My official role at Micron is Principal Storage Solutions Engineer. What that title really means is that I work to determine how flash storage can improve the performance and results of workload applications in the real world. To that end, I decided to evaluate one of the most used distributed messaging systems in the Big Data ecosystem, Apache Kafka. I wanted to see how Micron SSDs could be best applied to Apache Kafka and what sort of gains might be had by doing so. If you aren’t familiar with Apache Kafka, you might want to check out this, http://kafka.apache.org/, for a quick primer.