Interesting to see the rumors were true and Sybase has acquired the “assets of” specialist vendor Aleri. This was a bit bizarre, given that not a year ago Sybase announced they had acquired a source code license for Coral8, shortly before Coral8 merged into Aleri. Now the Sybase folks appear to have paid twice for the same privilege, having no doubt found that “acquiring a technology” does not gain you the brains needed to sell, deploy and develop it. This acquisition has 2 minor consequences:
- the CEP Vendor family tree for 2010 is out of date already!
- the remaining CEP vendors focusing mainly on financial markets and algo-trading will no doubt have to deal with a competitor willing to give query-based stream-processing software away as a part of database deals; they will need to be redoubling their efforts to try and break into other markets.
Meanwhile, good luck to the Aleri and Coral8 folks joining Sybase! (Or moving elsewhere, of course…)