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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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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Disaster Recovery and Resiliency with Apache Kafka Data Streaming
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Disaster Recovery with Kafka across the Edge and Hybrid Cloud (QCon Talk)

I spoke at QCon London in April 2022 about building disaster recovery and resilient real-time enterprise architectures with Apache Kafka. This blog post summarizes the use cases, architectures, and real-world examples. The slide deck and video recording of the presentation is included as well.
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Streaming ETL with Apache Kafka in Healthcare
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Streaming ETL with Apache Kafka in the Healthcare Industry

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. This is part three: Streaming ETL. Examples include Babylon Health and Bayer.
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Data Streaming with Apache Kafka in the Healthcare Industry
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Apache Kafka in the Healthcare Industry

IT modernization and innovative new technologies change the healthcare industry significantly. This blog series explores real-world examples of data streaming with Apache Kafka to increase efficiency, reduce cost, and improve the human experience across the healthcare value chain including pharma, insurance, providers, retail, and manufacturing. This is part one: Overview.
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Apache Camel vs Apache Kafka Comparison
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When to use Apache Camel vs. Apache Kafka?

Should I use Apache Camel or Apache Kafka for my next integration project? The question is very valid and comes up regularly. This blog post explores both open-source frameworks and explains the difference between application integration and event streaming. The comparison discusses when to use Kafka or Camel, when to combine them, when not to use them at all. A decision tree shows how you can quickly qualify out one for the other.
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Is Apache Kafka an iPaaS or is Event Streaming its own Software Category?

This post explores why Apache Kafka is the new black for integration projects, how Kafka fits into the discussion around cloud-native iPaaS solutions, and why event streaming is a new software category. A concrete real-world example shows the difference between event streaming and traditional integration platforms respectively iPaaS.
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Apache Kafka for Government and Citizen Services in the Public Sector
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Apache Kafka in the Public Sector – Part 3: Government and Citizen Services

The public sector includes many different areas. Some groups leverage cutting-edge technology, like military leverage. Others like the public administration are years or even decades behind. This blog series explores both edges to show how data in motion powered by Apache Kafka adds value for innovative new applications and modernizing legacy IT infrastructures. This is part 3: Use cases and architectures for Government and Citizen Services.
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Cyber Threat Intelligence with Apache Kafka and SIEM SOAR Machine Learning
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Kafka for Cybersecurity (Part 3 of 6) – Cyber Threat Intelligence

This blog series explores use cases and architectures for Apache Kafka in the cybersecurity space, including situational awareness, threat intelligence, forensics, air-gapped and zero trust environments, and SIEM / SOAR modernization. This post is part three: Cyber Threat Intelligence.
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