InfoSphere Streams Is A Game Changer

IBM has made it clear that InfoSphere Streams, the commercialized part of the System S research project that has been underway for some years, is a priority, and they are committing substantial investments to it.  In fact, the release was hurried a bit, as I noted in my (hopefully) humorous post about naming for complex event processing (CEP) and related technologies. At a major financial analyst meeting in May 2009, CEO Sam Palmisano called it out as an IBM opportunity, and Software Group honcho Steve Mills listed it as one of four themes within his topline Information Agenda message. That kind of push makes things happen. Read more of this post

CEP: The Tech That Dare Not Speak Its Name

IBM has decided to go after the complex event processing (CEP) market with InfoSphere Streams a bit sooner than expected (by about a year, it seems.) The Product Formerly Known As System S (apologies to Prince – but at least it doesn’t have a weird symbol instead of a name) has been released into the wild because it’s ready enough. Or because Sam Palmisano wanted to talk about it at a recent analyst event. Or (Curt Monash theorizes here) because Microsoft announced that their CEP offering will be in SQL Server Real Soon Now.  Read more of this post

Vertica Gathers Momentum with New Release

Vertica, one of the fastest growing analytic database players, with nearly 100 installations in just two years, announced its new version 3.0 at TDWI this week. Dave Menninger, VP of Marketing, was kind enough to sit down with IT Market Strategy and offer a preview last week, since I could not attend the TDWI event. Dave joined in September of 2008 and has been going a mile a minute ever since, keeping up with a formidable team that includes Mike Stonebraker and Jerry Held, with Don Haderle and Ray Lane acting as advisors. If you don’t know who those folks are, you need to spend some time learning history! Google them. Read more of this post