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Distributed Data Systems Masterclass: What to Expect

The world has changed quite a bit in the past decade. Many of us are old enough to remember when it was totally acceptable to do nightly data synchronization using batch processing between disparate corporate data systems. Yet over the intervening decade, companies made the shift to a new paradigm: real-time event streaming using distributed datastores.

The time to synchronize disparate data systems relentlessly shrank from batching over a 24 hour window to a constant stream of “now,” with propagation delays measured in milliseconds.

At the same time, rather than deploying to a single on-premises datacenter, your data needed to be placed securely in the cloud, spanned across multiple global regions — and potentially across multiple cloud providers, multiple corporate entities and multiple geopolitical regimes.

This relentless drive towards ever-faster operations at ever-broadening scales has left practitioners looking for architectural design patterns, new techniques and technologies.

Yet these require education, adoption, and investment to be readily applied to their own enterprises.

That’s the reason why we at ScyllaDB are partnering with our friends at StreamNative and industry expert Maheedhar Gunturu to create our first ever Distributed Data Systems Masterclass. This free interactive online course is designed to prepare you for the specific challenges you’ll face in this next tech cycle.

Our Distributed Data Systems Masterclass will be held on June 21st, 2022 at 8:00AM – 12:00PM PDT. (4:00PM – 8:00PM GMT.)


Your Instructors

A masterclass is distinguished by the experience of its instructors, and we are pleased to introduce our 3 amazing instructors:

Maheedhar Gunturu

Maheedhar Gunturu

Maheedhar Gunturu is a Solutions Leader at AWS‘s Worldwide Specialist Organization. He is an industry expert, startup advisor and professional developer with extensive experience in mobile and IOT from the application development side, as well as both distributed databases and event streaming systems from the architecture side. He is the founder of, a non-profit with a mission to improve the quality of life for children in need regardless of geographical, political or religious boundaries.

Tim Spann

Tim Spann, Developer Advocate at StreamNative, is an expert on a wide range of technologies from Apache Pulsar to Apache Flink and Apache NiFi. Tim brings to our Masterclass his broad experience as an author, speaker, systems architect and hands-on engineer. Tim sits on the Advisory Board for DevNetwork, the organization for the global developer & engineering community — and the leading producer of forward-thinking conferences and events for the tech industry.

Raouf Chebri

Raouf Chebri, Developer Advocate at ScyllaDB, has a life mission to help make developers more productive. YouTuber, author, and developer, Raouf focuses on the impact technology has on the affected community, whether that is developing applications empowering Economy 2.0 or aiding students in a war-torn nation achieve a proper education for the information age.

“There is a lot to learn about event streaming,” Mahee observed. “From the drivers of modern application design, such as the push to microservices and serverless architectures, to the different technologies you can use to solve real-world problems. My role is to give all attendees a common framework. To make sure that even if we are all using different programming languages, we all share the same grammar around event streaming systems.”

“We will be covering a wide range of topics relevant to open source developers, from stream processing, to NoSQL databases, to problems common across distributed systems,” Mahee related. “Our attendees are going to come away with a wealth of knowledge.”

“I’ll be describing how to use Apache Pulsar as an event streaming platform,” said Tim Spann. “What I’ve often seen is issues with scalability. Issues with all the arcane knowledge to get things set up. This shouldn’t be the case. It should be simple. Data should be shareable to anyone I need in my organization. Formats and schemas shouldn’t matter. Whatever language or protocol is being used, you should be able to get that data into a topic to share and the data shows up. It should work, and work fast.”

“Attendees should realize,’I can build event streaming systems.’” Tim added. “It shouldn’t be as hard as it seems. They should feel relieved to find all the options ahead of them, and not feel boxed in or locked into a single way of doing things.”

Raouf noted, “It’s important to choose a low-latency database to connect to your event streaming services. With Apache Pulsar’s high throughput scalability and single-digit millisecond latencies, you need to ensure that the database can keep up with that rate of data ingestion or event production. We’re going to get into the real-world practicalities of how to use a distributed database as an event streaming consumer that can scale to millions of operations per second.”

Raouf also added, “I want the audience to feel that they are learning, having fun, and can have their concerns addressed. I want the audience to be inspired, to enjoy themselves, to gain confidence, and get a glimpse of where these technologies are headed.”


The Masterclass program runs for three hours, between 8:30 – 11:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time, June 21st, 2022. The platform will open at 8:00 AM and close at 12:00 PM (noon), so there will be time before and after the scheduled sessions for you to meet and mingle with your fellow attendees, plus to ask questions in our live staffed virtual technology lounges:

8:30-8:40am Welcome & Opening Remarks
Peter Corless, ScyllaDB
8:40 – 9:30am Distributed Data Processing for Real-time Applications
Maheedhar Gunturu
9:30-10:00am Building an Event Streaming Architecture with Apache Pulsar
Tim Spann, StreamNative
10:00-10:30am Integrating a Low-Latency Distributed Database with Event Streaming
Raouf Chebri, ScyllaDB
10:30-11:00am Panel Discussion + Live Q&A
11:00-11:30am Certification Examination and Awards

Achieve Certification

At the end of the prepared presentations, there will be an examination offered to all attendees. Those who complete the examination with a passing grade will be presented with a Certificate of Completion for the Masterclass.

Attendees who do not achieve a passing grade during the live event will have a chance to retake the examination at a later date to achieve their certification.


This Masterclass is brought to you for free through a joint collaboration of ScyllaDB and StreamNative.

Register Now

The world of big data, event streaming and distributed systems is changing in real time, so there is no better time than right now to commit to deepening your knowledge. June 21st is right around the corner, so don’t delay — sign up today!



About Peter Corless

Peter Corless is the Director of Technical Advocacy at ScyllaDB. He listens to users’ stories and discovers wisdom in each to share with other practitioners in the industry at large, whether through blogs or in technical presentations. He occasionally hosts live industry events from webinars to online conferences.