The Alooma Data Pipeline With CTO Yair Weinberger - Episode 33


May 27th, 2018

47 mins 50 secs

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Building an ETL pipeline is a common need across businesses and industries. It’s easy to get one started but difficult to manage as new requirements are added and greater scalability becomes necessary. Rather than duplicating the efforts of other engineers it might be best to use a hosted service to handle the plumbing so that you can focus on the parts that actually matter for your business. In this episode CTO and co-founder of Alooma, Yair Weinberger, explains how the platform addresses the common needs of data collection, manipulation, and storage while allowing for flexible processing. He describes the motivation for starting the company, how their infrastructure is architected, and the challenges of supporting multi-tenancy and a wide variety of integrations.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Yair Weinberger about Alooma, a company providing data pipelines as a service


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • What is Alooma and what is the origin story?
  • How is the Alooma platform architected?
    • I want to go into stream VS batch here
    • What are the most challenging components to scale?

  • How do you manage the underlying infrastructure to support your SLA of 5 nines?

  • What are some of the complexities introduced by processing data from multiple customers with various compliance requirements?

    • How do you sandbox user’s processing code to avoid security exploits?

  • What are some of the potential pitfalls for automatic schema management in the target database?

  • Given the large number of integrations, how do you maintain the

    • What are some challenges when creating integrations, isn’t it simply conforming with an external API?

  • For someone getting started with Alooma what does the workflow look like?

  • What are some of the most challenging aspects of building and maintaining Alooma?

  • What are your plans for the future of Alooma?

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Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?


The intro and outro music is from The Hug by The Freak Fandango Orchestra / CC BY-SA

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