On April 16th, 2020 we had our first NATS conference, NATS Connect!. It was virtual of course as we are living in some interesting times, however the NATS ecosystem continues to amaze us and the conference exceeded all of our expectations. There will always be things we can improve, and we encourage your feedback, but for our first go we were pleasantly surprised!
NATS has transformed itself in the last three years. It has gone from a simple, but rock solid and performant, messaging technology to a true connective technology useful for advanced modern distributed systems that extend beyond a single datacenter or cloud region. NATS has evolved to provide advanced security, true multi-tenancy, and the ability to construct any network topology to suit one’s needs. It also allows a NATS system to be shared, within an organization or at a global scale, and still be easily extended by users and account owners who can run their own servers and define their own security. Meaning you can have both a shared utility SaaS model with multi-tenancy and folks who still want to run their own NATS servers.
As we approached our first conference, we really wanted the majority of speakers to be from the external end-user ecosystem and not just maintainers of the project. We did not quite get there but we did achieve 50% of our sessions from external speakers, which I thought was great!
All of the sessions combined to make an amazing and informative event, but a few talks stuck out in my mind that you should check out.
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