Building Real Time Applications On Streaming Data With Eventador


April 19th, 2020

50 mins 30 secs

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Modern applications frequently require access to real-time data, but building and maintaining the systems that make that possible is a complex and time consuming endeavor. Eventador is a managed platform designed to let you focus on using the data that you collect, without worrying about how to make it reliable. In this episode Eventador Founder and CEO Kenny Gorman describes how the platform is architected, the challenges inherent to managing reliable streams of data, the simplicity offered by a SQL interface, and the interesting projects that his customers have built on top of it. This was an interesting inside look at building a business on top of open source stream processing frameworks and how to reduce the burden on end users.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Kenny Gorman about the Eventador streaming SQL platform


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you start by describing what the Eventador platform is and the story
  • behind it?
    • How has your experience at ObjectRocket influenced your approach to streaming SQL?
    • How do the capabilities and developer experience of Eventador compare to other streaming SQL engines such as ksqlDB, Pulsar SQL, or Materialize?
  • What are the main use cases that you are seeing people use for streaming SQL?
    • How does it fit into an application architecture?
    • What are some of the design changes in the different layers that are necessary to take advantage of the real time capabilities?
  • Can you describe how the Eventador platform is architected?
    • How has the system design evolved since you first began working on it?
    • How has the overall landscape of streaming systems changed since you first began working on Eventador?
    • If you were to start over today what would you do differently?
  • What are some of the most interesting and challenging operational aspects of running your platform?
  • What are some of the ways that you have modified or augmented the SQL dialect that you support?
    • What is the tipping point for when SQL is insufficient for a given task and a user might want to leverage Flink?
  • What is the workflow for developing and deploying different SQL jobs?
    • How do you handle versioning of the queries and integration with the software development lifecycle?
  • What are some data modeling considerations that users should be aware of?
    • What are some of the sharp edges or design pitfalls that users should be aware of?
  • What are some of the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen your customers use your platform?
  • What are some of the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned in the process of building and scaling Eventador?
  • What do you have planned for the future of the platform?

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Parting Question

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

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