A trio of LinkedIn engineers, led by Jay Kreps, is taking the Apache Kafka technology they helped create commercial. Their new company, called Confluent, wants to enable real-time data processing in all sorts of companies, and is backed by Benchmark, LinkedIn and Data Collective.
LinkedIn’s various data-tracking features, like generating who has recently viewed a user’s profile and keeping tabs on which people are following particular companies, are all fueled by the new data system.
A Huntsville, Ala., company is moving from the machine-to-machine world into cloud platforms and big data. Here’s how it did it and how it thinks its work could actually end up saving lives.