Model Serving: Stream Processing vs. RPC / REST with Java, gRPC, Apache Kafka, TensorFlow

Posted in Analytics, Apache Kafka, Big Data, Confluent, Deep Learning, Java / JEE, Kafka Streams, KSQL, Machine Learning, Microservices, Open Source, Stream Processing on July 9th, 2018 by Kai Wähner

Machine Learning / Deep Learning models can be used in different ways to do predictions. My preferred way is to deploy an analytic model directly into a stream processing application (like Kafka Streams or KSQL). You could e.g. use the TensorFlow for Java API. This allows best latency and independence of external services. Several examples can be found in my Github project: Model Inference within Kafka Streams Microservices using TensorFlow, H2O.ai, Deeplearning4j (DL4J).

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Video Recording – Apache Kafka as Event-Driven Open Source Streaming Platform (Voxxed Zurich 2018)

Posted in Apache Kafka, Big Data, Cloud, Docker, EAI, ESB, Integration, Java / JEE, Kafka Connect, Kafka Streams, KSQL, Kubernetes, Messaging, Microservices, Middleware, Open Source, SOA, Stream Processing on March 13th, 2018 by admin

I spoke at Voxxed Zurich 2018 about Apache Kafka as Event-Driven Open Source Streaming Platform. The talk includes an intro to Apache Kafka and its open source ecosystem (Kafka Streams, Connect, KSQL, Schema Registry, etc.). Just want to share the video recording of my talk.

Abstract

This session introduces Apache Kafka, an event-driven open source streaming platform. Apache Kafka goes far beyond scalable, high volume messaging. In addition, you can leverage Kafka Connect for integration and the Kafka Streams API for building lightweight stream processing microservices in autonomous teams. The open source Confluent Platform adds further components such as a KSQL, Schema Registry, REST Proxy, Clients for different programming languages and Connectors for different technologies and databases. Live Demos included.

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Why TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks 6 Is a Leading Integration and Service Delivery Platform

Posted in EAI, ESB, Microservices, Middleware, SOA on July 8th, 2016 by Kai Wähner

TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks 6 is a modern integration and service delivery platform ready for modern concepts such Mobile, Cloud, Internet of Things or Microservices. This article is no introduction to integration and service delivery platforms in general, but focuses on differentiators of BusinessWorks 6 compared to other integration solutions available on the market. If you want to see a general introduction to TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks 6, explaining its basic concepts and capabilities such as:

  • zero-coding process designer for quick implementation, testing, and maintenance
  • distributed scalability for mission-critical systems and ultra-high performance
  • standards-based service and application integration
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Microservices = Death of the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)? – Slide Deck and Video Recording

Posted in API Management, Cloud, EAI, ESB, Java / JEE, Microservices, SOA on June 29th, 2015 by Kai Wähner

[UPDATE June 2016: Please also read this updated article about Microservices, Containers and Cloud-Native Architecture for Middleware]

In 2015, the middleware world focuses on two buzzwords: Docker and Microservices. Software vendors still sell products such as an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) or Complex Event Processing (CEP) engines. How is this related?

Docker is a fascinating technology to deploy and distribute modules (middleware, applications, services) quickly and easily. Most people agree that Docker will change the future of software development in the next years. I will do another blog post about how Docker is related to TIBCO and how you can deploy and distribute Microservices with Docker and TIBCO products such as TIBCO EMS and BusinessWorks 6 easily.

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Right Technology, Framework or Tool to Build Microservices

Posted in Analytics, API Management, Big Data, Cloud, EAI, ESB, In Memory, Java / JEE, SOA on May 27th, 2015 by Kai Wähner

Last week, I gave a talk at a German conference (Karlsruher Entwicklertag 2015) about Microservices. The following slide deck shows plenty of different technologies (e.g. REST, WebSockets), frameworks (e.g. Apache CXF, Apache Camel, Puppet, Docker) or tools (e.g. TIBCO BusinessWorks, API Exchange) to realize Microservices.

Abstract: How to Build Microservices

Microservices are the next step after SOA: Services implement a limited set of functions. Services are developed, deployed and scaled independently. This way you get shorter time to results and increased flexibility.

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Micro Services Architecture = Death of Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)?

Posted in API Management, Cloud, EAI, ESB, In Memory, Java / JEE on January 8th, 2015 by Kai Wähner

These days, it seems like everybody is talking about microservices. You can read a lot about it in hundreds of articles and blog posts, but my recommended starting point would be this article by Martin Fowler, which initiated the huge discussion about this new architectural concept. This article is about the challenges, requirements and best practices for creating a good microservices architecture, and what role an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) plays in this game.

Branding and Marketing: EAI vs. SOA vs. ESB vs. Microservices

Let’s begin with a little bit of history about Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Service Bus to find out why microservices have become so trendy.

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Microservices and DevOps with TIBCO Products

Posted in API Management, Big Data, Cloud, EAI, ESB, SOA on December 29th, 2014 by Kai Wähner

Everybody is talking about Microservices these days. You can read a lot about Microservices in hundreds of articles and blog posts. A good starting point is Martin Fowler’s article, which initiated the huge discussion about this new architecture concept.

For an overview about requirements for a good Microservices architecture, also read this article: “Do Good Microservices Architectures Spell the Death of the Enterprise Service Bus?

Another great resource is an free on-demand webinar by vendor-independent analyst Gartner: “Time to Get Off the Enterprise Service Bus“. It does not even mention the term “Microservices”, but explains its basic motivation and concepts.

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Apache Camel and Talend ESB: Management and Monitoring of Integration Routes and SOAP / REST Web Services (JMX, OSGi, logstash, ElasticSearch, Kibana, hawtio)

Posted in ESB on July 15th, 2013 by Kai Wähner

A question every customer asks me: How can you manage and monitor integration routes implemented with Apache Camel (http://camel.apache.org/) and / or Talend ESB (http://en.talend.com/products/esb) (which is based on Apache Camel and also available as open source version). This blog post will show different alternatives to answer this question. The good news first: As Apache Camel and Talend ESB are based on open standards, you can use your own frameworks and tools if tooling of the product is not sufficient. So, I will not talk just about features of Apache Camel or Talend ESB, but also about additional options. Except for Talend Administration Center (user interface on top of Talend ESB’s service monitoring and clustering features), all tools are open source. Talend Administration Center is only available in Talend’s enterprise editions.

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10 interesting Statements of Adam Bien about the Java Enterprise Edition 6 (JEE 6)

Posted in Application Server, ESB, Java / JEE on September 10th, 2010 by Kai Wähner

Yesterday, I visited the one-day conference “DOAG SIG Java”, because I presented about applicability and limits of Java Server Faces 2.0 (JSF 2.0). The main subject was the Java Enterprise Edition 6 (JEE 6). I wrote a report about it in another blog entry: One-Day Conference “DOAG SIG Java 2010” about Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) 6.

The final track included a live demo of Adam Bien, a well-known JEE expert, author and speaker (also involved in the JEE specs). A very nice “live show” of the JEE 6 features!
The participants (including me) asked a lot of questions crititcally, Adam Bien always had very good answers and explanations because of his excessive experiences with Java technologies for several years.

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