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Watch Our Kafka Summit Talk: Offering Kafka as a Service in Your Organisation

Ian Furlong 15 July 2022
Sion delivering his Kafka as a Service presentation

In April 2022, Kafka Summit London re-opened its doors as an in-person Summit. And of course, OSO was there to meet fellow Kafka experts from across Europe. The highlight of the summit was (of course) a talk by our very own CTO, Sion Smith. Sion shared his take on how businesses should go about establishing a framework to support Kafka as a Service.

The talk attracted a lot of interest and concluded with a lively Q&A session. It was great to see so many people interested in the talk and wanting to learn more about Kafka as a Service.


It was great to be back presenting in person at conferences. I especially enjoyed the Q&A session at the end of the talk, I had some really though questions!

Sion Smith CTO at OSO

Age of the Clusters: Offering Kafka as a Service in Your Organisation

Every team in your organisation wants to leverage the latest and greatest technologies, Kafka is of course at the top of the list but should you run one shared cluster or one per team? Should you build and deploy it yourself or leverage a managed service? This talk dives into the journey you must take in order to reach your ultimate goal making Kafka the commodity all your development teams run on.

Building Kafka as a Service is Hard!

Building a shared platform service is not like building and shipping an application in your favourite shiny modern programming language. Kafka is stateful and evolves with the use cases built upon it. Undeniably, building a cloud native Kafka-as-a-Service offering in house is hard. It requires a clear vision, sound automation and committed engineering team with a lot of patience.

Confluent Kafka for Kubernetes is a cloud native way of deploying Kafka, at scale, in a self managed way. But how does this help? Combining this technology with GitOps enables developers to precisely describe the desired state of their clusters in each environment.

In this talk Sion showcases the key tools and techniques required to make Kafka a commodity and automate operations through Git in a repeatable, secure and controlled manner.

Chatting about Kafka as a service

Watch the Talk!

You can view the talk over on the Kafka Summit site

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