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Confluent offers three different ways to get started with Apache Kafka. Confluent Open Source is the best choice for the individual developer working in a private cloud or on premises, while Confluent Enterprise is for large scale production environments with one or more data centers. Finally, Confluent Cloud is a fully managed service for the cloud-first developer or the operations-starved organization.

Apache KafkaConfluent Open SourceConfluent EnterpriseConfluent Cloud
Apache Kafka High throughput, low latency, high availability, distributed streaming platform
Additional Clients Develop with non-Java clients; C, C++, Python, .NET and several others
REST Proxy Provides universal access to Kafka from any network connected device via HTTP
Schema Registry Guarantee data compatibility with a central registry for schema format and evolution
Pre-Built Connectors Quickly build reliable pipelines with certified and community connectors
KSQL Perform stream processing with SQL commands
JMS Client Support legacy Java Message Service (JMS) applications
Enhanced Security Ensure your REST Proxy is secure via Kafka’s access list
Confluent Control Center™ Monitor your cluster with end-to-end stream monitoring and real-time alertsLight
Auto Data Balancer Automate cluster rebalancing to achieve reliable performanceAutomatic
Replicator Simplify and automate reliable multi-datacenter Kafka clustersN/A
Managed Service Remove the operations burden with a fully managed cloud service
Support Enterprise class support to keep your Kafka environment running at top performanceCommunityCommunity24x7x36524x7x365
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