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From Jason Rosenberg <...@squareup.com>
Subject slow organic migration to 0.8
Date Thu, 02 May 2013 03:44:05 GMT
So, we have lots of apps producing messages to our kafka 0.7.2 instances
(and multiple consumers of the data).

We are not going to be able to follow the suggested migration path, where
we first migrate all data, then move all producers to use 0.8, etc.
Instead, many apps are on their own release cycle, and we need to allow
them to upgrade their kafka libraries as part of their regular release
schedule.

Is there a procedure I'm not seeing, or am I right in thinking I'll need to
maintain duplicate kafka clusters (and consumers) for a time.  Or can we
have a real-time data migration consumer always running continuously
against the 0.7.2 kafka store, and have all the data ultimately end up in
0.8.  Eventually, the data going to 0.7.2 will dwindle to nothing, but it
could take a while.

So, I'm thinking I'll just need to maintain dual sets of kafka servers for
a while.  Since this won't result in any increase in load/disk space, etc.,
I was thinking of allowing instances to remain multi-tennant with each
other (e.g. kafka 0.7.2 and kafka 0.8 on the same box, using separate
ports, separate log storage directories (but shared disks)).  Is this ok,
or a terrible idea?  I expect the transition to take several weeks.

Thanks,

Jason

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