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A Unified Analytics Platform with Kafka and Flink

« Kafka Summit Americas 2021

Apache Kafka and Apache Flink together are a winning stack for data analytics that is used by many companies across industries. The two projects complement each other perfectly: Kafka offers a world-class log for event stream storage and transport, while Flink is a powerful system for analytics and applications on top of those event streams.

This talk will demonstrate how to use Kafka and Flink together for ""unified analytics"": Analytics that seamlessly combine processing of real-time data and historic data.

Using SQL as the language for our sample applications, we will walk though various scenarios for unified analytics, such as

  • Running the same query for processing real-time data from Kafka and for batch-accelerated processing of the historic data stored in Kafka.
  • Writing queries that combine data in Kafka with tables in external systems (like S3)
  • Switching between streams of historic data (from S3) and real-time streams in Kafka.

The audience will learn how combining real-time and historic data is becoming convenient with the combination of Kafka and Flink.

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