Feb 15, 2021
5 min read

StreamNative's 2020 Year in Review

Sijie Guo
CEO and Co-Founder, StreamNative, Apache Pulsar PMC Member

2020 was a difficult year as individuals, communities, and organizations around the world were faced with the challenges of the global pandemic. While many of the plans and expectations for 2020 had to be put on hold, we were impressed with the resilience of the Pulsar community and its commitment to finding new ways to connect and collaborate.

The challenges we faced last year have made us even more grateful for the Pulsar community and the growth and advancements we were able to achieve together. We'd like to take some time to share some of the highlights from 2020.

Events Recap

With in-person events on hold, we endeavored to connect and serve the community in the digital space. We held the first-ever (and second-ever) global Pulsar Summit, shared weekly project updates and monthly webinars with partners, launched a Pulsar training program, and much more. Below are some of the highlights from the 2020 events:

  1. Pulsar Summit Virtual Conference 2020 (North America)
  2. Pulsar Summit Asia 2020
  3. TGIP (Thank Goodness It's Pulsar) Weekly Project Updates
  4. StreamNative Webinar Series

Pulsar Community Growth

In spite of the challenges, the Apache Pulsar community continued to be engaged and witnessed strong growth in 2020. From new and returning contributors to the Pulsar project, to Slack member conversations, to the speaker, sponsor, and attendee participation at the Pulsar Summits, the Pulsar community showed its commitment to the project.

  • 340+ Pulsar Contributors (with 150+ new contributors in 2020 alone)
  • 7,000+ Github Stars
  • 2,500+ Pulsar Slack Members
  • 80 speakers and 1,600 attendee sign ups across 2 global conferences

Pulsar Project Announcements

We had two major project releases (Apache Pulsar 2.6 and 2.7) and made some major additions to the Pulsar ecosystem. Most excitingly, we launched StreamNative Cloud, providing Apache Pulsar as a Service, a turnkey solution to help organizations get up and running on Pulsar and to ensure their success. You can find out more about each below:

Top Engineering Blog Posts

In 2020, we worked with the community to develop educational content to help developers and devops teams adopt and implement Pulsar. Below are the top 10 blogs and success stories from 2020:

  1. How Apache Pulsar is Helping Iterable Scale its Customer Engagement Platform
  2. Apache Pulsar Helps Tencent Process Tens of Billions of Financial Transactions Efficiently with Virtually No Data Loss
  3. Benchmarking Pulsar and Kafka - A More Accurate Perspective on Pulsar's Performance
  4. Pulsar vs Kafka Report
  5. Pulsar vs Kafka Report - Part 1
  6. Pulsar vs Kafka Report - Part 2
  7. Powering Federated Learning at Tencent with Apache Pulsar
  8. How Apache Pulsar Helps Streamline Message System and Reduces O&M Costs at Tuya Smart
  9. Why Zhaopin Chooses Pulsar SQL for Search Log Analysis
  10. Why we moved from Apache Kafka to Apache Pulsar
  11. What's New in Pulsar Flink Connector 2.7.0
  12. Announcing: The Apache Pulsar 2020 User Survey Report

Looking Forward to 2021 News and Events

While the world continues to heal from the pandemic and looks ahead to a brighter future, we are excited to share some upcoming news and events. We hope you can join us!

2021 Events

We are building on the momentum of last year and launching a number of new events to help support the Pulsar community. See below for details:

Roadmap and Announcements

StreamNative will continue to broaden the capabilities of both Pulsar and StreamNative Cloud in 2021. Continue reading for a sneak peek at some of the exciting projects we will deliver this year:

  • Pulsar + Flink: An Improved Flink integration and a managed Flink offering in StreamNative Cloud.
  • Function Mesh: Launching in Q1 2021, this will allow teams to manage a group of functions.
  • Expansion of StreamNative Cloud: Currently available on AWS, GCP, and Alibaba cloud, we will also launch on more cloud providers, including Microsoft Azure.

About StreamNative

Founded by the original developers of Apache Pulsar, the StreamNative team is committed to the Pulsar community and to helping the community successfully adopt and deploy Pulsar. As the core developers of Pulsar, the StreamNative team is deeply versed in the technology, the community, and the use cases, and has experience operating Pulsar in large scale production environments, including at both Twitter and Yahoo!. The StreamNative team's unmatched operational experience on Pulsar and Bookkeeper is now available to you through StreamNative Cloud.

We are hiring! Join Our Team.

Stay Connected

There are a number of ways you can stay connected in the Pulsar Community:

  1. Subscribe to the Pulsar Newsletter by StreamNative, a monthly update of all things Pulsar and the Pulsar community. Join the mailing list here.
  2. Join the Pulsar Slack Channel here.
  3. Get started on StreamNative Cloud!
Sijie Guo
Sijie’s journey with Apache Pulsar began at Yahoo! where he was part of the team working to develop a global messaging platform for the company. He then went to Twitter, where he led the messaging infrastructure group and co-created DistributedLog and Twitter EventBus. In 2017, he co-founded Streamlio, which was acquired by Splunk, and in 2019 he founded StreamNative. He is one of the original creators of Apache Pulsar and Apache BookKeeper, and remains VP of Apache BookKeeper and PMC Member of Apache Pulsar. Sijie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.


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