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How to build streaming data pipelines with Akka Streams, Flink, and Spark using Cloudflow

New Name - Cloudflow is now Akka Data Pipelines

Cloudflow: Lightbend's newest OSS project

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It’s great to say that the Lightbend family has grown—in addition to Scala, Akka, Play Framework, Lagom Framework, and Cloudstate, we now bring you Cloudflow, the fastest way to build streaming data pipelines with Akka Streams, Flink, and Spark.

The reason we built Cloudflow is to help our users mitigate common failure patterns in projects moving from batch to stream processing: for example, processing data and serving machine learning models in real time requires different ingestion and processing capabilities, as well as scalability and availability requirements, especially when deployed to cloud-native architectures. Cloudflow spans all aspects of the application lifecycle to dramatically accelerate time to market for streaming data applications.

In this talk by Craig Blitz, Senior Product Director at Lightbend, we take a look at Cloudflow from the builder perspective, including:

  • Why and What? How to get started with Cloudflow in various modes: Kubernetes environment, non-Kubernetes local developer sandbox, and as part of the Lightbend Platform for data flow visualization and serious enterprise needs.
  • How does it help developers? Cloudflow extends build tools and offers a streamlet abstraction API to allow developers to focus on business logic, along with the appropriate tool of choice for each stage of processing (e.g. Akka Streams, Spark, or Flink).
  • How does it help DevOps? Cloudflow federates Kubernetes operators and extends kubectl to automate operational tasks such as deployment, managing connections between processing stages, serialization, schema type checking, scaling, and application evolution.

Watch The Full Presentation & Q/A (~45 Min)

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Try Cloudflow!

Getting started with Cloudflow is as easy as a single sbt command in the local developer sandbox. From there, you can deploy to your Kubernetes cluster. For observability, telemetry, and system health monitoring, that's all included as part of a Lightbend Platform subscription. You can schedule a demo with us to learn more:




The Total Economic Impact™
Of Lightbend Akka

  • 139% ROI
  • 50% to 75% faster time-to-market
  • 20x increase in developer throughput
  • <6 months Akka pays for itself