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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) industry with tools.  And in that arena, cloud deployment probably doesn’t make sense.  Yet. Close to Home Though Ask people in Capital Markets about Twitter and the most common response you’ll get is, “What do people use it for?”  This is because most of the people in Capital Markets can’t use things like Twitter, instant messaging, or Facebook at work and if they can, it’s heavily regulated.  But the point is, that they mostly don’t get it – I myself was included in this camp until a friend of mine explained it to me.  Since thing, I’ve taken to Twitter like a fish to water.  My point here is that the... (more)

Let’s Get Esper Up & Running

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 Balancer via RabbitMQ.  The CEP Load Balancer in this case is written in Java and uses Esper to create a stream containing all available processes (destinations) in a particular service pool. What’s a Service Pool? For this example, we define a service pool as available compute resources in the cloud available to ... (more)

Cloud Event Processing – Where For Art Thou oh CEP?

In a recent post, Louis Lovas of Progress Apama explains why the first generation CEP vendors don’t have many, if any, cloud deployments.  Here’s a quote from his post: Typical of event processing applications that do things are those in Capital Markets like algorthmic trading, pricing and market making. These applications perform some business function, often critcal in nature in their own right. Save connectivity to data sources and destinations, they are the key ingredient or the only ingredient to a business process.  In the algo world CEP systems tap into the firehose of da... (more)

My Top Five Cloud Predictions for 2011: Colin Clark

Every year, I like to decompress a bit and take a break. Usually, I like to go scuba diving – the dive sites I like are usually far removed from email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. and it gives me a chance to actually unplug, defrag, and think a bit. This year, the family went to Grand Cayman to experience some of the world’s best diving. Within Grand Cayman is Hell, a small township dedicated to tourism and aptly named given the attached photo. We visited Hell in between dives, and rather than make my ex-wife room reservations or send out postcards, I thought I’d amplify a few predic... (more)

Erlang, RabbitMQ, & Redis

VMWare has been on a buying spree lately. In the last month, they’ve announced both Redis and RabbitMQ. Here’s VMware’s take on Redis, and spring source’s on RabbitMQ.  RabbitMQ is built with Erlang. Much Rejoicing in the Village We use both of these technologies at Cloud Event Processing.  And we love Erlang too.  VMware’s acquisition of these technologies not only validates our decisions, which we are very selfishly pleased about, but also sends an interesting message. The Message Please Everyone’s busy abstracting resources in the cloud – making resources like compute, stora... (more)