When you work so hard and long on something (depending on how you look at it, StreamServer was either 15, 2.5 or 1 year in the making) its hard to sum it all up in one, 1 hour event.
But that's what we tried to do.
We tried to thread the needle between a contemporary story about activity data, the existential change (read: opportunity or threat) occurring on the web as traffic and monetization flows to proprietary social networking platforms, the opportunity for every major node on the web to be just as powerful and innovative, the need for open standards and powerful cloud services as the basis of the the rebuttal and our deep desire to make this an industry wide effort. We tried to communicate the important role of aggregation and the pivotal job of mainstream media, e-commerce, entertainment, startup and agencies play in curating activity information for the masses.
We also tried to communicate that this was not just a pipe dream, but rather a commercial reality for major customers. A solution running at scale. A new distribution and monetization opportunity for 3rd party devs and a future ready piece of infrastructure for media companies.
I think we did the best job possible at threading all these stories, and doing it with a human, authentic voice through the lens of customer and partner experiences.
I'm proud of the work we've done so far, and the tireless efforts of the Echo team and our customer/partner devs.
And all of that being said, though, we are only at the beginning. We have just planted the first seed and I look forward to helping it grow.
So what is StreamServer in my words?
It is the real-time, social scale database that Twitter, Facebook, Quora, Foursquare and others built, delivered as an ec2 style cloud service. Turn it on, and forget about managing the data or scaling the infrastructure.
It is the first of its kind and it will hopefully form the basis of many new companies as they deliver many new, novel and innovative experiences to customers and end users everywhere.
And it's a bet on the future of open standards, developer ecosystems, a heterogeneous web made up of first class social nodes.
It's Real-time as a Service.