Streaming Audio: A Confluent podcast about Apache Kafka

Streaming Audio: A Confluent podcast about Apache Kafka

Streaming Audio is a podcast from Confluent, the team that built Apache Kafka®️. Host Tim Berglund (Senior Director of Developer Experience, Confluent) and guests unpack a variety of topics surrounding Apache Kafka, event stream processing and real-time data. The show also features the segment "Ask Confluent," in which Gwen Shapira (Engineering Manager, Confluent) and guests respond to a handful of questions and comments about the Confluent and Kafka ecosystems—from Kafka connectors, to distributed systems, data integration, Kafka deployment, and managed Apache Kafka as a service—on Twitter, YouTube, and elsewhere. Apache®️, Apache Kafka, Kafka, and the Kafka logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. No endorsement by The Apache Software Foundation is implied by the use of these marks.... Show More

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March 8, 2021 45 min

Many industries depend on real-time data, requiring a range of solutions that Apache Kafka® can help solve. Samuel Benz (CTO) and Patrick Bönzli (Product Owner) explain how their company, SPOUD, has fully embraced Kafka for data delivery, which has proven to be successful for SPOUD since 2016 across various industries and use cases. 

The four Kafka use cases that Sam and Patrick see most often are microservices, event processing, ev...

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Synthesis Software Technologies, a Confluent partner, is migrating an existing behavioral IoT framework into Kafka to streamline and normalize vendor information. The legacy messaging technology that they currently use has altered the behavioral IoT data space, and now Apache Kafka® will allow them to take that to the next level. New ways of normalizing the data will allow for increased efficiency for vendors, users, and manufactur...

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When it comes to adopting event-driven architectures, a couple of key considerations often arise: the way that an asynchronous core interacts with external synchronous systems and the question of “how do I refactor my monolith into services?” Daniel Jagielski, a consultant working as a tech lead/dev manager at VirtusLab for Tesco, recounts how these very themes emerged in his work with European clients. 

Through observing organizati...

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Viktor Gamov (Developer Advocate, Confluent) joins Tim Berglund on this episode to talk all about Spring and Apache Kafka®. Viktor’s main focus lately has been helping developers build their apps with stream processing, and helping them do this effectively with different languages. Viktor recently hosted an online Spring Boot workshop that turned out to be a lot of fun. This means it was time to get him back on the show to talk abo...

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Confluent Platform 6.1 further simplifies management tasks for Apache Kafka® operators. Based on Apache Kafka 2.7, this release provides even higher availability for enterprises who are using Kafka as the central backbone for their business-critical applications. Confluent Platform 6.1 delivers enhancements that reduce the risk of downtime, simplify operations and streamline the user experience, as well as improve visibility and co...

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Nationwide Building Society, a financial institution in the United Kingdom with 137 years of history and over 18,000 employees, relies on Apache Kafka® for their event streaming needs. But how did this come to be? In this episode, Tim Berglund talks with Rob Jackson (Principal Architect, Nationwide) about their Kafka adoption journey as they celebrate two years in production. 

Nationwide chose to adopt Kafka as a central part of the...

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Coming up with an honest test built on open source tools in an easily documented, replicable environment for a distributed system like Apache Kafka® is not simple. Alok Nikhil (Cloud Native Engineer, Confluent) shares about getting Kafka in the cloud and how best to leverage Confluent Cloud for high performance and scalability. 

His blog post “Benchmarking Apache Kafka, Apache Pulsar, and RabbitMQ: Which is the Fastest?” discusses h...
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Tim Berglund picks the brain of a distributed systems engineer, Guozhang Wang, tech lead in the Streaming department of Confluent. Guozhang explains what compelled him to join the Stream Processing team at Confluent coming from the Apache Kafka®  core infrastructure. He reveals what makes the best distributed systems infrastructure engineers tick and how to prepare to take on this kind of role—solving failure scenarios, a satisfyin...

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Confluent Cloud and Confluent Platform run efficiently largely because of the dedication of the Developer Productivity (DevProd) team, formerly known as the Tools team. Mohinish Shaikh (Software Engineer, Confluent) talks to Tim Berglund about how his team builds the software tooling and automation for the entire event streaming platform and ensures seamless delivery of several engineering processes across engineering and the rest ...

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What’s it like being a Microsoft Azure Cloud advocate working with Apache Kafka® and change data capture (CDC) solutions? Abhishek Gupta would know! At Microsoft, Abhishek focuses his time on Kafka, Databases, Kubernetes, and open source projects. His experience in a wide variety of roles ranging from engineering, consulting, and product management for developer-focused products has positioned him well for developer advocacy, where...

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Coming out of a whirlwind year for the event streaming world, Tim Berglund sits down with Gwen Shapira (Engineering Leader, Confluent), Ben Stopford (Senior Director, Office of the CTO, Confluent), and Michael Noll (Principal Technologist, Office of the CTO, Confluent) to take a guess at what 2021 will bring. 

The experts share what they believe will happen for analytics, frameworks, multi-cloud services, stream processing, and othe...

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It’s one thing to know how to use Apache Kafka® and another to prove it to the world that you know. Niamh O’Byrne (Certification Manager, Confluent) and Barry Ballard (Senior Technical Trainer, Confluent) discuss Confluent’s Certification program, including sample test questions, bootcamp, exam details, Kafka training, and getting the necessary practical hands-on experience.

It’s no secret that the entire world of work has changed, ...

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How do you use Apache Kafka®, Confluent Platform, and Confluent Cloud for DevOps? Integration Architects Rick Spurgeon and Allison Walther share how,  including a custom tool they’ve developed for this very purpose. 

First, Rick and Allison share their perspective of what it means to be a DevOps engineer. Mixing development and operations skills to deploy, manage, monitor, audit, and maintain distributed systems. DevOps is multiface...

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Apache Kafka® 2.7 is here! Here are the key Kafka Improvement Proposals (KIPs) and updates in this release, presented by Tim Berglund. 

KIP-497 adds a new inter-broker API to alter in-sync replicas (ISRs). Every partition leader maintains the ISR list or the list of ISRs. KIP-497 is also related to the removal of ZooKeeper.

KIP-599 has to do with throttling the rate of creating topics, deleting topics, and creating partitions. This K...

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Chris Richardson, creator of the original Cloud Foundry, maintainer of microservices.io and author of “Microservices Patterns,” discovered cloud computing in 2006 during an Amazon talk about APIs for provisioning servers. At this time, you could provision 20 servers and pay 10 cents per hour. This blew his mind and led him in 2008 to create the original Cloud Foundry, a PaaS for deploying Java applications on EC2.

One of the origina...

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We have all heard of Porsche, but did you know that Porsche utilizes event streaming with Apache Kafka®?  Today, Sridhar Mamella (Platform Manager, Data Streaming Platforms, Porsche) discusses how Kafka’s event streaming technology powers Porsche through Streamzilla.

With the modern Porsche car having 150–200 sensors, Sridhar dives into what Streamzilla is and how it functions with Kafka on premises and in the cloud. 

He reveals how ...

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Jason Bell (Apache Kafka® DevOps Engineer, digitalis.io, and Author of “Machine Learning: Hands-On for Developers and Technical Professionals” ) delves into his 32-year journey as a DevOps engineer and how he discovered Apache Kafka. He began his voyage in hardware technology before switching over to software development. From there, he got involved in event streaming in the early 2000s where his love for Kafka started. His first K...

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Multi-tenancy has been quite the topic within the Apache Kafka® community. Anna Povzner, an engineer on the Confluent team, spends most of her time working on multi-tenancy in Kafka in Confluent Cloud.

Anna kicks off the conversation with Tim Berglund (Senior Director of Developer Experience, Confluent) by explaining what multi-tenancy is, why it is worthy to be desired, and advantages over single-tenant architecture. By putting mor...

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Roger Hoover, one of the first engineers to work on Confluent Cloud, joins Tim Berglund (Senior Director of Developer Experience, Confluent) to chat about the evolution of Confluent Cloud, all the stages that it’s been through, and the lessons he’s learned on the way. He talks through the days before Confluent Platform was created, and how he contributed to Apache Kafka® to run it on OpenStack (the feature used to separate advertis...

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Do you ever feel like you’re short on time? Well, good news! Confluent Software Engineer Matthias J. Sax is back to discuss how event streaming has changed the game, making time management more simple yet efficient. 

Matthias explains what watermarking is, the reasons behind why Kafka Streams doesn’t use them, and an alternative approach to watermarking informally called the “slack time approach.” 

Later, Matthias discusses how you c...

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