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Recreating ESB antipatterns with Kafka

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Kafka is becoming very popular as a messaging solution, and along with it, Kafka Streams is at the forefront of the wave of interest in streaming architectures. Unfortunately, as they start to embed Kafka at the heart of their data and application platforms, we're seeing some organizations recreating ESB antipatterns with Kafka by centralizing the Kafka ecosystem components — such as connectors and stream processors — instead of allowing these components to live with product or service teams. This reminds us of seriously problematic ESB antipatterns, where more and more logic, orchestration and transformation were thrust into a centrally managed ESB, creating a significant dependency on a centralized team. We're calling this out to dissuade further implementations of this flawed pattern.

History for Recreating ESB antipatterns with Kafka

Nov 2017
hold?

Kafka is becoming very popular as a messaging solution, and along with it, Kafka Streams is at the forefront of the wave of interest in streaming architectures. Unfortunately, as they start to embed Kafka at the heart of their data and application platforms, we're seeing some organizations recreating ESB antipatterns with Kafka by centralizing the Kafka ecosystem components — such as connectors and stream processors — instead of allowing these components to live with product or service teams. This reminds us of seriously problematic ESB antipatterns, where more and more logic, orchestration and transformation were thrust into a centrally managed ESB, creating a significant dependency on a centralized team. We're calling this out to dissuade further implementations of this flawed pattern.