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Lightbend aims to democratize distributed systems for developers


By Swapnil Bhartiya - TFIR. Hosted on the Let's Talk show at TFIR.IO.

Lightbend aims to simplify the complexities of distributed systems offering low latency and scalability. In this video recorded at KubeCon in Paris, Tyler Jewell, CEO of Lightbend, talks about some of the key challenges developers are up against with distributed systems and how Lightbend is helping to solve those problems. He says, “We aim to deliver a platform where every developer, regardless of their skill sets, can create equal systems of equal capability in under a day.”

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Ecosystem evolution and company growth

  • Jewell discusses Lightbend’s 15-year evolution, from starting out solving concurrency issues on multi-threaded multi-core systems to now an entire platform to build distributed applications.

Low-latency, scalable architecture for distributed applications

  • Jewell talks about how Lightbend’s systems offer low latency, scalability, and ‘shockproof’ resilience. He shares his vision for the company to enable developers to build these systems quickly regardless of their skill set.

Edge computing and its potential applications

  • Lightbend pushes the microservices as close to end users as possible to achieve low latency.
  • Edge computing is shifting towards a single programming model that creates business logic with data that works anywhere along the cloud-to-edge continuum once distributed everywhere.

Edge computing and microservices for IoT and cloud use cases

  • Jewell tells us how Lightbend’s microservices architecture helps tackle the challenge of limited resources and reliability problems out at the edge.
  • Two of the use cases Lightbend is targeted are large edge synchronization issues and to enable a continuous reliable cloud connection to the microservices running in the cloud.

Microservices, security, and AI in distributed systems

  • Jewell explains how the function of microservices on IoT devices is different from those in the cloud, and how this affects the developers’ workflow.
  • Zero trust and security for these distributed systems is a key focus this year. Lightbend is also working on unifying its cloud offering and manage-it-yourself offering into one product.
  • Jewell feels that there is a big opportunity to leverage GenAI to design and build massively distributed systems where you need to use an event-driven architecture which many developers still struggle with.

Guest: Tyler Jewell (LinkedIn)
Company: Lightbend (Twitter)
Show: Let’s Talk

This summary was written by Emily Nicholls.

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