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AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK)



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Amazon MSK provides a fully managed, highly available, secure, and
compatible service for Apache Kafka

Vonage, Secureworks, Poshmark, Nutmeg, and Compass are among
customers and partners using Amazon MSK

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Amazon Web Services Inc., an company (NASDAQ: AMZN),
announced the general availability of Amazon MSK, a fully managed
service for Apache Kafka that makes it easy for developers to build and
run highly available, secure, and scalable applications based on Apache
Kafka without having to worry about managing the underlying
infrastructure. Amazon MSK is fully compatible with Apache Kafka,
enabling customers to easily migrate their on-premises or Amazon Elastic
Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2) clusters to Amazon MSK with no code changes.
There are no commitments or upfront investment required to run Amazon
MSK, and customers only pay for the capacity they use. To get started
with Amazon MSK visit

Customers use Apache Kafka to capture and analyze real-time data streams
from a range of sources, including IoT devices, website clickstreams,
financial systems, and database logs. While many customers chose to
self-manage their Apache Kafka clusters, they often spend a lot of time
and expense securing, scaling, patching, and ensuring high availability
for Apache Kafka and Apache ZooKeeper clusters, which Apache Kafka
depends on for resource management. Amazon MSK gives customers all of
the attributes of Apache Kafka combined with the availability, security,
and scalability of AWS. With just a few clicks, customers can create
Apache Kafka clusters designed for high availability that span multiple
Availability Zones (AZs). Amazon MSK continuously monitors underlying
server health, automatically replacing servers when they fail and
patching servers in need of updates. Amazon MSK also runs highly
available Apache ZooKeeper nodes at no additional cost. Amazon MSK
provides multiple levels of security for Apache Kafka clusters,
including VPC network isolation, AWS Identity and Access Management
(IAM) for AWS Application Programming Interface (API) authorization,
encryption at rest, encryption in-transit, TLS based certificate
authentication, and authorization using Apache Kafka access control
lists (ACLs). Customers can easily scale out cluster storage with a few
clicks in the AWS management console to meet changes in demand. Amazon
MSK is fully compatible with Apache Kafka, allowing customers to
continue to run applications built on Apache Kafka, use Apache Kafka
compatible tools and frameworks, and take advantage of new Apache Kafka
innovations, without having to change their code.

“Customers who are running Apache Kafka have told us they want to spend
less time managing infrastructure and more time building applications
based on real-time streaming data,” said Rajesh Sheth, General Manager
of Amazon MSK, AWS. “Amazon MSK gives these customers the ability to run
Apache Kafka without having to worry about managing the underlying
hardware, and it gives them an easy way to integrate their Apache Kafka
applications with other AWS services. With Amazon MSK, customers can
stand up Apache Kafka clusters in minutes instead of weeks, so they can
spend more time focusing on the applications that impact their

Customers start by creating a cluster in Amazon MSK today using the AWS
Console or the AWS CLI, and Apache Kafka clients can connect to a
cluster using Apache Kafka’s open-source APIs. Amazon MSK is available
in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU
(Ireland), EU (London), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Paris), Asia Pacific
(Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Sydney), and will
expand to additional AWS Regions in the coming year.

Vonage is a global business cloud communications leader providing
integrated communications solutions that improve how business gets done
by enhancing a company’s customer and employee experience. Vonage uses
Apache Kafka for real-time communication between various micro-services.
“By using Amazon MSK, we reduced our maintenance overhead and built a
micro-services-based platform that enables businesses to collaborate
more productively and engage their customers more effectively,” said
Venkatesh Ennala, a software engineer with Vonage. “We can now set up
new Kafka clusters more quickly and scale these clusters as our demands
increase. Amazon MSK has removed the complexity of set up and
maintenance, allowing us to focus on what’s most important – building
innovative new capabilities for our customers.”

Secureworks (NASDAQ: SCWX) is a technology-driven cybersecurity leader
that protects organizations in the digitally connected world. “When
developing and launching our security analytics application, Secureworks
chose Amazon MSK service to accelerate time to market and reduce
infrastructure and management overhead,” said Wendy Thomas, Senior Vice
President of Business and Product Strategy at Secureworks. “This allowed
us to focus on innovation and our unique differentiators, helping
protect our customers from cyber threats.”

Poshmark is a leading social commerce platform for the next generation
of retailers and shoppers. “Through technology, our mission is to build
the world’s most connected shopping experience, while empowering people
to build thriving retail businesses. Amazon MSK has made it easy to
setup, maintain and scale Kafka clusters, enabling an end-to-end data
ingestion pipeline supported by a fully-managed service,” said Mahesh
Pasupuleti, Senior Director of Data Engineering at Poshmark. “As our
demands increase, we feel confident that we will be able to scale at
ease and expand our streaming ingestion pipelines for data enrichment
and real-time machine learning, providing an enhanced experience for our

Nutmeg is Europe’s largest digital wealth manager, helping consumers to
grow their wealth and reach their financial goals by using cost
effective technology to boost returns. Nutmeg uses Apache Kafka to
underpin their journey towards an event driven architecture. “Since
adopting Amazon MSK, we’ve been able to significantly increase the
efficiency of our teams and reduce time spent maintaining our cluster,”
said Matt Gatrell, CTO of Nutmeg. “As our data requirements and use
cases grew, we started to experience considerable overhead and
complexity in managing our Kafka clusters. Amazon MSK has allowed us to
manage our clusters with confidence, spend less time verifying the
performance of the clusters, scale with ease, and focus more time on
innovating and building exciting real-time applications.”

Compass is a real estate technology company with a powerful end-to-end
platform that supports the entire buying and selling workflow. Compass
uses Apache Kafka to provide its agents with quick access to fresh and
accurate data from hundreds of real estate data sources nationwide.
“Streaming technology is an important part of what we do as a business,
but managing streaming technology involves a lot of heavy lifting by our
software developers,” said Joseph Sirosh, CTO of Compass. “Amazon MSK
has allowed us to eliminate a lot of this heavy lifting. By using Amazon
MSK we no longer need to spend effort on ensuring data durability,
cluster availability, and scalability, and can now focus on building
applications. Amazon MSK relieves our team from the burden of operating
and maintaining Kafka and at the same time, we experience less downtime
as our clusters are fully-managed.”

About Amazon Web Services

For 13 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most
comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 165
fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking,
analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI),
Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and
augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development,
deployment, and management from 66 Availability Zones (AZs) within 21
geographic regions, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China,
France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, India,
Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Sweden, and the UK. Millions of
customer—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises,
and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure,
become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit

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Oppenheimer & Co. To Host 19th Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference



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Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”) – a leading investment bank, wealth manager, and a subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings (NYSE: OPY) – will host its 19th Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference on June 18-19 in Boston, MA. This year’s event features companies from prominent consumer brands such as Autozone, Domino’s Pizza, Express, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Six Flags Theme Parks, Tiffany & Company, Ulta, Walmart, Weight Watchers, and Yum Brands.

Of particular note, Oppenheimer is pleased to host nine of the market-leading companies involved with emerging trends in the Cannabis space this year. The event will also feature seven panel discussions, moderated by Oppenheimer Consumer Research Analysts, addressing emerging and disruptive trends in the consumer marketplace as follows:

  • Evolving Role of Technology in the Consumer Sector with Cooler Screens and Lindsay Goldberg LLC, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • A Discussion with Emerging Restaurant Brands with Aurify and B. Good, moderated by Brian Bittner
  • A Discussion on the Evolving US Food & Beverage Landscape with Lifeway, New Age Beverage, and United Natural Foods, moderated by Rupesh Parikh
  • Next Gen Brands Re-Shaping Landscape for Women’s Fashion with CARAA and Rothy’s, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • Exciting New Brands Shaking Up Home Products Space with Burkelman, LoveSac and Resident/Nectar, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • A Discussion on the Emerging CBD Landscape with Curaleaf and CV Sciences, moderated by Rupesh Parikh
  • Leveraging the Power of Digital to Connect with Consumers with Eight and FlexShopper, moderated by Brian Nagel

The conference features Oppenheimer’s Consumer Senior Research Analysts:

  • Brian Bittner, Managing Director Senior Analyst covering Restaurants
  • Brian Nagel, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Retail and E-Commerce
  • Rupesh Parikh, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Food, Grocery and Consumer Products
  • Ian Zaffino, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering event-driven Special Situations

“Long-established business models are being upended by disruptive brands and technology, affecting consumer preferences and buying behaviors throughout the consumer industry. This year’s event aims to showcase the mix of market-leading and emerging companies driving and navigating these changes,” said Erica L. Moffett, Managing Director and Associate Director of Research at Oppenheimer. “From effortless payment methods to accelerated delivery times and customized products, consumers want a seamless experience. In order to succeed, companies must stay current on the evolving consumer and we are pleased to host a conference to explore this new landscape.”

Oppenheimer’s next conference will be the Montauk Emerging Life Sciences Summit, which will be held on June 26-28in Montauk, NY. The 22nd Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference will follow on August 6-7 in Boston, MA, followed by the Midwest Corporate Access Day in Chicago on August 15.

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (Oppenheimer), a principal subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. (OPY on the New York Stock Exchange), and its affiliates provide a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage and investment banking services to high-net-worth individuals, families, corporate executives, local governments, businesses and institutions.

SOURCE Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

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iCAN: Israel-Cannabis CEO and Founder Saul Kaye to Participate at the World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, New Brunswick



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iCAN: Israel Cannabis Founder and CEO Saul Kaye will participate at the World Cannabis Conference being held in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada from June 16-18, 2019.

Kaye, a leader in the global cannabis ecosystem will moderate a session entitled, “Innovative Methodologies and Emerging Topics in Global Cannabis Research.”  Panelists are Dr. Suzanne Sisley MD President and Principal Investigator, Scottsdale Research Institute and, Dr. Jerry King, R&D Consultant, CFS.  The session will take place at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre on June 18.

The World Cannabis Congress (WCC) is an exclusive, invite-only event for international cannabis leaders, influencers and trend setters. The event will have hundreds of attendees from around the world from business, government and medicine.

In addition to his leadership of iCAN: Israel Cannabis, Kaye is an industry advisor to the Medical Cannabis Caucus of the Israeli Parliament, as well as an advisor to the Ministries of Economy and Health in Israel. He is a licensed pharmacist and a successful entrepreneur with both retail and e-commerce experience. Saul has founded multiple companies spanning six countries across the US, EuropeIsrael and Australia.

Canada has truly been a global trailblazer in the cannabis industry.  Canadian cannabis companies and its stock market are influential and forward looking and we in Israel, the R&D capital of cannabis, collaborate with our Canadian friends on many different levels.  I look forward to participating at the WCC as the medicine and business of cannabis develops at breathtaking speed both in Israel and beyond,” said Kaye.


SOURCE iCAN: Israel Cannabis

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Loyalist College to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre for natural products and cannabis



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Loyalist College is the recipient of a $1,750,000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program grant over five years to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre (TAC) for natural products and cannabis. In addition, Loyalist received $1Mthrough the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF) to add specialized equipment to the TAC.

Loyalist was one of 90 recipients at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics across the country to receive part of the $73M in funding, announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Through the CCI Program and the CIIF, this investment will help post-secondary institutions partner directly with local employers to facilitate commercialization and transform the results of research and development into new technologies to help businesses expand and grow.

The rapid growth of Canada’s cannabis, hops and natural products sectors positions Loyalist’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) as a national innovation hub for small- to medium-sized enterprises. As a TAC, Loyalist will build on the ARC’s 15 years of natural product extraction expertise and analysis-based applied research. In transitioning to a TAC, Loyalist’s ARC will significantly increase the College’s capacity to lead applied research of commercially relevant natural products and cannabis, and to support innovation by enhancing industries’ access to sector-relevant expertise and technology.

The TAC initiative will cultivate an environment for College-industry partnerships to thrive while providing students with unparalleled opportunities for work-integrated learning; investigating extraction, isolation, and formulation; and product development. In partnership with the Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC), Loyalist will support the Bay of Quinte’s burgeoning natural products and cannabis sectors to generate regional socioeconomic benefits, and to provide opportunities for a new generation of innovators. Loyalist will also offer companies across Canada a supportive, community-oriented platform from which to enhance their productivity, expand their reach and augment their competitiveness in the global market.


“We are very grateful for NSERC’s continued support and proud to be Canada’s first TAC for natural products and cannabis. Loyalist currently has more than 25 companies interested in applied research, and as our ARC transitions into a TAC, we will be able to meet their requirements while significantly extending our network to help more companies to innovate. Our Biosciences and Cannabis Applied Science students will have the advantage of being involved in ground-breaking research that propels Canada forward as the world leader in cannabis and natural product developments.” – Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO

“It’s great to see this NSERC and CFI funding come through for Loyalist College’s launch of Canada’s first TAC for research in natural products and cannabis. Being able to conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility means that students working in the College’s ARC will be able to build up their expertise in product analysis; which can then be applied directly to commercial development. This is just the beginning of seeing a new series of natural products being designed, assessed, made and delivered from our region.” – Neil R. Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte

“I am so proud to see the innovation that is driving research and economic development in our rural community through Loyalist College’s ARC. Innovation is key to Rural Sustainability and this investment will ensure that we are training the next generation in the latest technological advances. I congratulate them on their NSERC and CFI grant, and wish them all the best of success.” – Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington

“The Quinte Economic Development Commission is proud to be a supporting partner with Loyalist College on this important initiative that is aligned with economic development opportunities and priorities in the region. The TAC will support industry research and innovation for companies in key industry sectors as well as helping students develop in-demand skills and experience. Congratulations to the team at Loyalist on launching this important project.” – Chris King, Chief Executive Officer, Quinte Economic Development Commission


SOURCE Loyalist College

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