This year’s Kafka Summit is my first and I’ve been lucky to have a behind-the-scenes look at the event since joining Confluent in April. Our team and global community of speakers have been busy preparing, and it was exciting to finally see this year’s event get underway today. We had over 33,000 registrants help us kick off our first-ever virtual Kafka Summit!
Here are some of my Day 1 highlights in case you didn’t make it (don’t worry, all sessions were recorded and will be posted).
For a recap of the full event, check out this roundup by Tim Berglund.
Kafka Summit 2020 started with a keynote by Gwen Shapira, an engineering leader at Confluent and long-time Apache Kafka® committer.
Gwen covered a number of technical and industry trends that have fueled Apache Kafka’s growth and also introduced future-ready patterns to give us a glimpse of where Kafka is heading next. This included covering some much-anticipated architectural changes to both the data and control planes of Apache Kafka, specifically:
The open-source community has played an enormous role in helping shape these changes and I’m both grateful and excited to see how these changes will elevate how developers learn, use, and operate streaming platforms in the coming years.
Jun Rao, one of the original co-creators of Apache Kafka and one of the co-founders of Confluent, chatted with a number of notable Kafka users and Confluent customers.
As I watched the Q&A sessions, what struck me was how sophisticated and pervasive adoption was across industries. Whether it was a new digital-native (Nuuly), online travel (Expedia), global banking (Citigroup), or retail business (Lowe’s)—all these companies shared a similar journey from development to production.
Some common patterns that I observed across the various sessions with top companies:
Other day 1 sessions that stood out included a fascinating talk by Ben Stopford and Michael Noll from Confluent’s Office of the CTO. Taking us on a deep dive into the history and evolution of messaging systems, Ben and Michael covered the underlying principles and trade-offs between Apache Kafka, distributed log systems (Apache BookKeeper™ and its derivatives), and also Kafka-like messaging hubs (see performance benchmarks between popular options here). It’s a can’t-miss talk, especially if you’re an architect!
Other notable talks from Monday:
Between keynotes and sessions, I was also able to check out some fun parts of this year’s Kafka Summit, including various Birds-of-A-Feather gatherings, how to fly a drone, the official remix soundtrack, and even tips for yoga and at-home fitness.
And that was just Day 1!
Hope you all get some rest and join us tomorrow morning as we start Day 2 with keynotes from Apache Kafka co-creator and Confluent CEO Jay Kreps, as well as industry luminary Sam Newman.
For the best of Kafka Summit 2020, check out this roundup by Tim Berglund.
Mark Trang leads developer relations and marketing at Confluent. Most recently, Mark led the worldwide developer marketing team for Google Cloud. Previously, he’s held a variety of leadership roles to build developer platforms at companies and open source communities including Salesforce, Meteor, Apollo GraphQL, and LivePerson.