Making Analytical APIs Fast With Tinybird - Episode 185


Building an API for real-time data is a challenging project. Making it robust, scalable, and fast is a full time job. The team at Tinybird wants to make it easy to turn a continuous stream of data into a production ready API or data product. In this episode CEO Jorge Sancha explains how they have architected their system to handle high data throughput and fast response times, and why they have invested heavily in Clickhouse as the core of their platform. This is a great conversation about the challenges of building a maintainable business from a technical and product perspective., the Data Automation Cloud, provides the most advanced automation for data and analytics engineering workloads. unifies the core capabilities of data engineering—data ingestion, transformation, delivery, orchestration, and observability—into a single platform so that data teams deliver 10x faster. With 95% of data teams already at or over capacity, engineering productivity is a top priority for enterprises. Ascend’s Flex-code user interface empowers any member of the data team—from data engineers to data scientists to data analysts—to quickly and easily build and deliver on the data and analytics workloads they need. And with Ascend’s DataAware™ intelligence, data teams no longer spend hours carefully orchestrating brittle data workloads and instead rely on advanced automation to optimize the entire data lifecycle. runs natively on data lakes and warehouses and in AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Jorge Sancha about Tinybird, a platform to easily build analytical APIs for real-time data


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you start by describing what you are building at Tinybird and the story behind it?
  • What are some of the types of use cases that your customers are focused on?
  • What are the areas of complexity that come up when building analytical APIs that are often overlooked when first designing a system to operate on and expose real-time data?
    • What are the supporting systems that are necessary and useful for operating this kind of system which contribute to the overall time and engineering cost beyond the baseline functionality?
  • How is the Tinybird platform architected?
    • How have the goals and implementation of Tinybird changed or evolved since you first began building it?
  • What was your criteria for selecting the core building block of your platform, and how did that lead to your choice to build on top of Clickhouse?
  • What are some of the sharp edges that you have run into while operating Clickhouse?
    • What are some of the custom tools or systems that you have built to help deal with them?
  • What are some of the performance challenges that an API built with Tinybird might run into?
    • What are the considerations that users should be aware of to avoid introducing performance issues?
  • How do you handle multi-tenancy in your platform? (e.g. separate clusters, in-database quotas, etc.)
  • For users of Tinybird, can you talk through the workflow of getting it integrated into their platform and designing an API from their data?
  • What are some of the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Tinybird used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while building and growing Tinybird?
  • When is Tinybird the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of the product and business?

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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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