Nov 25, 2020
3 min read

Apache Pulsar-as-a-Service Launches on Alibaba Cloud

Yang Yang
Carolyn King
Former VP of Growth, StreamNative

StreamNative, a cloud-native event streaming company powered by Apache Pulsar, just announced its fully managed Apache Pulsar cloud offering, StreamNative Cloud, is now available on Alibaba Cloud.

Alibaba Cloud is the top cloud provider in Asia and this expansion will enable StreamNative to serve a new segment of customers. According to Sijie Guo, CEO and co-founder of StreamNative, and, also, one of the original developers of Apache Pulsar and Apache Bookkeeper, the Cloud Offering on the Alibaba Cloud is an opportunity to enable more Asian developers and organizations to try Pulsar.

"The launch of StreamNative Cloud on Alibaba Cloud will help accelerate the adoption of Pulsar across Asia by providing companies with access to operational expertise and management."

Sijie Guo, CEO, StreamNative

Growth of Apache Pulsar

Pulsar’s growth has skyrocketed globally since it became a top-level Apache Project in September 2018. According to Docker Hub, Apache Pulsar has more than 10 million downloads. On Github, the project is approaching 7,000 stars and currently has over 330 contributors. For context, the number of Github contributors has grown tenfold over the past two years. Adoption is largely driven by companies looking to build innovative applications and improve their existing systems with real-time streaming solutions.

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Pulsar’s adoption is growing quickly across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Pulsar Adoption in Asia

Pulsar has had strong adoption in Asia since the launch of the project. In fact, Yahoo! JAPAN has been using Pulsar for nearly four years. Yahoo! JAPAN originally chose Pulsar to build out a new unified messaging platform. Today, Yahoo! JAPAN is using Pulsar as its messaging backbone to process hundreds of billions of messages every day., another early adopter, is a leading online recruitment platform based in China. has been leveraging Pulsar’s power and flexibility since 2018 and currently processes hundreds of billions of messages per day.

Adoption in Asia continues to accelerate and attract major players. One notable user is Tencent, a Chinese multinational conglomerate that markets various Internet-related services and products globally through its subsidiaries. Tencent built its transactional billing system, Midas, on Pulsar, demonstrating Pulsar's ability to handle mission-critical applications. Midas operates on a massive scale, processing more than 10 billion financial transactions and 10+ TBs of data daily.

Asia also represents a highly active and engaged segment of the Pulsar community. One recent example is China Mobile’s partnership with StreamNative to launch AMQP on Pulsar (AoP) earlier this year. AoP allows organizations using RabbitMQ (or other AMQP message brokers) to migrate existing applications and services to Pulsar without code modification. This new capability is one of many recent additions to the Pulsar ecosystem, expanding its ability to cover a broad range of real-time data needs. It also demonstrates how Pulsar’s active community is driving the continued development of the project.

Tencent, China Mobile, Yahoo! JAPAN, and are now among more than a hundred organizations using Pulsar in Asia across the telecom, internet, retail, e-commerce, finance, and IoT industries.

Pulsar’s momentum in Asia continues with the first-ever Pulsar Summit Asia, hosted by StreamNative. Taking place on November 28th & 29th, the two-day event will feature more than 30 live sessions by tech leads, open-source developers, software engineers, and software architects from Splunk, Yahoo! JAPAN, TIBCO, China Mobile, Tencent, Dada Group, KingSoft Cloud, Tuya Smart, and PingCAP, and will include sessions on Pulsar use cases, its ecosystem, operations, and technology deep dives. You can sign up to attend the summit here.

Why Alibaba Cloud

The decision to launch StreamNative Cloud on Alibaba Cloud was a strategic one. Alibaba Cloud is the largest public cloud vendor in Asia with Asia’s largest cloud network and is able to serve the rapidly growing Pulsar community in the region. As a fully managed, scalable messaging and event streaming service, StreamNative Cloud provides a turnkey solution for companies looking to build and launch event streaming applications in the cloud. The launch of StreamNative Cloud on Alibaba Cloud will streamline adoption of Pulsar for companies in this region.

About StreamNative Cloud

Built and operated by the original developers of Apache Pulsar and Apache BookKeeper, StreamNative Cloud provides a scalable, resilient, and secure messaging and event streaming platform for enterprises. Weisheng Xie, the chief data scientist at Bestpay, is impressed with StreamNative’s offering.

"With StreamNative Cloud, we are now able to launch a resilient, secure, and scalable event streaming service within minutes. It’s straightforward and extremely easy to use, which greatly boosts the efficiency of our engineering team."

Weisheng (Vincent) Xie, Chief Data Scientist/Senior Director, China Telecom Bestpay

To get started on StreamNative Cloud on Alibaba Cloud, sign up here.

Yang Yang
Yang Yang is an Apache Pulsar contributor. He works as a software engineer at StreamNative.
Carolyn King
Carolyn has dedicated the past 15 years to helping companies develop growth strategies to drive customer acquisition and revenue. At StreamNative, she leads all things growth, including global Marketing and Community, global Training and Documentation, Developer Relations and Sales for the US and EMEA. She holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA in Business-Economics from UCLA. Carolyn lives in Santa Monica, California.


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