Microservice Architecture

, Yoshinori Oe, Container

What is Microservice Architecture

Compared with Monolith Architecture

Monolith Organization

microservice conways-law

Rakuten TECH x Startup TECH with Rakuten Technology Conference 2018

, Madhawa Bandara, RTC

    Whilst many technology events are lined up around the world for this fall, Rakuten is proud to pioneer technology events in Asia by featuring one of the biggest conferences in the region, Rakuten Technology Conference 2018! Continuing the big success for the past decade, 12th Annual Rakuten Technology Conference will be held on 27th October 2018 at Rakuten Crimson House, Tokyo.

Message from the Chairperson of Rakuten Technology Conference 2018 Executive Committee

, Madhawa Bandara, RTC

   There is about one month for one of the biggest technology events in Asia region, Rakuten Technology Conference 2018(RTC), focusing on new technology trends like blockchain, AI, Bigdata and how the startups in these fields could benefit from the huge datasets that Rakuten owns and maintains within the Rakuten Ecosystem. The conference preparation team has been working hard to give the best possible experience for the attendees and make it the best and the biggest RTC so far and they have geared up the as we get close to the event with over a thousand of early registrations. So, if you haven’t still registered, please get registered at https://tech.rakuten.co.jp/ to save your spot for this valuable opportunity for free!

Blockchain Momentum - Part 2 of 2

, Yoshinori Oe, Blockchain

The Beginning of Bitcoin

  • The Bitcoin’s White Paper was disclosed by Satoshi Nakamoto on October 31st, 2008 and the Genesis Block was mined on January 3rd, 2009.
  • Bitcoin has never been tampered for nine years as of 2018

AI Shopping Assistant explained at The National Convention of "Society of Global Business"

, Masayuki Chatani, AI

    Since Rakuten AI platform has been launched in April 2017, we have launched 40+ AI Chatbot for external customers (consumers and business partners of Rakuten) as well as internal employees. But those are based on FAQ or frequently asked questions and provide answers to relatively simple questions.

Blockchain Momentum - Part 1 of 2

, Yoshinori Oe, Blockchain


    A blockchain provides an immutable record of transactions performed across a network without the need to rely on an intermediary, such as a central bank.     It is a concept that brings together economics and digital technologies in a way that was never before conceived. Blockchain enables not just new means by which to deliver financial services and support cryptocurrencies, but can also reshape and redefine government, legal services, accounting, insurance, supply chains, and energy distribution.

Rakuten's Intellectual Property activities for future innovations

, Masayuki Chatani, AI

    Recently I have received five Certificates of Patent from Japan Patent Office as shown in the picture below.

Enhancing Microservices Communication - Service Mesh



    Cloud Native Application Architecture (a.k.a CNAA) came up with the idea of microservices which have changed application design and deployment pattern with two key factors, container (e.g. Docker) and orchestration layer (e.g. Kubernetes). They’ve also brought new approach to guarantee network communication to stay reliable, fast, secure, observable and manageable and at last it resulted in “Service Mesh”.
    This blog introduces what and why Service Mesh, it’s fundamental concept, major features and two key products implementing the features.
    Lastly, you will get highly recommended blue print of the architecture for building Service Mesh.

Mobile Automation Device Lab

Mobile Automation Device Lab

As the world moves mobile so must the effort for testing and automating the quality checks for our apps. In today’s fragmented world of Android and IOS with different versions and different handset vendors, there is much to verify. In Rakuten, we need to test on real devices and to achieve this level of automation, we have hacked together our very own device lab.

There Is No Artificial Intelligence

, Laurent Ach, AI

All the recent amazing achievements of artificial intelligence are categorized as narrow intelligence, but there is a lot of speculation about general and super intelligence. A recent, famous and impressive example of narrow intelligence is AlphaGo (and later AlphaGo Zero) by DeepMind, which can beat the top human players of the game of Go, considered for decades as very difficult for computers to play.