Getting Started… again!

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Understanding Apache Kafka security is much like discovering the Rosetta Stone to the entire event-streaming landscape. In my previous blog post, I covered how understanding a few common core configurations provides you the ability to connect any Kafka-based, event-driven application to dozens of Kafka offerings with relatively few changes. However, the previous blog post focused on username and password-based authentication. This blog post will cover those same core configurations but from the perspective of SSL Certificate-based authentication. Or as it is more commonly known, Mutual TLS (mTLS)-based authentication.

As a caveat, this blog post will continue to cover the most…


Getting Started

Apache Kafka project official logo

Understanding Apache Kafka security is much like discovering the Rosetta Stone to the entire event-streaming landscape. This is not meant to be hyperbole at all, since once you understand a few common core configurations, you have the ability to connect any Kafka-based, event-driven application to dozens of Kafka offerings with relatively few changes. The vast majority of these changes come in the form of Kafka broker endpoints, as well as authentication configuration information in the form of protocol selection and providing credentials in some fashion. …


So what do you do once you have a hypothesis and some time on your hands? You perform an experiment! And that’s just what our Solution Engineering team did.

In this blog series, you will see the work done by our team to convert the existing Spring-based implementation of our WebSphere Liberty-based BlueCompute application to using the latest and greatest of the generally available MicroProfile 1.3 project capabilities. Our BlueCompute application is a microservices-based reference architecture that provides a digital storefront experience to users while being built with containers and deployed on Kubernetes.

This series will provide insight into the…

Rick Osowski

Dad to B, Husband to A, Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advocate, Magic: The Gathering Nerd, Senior Solution Architect at IBM. (All views are my own)

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