Data Mesh is a new architecture paradigm that gets a lot of buzzes these days. This blog post looks into this principle deeper to explore why no single technology is the perfect fit to build a Data Mesh. Examples show why an open and scalable decentralized real-time platform like Apache Kafka is often the heart of the Data Mesh infrastructure, complemented by many other data platforms to solve business problems.
Apache Kafka became the de facto standard for processing data in motion. Kafka is open, flexible, and scalable. Unfortunately, the latter makes operations a challenge for many teams. Ideally, teams can use a serverless Kafka SaaS offering to focus on business logic. However, hybrid scenarios require a cloud-native platform that provides automated and elastic tooling to reduce the operations burden. This blog post explores how to leverage cloud-native and serverless Kafka offerings in a hybrid cloud architecture. We start from the perspective of data at rest with a data lake and explore its relation to data in motion with Kafka.
Apache Kafka became the de facto standard for event streaming. Various vendors added Kafka and related tooling to their offerings or provide a Kafka cloud service. This blog post uses the car analogy – from the motor engine to the self-driving car – to explore the different Kafka offerings available on the market. The goal is not a feature-by-feature comparison. Instead, the intention is to educate about the different deployment models, product strategies, and trade-offs from the available options.
Data integration and processing in Industrial IoT (IIoT, aka Industry 4.0 or Automation Industry). Apache Kafka, its ecosystem (Kafka Connect, KSQL) and Apache PLC4X are a great open source choice to implement this integration end to end in a scalable, reliable and flexible way.
Machine Learning / Deep Learning models can be used in different ways to do predictions. Natively in the application or hosted in a remote model server. Then you combine stream processing with RPC / Request-Response paradigm. This blog post shows examples of stream processing vs. RPC model serving using Java, Apache Kafka, Kafka Streams, gRPC and TensorFlow Serving.
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