PODCAST: Confluent and the Data-Driven Intelligent Edge

November 14, 2017 • Blog Post • Staff Writer


  • Edge computing can create smarter cities, more customized retail experiences, better manufacturing and more
  • Jay Kreps, CEO and Co-Founder at Confluent, discusses where the next revolution will happen - the Intelligent Edge

How Intelligent Edge computing is writing the new language of machines

In the next three years, over 26 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. That's a lot of "things" being added to the IoT, making our systems more connected, computational, and controlling than ever. With the vast amounts of data set to be created by these devices, it's essential that analytics capabilities are in place in order to turn all this information into something actionable. That's where the Intelligent Edge comes in to play.

Edge computing can create smarter cities, more customized retail experiences, better manufacturing and more. For enterprises, the Intelligent Edge can yield deeper insights faster to transform business. Its applications are evidence across a broad scope of industries, from manufacturing and oil & gas to transportation and law enforcement.

This week on STACK That, we're talking with Jay Kreps, CEO & Co-Founder of Confluent, about applications for Intelligent Edge as it applies to transportation. We dive into autonomous driving, how data is changing IT and the security implications that come with Intelligent Edge computing.

“I find really interesting,” says Jay Kreps. “It’s one of a number of examples where you are seeing companies that have existed for a long time suddenly adding this whole digital dimension to their business and then trying to figure out how to build it—what does it look like?”

Edge computing is where the next revolution in innovation will happen, and its key to note that this is a data-driven trend.As more apps and data move to the edge - more data will be created here and must be analyzed here.For that reason, we believe that HPE must embed more intelligence into the devices, access points and machines - not only to enable them to analyze the massive influx of data, but also more intelligence to help manage and most importantly secure the complexity and scale.

Learn more about the Intelligent Edge and the language of machines in our podcast below.

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Jay Kreps, CEO & Co-Founder at Confluent

Jay Kreps is the CEO of Confluent, Inc., a company backing the popular Apache Kafka messaging system used by HPE Aruba's IntroSpect solution. Prior to founding Confluent, he was formerly the lead architect for data infrastructure at LinkedIn. He is among the original authors of several open source projects including Project Voldemort (a key-value store). Apache Kafka (a distributed messaging system) and Apache Samza (a stream processing system).


Florian Leibert, Co-Founder & CEO at Mesosphere

Florian Leibert co-founded Mesosphere in 2013 and currently serves as CEO. Since 2013, The company makes Mesosphere DC/OS, which allows webscale and enterprise companies to quickly deliver containerized, data-intensive applications on any infrastructure. Florian is passionate about building IoT infrastructure and enjoys discussing the benefits of the modern application stack as well as how Mesosphere customers are building world changing technology. He is also the main creator of Marathon, an orchestrator and scheduler that operates on top of the Mesos software. Florian Leibert drove fundraising efforts through four rounds of financing from prominent investors like Khosla Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. In addition to his role at Mesosphere, Florian Leibert serves as an investor with Away and Driftt.

Prior to co-founding Mesosphere, Florian Leibert held engineering leadership positions at prominent internet sites, including Airbnb, Twitter, Ning, and Adknowledge. At age 16, he co-founded online marketplace Knaup Multimedia in Germany.

Byron Reese, CEO & Publisher at Gigaom and CEO at Knowingly

With 25 years as a successful tech entrepreneur, with multiple IPOs and exits along the way, Byron Reese is uniquely suited to comment on the transformative effect of technology on the workplace and on society at large.

As a successful serial entrepreneur and award-winning futurist, Byron balances two unique perspectives. As a futurist, he leads his audience to explore the unprecedented technological changes destined to trigger the dramatic transformation of society. And as an entrepreneur, he shares how to profit from this change while still meeting the practical realities of operating a business.

Speaking across the globe, Byron brings great enthusiasm and talent for deciphering our common destiny and unlocking business opportunities within it. Byron’s keynotes and appearances include the PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam, SXSW, the TEDx Austin, Wolfram Data Summit, Spartina, and the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, among others.

Byron is also the publisher of Gigaom. A role enhanced by 20 + years’ experience building and running successful Internet and software companies. Of the five companies he either started or joined early, two went public, two were sold, and one resulted in a merger.


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