned to conquer the world.
- However, StreamBase really only sold effectively in the financial trading and intelligence markets.
- StreamBase retrenched, focusing almost exclusively on the financial trading market.
- With StreamBase LiveView, StreamBase is expanding from embedded operational analytics to do (also operational) business intelligence as well.
- StreamBase is hopeful that, perhaps starting with Version 2 or so, LiveView will be successful outside the financial trading market.
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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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One of the less popular category names I deal with is “Complex Event Processing (CEP)”. The word “complex” looks weird, and many are unsure about the “event processing” part as well. CEP does have one virtue as a name, however — it’s concise.
The other main alternative is to base the name on “stream processing” instead.* The CEP-or-whatever industry is split between these choices, with StreamBase currently favoring “CEP” (despite its company name), IBM emphatically favoring “stream”, and Sybase seemingly trying to have things both ways.
*And then, of course, there is “event stream processing”, regarding which please see below.
In Part 1 of this two-part series, I outlined four variants on the traditional enterprise data warehouse/data mart dichotomy, and suggested what kinds of DBMS products you might use for each. In Part 2 I’ll cover four more kinds of analytic database — even newer, for the most part, with a use case/product short list match that is even less clear. Read more
HP is acquiring Vertica. Read more
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Raj Nathan of Sybase has been calling around to chat quickly about the SAP/Sybase deal and related matters. Talking with Raj didn’t change any of my initial reactions to SAP’s acquisition of Sybase. I also didn’t bother Raj with too many hard questions, as he was clearly in call-and-reassure mode, reaching out to customers and influencers alike.
That said, 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.
Streambase is announcing something called the StreamBase Component Exchange, for developers to exchange components to be used with the StreamBase engine, presumably on an open source basis. I simultaneously think:
- This is a good idea, and many software vendors should do it if they aren’t already.
- It’s no big deal.
For reasons why, let me quote an email I just sent to an inquiring reporter:
- StreamBase sells mainly to the financial services and intelligence community markets. Neither group will share much in the way of core algorithms.
- But both groups are pretty interested in open source software even so. (I think for both the price and customizability benefits.)
- Open source software commonly gets community contributions for connectors, adapters, and (national) language translations.
- But useful contributions in other areas are much rarer.
- Linden Labs is one of StreamBase’s few significant customers outside its two core markets.
- All of the above are consistent with the press release (which quotes only one StreamBase customer — guess who?).
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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.
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Sybase announced an asset purchase that amounts to a takeover of CEP (Complex Event Processing) Aleri. Perhaps not coincidentally, Sybase already had technology under the hood from Aleri predecessor/acquiree Coral8, for financial services uses (notwithstanding that between Aleri Classic and Coral8, Aleri Classic was the one of the two more focused on financial services). Quick reactions include:
- The folks at Sybase still haven’t figured out when to prebrief me. (Edit: I’ve been briefed subsequently.)
- Sybase/Aleri is a potentially powerful combination, if they can effectively address the point I just made about integrating disparate latencies. That said, I’m not expecting a lot, because the CEP industry always disappoints me.
- Microsoft, IBM, and (somewhat less clearly) Oracle are all trying to do CEP inhouse. Sybase is making a good choice in having serious CEP inhouse itself
- Surely the main focus and financial justification for the Sybase/Aleri acquisition is the financial services market.
- Specifically, I expect the focus of technical integration between Aleri and Sybase’s DBMS products to start with Sybase IQ.
- Coral8 had some interesting ideas about how to integrate CEP with OLTP/operational BI, but I’m not aware that they got much traction.
- I bet there are use cases where Sybase tries and fails to sell Adaptive Server SQL Anywhere that CEP would be a better technical fit, but I don’t immediately see much practical business significance to that observation.
- While this deal could easily strengthen the Vertica/StreamBase partnership, I don’t see any reason why it would lead those two companies to actually merge.
|Categories: Aleri and Coral8, Analytic technologies, Complex event processing (CEP), Investment research and trading, Sybase||7 Comments|