26 min

Pulsar's Journey in Yahoo!: On-prem, Cloud, and Hybrid

Pulsar Summit San Francisco 2022

Use Case

In today’s world, we are seeing a big shift toward the Cloud. With this shift comes a big shift in the expectations we have for a messaging system, especially when the messaging system is presented as managed service in a large-scale, multi-tenant environment. For any large-scale enterprise, it’s very important to evaluate messaging system and be confident before expanding complex distributed data systems like Apache Pulsar from on-premise to elastically scalable, fully managed services on cloud services. We must consider aspects such as: migration from and integration with large-scale on-premise clusters, security, cost efficiency, and the cloud friendliness of the architecture, modeling cost and capacity, tenant isolation, deployment robustness, availability, monitoring, etc. Not every messaging system is built to be cloud-native and run as a managed service with cost efficiency. We have been running large-scale Apache Pulsar at Yahoo for the last 8 years on various platforms and hardware configurations while meeting application SLAs and serving more than 1M topics in a cluster. In this talk, we will talk about Pulsar’s journey in Yahoo! from an on-premise platform to a hybrid cloud and on-premise system. We will talk about Pulsar’s architecture and features that make Pulsar a good cloud-native messaging-system choice for any enterprise.

Ludwig Pummer
Principal Production Engineer, Yahoo!
Rajan Dhabalia
Senior Principal Software Engineer, Yahoo!


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