Building Mission-Critical Services in the Cloud

What is your background and what sparked your interest in distributed systems?

Building applications on highly available hardware achieve mission-critical systems. We wanted to enable mission-critical systems in the cloud without this kind of special hardware. To achieve these same levels of availability and throughput in the cloud, we are facing distributed systems.

Allard Buijze – “For a system to be reactive, there is a great number of non-functional aspects to deal with.”

Allard Buijze is Founder and CTO of AxonIQ. Starting at the age of 6, he has developed a great passion for programming and has guided both large and small organizations in building performant and scalable applications. Now, he is on a mission to make implementations of large scale systems easier, using the concepts of Domain Driven Design, Command-Query Responsiblity Segregation and Event Driven Architectures. He created Axon Framework as an experiment initially, but when both large and organizations started using Axon as a solution to their complexity problems, AxonIQ was born.

Francesco Cesarini: “Keep your eyes open for emerging, non mainstream tech”

Francesco Cesarini is the founder of Erlang Solutions. He has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, starting as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang.

He is also the co-author of ‘Erlang Programming’ and ‘Designing for Scalability with Erlang/OTP’ both published by O’Reilly and lectures at Oxford University. You can follow his ramblings (mainly on Erlang and Elixir) on twitter.

Clement Escoffier: “Reactive will be a necessary trend”

Clement had several professional lives, from academic positions to management. Currently, he’s working for Red Hat as Vert.x core developer. He has been involved in projects and products touching many domains and technologies such as OSGi, mobile app development, continuous delivery, DevOps… His main interests include processes, methods, tools that make the development of software more efficient and also more fun. He is also a Java Champion and an active contributor to many open-source projects such as Apache Felix, iPOJO, Wisdom Framework, and obviously, Vert.x.

Bernd Ruecker: “There is quite some value in going for reactive, asynchronous or event-driven architectures”

Bernd is an author of “Practical Process Automation” and co-author of “Real-Life BPMN”. He is a regular speaker at conferences around the world and a frequent contributor to several technology publications. He focuses on new process automation paradigms that fit into modern architectures around distributed systems, microservices, domain-driven design, event-driven architecture, and reactive systems.     

Paweł Mikler at Reactive Summit: “Functional programming will be leading the new era of enterprise software”

Software Engineer, turned Entrepreneur & Principal Business Consultant who has worked in the space of IT, technology partnerships development, international sales and software consultancy for more than 10 years, Paweł Mikler has recently found his home at Scalac where he develops global partnerships and expands the reach Scalac’s portfolio of strategic clients.

Scalac is a proud supporter and a Silver Sponsor at Reactive Summit, and Paweł Mikler and Łukasz Kuczera from Scalac can be found in the expo space during the conference. We spoke to Paweł in advance of his trip to Montreal to learn more about the company and how it can help Reactive Summit attendees.  

Ryland Degnan at Reactive Summit: “We’re due to reach a point in the near future where thinking reactively becomes just as natural as thinking imperatively.”

A co-founder and CTO of Netifi, where he is working to lay the groundwork for the next generation of cloud-native applications, Ryland Degnan was a member of the Netflix Edge Platform team that created RSocket, Hystrix and RxJava.

With more than 12 years of building scalable distributed systems at organizations like Netflix, Skydeck, and Cisco under his belt, Ryland is speaking at Reactive Summit in Montreal about Reactive Microservices using RSocket – an open-source network protocol developed in collaboration with Netflix, Facebook, and Pivotal that was designed to handle complex networks of microservices.

Colin Breck at Reactive Summit: “I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up.”

Colin Breck does not need much introduction. With two decades of experience in developing fast-data infrastructures for the monitoring and control of industrial applications, Colin is currently with Tesla working on distributed systems for the monitoring, aggregation, and control of distributed, renewable-energy assets.

At Reactive Summit in Montreal, Colin is doing a talk “From Fast-Data to a Key Operational Technology for the Enterprise” on October 24th. We’re barely containing our excitement for Colin’s talk, so we asked him a few questions about his professional journey, the challenges companies deploying Reactive face and the solution to these challenges.

 

Patrick Altaie at Reactive Summit: “Reactive has good development practices that we should all embrace”

Senior Consultant at Icon Solutions, Patrick Altaie is working on IPF – Icon Solutions’ flagship real-time payments processing platform that is built using Reactive concepts and leading open-source frameworks, including Akka.

In advance of Patrick’s talk “Clustering and Distributed Data: The Winning Combination?” at Reactive Summit in Montreal, we asked him about his Reactive journey, why legacy-heavy companies are struggling to adopt Reactive and what one can learn from his talk.