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It feels like every week there's a new open-source streaming platform out there. Yet, if you only look at the descriptions, performance metrics, or even the architecture, they all start to look exactly the same! In short, nothing really differentiates itself - whether it be Storm, Flink, Apex, GearPumk, Samza, KafkaStreams, AkkaStreams, or any of the other myriad technologies. So if they all look the same, how do you really pick a streaming platform to solve the problem that YOU have? This talk is about how to really compare these platforms, and it turns out that they do have their key differences, they're just not the ones you usually think about. The way that you need to compare these systems if you're building something to last, a well-engineered system, is to look at how they handle durability, availability, how easy they are to install and use, and how they deal with failures.