Webinar: How Clarifai uses NATS and Kubernetes for their Machine Learning Platform

By: Brian Flannery - Date: April 13, 2017

Speaker: Jack Li, Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Clarifai When: Wednesday, May 10th at 3PM New York / 12PM San Francisco Clarifai is a machine learning company which aims to make artificial intelligence accessible to the entire world. Their platform allows users to tap into powerful machine learning algorithms while abstracting away the technical minutiae of how the algorithms work and the infrastructure scaling problems of building AI applications from scratch. Read More…


Webinar: How Choria significantly improves the operability of Mcollective by using NATS

By: Brian Flannery - Date: March 28, 2017

Speaker: R.I. Pienaar When: Wednesday, April 26th, at 12:30 PM New York / 9:30 AM San Francisco R.I. Pienaar is the creator of MCollective, which was sold to Puppet Labs. His new project - Choria - simplifies the operational aspects of using MCollective, and NATS has been key to providing simplicity and scalability. This webinar will share more information about what Choria is, why NATS was chosen for the messaging layer, and what the results have been so far! Read More…


Guest Post: NATS for The Marionette Collective

By: R.I. Pienaar - Date: March 23, 2017

My name is R.I. Pienaar, I’m a freelance DevOps architect. I designed and wrote a tool called The Marionette Collective, now owned by Puppet Inc. I maintain a blog at devco.net and you can follow me on twitter at @ripienaar. I’d like to thank NATS team for reaching out and giving me the opportunity to talk about our use of NATS in a new project called Choria that upgrades The Marionette Collective for a more modern environment. Read More…


Guest Post: How Clarifai uses NATS and Kubernetes for their Machine Learning Platform

By: Jack Li - Date: March 8, 2017

Clarifai is a machine learning company which aims to make artificial intelligence accessible to the entire world. Our platform allows users to tap into powerful machine learning algorithms while abstracting away the technical minutiae of how the algorithms work and the infrastructure scaling problems of building AI applications from scratch. Some of the machine learning algorithms that we run for users can take a few seconds to several minutes to complete. Read More…


Guest Post - NATS as a Secure and Scalable control plane for Go, AWS, and Microsoft SQL Server based Microservices

By: Mark Songhurst - Date: January 24, 2017

Equine Register provides the government, industry and members of the public with bespoke digital tools and services that increase equine welfare and combat criminal activity. We are actively replacing legacy paper-based systems with smartphone and web delivered solutions which provide unequivocal information regarding the identity, history, health and ownership of an equine from it’s birth onwards. I am responsible for the design and implementation of the architecture providing our RESTful API, which needs to serve an array of different Clients and be capable of supporting new functionality with minimal delay and impact. Read More…


Combining the Simplicity of NATS with the Simplicity of Snapcraft.io - NATS Snap now available

By: Wally Quevedo - Date: January 2, 2017

The Snap initiative spearheaded by Canonical, Dell, Samsung, Intel, The Linux Foundation and others, enables a single binary to run securely on any Linux system (desktop, mobile, cloud, IoT - you name it) – a standard approach providing flexibility, simplicity, and security. Moreover, all of the various Snap-enabled applications need to communicate with a multitude of devices and systems. NATS is a messaging system all about simplicity, security, and performance. It’s a single binary with no external dependencies, and just a few MB in size. Read More…


Webinar: How Greta uses NATS to revolutionize data distribution on the Internet

By: Brian Flannery - Date: November 14, 2016

Greta is a Swedish startup that wants to change the way content is delivered on the internet. Their team has developed a technology for peer-to-peer content delivery over webRTC, which uses NATS to create a rapid, highly scalable webRTC signaling system. If you’d like to come learn more about what the Greta team have built, and where NATS fits in, please RSVP and join us on December 6th. Dennis Mårtensson, Co-Founder and CTO at Greta, will give an overview and answer questions, and we are excited to hear from him! Read More…


Apache Camel NATS Connector for the Apcera Platform

By: Igor Fomenko - Date: November 3, 2016

Introduction - Camel, NATS and Apcera Recently at Logimethods we’ve developed a new Camel-Nats component that can deploy on premise (non-cloud), and through the Apcera platform. In this blog, we’ll introduce this new component and explain why we believe that it was a critical missing link for organizations trying to develop an integration platform based on open source tools and cloud infrastructure. If you are not familiar with Apache Camel, a “Component” is another term for an adapter built using Camel framework. Read More…


Need to test your NATS application? Gatling might be the solution.

By: Laurent Magnin - Date: October 19, 2016

NATS is about connecting different components: this allows you to test the components individually as well as their integration. As such, it’s essential to be able to generate and inject NATS messages. This is where a tool such as Gatling (an open-source load testing framework) is useful. The Missing Piece (Until Now) To generate and send messages to NATS, you could use the Java client for NATS (aka JNATS) by implementing your own Java code. Read More…


Webinar: How Netlify uses NATS for their Microservices Data Control Plane

By: Brian Flannery - Date: October 6, 2016

The NATS team will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, October 19th at 11AM Pacific / 2PM Eastern. This webinar will feature Ryan Neal, the Head of Infrastructure at Netlify. Netlify is a platform for deploying high-performance websites and applications, serving up billions pageviews monthly for sites like: Uber, Vice Media, and Wikia to name a few. Ryan will discuss why they selected NATS, his experience with NATS for Netlify’s data logging and control plane (for example using Logrus with a NATS hook, a connector for using NATS with Elastic, etc. Read More…


The Zen of High Performance Messaging With NATS - My StrangeLoop 2016 Recap

By: Wally Quevedo - Date: October 2, 2016

StrangeLoop began in 2009, as an event focused on distributed systems, security, emerging programming languages, and the like. This year nearly 1300 attendees came to StrangeLoop, and tickets were gone in less than 30 minutes after going on sale. Needless to say, StrangeLoop is one of the highlights of the calendar for anyone writing modern software systems. The focus is on interesting, original, and technical presentations, as the organizers explain: Read More…


Guest Post: Using NATS For Secure, Fast, Low-latency IoT Sensor Messaging

By: Danko Miocevic - Date: September 14, 2016

I am in the process of launching a company I’ve founded in the IoT sensors space. I hope to be able to share more details very soon, but I wanted to share what I can in the meantime with the developer community about how we are using NATS in our IoT messaging initiatives and would be very interested in any feedback, suggestions or questions! Our platform is based on an IoT network of distributed sensors. Read More…


Building a Microservices Control Plane using NATS and Docker Engine v1.12

By: Wally Quevedo - Date: August 22, 2016

For those of you who might have read the previous post I did on Docker + NATS for Microservices, you’ll recall we took an in-depth look at using Docker Compose with NATS. That blog post was done a few days prior to DockerCon, and as expected Docker made many interesting announcements at DockerCon. One of the main things announced that week was Docker 1.12. 1.12 includes Swarm mode which can be used for assembling a cluster of Docker Engines and running workloads on them. Read More…


Guest Post: How Ariane is moving from monolith to microservices with NATS

By: Mathilde Ffrench - Date: August 16, 2016

Some words about the Ariane project: While the DevOps trend is reducing application delivery time with automation on any step of the deployment, we still need to reduce the time to understand complex distributed applications: We still rely on hand-written technical documentations and diagrams; These documentations and diagrams are dispatched across teams (silo effect); The documentations and diagrams are also often not up to date (technical debt effect). Knowledge management is a key factor in reducing silo effect and improving the integration of new team members. Read More…


Webinar: NATS for Modern Messaging and Microservices

By: Brian Flannery - Date: August 8, 2016

The NATS team will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, August 30th at 2PM Eastern Time. Regardless of if you are interested in architecting an IoT network, moving a monolithic application to a microservices approach, or building cloud native applications, the majority of messaging systems were not designed with these paradigms in mind. Modern systems require a messaging infrastructure built for the scale, flexibility, and speed of today’s distributed systems. Read More…


Guest Post: NATS at Netlify - New Possibilities for Ultra-fast Web Content Publishing

By: Ryan Neal - Date: July 26, 2016

Netlify is the leading platform for deploying high performance websites and applications. The traditional way of making websites is being disrupted by technologies like static site generators, build automation, and CDN hosting. Netlify is building the modern day platform that developers and companies use to manage and publish their content online. Launched in March 2015, Netlify already serves close to a billion page views per month for thousands of developers and clients such as WeWork, Wikia, Sequoia Capital, Uber, and Vice Media. Read More…


Introducing NATS Streaming

By: Larry McQueary (NATS Product Manager) - Date: July 19, 2016

Wow. It’s been a busy summer so far, and it’s only half over! As product manager for NATS, this is my first blog post, and fortunately it comes with some great news. In case you missed the announcement at GopherCon 2016 in Denver last week, we just released a major new addition to the NATS family: NATS Streaming. Why NATS Streaming? Since we formed our dedicated NATS team at Apcera in July of last year, the #1 comment we’ve received from the user community is something like this: “Wow, we love how easy NATS is to set up and develop with. Read More…


Docker Compose + NATS: Microservices Development Made Easy

By: Wally Quevedo - Date: June 20, 2016

Buzzwords are everywhere in our industry. “Microservices”, “Serverless computing”, “Nanoservices”, “Containerized” - you could fill a whole blog post just with these overused phrases. If you cut through the terminology flavor of the month, there are some very important common thread for application developers. One is simplicity. Regardless of what architectural approach you’re using - and what you may or may not refer to it as - you want it just work. Read More…


No Technology is an Island: The NATS Connector Framework

By: Steve Dischinger - Date: June 7, 2016

No Technology is an Island - no matter how cool & innovative you think it is. Another way to say it would be: if you don’t participate in a broader ecosystem you will perish. Whether the developer has their favorite toolchain, or a customer wants to incorporate it into their existing IT infrastructure, people will demand integration. One of life’s best lessons is simple things tend to win. So that is why we are so excited to update everyone about the progress the NATS community has made in a few short weeks since the launch of our Connector Framework. Read More…


Guest Post: Saving lives using NATS for IoT Messaging

By: Farzad Azima - Date: May 24, 2016

NATS as the IoT mobile messaging system for an earthquake early warning network I’m a programmer. I like to find difficult problems to solve, and work on effective solutions to these problems. We’ve all seen earthquakes covered in the news, sadly, , and earthquakes are on the rise globally. The average frequency and magnitude of earthquakes has increased recently, and more people than ever are living in urban areas which are dangerous during earthquakes. Read More…


Using the NATS Connector Framework

By: Colin Sullivan - Date: April 29, 2016

NATS is outstanding at moving data between endpoints - but what kinds of endpoints? You may have legacy applications that use some proprietary data sources, or perhaps you are migrating from another messaging technology onto NATS. For cases like these, you’ll want to take advantage of the NATS Connector Framework. The NATS Connector Framework The NATS Connector Framework provides a foundation to build a connector - an application that moves data into and out of NATS. Read More…


Guest Post: NATS and IoT helping to meet Civic needs: An Example Project: Ripple

By: Jason Rotella - Date: April 15, 2016

In the context of a submittal to the Samsung Maker’s Against Drought Challenge (more on that here) extended hackathon, my team has developed a partial solution to the very serious California drought crisis. I say partial since this problem is so vast that many solutions are required to operate collaboratively to fully solve it. The solution utilizes physical water system monitoring and control with Samsung ARTIK 10 IoT modules, and a Particle Photon module running the arduino-nats NATS client. Read More…


Guest Post: Micro on NATS - Microservices with Messaging

By: Asim Aslam - Date: April 11, 2016

In this post we’re going to discuss using Micro on NATS. It includes discussion around service discovery, synchronous and asynchronous communication for microservices. If you would like to learn more about Micro first, check out the blog post detailing the toolkit here. Let’s get down to business. What is NATS? NATS is an open source cloud native messaging system or more simply a message bus. NATS was created by Derek Collison, the founder of Apcera. Read More…


NATS and Tracing: Keeping track of requests

By: Donal Byrne - Date: March 22, 2016

At Sendify we’ve been using nats as a simple and effective means of communicating between our backend services. I came across Nats a few years ago when building a relatively small microservice backed system and it worked wonderfully. With that experience, I introduced it to Sendify this year as the main nervous system for inter-service communication. Our system is mainly processing api requests to various freight carriers based on user searches though we’re also building integration for public api access as well. Read More…


NATS Service Gateway

By: Jaime Piña - Date: March 16, 2016

A few weeks ago, the Apcera Platform gained a new service gateway. The new NATS service gateway will allow Apcera Platform users to quickly give their apps a NATS server - without sacrificing security or reliability. In this post, we’re going to demonstrate a simple server that broadcasts data to some clients over NATS. As a distributed messaging system, NATS is lightweight, high performance, and secure - making it ideal for modern architectures. Read More…


Nats-top v0.2.0 Release is now Available

By: Wally Quevedo - Date: February 24, 2016

As some of you may have noted, last week a new version of the nats-top monitor for NATS has been made available for download on Github: https://github.com/nats-io/nats-top/releases/tag/v0.2.0 If you’re looking for a bit more information about nats-top, my talk last fall at a NATS meetup on nats-top is here: As nats-top is a top like monitoring tool, so developers who prefer terminal tools such as this will be very comfortable with it. Read More…


Event Enabling the Internet of Things using AWS Lambda, NATS and Apcera

By: Dean Sheehan - Date: February 10, 2016

Recently I decided to see how easy it would be to create an AWS Lambda equivalent within the Apcera trusted cloud platform and use NATS as an event source for triggering function invocations. This blog entry gives an outline of AWS Lambda, the approach I took to get a first implementation up and running and offers up some thoughts on possible futures. What is AWS Lambda? AWS Lambda (λ) is computation without computers, or at least without the explicit notion of computer machines, virtual or physical hosts; in many ways, the ultimate evolution of Platform As A Service and Microservice architectures. Read More…


Guest Post - How Aditiva uses NATS in the Financial Services industry

By: Andrés Cerda Jullian - Date: February 2, 2016

Aditiva recently started to use NATS inside solutions for financial institutions that are our customers. In this blog entry, you can learn more about Aditiva, some of our products, and how we use NATS in delivering these solutions for financial institutions. Aditiva provides a High Performance Financial Transactional Platform (Aditiva EFT),that integrates Financial Institutions’ Core Systems, with 3rd party networks. For example, Financial Institution Customers execute different Financial Transactions using Plastic Cards from ATMs and POS networks; these generate ISO 8583 transaction messages, that are captured and routed to authorization services provided by the Aditiva EFT Platform installed on Financial Institution premises or on the Issuer side, and it is managed and supported by Aditiva. Read More…


Performance Profiling of the NATS C Client

By: Ivan Kozlovic - Date: January 14, 2016

When I was tasked with writing a C client for NATS, I decided to use the excellent Go Client as the model. We were going to provide more Apcera supported clients, and for maintainability sake, it was better that all our clients’ implementation follow the same model. However, before getting the very first alpha release out, I was not happy with the performance results. I decided to use a tool to instrument the code and see where the bottlenecks were. Read More…


NATS in Microsoft .NET

By: Colin Sullivan - Date: January 11, 2016

Performance at scale is critically important for building distributed systems today. Microservices and IoT require applications to be distributed across a physical or virtual infrastructure, comprised of thousands, possibly millions of endpoints, many of which can be .NET services or applications. The end user needs these services to operate seamlessly, requiring extremely fast, lightweight, scalable, resilient, and always-on communication - NATS. In developing the NATS C# .NET Client, the .NET Framework SDK’s extremely rich API eliminated reliance on third parties, but most importantly, performance is there. Read More…


NextGen Leads Auctions: Powered by NATS

By: Aaron John Schlosser - Date: January 6, 2016

NextGen Leads aims to provide extremely high quality health insurance leads and Medicare supplement leads by streamlining the lead buying experience from end to end. Our leads are generated internally by a team of lead generation experts; they are not brokered by any third party. They are then delivered in real time and never oversold, passing through various filters to ensure that our customers can place bids on only those leads that they want. Read More…


NATS and Containers: Microservices at NATS Speed

By: Brian Flannery - Date: December 11, 2015

NATS is all about simplicity and speed. In that regard, NATS is extremely well suited for microservices architectures, acting as a transport between services. Many NATS users I speak to in my role as community manager are using NATS for this purpose due to it’s lightweight PubSub characteristics. As services become increasingly distributed and modularized, an always-on, fast, PubSub communication layer becomes very important. NATS allows many distributed services and applications to function in real-time as a single entity. Read More…


Using NATS: Function, Callback, Request, Response

By: Brian Flannery - Date: November 11, 2015

Bill Chute of Acadiant Limited has been using NATS for some time, and has given us some great feedback along the way. As Bill has stated in the past “We considered a number of modern messaging platforms. NATS was the clear choice because it’s the highest-performance message broker we could find, and it solidly supports all the languages in our stack. Because of its clean design, it was easy for us to get up to speed with NATS and it gives us the scalability and responsiveness we need. Read More…