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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
FeatureBenefit   
Apache Kafka High throughput, low latency, high availability, secure distributed streaming platform
Kafka Connect API Advanced API for connecting external sources/destinations into Kafka
Kafka Streams API Simple library that enables streaming application development within the Kafka framework
Additional Clients Supports 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 Central registry for the format of Kafka data – guarantees all data is always consumable
Pre-Built Connectors HDFS, JDBC, Elasticsearch, Amazon S3 and other connectors fully certified and supported by Confluent
JMS Client Support for legacy Java Message Service (JMS) applications consuming and producing directly from Kafka
Confluent Control Center™ Enables easy connector management, monitoring and alerting for a Kafka cluster
Cloud Management Console Simply and effectively manage a Confluent Cloud cluster N/A
Auto Data Balancer Rebalancing data across cluster to remove bottlenecksAutomatic
Replicator Multi-datacenter replication simplifies and automates MDC Kafka clustersN/A
Support Enterprise class support to keep your Kafka environment running at top performance CommunityCommunity24x7x36524x7x365
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