June 4, 2015

Apache Kafka + Spark + Database = Real-Time Trinity

As technology fits into our lives and onto our wrists, demands increase for intelligent and real-time mobile applications. These applications need to deliver information and services that are relevant and immediate. To keep up with the flow of information coming in, applications must stream data with a real-time infrastructure to capture, process, analyze and serve massive amounts of data to millions and sometimes billions of users.

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Today’s leading deployments combine three distributed systems to create a real-time trinity:

  • A messaging system to capture and publish feeds.
  • A transformation tier to distill information, enrich data and deliver the right formats.
  • An operational database for persistence, easy application development and analytics.

Together, these systems create a comprehensive, real-time data pipeline and operational analytics loop. Let’s explore in more detail.

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