Introducing Lightbend Fast Data Platform: A Guided Way To Manage Data In Motion For Streaming Applications

Companies are moving from systems designed for data "at rest" in data warehouses and embracing the value of data "in motion" at the edge–whether from user data, sensors or humans. Extracting information from incoming data as quickly as possible has become a competitive advantage. Stream processing is the best option and it has sparked new tools, frameworks, and architecture patterns for developers creating applications and systems designed specifically for real-time data. 

I sat down with Dr. Dean Wampler, Office of the CTO and Big Data Architect at Lightbend, we discuss how streaming data is shaking things up, and how the upcoming Lightbend Fast Data Platform is bringing Fast Data to enterprises looking to modernize today.

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Benefits Of The Actor Model For Cloud Computing: A Pragmatic Overview For Java Architects

In this webinar for Architects, guest speaker Jeffrey Hammond, Forrester Vice-President and Principal Analyst, joins Jonas Bonér, CTO/Co-founder of Lightbend and creator of Akka, the actor-based, message-driven runtime for the JVM, to discuss one emerging programming pattern that’s gaining popularity with teams developing for the cloud––the Actor model.

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@theotown
September 20, 2016

Fast Data for Telecommunications: Swisscom Q/A On Choosing Scala And Spark For New Streaming Data Platform

Recently, we published a case study with our customer Swisscom, the leading mobile service provider in Switzerland. While the case study focuses more on the solution and implementation details of how Swisscom used Scala and Spark to build a fast data streaming platform from the ground up in just 9 months, there is more to the story. To get a fuller picture, we sat down with Francois Garillot, Big Data Scientist at Swisscom...

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New Lightbend Survey of 2,000 Java and Scala Developers Reveals Shake-Up in Enterprise Application Architecture

We are proud to present the results of the survey conducted in summer 2016. It was launched to discover: correlations between development trends and IT infrastructure trends, how organizations at the forefront of digital transformation are modernizing their applications, and real production usage break-downs of today's most buzzed about emerging developer technologies.

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@myfear
September 14, 2016

Akka Streams Kafka - A behind the scenes Interview

Apache Kafka is the leading distributed messaging system, and Reactive Streams is an emerging standard for asynchronous stream processing. The reactive-kafka project combining the two technologies just recently joint forces with the the Akka team and the resulting collaboration lead to the latest 0.11 release which comes with some major updates. I was interested in learning a little bit more about the history and had a chance to interview Chris.

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@myfear
September 9, 2016

Fast Data Architectures For Streaming Applications: free O'Reilly report by Dean Wampler

We are happy to announce the availability of Fast Data Architectures For Streaming Applications, a new O'Reilly report authored by the architect for fast data products at Lightbend, Dean Wampler (@deanwampler). In this report he examines the rise of streaming systems for handling time-sensitive problems —like detecting fraudulent financial activity as it happens. You’ll explore the characteristics of fast data architectures, along with several open source tools for implementing them.

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What It Takes To Properly Build Reactive Web Applications For The JVM

Manuel Bernhardt knows a thing of two about building distributed, Reactive web applications for the modern enterprise. Having recently published his own book on the subject, I wanted to sit down with him to ask him about what architects and developers should know about the traits of Reactive systems, why it's important to build Reactive systems using Play, Akka, and Scala rather than Spring and Java EE, how the open source community has wonderfully impacted the growth of these technologies, and whether he'd ever consider writing another book again. Enjoy the Q/A!

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@myfear
August 31, 2016

Lightbend Tech Digest - August 2016

August is typically a month filled with vacation, sunburn and the other joys of summer. It's a month where we all take it a bit slower and try to gather more energy for the rest of the year. But it turns out that our amazingly active communities never sleep. And there's been plenty of news and highlights. This Tech Digest is designed to help folks specifically interested in Lightbend technologies like Akka, Play, Lagom and Scala to find what they need faster. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the most important information of last month in a single post.

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Monitoring Asynchronous Microservices in Production with Lightbend Reactive Platform

Almost every current monitoring tool relies on a stack frame-based approach where using the stack trace can provide good answers to what caused exceptional states. In asynchronous, message-driven distributed applications, this approach no longer provides any useful information about issues because the path to where you are is no longer available and you don’t know where your code will execute...

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A New Trilogy: The Enterprise Architect's Intro to Microservices

Earlier this summer, Lightbend CTO & Co-founder (and creator of Akka) Jonas Bonér  and Enterprise Advocate Kevin Webber were seeing their vacation time more as a far-off dream than a plausible reality. Jonas had just published the free O'Reilly book titled Reactive Microservices Architecture––called "the best single source of the key ideas needed to design modern Reactive systems" by John Nestor––and we wanted to make it even easier to get the principles of microservices architectures into the hands of Enterprise Architects, CTOs, App Dev Managers and other decision makers. With the story of going Reactive with microservices in place, Jonas and Kevin set to work breaking down this concise, valuable book into a three-part series...

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Lightbend Tech Digest - July 2016

Welcome to our first Lightbend Tech Digest! It's so exciting to keep finding new places where great technical content is published as our communities continue to grow. Inspired by the amazing efforts of our friends like SoftwareMills' Scala TimesCake Solutions team blog, the Knoldus blog and many others, we wanted to help folks specifically interested in Lightbend technologies like Akka, Play, Lagom and Scala to find what they need faster.

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Lessons Learned from Verizon: Implementing Microservices in go90 with Scala and Play Framework

Just a couple short years ago, Chris Webster, Associate Fellow at Verizon Communications, was presented with a challenge: how to gain part of the fiercely competitive $40 billion US mobile content market. Working with a new team, a content platform was conceived to provide best-in-class streaming for primetime television, live music and sports. They called it go90, referencing the 90-degree pivot from portrait to landscape mode that many of us use to consume video content...

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The Future of Services: Building Asynchronous, Resilient and Elastic Systems

In this talk by Jamie Allen, noted author, speaker and Senior Director of Global Solution Architects at Lightbend, we will focus on how to avoid traditional anti-patterns when building your next generation of services. Jamie describes the requirements for constructing elastic, resilient service-based applications that can handle tremendous amounts of data in real time, and to discuss the new Lightbend framework for Microservices-based applications called Lagom.

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Exploiting Reality with Microservices in Production Systems

In our third and final part of The Enterprise Architect's Intro to Microservices, we again welcome Lightbend CTO/co-founder and Akka creator Jonas Bonér to continue where we left off in the six characteristics of Reactive Microservices presented earlier with a simple premise (in the spirit of Carl Hewitt): one microservice is no microservice–they come in systems.

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Event

Reactive Summit 2016

MICROSERVICES. FAST DATA PIPELINES. DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS.
Austin (TX) - October 4-5

Ebook

Fast Data Architectures For Streaming Applications

by Dean Wampler

Report

Enterprise Development Trends 2016

Cloud, Container and Microservices Insights from 2100 JVM Developers

Infoguide

Lightbend Reactive Platform

A High-Level Technical Overview For Decision Makers