The JVM Thing 8.0 – Apache Kafka’s role in Modern Data Architecture

We welcomed Robin Moffatt, to our latest JVM meet-up last Thursday who introduced us to Apache Kafka.

Robin is an Apache Kafka evangelist & Dev Advocate @ Confluent. Robin has been a blogger since 2009, and has published over 100

articles;, and Robin is an international speaker & key organiser of the Leeds Apache Kafka meet-up.

Robin talked us through the following:

What is Apache Kafka:

-Messaging done right

  • Scalability
  • True Storage
  • Real-time processing

-Scalable streaming data pipelines

  • Kafka Streams
  • Kafka connect

-Foundation for stream processing

  • K-SQL

-The streaming platform:

  • Event Driven
  • Scalable
  • Decoupled

-What problems Kafka solves?

  • Event-centric thinking
  • System availability and event buffering
  • Varying latency requirements / Batch vs Stream
  • Technology code/algorithm changesAnd much more…Robin provided an example of kafka in production through real-time event driven / customer focused applications using Monzo bank as the case study. More can be found here on how Monzo have built a modern bank using modern technology –

Robin delivered an awesome talk, if you haven’t attended one of his sessions I would encourage you to follow him on Twitter and keep an eye out for his next presentation – @rmoff

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