Analysis of complex event/stream processing vendor Truviso, formerly called Amalgamated Insight. Related subjects include:

November 10, 2011

Very brief CEP/streaming catchup

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.

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.

July 26, 2011

Remote machine-generated data

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:

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

May 4, 2010

Truviso evidently reinvents itself

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.

March 9, 2009

Independent CEP vendors continue to flounder

Independent CEP (Complex/Event Processing) vendors continue to flounder, at least outside the financial services and national intelligence markets.

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

April 29, 2008

Truviso and EnterpriseDB blend event processing with ordinary database management

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.

Read more

March 19, 2008

CEP is entering BI

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

August 15, 2007

Even Robin Bloor can get snookered once in a while

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.

June 18, 2007

Mike Stonebraker on financial stream processing

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

June 7, 2007

StreamBase and Truviso

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

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