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Our next meetup is on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 at 5:30 pm Central on Zoom. "Doors" will be opened at 5:25. We generally aim to wrap up at ~6:30pm but may go a bit longer, especially with Q&A.
Our October meeting will feature a talk on Serverless Kafka.
Apache Kafka has become a key ingredient in many enterprise applications, with over 80% of all Fortune 100 companies using Kafka. So what is this thing called Kafka? From the Kafka home page:
"Apache Kafka is an open-source distributed event streaming platform used by thousands of companies for high-performance data pipelines, streaming analytics, data integration, and mission-critical applications."
Wow. That sounds like something an event-driven, asynchronous serverless architecture would benefit from.
However, as great as it is, it never seemed very amenable for use in a serverless way. Reading through the docs, it seems you would need to set up multiple VMs, containers, or bare metal server nodes, just to stand up a production-ready Kafka cluster running Apache ZooKeeper and Kafka Broker services. Serverless is supposed to allow us to think about servers less not more. With so much focus on running servers, our group avoided talking about Kafka... until now.
Our October talk is all about Serverless Kafka. In this talk, we'll explore this Kafka thing, discuss some cloud-based Kafka offerings (many claiming to be serverless) then set up a true, scale to zero, serverless Kafka cluster.
The talk will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to Kafka
- Kafka in the Cloud
- Running a truly serverless Kafka cluster + Demo
I'm confident this brief ~1-hour introduction to Kafka, and especially serverless Kafka, will inspire you to consider bringing Kafka, especially serverless Kafka, into your project.
What a great time to be doing serverless!
Please RSVP so we know how many to expect. If you RSVP, please do try to make it so we're not unnecessarily waiting for you to join the Zoom meeting.
Speaker: Jack Frosch
Where: Zoom Meeting. Those who RSVP will see the link in the sidebar.
Call for Speakers...
If you'd like to present on a serverless topic, I'd love to have you as a guest speaker. Just contact me through Meetup with your talk topic and I'll get you on our schedule.