Apache Kafka vs. Middleware (MQ, ETL, ESB) – Slides + Video

Posted in Apache Kafka, Big Data, Confluent, EAI, ESB, In Memory, Integration, Kafka Connect, Kafka Streams, KSQL, Messaging, Microservices, Middleware, Open Source, SOA, Stream Processing on March 7th, 2019 by Kai Wähner

Learn the differences between an event-driven streaming platform like Apache Kafka and middleware like Message Queues (MQ), Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). Including best practices and anti-patterns, but also how these concepts and tools complement each other in an enterprise architecture.

This blog post shares my slide deck and video recording. I discuss the differences between Apache Kafka as Event Streaming Platform and integration middleware. Learn if they are friends, enemies or frenemies.

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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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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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Evaluation of the Product SOAtest (Parasoft) to test your SOA

Posted in Java / JEE, SOA on March 12th, 2011 by Kai Wähner

In the last few days, I had to evaluate the product SOAtest (Parasoft). SOAtest is an Eclipse-based testing tool, which supports most important technologies and vendors to test your Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) technically.

What is SOAtest?

SOAtest is a tool to realize integration tests for your Service-orientied Architecture. It is Eclipse-based, therefore a developer can easily start with the product. You create most tests using the Eclipse-GUI, configure your specific tests (e.g. queue managers or database connections) and define the behaviour of the tests. The tests can also be integrated in your build server or test tools such as HP Quality Center.

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