Kafka Transforming Into ‘Event Streaming Database’

Don’t look now, but Kafka is transforming into a database. That’s the new direction the popular event streaming platform is headed, according to Confluent CEO Jay Kreps keynote this morning, in which he gave a glimpse into new KSQL’s new “pull” query feature that’s due next month.

There are actually two new features that the Apache Kafka community is currently working on that will help transform Kafka into an event streaming database. The first is the capability to control Kafka Connect connectors directly from SQL. In a single line of code, users can connect to an external system, such as a database, and extract changes or load streams into Kafka, Kreps said.

Author: Alex Woodie

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