Kafka versus HTTP REST API
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Request-Response with REST/HTTP vs. Data Streaming with Apache Kafka – Friends, Enemies, Frenemies?

Request-response communication with REST / HTTP is simple, well understood, and supported by most technologies, products, and SaaS cloud services. Contrarily, data streaming with Apache Kafka is a fundamental change to process data continuously. HTTP and Kafka complement each other in various ways. This post explores the architectures and use cases to leverage request-response together with data streaming in the control plane for management or in the data plane for producing and consuming events.
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The Heart of the Data Mesh Beats Real Time with Apache Kafka
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The Heart of the Data Mesh Beats Real-Time with Apache Kafka

If there were a buzzword of the hour, it would undoubtedly be “data mesh”! This new architectural paradigm unlocks analytic and transactional data at scale and enables rapid access to an ever-growing number of distributed domain datasets for various usage scenarios. The data mesh addresses the most common weaknesses of the traditional centralized data lake or data platform architecture. And the heart of a decentralized data mesh infrastructure must be real-time, reliable, and scalable. Learn how the de facto standard for data streaming, Apache Kafka, plays a crucial role in building a data mesh.
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Best Practices for Data Analytics with AWS Azure Googel BigQuery Spark Kafka Confluent Databricks
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Best Practices for Building a Cloud-Native Data Warehouse or Data Lake

The concepts and architectures of a data warehouse, a data lake, and data streaming are complementary to solving business problems. Unfortunately, the underlying technologies are often misunderstood, overused for monolithic and inflexible architectures, and pitched for wrong use cases by vendors. Let’s explore this dilemma in a blog series. This is part 5: Best Practices for Building a Cloud-Native Data Warehouse or Data Lake.
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Case Studies for Cloud Native Analytics with Data Warehouse Data Lake Data Streaming Lakehouse
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Case Studies: Cloud-native Data Streaming for Data Warehouse Modernization

The concepts and architectures of a data warehouse, a data lake, and data streaming are complementary to solving business problems. Unfortunately, the underlying technologies are often misunderstood, overused for monolithic and inflexible architectures, and pitched for wrong use cases by vendors. Let’s explore this dilemma in a blog series. This is part 4: Case Studies for cloud-native data streaming and data warehouses.
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Data Warehouse vs Data Lake vs Data Streaming Comparison
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Data Warehouse vs. Data Lake vs. Data Streaming – Friends, Enemies, Frenemies?

The concepts and architectures of a data warehouse, a data lake, and data streaming are complementary to solving business problems. Unfortunately, the underlying technologies are often misunderstood, overused for monolithic and inflexible architectures, and pitched for wrong use cases by vendors. Let’s explore this dilemma in a blog series. This is part 1: Data Warehouse vs. Data Lake vs. Data Streaming – Friends, Enemies, Frenemies?
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Request Response Data Exchange with Apache Kafka vs CQRS and Event Sourcing
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When to use Request-Response with Apache Kafka?

How can I do request-response communication with Apache Kafka? That’s one of the most common questions I get regularly. This blog post explores when (not) to use this message exchange pattern, the differences between synchronous and asynchronous communication, the pros and cons compared to CQRS and event sourcing, and how to implement request-response within the data streaming infrastructure.
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How to do Error Handling in Data Streaming
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Error Handling via Dead Letter Queue in Apache Kafka

Recognizing and handling errors is essential for any reliable data streaming pipeline. This blog post explores best practices for implementing error handling using a Dead Letter Queue in Apache Kafka infrastructure. The options include a custom implementation, Kafka Streams, Kafka Connect, the Spring framework, and the Parallel Consumer. Real-world case studies show how Uber, CrowdStrike, and Santander Bank build reliable real-time error handling at an extreme scale.
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Kafka in Healthcare - Open API and Omnichannel Data Streaming
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Open API and Omnichannel with Apache Kafka in Healthcare

IT modernization and innovative new technologies change the healthcare industry significantly. This blog series explores how data streaming with Apache Kafka enables real-time data processing and business process automation. Real-world examples show how traditional enterprises and startups increase efficiency, reduce cost, and improve the human experience across the healthcare value chain, including pharma, insurance, providers, retail, and manufacturing. This is part five: Open API and Omnichannel. Examples include Care.com and Invitae.
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JMS Message Queue vs Apache Kafka Comparison
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Comparison: JMS Message Queue vs. Apache Kafka

Comparing JMS-based message queue (MQ) infrastructures and Apache Kafka-based data streaming is a widespread topic. Unfortunately, the battle is an apple-to-orange comparison that often includes misinformation and FUD from vendors. This blog post explores the differences, trade-offs, and architectures of JMS message brokers and Kafka deployments. Learn how to choose between JMS brokers like IBM MQ or RabbitMQ and open-source Kafka or serverless cloud services like Confluent Cloud.
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Cybersecurity in Crypto and FinTech with Data Streaming and Apache Kafka
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Apache Kafka in Crypto and FinServ for Cybersecurity and Fraud Detection

The insane growth of the crypto and fintech market brings many unknown risks and successful cyberattacks to steal money and crypto coins. This post explores how data streaming with the Apache Kafka ecosystem enables real-time situational awareness and threat intelligence to detect and prevent hacks, money loss, and data breaches. Enterprises stay compliant with the law and keep customers happy in any innovative Fintech or Crypto application.
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