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Good Vibe The Informatica of Things

Vibe Data Stream [Vibe] and Virtual Data Machine [VDM] combine at the center of Informatica’s Internet of Things strategy. Primarily for Machine-to-Machine [M2M] data, and by connecting through Power Center, ultimately leading to Machine-to-Human [M2H] Data. The goal is to have VDMs residing in mobile devices, sensor packages, or as part of sensor networks. At this point, VDMs require more processing power than available in most components. Thus, Vibe and VDM are primarily suited today to data, network operations, and communication centers.

However, Informatica is seeing a broad range of use cases involving both large machines and sensor networks, from many different sectors including

  • telcos,
  • oil and gas,
  • financial services,
  • government,
  • data center operations, and
  • building services.

The Proof is Out There

One Proof of Concept [PoC] currently underway is with a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning [HVAC] company. In the PoC, the HVAC company is looking at streaming data from all of their installations. Using Informatica products, they are bringing this data into their data center for both streaming and batch analytics. There are actually three use cases being examined in this PoC:

  • Improving customer service
  • Internal analytics on generic patterns of use for improved design, reliability and maintainability
  • Predictive maintenance from the provider rather than from the building management team

Other field trials look at Vibe and VDM capabilities in regard to Pub/Sub models working with Informatica Ultra Messaging, as well as persisting data in all forms of data stores from traditional Enterprise Data Warehouses [EDW] to Hadoop [HDFS] and NoSQL databases such as Cassandra. These field trials involve solving the ongoing problems of the different areas mentioned above.

  • In a financial services case, both application log data and financial information exchange [FIX] log data are being used to pull in log data real time for market, order flow and trade data.
  • For online retail, Vibe is used to track web-site visitor paths through the site using log data.
  • Data center operational efficiency optimization for green IT, sustainability or improving the bottom line through log data from switches, servers, applications and call centers.
  • For one governmental agency, Informatica Vibe and VDM are maintaining the Service Level Agreement [SLA] in real time, for 800 separate field organizations over more than a million devices, using industry-standard Security Content Automation Protocols [SCAP] data formats.

Perhaps the most involved trials begin done to date with Informatica Vibe and VDM, are within the Telecommunications space. As one might expect, the explosion of data and customer expectations, as cellular goes from 2G to 3G to 4G/LTE requires real-time management of ever increasing amounts of data. But also the wireline/fiber and cable use cases are exploding as the traditional market places of voice, entertainment and connectivity intertwine.

Out to the Edge

Informatica is aggressively working with partners, such as chip, sensor and package manufacturers, to understand how to optimally implement Vibe, whether that is through streaming collection capability of Vibe on the device itself or as part of the larger infrastructure at some point in the collection tier to implement the needed streaming collection. Currently, collecting sensor data can hit performance limits using the sensor or communication base protocols. Thus, for example in the oil and gas industry, Informatica is working with both vertical-specific sensor manufactures and large organizations in the industry, to determine how Vibe can supplement or even replace the collection tier.


What Informatica brings to evolving sensor analytics ecosystems [SAE] is not only their specific technologies of Vibe and VDM, but combining these with a complete package for supporting streaming analytics, operational intelligence, complex event processing [CEP], batch analytics, predictives, reporting, data marts and EDW, through their existing technology families such as Ultra Messaging, Power Center, Master Data Management, Data Quality, and more, both through traditional and Cloud deployments. This results in bringing mature market features to the SAE in the form of

  • Guaranteed delivery
  • Automated zero latency fail-over
  • Centralized GUI administration
  • No intermediary staging of data at source, broker, or target
  • Fail-over does not require shared file systems


This blog post is based upon both the Informatica Press release referenced below, and a private briefing from the Informatica team that allowed us to gather more information and get answers to our questions. Also referenced are other of our blog posts on IoT and Big Data, for context.

  1. Informatica Press Release from Strata + Hadoop World
  2. What does IoT All Mean
  3. The IoT and Change
  4. Big Data: It’s Not the Size, It’s How You Use It
  5. New Hope from Big Data

Peer1 ServerBeach Impresses

Yesterday there was a network outage at Peer1 ServerBeach, our IT infrastructure company [sounds a lot more impressive than rack hoster] &#59;) The problem was corrected within an hour. More impressively, the forums had a post up almost immediately from Peer1 technologist QT. Their forum post was updated twice, once to say that the network seemed stable and another to explain that a "memory issue on an aggregate switch that caused services to be interrupted for approximately 40 customers".

In and of itself, that is great service: acknowledging a problem, giving an update, and explaining the cause.

But, there's more.

Yesterday, in the midst of the outage, I tweeted about the problem and asked Coté, who lives nearer to the data center than I by about 2000 miles, if there were any problems in his neck of the woods. Today, QT a.k.a. Charnell Pugsley, is following me on Twitter. I'm following back.

Amazing times. Thank you, Charnell.

Now I should call about the special offer to move up from the unmanaged hosting at ServerBeach to the managed hosting at Peer1. :)

Colombo's Deli

Last week we had a meeting with Emil and Kathy of Colombo's Delicatessen. We're developing some hosting solutions for their web presence. Over the past year, their site has been stagnant as they've developed other aspects of their business.

It was wonderful to see how enthusiastic they are for extending the relationships and atmosphere of their deli onto the web. Of course, one of the fun things of working with someone in the food industry is getting to eat while you work. Kathy broke out some tasty items including some incredible olive oil AND the olives that make up the oil - both of which can now be bought at Colombo's in Pacifica.

Other fun came from the excitement generated by planning out a recipe wiki for Kathy, and associated publish-on-demand monetization opportunities, and from Emil breaking out some Italian music he wants to be available on the site.

Go, eat, tell them we sent you.

TeleInterActive Networks Maintenance

Our TeleInterActive Networks hosting service, including these blogs and our customer sites, will be down from midnight tonight, until, hopefully, 4 a.m. Pacific time. The server in the midwest is being moved to a new facillity.

Thank you for your understanding.

Why Open Source


The second half of our first Open Source Conversations podcast focuses on "Why Open Source", and is approximately 37 minutes long. Clarise Z. Doval Santos and Joseph A. di Paolantonio of the TeleInterActive Press, a service mark of InterActive Systems & Consulting, Inc. discuss open source with Bernard Golden, CEO of Navica and author of Succeeding with Open Source. In "Why Open Source" we talk about why open source is important to businesses, IT shops and software developers. as well as explore the wiki(Total_cost_of_ownership,TCO) of Open Source projects.

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