Press Release

Confluent Recognized on 2016 Emerging Vendors List

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 20, 2016Confluent, founded by the creators of Apache™ Kafka™, announced today thatCRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Confluent to its 2016 list of Emerging Vendors. This annual list recognizes recently founded, up-and-coming technology suppliers who are shaping the future of the IT channel through unique technological innovations. In addition to celebrating these stand-out companies, the Emerging Vendors list also serves as a valuable resource for solution providers looking to expand their portfolios with cutting-edge technology.

Confluent delivers an enterprise-ready stream data platform built to solve the challenges of data integration in a distributed, always-on, real-time world. Powered by open source Apache Kafka, the Confluent Platform manages data streaming from any data source and makes it available throughout an organization. Thousands of companies are already using Kafka and the Confluent Platform to execute their streaming data so they can build better products, provide personalized customer experiences and adapt to changes in their businesses in real time.

The Confluent Partner Program enables a rapidly growing ecosystem around stream processing. The program provides technology, systems integrators, consulting and training partners with the resources, technical expertise and support to integrate, implement and innovate Kafka and the Confluent Platform.

“The select group of companies on our Emerging Vendors list have already made a name for themselves in their short time in the IT community, introducing leading-edge technologies with the potential to transform their segments of the IT market,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “These tech suppliers are quickly making their mark on the industry and are the ones solution providers should watch in 2016.”

“Our mission is to empower the Kafka community to maximize the business value of streaming data. With the Confluent Partner Program, we’re providing tools, resources and support to develop new, innovative Kafka-based solutions for the broader technology ecosystem,” said Jabari Norton, Vice President of Business Development at Confluent. “We look forward to furthering our partnerships so customers can take advantage of the enterprise-ready streaming data platform.”

The Emerging Vendors list will be featured in the August 2016 issue of CRN and online

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.

CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC.  The Channel Company logo is a trademark of The Channel Company, LLC (registration pending).  All rights reserved.

About Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka is an open source technology that acts as a real-time, fault tolerant, highly scalable messaging system. It is widely adopted for use cases ranging from collecting user activity data, logs, application metrics, stock ticker data and device instrumentation. Its key strength is its ability to make high volume data available as a real-time stream for consumption in systems with very different requirements—from batch systems like Hadoop, to real-time systems that require low-latency access, to stream processing engines that transform the data streams as they arrive. Apache Kafka is key data infrastructure that can serve as a single central nervous system, transmitting messages to all the different systems and applications within an organization.

About Confluent

Confluent, founded by the creators of Apache™ Kafka™, enables organizations to harness business value from stream data. Confluent Platform manages the barrage of stream data and makes it available throughout an organization. It provides various industries, from retail, logistics and manufacturing, to financial services and online social networking, a scalable, unified, real-time data pipeline that enables applications ranging from large volume data integration to big data analysis with Hadoop to real-time stream processing. Backed by Benchmark, Data Collective, Index Ventures and LinkedIn, Confluent is based in Palo Alto, California. To learn more, please visit Download Apache Kafka and Confluent Platform at