Hazelcast Enhances Event Stream Processing Engine
- By John K. Waters
In-memory computing platform maker Hazelcast has added new app development features to its Jet event stream processing engine for AI and ML deployments of mission-critical applications. Jet 4.2 simplifies the integration of an event-driven architecture into brownfield deployments to gain new functionality around real-time and in-memory processing.
Hazelcast 4.2 was designed to make it possible to add Jet's extensibility to existing applications through real-time caching and stateful microservices.
"Stream processing" is about processing data in motion--users take action on data at the time it is created. It typically involves multiple tasks performed on an incoming series of data, and it can be performed serially, in parallel, or both. The stream processing pipeline starts with the generation of the data, followed by the processing of the data, and finally the delivery of the data to its destination.
In its announcement, Hazelcast cites a survey of IT decision makers, in which companies realized business value when employing stream processing to support the customer experience (44%), better risk management (42%), increased real-time analytics (40%) and improved fraud detection and prevention (39%). "However, many of today's streaming solutions require additional bolt-on systems that increase latency, require additional skillsets and complicated integrations with legacy and emerging technologies," the company said. "With Hazelcast Jet, enterprises receive a portable event-driven platform in a lightweight package that is capable of being deployed on-premises, in the cloud and at the edge."
The list of updates and enhancements in this release includes new support for streaming integration with MySQL and PostgreSQL databases using a unified high-level API. Traditional RDBMS-based applications require hundreds or thousands of lines of code to add functionality, as well as significant testing. With the new API in Jet 4.1, the integration becomes more of a declarative task to reduce the custom error-prone code.
Additionally, Hazelcast Jet makes the database available as a stream. It deals with connectivity, object mapping and unifies the event handling across database vendors. The series of database updates form an event stream on which developers can more easily add microservices without impacting existing applications. This simplification lets developers focus on adding new business logic in high-performance applications rather than managing complex and error-prone integrations.
The transactional data from MySQL or PostgreSQL can be augmented and enriched with other datasets from Hadoop, Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Azure Data Lake, and others, the company says, and served through thousands of concurrent low-latency queries and fine-grained, key-based access.
"With these enhancements, enterprises can take advantage of in-memory speeds to accelerate analytical queries to scale your architecture by offloading certain workloads from your transactional database into an in-memory store," the company said in a statement.
Hazelcast provided support in Jet earlier this year for change data capture (CDC) via the open-source Debezium project. In version 4.2 the CDC integration has been optimized to reduce the manual coding required to utilize this capability, the company says.
Also, over the last year, the library of connectors for Hazelcast Jet has been expanded to include Apache Beam, Confluent, MongoDB, JDBC, Apache Cassandra, and others. Version 4.2 includes connectors for Elasticsearch and Apache Pulsar. By connecting Jet to Elasticsearch, the company says, enterprises can rapidly enrich large data sets, including those from relational databases, and transform them into formats suitable for indexing and search-based analysis by Elasticsearch.
Hazelcast Jet 4.2 is available for download today.
John K. Waters is the editor in chief of a number of Converge360.com sites, with a focus on high-end development, AI and future tech. He's been writing about cutting-edge technologies and culture of Silicon Valley for more than two decades, and he's written more than a dozen books. He also co-scripted the documentary film Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance, which aired on PBS. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.