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While we’re working on the 0.7.2 release, we thought we’d publish another post describing an end-to-end data streaming use case based on Debezium. We have seen how to set up a change data stream to a downstream database a few weeks ago. In this blog post we will follow the same approach to stream the data to an Elasticsearch server to leverage its excellent capabilities for full-text search on our data. But to make the matter a little bit more interesting, we will stream the data to both, a PostgreSQL database and Elasticsearch, so we will optimize access to the data via the SQL query language as well as via full-text search.
In this blog post we will create a simple streaming data pipeline to continuously capture the changes in a MySQL database and replicate them in near real-time into a PostgreSQL database. We’ll show how to do this without writing any code, but instead by using and configuring Kafka Connect, the Debezium MySQL source connector, the Confluent JDBC sink connector, and a few single message transforms (SMTs).
This approach of replicating data through Kafka is really useful on its own, but it becomes even more advantageous when we can combine our near real-time streams of data changes with other streams, connectors, and stream processing applications. A recent Confluent blog post series shows a similar streaming data pipeline but using different connectors and SMTs. What’s great about Kafka Connect is that you can mix and match connectors to move data between multiple systems.