Analysis of complex event/stream processing vendor StreamBase. Related subjects include:
A remarkable number of vendors are involved in what might be called “specialized business intelligence”. Some don’t want to call it that, because they think that “BI” is old and passé’, and what they do is new and better. Still, if we define BI technology as, more or less:
- Querying data and doing simple calculations on it, and …
- … displaying it in a nice interface …
- … which also provides good capabilities for navigation,
then BI is indeed a big part of what they’re doing.
Why would vendors want to specialize their BI technology? The main reason would be to suit it for situations in which even the best general-purpose BI options aren’t good enough. The obvious scenarios are those in which the mismatch is one or both of:
- Kinds of data.
- Kinds of questions asked about the data.
For example, in no particular order: Read more
|Categories: Business intelligence, ClearStory Data, Metamarkets and Druid, PivotLink, Platfora, Splunk, StreamBase||6 Comments|
I’m not having a productive week, part of the reason being a hard drive crash that took out early drafts of what were to be last weekend’s blog posts. Now I’m operating from a laptop, rather than my preferred dual-monitor set-up. So please pardon me if I’m concise even by comparison to my usual standards.
- My recent posts based on surveillance news have been partly superseded by – well, by more news. Some of that news, along with some good discussion, may be found in the comment threads.
- The same goes for my recent Hadoop posts.
- The replay for my recent webinar on real-time analytics is now available. My part ran <25 minutes.
- One of my numerous clients using or considering a “real-time analytics” positioning is Sqrrl, the company behind the NoSQL DBMS Accumulo. Last month, Derrick Harris reported on a remarkable Accumulo success story – multiple US intelligence instances managing 10s of petabytes each, and supporting a variety of analytic (I think mainly query/visualization) approaches.
- Several sources have told me that MemSQL’s Zynga sale is (in part) for Membase replacement. This is noteworthy because Zynga was the original pay-for-some-of-the-development Membase customer.
- More generally, the buzz out of Couchbase is distressing. Ex-employees berate the place; job-seekers check around and then decide not to go there; rivals tell me of resumes coming out in droves. Yes, there’s always some of that, even at obviously prospering companies, but this feels like more than the inevitable low-level buzz one hears anywhere.
- I think the predictive modeling state of the art has become:
- Cluster in some way.
- Model separately on each cluster.
- And if you still want to do something that looks like a regression – linear or otherwise – then you might want to use a tool that lets you shovel training data in WITHOUT a whole lot of preparation* and receive a model back out. Even if you don’t accept that as your final model, it can at least be a great guide to feature selection (in the statistical sense of the phrase) and the like.
- Champion/challenger model testing is also a good idea, at least if you’re in some kind of personalization/recommendation space, and have enough traffic to test like that.**
- Most companies have significant turnover after being acquired, perhaps after a “golden handcuff” period. Vertica is no longer an exception.
- Speaking of my clients at HP Vertica – they’ve done a questionable job of communicating that they’re willing to price their product quite reasonably. (But at least they allowed me to write about $2K/terabyte for hardware/software combined.)
- I’m hearing a little more Amazon Redshift buzz than I expected to. Just a little.
- StreamBase was bought by TIBCO. The rumor says $40 million.
*Basic and unavoidable ETL (Extract/Transform/Load) of course excepted.
**I could call that ABC (Always Be Comparing) or ABT (Always Be Testing), but they each sound like – well, like The Glove and the Lions.
- This is a list of Monash Advantage members.
- All our vendor clients are Monash Advantage members, unless …
- … we work with them primarily in their capacity as technology users. (A large fraction of our user clients happen to be SaaS vendors.)
- We do not usually disclose our user clients.
- We do not usually disclose our venture capital clients, nor those who invest in publicly-traded securities.
- Excluded from this round of disclosure is one vendor I have never written about.
- Included in this round of disclosure is one client paying for services partly in stock. All our other clients are cash-only.
For reasons explained below, I’ll group the clients geographically. Obviously, companies often have multiple locations, but this is approximately how it works from the standpoint of their interactions with me. Read more
My clients at StreamBase are coming out with a new product line called LiveView, and I agreed they could launch it via this blog. Key points about StreamBase LiveView Version 1.0 include:
- LiveView is a business intelligence and alerting suite built on/in the rest of StreamBase’s technology, meant to operate on streaming data.
- LiveView is positioned by StreamBase as having a true push event-driven architecture rather than pull/poll.
- StreamBase LiveView is designed to query in-memory data and then have the results change in real time as the data set changes.
- The LiveView user interface is a rapidly changing work in progress.
- LiveView has other Version 1 limitations as well
- LiveView is targeted squarely at StreamBase’s financial trading core market until some of the Version 1 limitations are lifted.
The basic StreamBase LiveView pipeline goes something like: Read more
|Categories: Business intelligence, Complex event processing (CEP), Data warehousing, Memory-centric data management, StreamBase||2 Comments|
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.
|Categories: Complex event processing (CEP), Investment research and trading, Parallelization, StreamBase||2 Comments|
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.
|Categories: Business intelligence, Complex event processing (CEP), IBM and DB2, StreamBase, Sybase, Truviso||4 Comments|
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.
HP is acquiring Vertica. Read more
|Categories: Complex event processing (CEP), In-memory DBMS, Investment research and trading, Memory-centric data management, StreamBase, VoltDB and H-Store||12 Comments|
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?).
|Categories: Complex event processing (CEP), Games and virtual worlds, Investment research and trading, Open source, StreamBase||7 Comments|
While performance may not be all that great a source of CEP competitive differentiation, event processing vendors find plenty of other bases for technological competition, including application development, analytics, packaged applications, and data integration. In particular:
- Most independent CEP vendors have some kind of application story in the capital markets vertical, such as packaged applications, ISV partners with packaged applications, application frameworks, and so on.
- CEP vendors offer lots of connectors to specific financial industry price/quote/trade feeds, as well as the usual other kinds of database connectivity (SQL, XML, etc.)
- Aleri/Coral8 (separately and now together) like to call attention to their business intelligence/analytics offerings. Analytics is front-and-center on Truviso’s web site too, not that Truviso does much to call attention to itself, period. (Roman Bukary once said he’d outline Truviso’s new strategy to me in 6-8 weeks or so … it’s now 14 months and counting.)
So far as I can tell, the areas of applications and analytics are fairly uncontroversial. Different CEP vendors have implemented different kinds of things, no doubt focusing on those they thought they would find easiest to build and then sell. But these seem to be choices in business execution, not in core technical philosophy.
In CEP application development, however, real philosophical differences do seem to arise. There are at least three different CEP application development paradigms: Read more
|Categories: Aleri and Coral8, Business intelligence, Complex event processing (CEP), Microsoft and SQL*Server, Progress, Apama, and DataDirect, StreamBase||5 Comments|