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Confluent and Alibaba Cloud extend partnership to bring the power of data streaming to more regions in Asia

New partnership brings the industry leading data streaming platform to more countries with Alibaba Cloud

SINGAPORE, 16 October 2023: Confluent, Inc. (NASDAQ: CFLT), the data streaming pioneer, and Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, today announced a deepened strategic multi-year partnership that expands the breadth and scope of solutions available to customers in Asia. The strengthened partnership will expand from mainland China to more markets in the region including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The Confluent Data Streaming Service on Alibaba Cloud will be available for Alibaba Cloud customers in the aforementioned new markets by the end of this year.

Modern business happens in real time - from delivering real-time customer experiences, improving efficiencies in backend operations and launching innovative new products and services. The demand for real-time has cemented data streaming platforms as a critical business requirement in nearly every industry and category. In fact, the 2023 APAC Data Streaming Report found that 89% of technology leaders in APAC say investments in data streaming are important, while 69% say they are using data streaming to power critical applications.

Data streaming is what enables ride sharing apps to provide a real time mobile experience to match riders to drivers, provide dynamic pricing and update driver ETAs. It’s what lets retailers personalise their customers’ shopping experiences, across every channel and interaction, in real time. And it even helps banks offer loans in just five minutes. The use cases are truly limitless.

Confluent’s industry leading data streaming platform is made available on Alibaba Cloud to more organisations in Asia

Under the expanded scope of collaboration, organisations in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand will have access to Confluent’s data streaming platform on Alibaba Cloud. And with the deepened partnership, customers can benefit from a robust and resilient data streaming service. The solution, based on the distributed data streaming technology Apache Kafka, enables customers with more powerful and efficient data processing capabilities, including enhanced elastic computing and storage functions, and dedicated customer support and technical consultation. Customers can enjoy all the enterprise-grade features of Kafka without the cumbersome management and monitoring work, and process data streams with enterprise-grade security. Confluent’s Data Streaming Platform has been used for improved business operation efficiency among a wide range of customers across numerous industries, including financial services, omnichannel retail, automobile and gaming.

Kamal Brar, Senior Vice President APAC at Confluent, commented: “By extending our partnership with Alibaba Cloud from mainland China to further across Asia, more organisations can now set their data in motion, by harnessing real-time, flexible data insights. The additional capabilities that we and Alibaba Cloud have enabled provide better experiences for our customers. This significantly accelerates time to value and improves developer productivity in building their real-time streaming applications.”

Selina Yuan, President of International Business, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Group said, “Following our success in delivering Confluent’s services from the Alibaba Cloud platform for customers in mainland China, we’re delighted to announce this extension of Confluent’s advanced data streaming capabilities further across the region. This expansion is a testament to our successful partnership, which allows us to support more customers as demand grows to connect enterprise-wide apps and data systems with real-time data flows.”

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About Confluent

Confluent is the data streaming platform that is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure that sets data in motion. Confluent’s cloud-native offering is the foundational platform for data in motion – designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organisation. With Confluent, organisations can meet the new business imperative of delivering rich, digital front-end customer experiences and transitioning to sophisticated, real-time, software-driven backend operations. To learn more, please visit www.confluent.io.

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com) is the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group. It offers a complete suite of cloud services to customers worldwide, including elastic computing, database, storage, network virtualization services, large-scale computing, security, management and application services, big data analytics, a machine learning platform and IoT services. Alibaba maintained its position as the third leading public cloud IaaS service provider globally since 2018, according to IDC. Alibaba is the world’s third leading and Asia Pacific’s leading IaaS provider by revenue in U.S. dollars since 2018, according to Gartner.