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Solace speeds data flows

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The growing number of applications — such as those in the Internet of Things space — that require a data fabric, plus increasing interest in multi-cloud strategies, presents an opportunity for Canada-based data movement vendor Solace.

Solace president and chief executive Les Rechan told iTWire that the company started in the financial services market which has very high performance requirements, especially where capital markets are concerned. Consequently, its customer list includes Barclays, RBC Capial Markets, and Singapore's NETS Group.

"We're very strong in financial services," said Rechan. For example, four billion American Express transactions are handled by Solace's PubSub+ message broker everyday.

"No one else can deal with the volumes and low latency" like Solace can.

But PubSub+ is now found in many other areas, including transport (eg, Singapore's smart city project), gaming (the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and William Hill), telecommunications (certain mobile phone providers in India), and science (NASA's GOES-R program). SAP's Cloud Platform Enterprise Messaging is built on PubSub+.

"We're open [in the sense of wide protocol support] and we're everywhere," said Rechan.

Supported protocols include AMQP, JMS, REST and WebSocket.

Offering its PubSub+ message broker platform in the form of hardware appliances, software, and in the cloud (on AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure) makes Solace "unique in the industry", he said. The company has made it easier for customers who want the hardware version by offering it on subscription as an alternative to purchasing outright.

"We're that confident," the contract can be cancelled on just two months' notice.

Solace senior vice-president and global head of field technology Sumeet Puri observed that some customers use an on-premises implementation - whether that's hardware or software - sized to cope with normal traffic volumes, and then burst into the cloud to cope with peaks.

Electrical and electronic vendor Bosch was likely to use hardware, software and cloud implementations of Solace for various purposes, said Rechan.

Solace has a strong commitment to the ANZ market along with the rest of the APAC region, he said. "We're a very global company."

"The forces in the industry [mobility, IoT, and so on] are playing to what we do well," he said, and consequently Solace was "driving the growth of our customers."

PubSub+ Standard Edition is a free — but still enterprise grade — version of the broker that is limited to 10,000 messages per second and 1000 concurrent connections. The paid Enterprise Edition does not cap the message rates and it supports up to 200.,000 concurrent connections.

Similarly, PubSub Cloud a free service for up 50 connections and up to one million messages per month followed by a range of paid plans.

Two hardware appliance models cater for up to 6000 or 200,000 connections and throughputs up to 80Gbps.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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