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Confluent Announces General Availability of Confluent Cloud

Apache Kafka as a Service offering enables enterprises and developers to move faster with streaming data

LAS VEGAS – November 28, 2017 – Confluent, provider of the streaming platform based on Apache Kafka®, today announced that Confluent Cloud is generally available and ready for enterprise production workloads with a 99.95 percent service level agreement (SLA). Built by the original creators of Apache Kafka, Confluent Cloud operationalizes the Confluent team’s expertise from managing some of the largest streaming environments in production today. The fully managed service helps companies deploy their Customer 360, fleet management, fraud detection, and other real-time, large-scale initiatives.

Confluent Platform includes Confluent Cloud, Confluent Enterprise and Confluent Open Source, to create a more complete distribution of Apache Kafka intended for large-scale production across a variety of environments. It improves Apache Kafka by expanding its integration capabilities, adding tools to optimize and manage Kafka clusters, and ensuring the streams are secure. With Confluent Cloud, enterprises and developers have the option to build and run applications in the cloud, knowing that the team who created Kafka are maintaining and managing the Kafka clusters.

Key Confluent Cloud features:

  • Latest Kafka capabilities: Always uses the latest Apache Kafka version so developers never have to worry about upgrades again.
  • Performant: Highest throughput rate of any streaming data service. Standard plan is 5 MB/s and custom plans are available for any scale.
  • Reliable: Optional support for multiple availability zones and 99.95 percent SLA.
  • Client support: Full support for the range of clients offered by Confluent, including Java, Python, C/C++, Go and .NET, as well as the Kafka Streams API.
  • Flexible: Configurable retention period, storage and throughput rate to suit any workload.
  • Kafka expertise: Backed by the team that created Kafka that has the most extensive experience operating it at scale.

“Confluent Cloud is now production ready and capable of handling enterprise workloads, ideal for  companies that are looking for experts to run their Apache Kafka as a Service for them,” said Neha Narkhede, co-founder and CTO at Confluent. “Enterprises and developers can now focus on building applications that provide value to the business, rather than worrying about managing and running Kafka.”

Availability and Pricing

The service is currently available on AWS US-West-2 and US-East-1 Regions, with support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud to be added in the future. Confluent Cloud is elastically priced based on usage. Contact Confluent for more details. For more information, please visit: https://www.confluent.io/confluent-cloud/.

Confluent is at AWS re:Invent 2017 this week. Visit us at booth #1300 and don’t miss Confluent co-founder and CEO Jay Kreps present “Bridge to the Cloud: Using Apache Kafka to Migrate to AWS” on Wednesday, November 29 at 12:00 p.m. PT, in the Expo Hall (Kumo Theater, The Venetian, Level 1).

About Confluent

Confluent, founded by the creators of open source Apache Kafka®, provides the only streaming platform that enables enterprises to maximize the value of data. Confluent Platform empowers leaders in industries such as retail, logistics, manufacturing, financial services, technology and media, to move data from isolated systems into a real-time data pipeline where they can act on it immediately. Backed by Benchmark, Index Ventures and Sequoia, Confluent is based in Palo Alto, California. To learn more, please visit www.confluent.io. Download Confluent Open Source at www.confluent.io/download.

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