Mention big-data tools like Spark and Kafka to most enterprise users, and the other big-data tool that comes to mind along with them is Hadoop. But does it need to?
Mesosphere, corporate backers of the Apache Mesos cluster-management project, are ginning up a big-data stack that eschews Hadoop, but embraces Spark (and Kafka, and Cassandra, and the Akka event framework) for real-time processing.
Mesosphere Infinity is “a turnkey, full-stack offering optimized for big data and IoT,” and its main aim is to provide an easily erected stack for businesses for real-time data work. It also stands as a recent example of how many of the technologies reflexively associated with the Hadoop stack don’t require Hadoop to be useful.