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Kafka Summit SF 2019

September 30 - October 1, 2019 | San Francisco

Kafka on Kubernetes: Keeping It Simple

Session Level: Intermediate

If you’ve ever thought that running Kafka on Kubernetes was a terrible idea, welcome to the club: that’s what we thought as well. When we migrated Etsy’s Kafka deployment from bare metal to GCP, we made a surprising discovery: running Kafka on Kubernetes was the best option for us — and it wasn’t half as complicated as we thought it had to be.

I’ll use the story of our cloud migration journey to frame a discussion of how a “simple” Kafka-on-k8s setup can work. You’ll walk away with an example of how to set up a stable production system that uses vanilla Kubernetes workloads, as well as some technical tips and tricks — and pitfalls to avoid — for your own cloud migration or first Kafka-on-k8s deployment.

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