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Confluent is the only streaming platform based entirely on Apache Kafka. Download Confluent Open Source for free to get started on your first streaming project. Or choose Confluent Enterprise with a 30-day trial license and discover what a production-ready streaming platform can really do.


Apache KafkaConfluent Open SourceConfluent Enterprise
Apache KafkaHigh throughput, low latency, high availability, secure distributed streaming platform
Kafka Connect APIAdvanced framework for connecting external sources/destinations into Kafka
Kafka Streams APISimple library that enables streaming application development within the Kafka framework
Additional ClientsSupports non-Java clients; C, C++, Python, etc.
REST ProxyProvides universal access to Kafka from any network connected device via HTTP
Schema RegistryCentral registry for the format of Kafka data – guarantees all data is always consumable
Pre-Built ConnectorsHDFS, JDBC, Elasticsearch and other connectors fully certified and supported by Confluent
Confluent Control CenterEnables easy connector management and stream monitoring
Auto-data BalancingRebalances data across your cluster to remove bottlenecks
Multi-datacenter ReplicationSimplifies and automates multi-datacenter cluster management
SupportEnterprise class support to keep your Kafka environment running at top performanceCommunityCommunity24x7x365
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Apache Kafka

The Apache streaming platform comprised of Kafka Core, Kafka Streams, and Kafka Connect is the foundation of the Confluent Platform.

Kafka components enable the capture, movement, processing and storage of data streams in a distributed, fault-tolerant fashion across a large organization in real time.

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