Product 20 Jul 2020

Axual Release Update 2020.2

In the 2020.2 release we are adding support for Kafka Connect and we are open sourcing our Java and .NET client libraries.

As promised, here is the second scheduled release update from Axual, the 2020.2, and it is an exciting one! Continue reading the blog or check out the release video for a detailed overview.

We are open sourcing

We are excited to announce that we will start open-sourcing more components of our platform, making them publicly available. 

We have been relying on the help of a great community for a number of components of our platform, so we think that contributing back will be a great way to show appreciation and reciprocate the communal effort of open sourcing. 

Thanks to the choice of open-source, users of Axual platform will be able to more easily debug issues, report them and even introduce their own fixes.

Open sourcing: Java and .NET Client Libraries

The first components we will open-source under the Apache 2.0 license are Java and .NET client libraries. These will allow you to focus on the business value your streaming app should bring, reducing the complexity and efforts to bring those apps into production.

Both libraries are available on Gitlab along with useful examples ready for you to try out by yourself. Here you will find more components that we open source in the wake. In the future, you can expect more libraries, and components to be open-sourced, so stay tuned! 

Now, let’s dive into the other Axual 2020.2 updates!

Connect: Easily Integrate External Systems to Axual

The value you derive from your streaming platform is largely defined by the number of streaming data sources you manage to onboard.

This is where Connect comes in:  Connect allows you to integrate Axual easily with external systems to either load data to or from the streaming platform. There are more advantages than just saving time compared to a custom developed application:

The way we look at connectors is not very different from a regular application. To us, an application is just a piece of software that either produces or consumes streaming data. This is why we believe our Self Service concept for applications can be applied to connectors as well. This means the ownership of connectors is registered and as a DevOps team, you can manage the entire connector lifecycle yourself. 

Managing connectors in a self-service interface

As of release 2020.2, it is now possible to manage connectors in the Self Service interface by creating an app in the Axual platform. For a step by step practical demonstration, have a look at our video. 

Conclusion

Now, you’ve seen how you can hook up external data sources and sinks with Axual without coding anything. In the video demo, we’ve shown 2 connector plugins, but we are planning to offer support for more plugins continuously and a list of plugins we currently support is available in our online documentation

Other updates

Of course, the latest release contains much more updates to improve the usability, security and stability of the product. You can read more about this in our online documentation.

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