Presentation: Databases and Stream Processing: A Future of Consolidation

Track: Streaming Data Architectures

Location: Churchill, G flr.

Duration: 1:40pm - 2:30pm

Day of week: Monday

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Abstract

Are databases and stream processors wholly different things, or are they really two sides of the same coin? Certainly, stream processors feel very different from traditional databases when you use them. In this talk, we’ll explore why this is true, but maybe more importantly why it's likely to be less true in the future: a future where consolidation seems inevitable.  

So what advantage is there to be found in merging these two fields? To understand this we will dig into why both stream processors and databases are necessary, from a technical standpoint, but also by exploring industry trends that make consolidation in the future far more likely. Finally, we'll examine how these trends map onto common approaches from active databases like MongoDB to streaming solutions like Flink, Kafka Streams or ksqlDB.  

By the end of this talk, you should have a clear idea of how stream processors and databases relate and why there is an emerging new category of databases that focus on data that moves.

Speaker: Ben Stopford

Author of “Designing Event Driven Systems” & Senior Director @confluentinc

Ben is a Senior Director at Confluent (a company that backs Apache Kafka) where he runs the Office of the CTO. He's worked on a wide range of projects from implementing the latest version of Kafka’s replication protocol through to assessing and shaping Confluent's strategy. His earlier career spanned projects at Thoughtworks and UK-based enterprise companies. He is also the author of the book “Designing Event Driven Systems”, O’Reilly, 2018. Find out more at http://benstopford.com.

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