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Strong Revenue, Product and Corporate Strategy Momentum Continues BELLEVUE, WA - March 1, 2012 - UC4, the world's largest independent IT Process Automation software company, today announced that it has been placed in the Leaders quadrant of Gartner, Inc.'s Workload Automation Magic Qua...
UC4 challenges the "Big 4" IT Process Automation Vision BELLEVUE, WA and Vienna, Austria - February 14, 2012 - UC4, the leader in IT Process Automation, is redefining application release automation by combining planning, control and automation through the acquisition of Ventum Solution...
We’re very excited to announce that Enterprise Management Associates has named Nastel Technologies a Value Leader in the latest EMA Radar™ for Application Performance Management (APM) for Cloud Services: Q1 2012 report. Report author and Research Director, Julie Craig, notes … Co...
I have yet to meet anyone in Dev or Ops who likes alerts. I’ve also yet to meet anyone who was fast enough to acknowledge an alert, so they could prevent an application from slowing down or crashing. In the real world alerts just don’t work, nobody has the time or patience anymore, ale...
"In the early days of aviation, aircraft required the continuous attention of a pilot in order to fly safely," according to information taken from online flight manuals. "As aircraft range increased allowing flights of many hours, the constant attention led to serious fatigue. To reme...
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The number of vendors vying for the application performance management space has exploded in the last year. Almost every vendor in the space comes to it from a specific strength and has expanded its core offering to provide some level … Continue reading →
TweetFirst off, the names: Cloud Event Processing & DarkStar.  Not your typical Wall Street technology naming convention.  Add to that the chance to team up again with Colin Clark on his decades’ long quest to make sense out of massive volumes of “big data” – in real time.  B...
This is a book that would be good for anyone that wants to get a snapshot of the current Microsoft technology stack.It gives decent primers on Window Communication Foundation (WCF) 4.0 and Windows Workflow (WF) 4.0, Windows Server AppFabric, BizTalk, SQL Server, and Windows Azure.The p...
On this continuing series, I am examining thoughts and specific implementation details around building a back-testing platform for algo trading.  Eventually, we’ll see where complex event processing plays and how to implement it. Rather than looking at various database solutions ...
In this video I show how to use DarkStar to filter the Twitter stream.
In the past year or so, I’ve heard from many skeptics – people who didn’t believe that Event Processing could be successfully deployed in the cloud.  Granted, most of these folks represented firms actively engaged in providing the High Frequency Trading (Algo Trading)...
I’ll be providing a demonstration of high speed data mining at OMG’s Event Processing Symposium focusing in Capital Markets this upcoming October 6, 2010 in NYC.  Here’s the link. Overview Using SAX, we’re going to simulate a high velocity market data feed using...
The examples that I've shown so far have been illustrated using Excel. But if we were serious about using SAX in a real world scenario, we'd most probably be processing some type of streaming data. SAX has application anywhere there's a bunch of highly dimensional, continuous data bein...
I have no doubt in my mind that Thomas Edison, were he alive today, would instantly spot the real value of cloud computing. Most people think it’s the economics. To one of history’s most prolific inventors, cloud computing would mean innovation. You see, cloud isn’t just about how ch...
CEP isn’t really about low latency.  The ability to do things quickly is important, just as in any system – especially those systems that grow and need to handle a lot of information.  Doing things quickly means doing things efficiently.  And doing things efficiently means ...
In days of old, when CEP didn’t exist, and we called it ESP, or Event Stream Processing, the whole value proposition that most vendors in the space espoused was, “We don’t have to write stuff to the database to process it. And that makes us really fast!” What made me start thinking a...
In a recent blog post, Tim Bass blames CEP for much of the world’s problems.  You can read his post here. You can read my response here: Tim, Lot’s of misinformation and knee jerk reactions are out there regarding HFT. Unfortunately, this is another one of them. Your posts are us...
Everyone’s busy abstracting resources in the cloud – making resources like compute, storage and network available dynamically, based upon demand. But we need more services on top of that. When an application is deployed, wouldn’t it be neat if things like messaging, protocol hand...
In our last post, we looked at how to make bad map/reduce code better map/reduce code.  A natural fallout from breaking tweets down into words is the ability to build an inverted index to facilitate searching tweets by key words. It’s All in the Tweet Given the tweets, “@e...
Our recent work with Twitter will be our first deployment in this cloud infant. Using DarkStar, we’re able to analyze the Twitter feed to sense and respond to opportunities and threats. This relatively simple project includes components of event driven agents, NoSQL storage, CEP slidin...
I’ll be speaking at the OMG’s Event Processing Symposium 2010 this coming May.  We’ll be demonstrating streaming map/reduce, complex event processing, and advanced visualization (DarkStar & Telescope) with at least one specific use case to demonstrate how to use E...
This is a treemap visualization (from Panopticon) hooked up to some static data as crunched by our TwitYourl project, our first foray into Cloud Event Processing together.
Cloud Event Processing – Where’s The Data? There are several things left to cover in our #TwitYourl proejct.  One of the most glaring absences so far is storage – where do we put all of these Tweets?  What happens if we’d like to make changes to our RuleBots and...
First, we need a tool that will configure and provision any number of nodes in our cloud. There are several vendors that have products in this space and I’m not going to talk about them here (yet). Secondly, and more importantly, we need an architecture that is layered on top of the ...
If you haven’t seen it already – you can check out our growing (albeit slowly, until we nail everything down) repository of CEP related source code on github.com – here’s the link.  We starting with all of the code for the TwitYourl project.  After that, we̵...
This statement gives us the total number of times an URL has been tweeted in the last 5 seconds. Whenever that URL is tweeted, the sum is calculated, and a listener is called. This is a very straightforward statement – we could tweak the statement a bit more, or do some stuff in code...
Well, getting code up and running is one thing.  Getting it deployed is another.  I have questionable skills in the former, and not so questionable skills in the latter!  In fact, there’s no question about my lack of skill in the latter whatsoever!  So it’s taking me a litt...
“They pulled me back in.” – The God Father. I’ve received some interest/emails about TwitURL – our Map/Reduce as it applies to CEP (cloud event processing) project.  Seems that people would like to see the results of these processes visually.  Who can bla...
I like Streambase’s announcement regarding their open source repository for CEP related stuff. And imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I thought I’d follow suit. In my glossary of terms, I deal with RuleBots and OnRamps. RuleBots are pieces of code that subscribe to str...
I’ve spent the last couple of days, after absorbing the Sybase acquisition of Aleri’s assets, looking at the various CEP players websites for evidence of cloud (grid name du jour) deployment. I haven’t found anything worth mentioning. That’s not to say that I might have missed some...
I’ve been getting a lot of email, and there have been some posts on this blog, regarding CEP based services in the cloud. So as we go down this road, I thought it would behoove us to examine what a cloud is and isn’t and what a grid is and isn’t. I found this introductory article ...
Demo Overview The object of this demonstration is to show the classic Map/Reduce example of Word  Count in a CEP flavor which we’ll deploy into a cloud.  We’re almost there – all of the code should be wrapped up this week and we should be running in a cloud by the end...
For our CEP in the Cloud example, I’ve briefly outlined a stream based load balancing idea.  In this example, RuleBots (pieces of code that do something – think of the procedural extensions built into some vendor’s products) send utilization statistics to the CEP Load...
It’s time to delve a little deeper into what’s proving to be a thorny issue for doing anything in the cloud – especially if you’ve got concerns over once, only once, and in sequence – something that Financial Market’s participants have to deal with e...
Curt Monash has commented on Streambases announcement, “CEP Innovation Goes Global…” in regards to whether or not Streambase’s newly unveiled Component Exchange will be successful.  I don’t have an opinion either way. But I do have a concern.  Who’s ...
I’ve worked with Michael DiStefano – and Michael gets grid.  Here’s an article that talks about some of the work that Michael has accomplished in the area of CEP Service Clouds and the integration of his work with GigaSpaces.
Progress Update I’ve updated all of my RabbitMQ installations to 1.7.1 and started to clear the Eclipse cobwebs out of my head and have found out that I do actually remember enough Java to be dangerous. Twitter OnRamp I’ve modified the gist Twitter Client into what I refer ...