Solace’s Event Horizon initiative is geared to help businesses adopt, manage and leverage EDA at enterprise scale, so they can become more real-time in their operations and customer interactions. As Forrester asserts “a key transition happens when the investment in EDA shifts from a project tactic to strategic enterprise architecture.”
The Event Horizon initiative consists of goals and activities set out by Solace to invest in EDA product innovation; build a coalition of vendor partners united in enabling event-driven systems at enterprise scale; advance the state of open-source projects; and nurture global EDA community-building through education, networking and thought leadership.
Solace CEO Denis King says the company’s commitment to Event Horizon is motivated by its vision of EDA being a critical and foundational component of the modern enterprise.
“We want to help enterprises build that foundation to unlock the full power and potential of EDA, make better products, improve customer experience, enable greater operational efficiencies and more," he continued.
In addition to sponsoring the EDA Summit Series, Solace runs an EDA Practitioner certification program, where to date more than 600 IT professionals have been successfully certified, demonstrating their expertise in the area of event-driven architecture.
Enhanced integration capabilities
Solace also announced progress in becoming the EDA backbone for modern integration technologies with the release of a new advanced event connector for the Mulesoft Anypoint platform, which natively integrates with both Solace brokers and the PubSub+ Event Portal and is easily available from the Anypoint Exchange.
The new Mulesoft event connector is the latest in a series of investments Solace has made to event-enable popular integration technologies like Boomi, SAP Integration Suite and many more through the open standard protocols and APIs they support.
“Solace is dedicated to being the preferred EDA partner for event-driven integration. Our new advanced connector for Mulesoft Anypoint Platform offers our customers a mission-critical approach to easily integrating their applications, cloud services and devices, enabling them to stream information anywhere it needs to be, all in real-time,” said Shawn McAllister, CTO and CPO at Solace.
As part of its goal of helping companies easily incorporate cloud services into their event mesh, Solace has unveiled additional connectors that make it easy to link legacy applications with cloud-native services and serverless functions, starting with connectors for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
For users who want to trigger serverless apps in Azure Functions or Google Run, or store raw events into Google Storage, or push events in SQS, the new connectors let them do so through configuration, with no coding required and no separate connector runtimes to deploy and manage.
Solace also announced new client library APIs for popular programming languages Go and Python.
These product enhancements build off the momentum of Solace’s recent Winter 2021 Product Update, in which the company detailed new features and functionality that make it easier to deploy, integrate and manage the PubSub+ Platform.
To make its event streaming and management platform available within the marketplaces of all of the leading cloud services, Solace also announced that PubSub+ event brokers are now available natively within the Azure Marketplace. PubSub+ Platform has been available in AWS Marketplace since earlier this year and will be extended into GCP and other leading marketplaces throughout 2022.
Commitment to open standards
Solace has published an open-source version of its PubSub+ Event Portal’s event discovery feature as a project called “AsyncAPI Discovery Tool.”
The software analyses event traffic passing through event brokers and generates a corresponding AsyncAPI specification that can be used for code generation, documentation, visualization, infrastructure deployment, and more. It is built on a plugin architecture that allows it to be easily extended for any event broker and has already been used to create agents that can analyse systems that consist of Apache Kafka, RabbitMQ, NATS, HiveMQ and Solace’s own brokers. Learn more here.
King cited a recent survey that showed EDA continues to be seen as a key priority for optimizing business, helping global enterprises respond more quickly to events and changes in real-time.