Streaming Audio: A Confluent Podcast about Apache Kafka

Listen to Tim Berglund and guests unpack a variety of topics surrounding Apache Kafka®, Confluent, real-time data streaming, and the cloud.

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Episode 166July 8, 2021 | 29 min

Automated Event-Driven Architectures and Microservices with Apache Kafka and SmartBear

Automated behavioral-driven testing of your event-driven microservices—sounds great, right? But how do you do it? SmartBear's Alianna Inzana shares about just that and some tooling that SmartBear makes to support efforts like this. In fact, SmartBear is actually responsible for many products that you're probably familiar with.

Episode 165June 29, 2021 | 27 min

Data-Driven Digitalization with Apache Kafka in the Food Industry at BAADER

Coming out of university, Patrick Neff (Data Scientist, BAADER) was used to “perfect” examples of datasets. However, he soon realized that in the real world, data is often either unavailable or unstructured. This compelled him to learn more about collecting data, analyzing it in a smart and automatic way, and exploring Apache Kafka as a core ecosystem while at BAADER, a global provider of food processing machines. After Patrick began working with Apache Kafka in 2019, he developed several microservices with Kafka Streams and used Kafka Connect for various data analytics projects. Focused on the food value chain, Patrick’s mission is to optimize processes specifically around transportation and processing.

Episode 164June 22, 2021 | 35 min

Chaos Engineering with Apache Kafka and Gremlin

The most secure clusters aren’t built on the hopes that they’ll never break. They are the clusters that are broken on purpose and with a specific goal. When organizations want to avoid systematic weaknesses, chaos engineering with Apache Kafka® is the route to go. Patrick Brennan (Principal Architect) and Tammy Butow (Principal SRE) from Gremlin discuss how they do their own chaos engineering to manage and resolve high-severity incidents across the company.

Episode 163June 15, 2021 | 25 min

Boosting Security for Apache Kafka with Confluent Cloud Private Link ft. Dan LaMotte

Enabling private links on the cloud is increasingly important for security across networks and even the reliability of stream processing. Staff Software Engineer II Dan LaMotte and his team focus on making secure connections for customers to utilize Confluent Cloud. With the option of private links, you can now also build microservices that use new functionality that wasn’t available in the past. You no longer need to segment your workflow, thanks to completely secure connections between teams that are otherwise disconnected from one another.

Episode 162June 10, 2021 | 9 min

Confluent Platform 6.2 | What’s New in This Release + Updates

Based on Apache Kafka® 2.8, Confluent Platform 6.2 introduces Health+, which offers intelligent alerting, cloud-based monitoring tools, and accelerated support so that you can get notified of potential issues before they manifest as critical problems that lead to downtime and business disruption.

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Meet your host

Tim Berglund

Tim Berglund is a teacher, author, and technology leader with Confluent, where he serves as the senior director of developer advocacy. He can frequently be found at speaking at conferences in the U.S. and all over the world. Tim is the co-presenter of various O'Reilly training videos on topics ranging from Git to distributed systems, and he is the author of "Gradle Beyond the Basics." He lives in Littleton, CO, U.S., with the wife of his youth.

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