aeSchema, XML, JSON and nostalgia

About a decade back, when I first installed the TIBCO proprietary messaging bus – TIBCO Rendezvous, also known as RV or TIBRV – at a customer location, it came across as a truly unique way of communicating between applications. Here was a logical bus, and all applications needed to do was to send or receive data on the bus over UDP broadcast. In fact, the two tools that TIBCO continues to ship to date, with the software, are tibrvlisten and tibrvsend.

Rendezvous at its time was truly innovative: it combined simplicity of use and setup with low latency and a neat architecture that combined TCP and UDP. Above all, it was so easy to troubleshoot, do a tibrvlisten “>” on the subnet and you could practically look at all the messages flowing in (also known in banking circles as major security breach, sometimes real, often exaggerated). Read More

Why cloudify what isn’t broken?

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis that saw century-old institutions such as Lehman Brothers go bankrupt, the settling dust poses interesting challenges and opportunities for optimizing costs. Banks, telcos, airlines, manufacturing units and even governments across the world are doing their best to cut their cost in every possible way, yet, each of these industries needs to invest in innovation to remain competitive.

In the midst of this tightrope walk balancing innovation and costs, the cloud has been an attractive enabler, forcing technology companies to change the way they do business, creating new value-based pricing models for selling hardware, software and services. Read More