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Fast Data Architectures For Streaming Applications

Dean Wampler, Ph.D., Office of the CTO and Big Data Architect, Lightbend

Why have stream-oriented data systems become so popular, when batch-oriented systems have served big data needs for many years? In this report, author Dean Wampler examines the rise of streaming systems for handling time-sensitive problems—like detecting fraudulent financial activity as it happens. You’ll explore the characteristics of fast data architectures, along with several open source tools for implementing them.

Batch-mode processing isn’t going away, but exclusive use of these systems is now a competitive disadvantage. You’ll learn that, while fast data architectures are much harder to build, they represent the state of the art for dealing with mountains of data that require immediate attention.

  • Learn step-by-step how a basic fast data architecture works
  • Understand why event logs are the core abstraction for streaming architectures, while message queues are the core integration tool
  • Use methods for analyzing infinite data sets, where you don’t have all the data and never will
  • Take a tour of open source streaming engines, and discover which ones work best for different use cases
  • Get recommendations for making real-world streaming system responsive, resilient, elastic, and message driven
  • Explore an example streaming application for the IoT: telemetry ingestion and anomaly detection for home automation systems

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About Author(s)

Dean Wampler, Ph.D., Office of the CTO and Big Data Architect, Lightbend

Dean Wampler is the Vice President of Fast Data Engineering at Lightbend, where he leads the creation of the Lightbend Fast Data Platform, a streaming data platform built on the Lightbend Reactive Platform, Kafka, Spark, Flink, and Mesosphere DC/OS. Dean is the author of Programming Scala and Functional Programming for Java Developers and the coauthor of Programming Hive, all from O’Reilly. He is a contributor to several open source projects and he is the co-organizer of several conferences around the world and several user groups in Chicago.

About Lightbend

Lightbend (Twitter: @Lightbend) provides the leading Reactive application development platform for building distributed systems. Based on a message-driven runtime, these distributed systems, which include microservices and streaming fast data applications, can effortlessly scale on multi-core and cloud architectures. Many of the most admired brands around the globe are transforming their businesses with our platform, engaging billions of users every day through software that is changing the world. For more information on Lightbend, visit: lightbend.com