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To build applications that utilize real-time analytics, many companies are turning towards a common set of data services known as the SMACK stack, comprising Apache Spark, Apache Mesos, AKKA, Apache Cassandra, and Apache Kafka.

In this session, we describe the role of each of the components of the SMACK stack, as well as outline alternative technologies. We identify the challenges typically faced when deploying and operating these fast data technologies, and share best practices for successful development and deployment learned from Mesosphere’s vast experience supporting dozens of customers.