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Confluent and DataStax Partner to Enable Streaming Applications based on Apache Kafka and Apache Cassandra

Certified DataStax Connector now available to connect Confluent Platform to DataStax Enterprise

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Sept. 7, 2016 – (Cassandra Summit 2016) – Confluent, founded by the creators of open source Apache KafkaTM, today announced that it partnered with DataStax, the leading provider of database software for cloud applications, to provide a solution so joint customers can easily connect Apache Kafka and Apache CassandraTM for enterprise workloads. Confluent Platform enables companies to easily access data as real-time streams and make it available throughout the organization. With the Certified DataStax Connector, applications can more easily leverage DataStax Enterprise (DSE) and Cassandra with Kafka for streaming data, allowing organizations to drive business value from data.

“Today’s agile applications must digest enormous amounts of information, remain highly scalable and respond instantly,” said Barry Evans, Head of Technology Partner Development at DataStax. “The partnership with Confluent empowers DataStax users and the entire Apache CassandraTM community to capture the value of real-time data through streaming applications.”

The Certified DataStax Connector utilizes Kafka Connect, a framework included in Apache Kafka that integrates Kafka with other systems. It enables data integration by offering a common framework that allows stream data to flow between various systems and makes it easy to add new systems to scalable and secure stream data pipelines.

As part of the growing community around Kafka Connect, this connector is a result of a partnership between Confluent, DataStax and DataMountaineer, a services and consulting company that specializes in delivering certified connectors that leverage Kafka Connect.

“As a utility and trading company we deal with lots of time series. Think of gas and power prices and forecasting the energy supply and demand of power plants, windmills, solar panels, charging cars and client portfolios at each given moment of the day. We want to interact with this information stream, to be responsive to events that happen in the energy markets and analyze it historically to see patterns, to learn and to improve. This is why an architecture with both Confluent and Cassandra serves us well. At Eneco, we are proud of our contribution to the Cassandra connector in collaboration with DataMountaineer,” said Joshua Ratha, Product Owner of Eneco Data Hub and Trader.

“The DataStax Enterprise connector demonstrates how customers are able to easily integrate systems to capitalize on stream data and create business value,” said Jabari Norton, vice president of business development at Confluent. “By leveraging Kafka Connect, enterprises can seamlessly create connectors to any system in their enterprise and build a robust real-time data pipeline with Confluent Platform.”

To download the Certified DataStax Connector, please visit: www.confluent.io/product/connectors/. For more details on how to implement the connector, please visit: www.confluent.io/blog/announcing-the-certified-datastax-connector.

Learn More at Cassandra Summit
Confluent, a Cassandra Summit 2016 sponsor, can be found at Booth S-11. Ewen Cheslack-Postava, a Kafka committer and engineer at Confluent, will be speaking in the architecture track on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 1:00 PM – 1:35 PM PT in LL20D. More details:

Real-time Data Integration with Apache Kafka and Cassandra
Apache Kafka is a high throughput messaging system that companies like LinkedIn, Netflix, and Airbnb are adopting to handle massive real-time datasets. These datasets originate from dozens of systems – from databases like Cassandra, to log files, to application data. And companies often need to adopt just as many tools to integrate that data for processing. This presentation introduces Kafka Connect, Kafka’s new tool for scalable, fault-tolerant data import and export. We’ll discuss existing tools in the space and how they fall short when applied to real-time data integration at scale. Then we’ll explore Kafka Connect’s design and how it compares to systems with similar goals, including key design decisions and tradeoffs. Finally, we’ll discuss the current support for Cassandra connectors and how they can be combined with other connectors and stream processing frameworks to help you get more out of your data.

Cassandra Summit 2016, the world’s largest gathering of Cassandra users, is taking place September 7-9, 2016, at the San Jose Convention Center. The three-day event will provide more than 130 deep dive technical sessions for developers, administrators and executives.

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

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