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Confluent Wins Microsoft’s 2023 OSS on Azure Partner of the Year Award in the US

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I'm delighted that Microsoft unveiled the 2023 Partner of the Year Awards winners, where Confluent was named OSS on Azure Partner of the Year for the United States. This award recognizes Microsoft ISVs who excel in delivering outstanding open source-based applications or infrastructure solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Reaching this milestone underscores the advantages of using Azure services alongside open source-based software like Confluent. Also, it exemplifies our unwavering dedication to simplifying the deployment and integration of Apache Kafka® with Azure, ensuring a seamless experience for our joint customers. 

Our cloud-native, fully managed solution powered by the Kora engine has 10x the capabilities of Apache Kafka, making it more scalable, reliable, and performant. Confluent is fully integrated with Azure Private Link for private connectivity as well. This makes it easy to securely connect to on-prem, multicloud, and edge data to Microsoft Azure and connect everything together. 

With 120+ pre-built connectors, you can build real-time streaming pipelines with just a few clicks to Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Synapse, Azure Functions, and more. No matter where your data lives, Confluent helps integrate and process all of your data in real time, to eliminate the burdens and risks of self-managing Kafka. 

As illustrated last year, when we won the 2022 Microsoft Commercial Marketplace Partner of the Year Award, customers can easily access our tightly integrated solution through Azure Marketplace, allowing you to take advantage of Azure's enterprise-grade security, management, billing, and data analytics services. This integration provides our joint customers with a highly flexible and reliable approach to acquiring and implementing our data streaming solution. By going through Azure Marketplace, you can expect a seamless onboarding process, including a 30-day trial and single sign-on (SSO) capabilities to help you quickly get started.

Being awarded the Microsoft Partner of the Year for the second consecutive year highlights the enduring collaboration between Confluent and Microsoft teams. We look forward to continuing our momentum with Microsoft as we approach the second half of the year. 

And if you haven’t done so already, sign up for a free trial of Confluent Cloud on Azure Marketplace—no credit card required. New sign-ups receive $400 to spend within Confluent Cloud during your first 30 days. 

  • Paul has been in the high-frequency trading, big data, and real-time streaming space for decades. He has worked on everything from ultra-low latency middleware and trading technology to compliance systems and cybersecurity. At Confluent, Paul runs the Partner & Innovation Ecosystem team globally. Customers buy Confluent because of its ecosystem, and we collectively design data in motion platforms across verticals such as financial services, retail, healthcare, and transport. Collectively we help organizations become digital-first and break Conway's law.

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