Apache Kafka® and Immutable Infrastructure + Plus an introductory Kafka talk!

Los Angeles Apache Kafka® Meetup by Confluent
Los Angeles Apache Kafka® Meetup by Confluent
Public group


1314 7th Street, 4th Floor, Santa Monica, 90401 · Santa Monica, CA

How to find us

Parking information can be found near the top of the event description

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Join us for a meetup on November 19th from 6:30pm in Santa Monica at GumGum!! The address and speaker information can be found below. See you there!

Santa Monica Library Parking Garage. An underground parking structure can be accessed from 7th Street between Santa Monica Blvd. and Arizona Ave. The first thirty minutes are free. Rates are $1 per hour for the first two hours and thirty minutes. After that, the rate is $1 per thirty minutes. Weekdays the daily maximum is $10. Weekends the daily maximum is $5. Parking on level P1 is restricted to stays of three hours or less. Parking spaces for those displaying disabled placards or plates are on P1. Visitors parking for three hours or longer should park on levels P2 or P3. The Library and GumGum do not provide validation for parking.
Street-level parking lot. A limited number of metered one-hour parking spaces are available. Entry to the lot is from 7th Street.
Meters. Located on the 7th street outside our office.


6:30pm: Doors open
6:30pm - 7:00pm: Pizza, Drinks and Networking
7:00pm - 7:45pm: Alex Woolford, Confluent
7:45pm - 8:30pm: Karim Lamouri, Gum Gum
8:30pm - 9:00pm: Additional Q&A & Networking


Talk 1:

Speaker: Alex Woolford

In this session, Alex Woolford will walk us through some practical near real-time examples that touch on analytics, systems integration, and machine learning. We'll show you:

- how to build streaming apps using a familiar SQL interface (KSQL)
- how to capture events from external systems
- how to deploy a machine learning model in a stream of events

Alex is a systems engineer at Confluent, the company founded by the original creators of Apache Kafka.

He's been working with a diverse set of open source technologies for the past 7 years, specifically Hadoop et. al, StreamSets, and most recently Kafka. Alex maintains a YouTube channel of geeky practical examples which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/c/alexwoolford.

Outside of work he enjoys floating in a tank, playing guitar (very, very badly), and yelling from the sidelines at his kids sporting events.

Talk 2:

Speaker: Karim Lamouri

Apache Kafka and Immutable Infrastructure

Today is the day that you have to upgrade your Apache Kafka production cluster. You trained well on your staging cluster but there are a lot of steps to upgrade a cluster.
You are afraid that you will miss some steps on some brokers leading to production failures or configuration drift. You wish that you could deploy Kafka just like any of your stateless application. Immutable infrastructure can help you. It means that components of your infrastructure get replaced at every deployment, not just updated in-place. It ensures you a consistent, reliable, simple, predictable deployment process.

At GumGum we are running 4 Kafka clusters along with Kafka Connect and Schema Registry—more than 90 nodes in total. Using the techniques discussed in this talk we improved, simplified and accelerated operations on this infrastructure we manage. What you can take home from this talk:
- How to build a Kafka ecosystem as an immutable infrastructure
- Considerations to take into account to be able to have auto-healing
- How to speed up the configuration updates, upgrades and recovery of
your streaming platform with minimal headaches
- How to monitor your stack in this immutable infrastructure.

Karim is a French Software Engineer SRE at GumGum. He holds a master's degree in Computer Science and he has been in charge of GumGum's Kafka infrastructure for the past 2 years.


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NOTE: We are unable to cater for any attendees under the age of 18. Please do not sign up for this event if you are under 18.