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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 161June 8, 2021 | 32 min

Adopting OpenTelemetry in Confluent and Beyond ft. Xavier Léauté

Collecting internal, operational telemetry from Confluent Cloud services and thousands of clusters is no small feat. Traditionally, this data needs to be collected in multiple ways to satisfy all the different requirements. However, this sometimes leads to discrepancies between various systems. With OpenTelemetry, we can collect data in a vendor-agnostic way. Many vendors already integrate with OpenTelemetry, which gives us the flexibility to try out different observability solutions with minimal effort, without the need to rewrite applications or deploy new agents.

Episode 160May 25, 2021 | 38 min

Running Apache Kafka Efficiently on the Cloud ft. Adithya Chandra

Focused on optimizing Kafka performance with maximized efficiency, Confluent’s Product Infrastructure team has been actively exploring opportunities for scaling out Kafka clusters. They are able to run Kafka workloads with half the typical memory usage while saving infrastructure costs, which they have tested and now safely rolled out across Confluent Cloud. In this episode, Adithya Chandra explains how.

Episode 152April 12, 2021 | 24 min

Automated Cluster Operations in the Cloud ft. Rashmi Prabhu

Running operations on the cloud in a scaling organization can be time consuming, error prone, and tedious. This episode addresses manual upgrades and rolling restarts of Confluent Cloud clusters during releases, fixes, experiments, and the like, and more importantly, the progress that’s been made to switch from manual operations to an almost fully automated process. Rashmi Prabhu, a software engineer on the Control Plane team at Confluent, has the opportunity to help govern the data plane that comprises all these clusters and enables API-driven operations on these clusters.

Episode 111July 27, 2020 | 54 min

How to Measure the Business Value of Confluent Cloud ft. Lyndon Hedderly

Learn about the five different parts to a business value framework: (1) baseline, (2) target state, (3) quantified benefits, (4) unquantified benefits, and (5) proof points; cost effectiveness with Confluent Cloud; how to measure ROI vs. TCO; and a retail example from a customer that details their implementation of an event streaming platform.

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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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