Interesting Stuff - Week 20, 2021

Posted by nielsb on Sunday, May 16, 2021

Throughout the week, I read a lot of blog-posts, articles, and so forth that has to do with things that interest me:

  • AI/data science
  • data in general
  • data architecture
  • streaming
  • distributed computing
  • SQL Server
  • transactions (both db as well as non db)
  • and other “stuff”

This blog-post is the “roundup” of the things that have been most interesting to me for the week just ending.



  • Why query planning for streaming systems is hard. This post looks at some of the issues of doing query plans for streaming systems. Really interesting, and I would like to hear more about this.
  • Cooling down hot data: From Kafka to Athena. The post linked to looks at how to move data from online Kafka Clusters to a data lake for long term data retention, analytics, legal requirements, and as input for machine learning.
  • Introducing Confluent for Kubernetes. This post looks at Confluent for Kubernetes (CFK), a cloud-native control plane for deploying and managing Confluent in private cloud environments. It provides a standard and simple interface to customize, deploy, and manage Confluent Platform through declarative APIs.

WIND (What Is Niels Doing)

A couple of days ago, I received some very good news:

Figure 1: Big Data & Analytics

As you see in Figure 1 I will be giving a training class at the 2021 Data Platform Summit. The class is Big Data & Analytics with SQL Server 2019 Big Data Cluster. So right now, I am creating the content for that class - it will be awesome.

If you are interested, sign up for the class. When signing up, you also get free access to the Summit! Hope to see you there!

~ Finally

That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoy what I did put together. Please comment on this post or ping me if you have ideas for what to cover.

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