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Confluent Enhances Confluent® Cloud with Cloud-Native Capabilities – Now Delivering Event-Driven Applications is Faster and Easier than Ever

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., the event streaming platform pioneer, today announced major
advancements to Confluent®
including new cloud-native capabilities and fully managed
services. These updates give the ability to quickly harness the power of
cloud-native event streaming so organizations can build event-driven
applications and deliver the digital experiences their customers expect.

In the digital age, businesses are expected to understand customer needs
and adapt to them instantly—regardless of where they are or what is
needed. These new expectations are why businesses are turning to event
streaming platforms like Apache Kafka to transform data into a
competitive asset. With Kafka®, they can put data at
the center of their business for a new contextual view which completely
changes how they interact with customers, respond to market movements
and even create new revenue streams. However, like most open source
software, Kafka isn’t designed to support the key attributes of cloud
native systems that make transformational technologies easier to adopt,
deploy and scale.

“There is a growing groundswell of adoption behind Apache Kafka with 60
percent of the Fortune 100 now using an event streaming platform to
power their business,” said Neha Narkhede, co-founder, chief technology
and product officer, Confluent. “But many organizations don’t have the
teams or resources needed to size, provision and manage Kafka clusters.
With the latest enhancements to Confluent Cloud, we’re making it easier
than ever for any data-starved business to transform into a business
driven by data in a matter of minutes.”

Apache Kafka Re-Engineered for the Cloud

As part of its efforts to build a cloud-native Kafka service, Confluent
is releasing major updates that enable elastic scalability and
consumption-based pricing on Confluent Cloud. These updates reduce the
initial investment and commitment to getting started with an event
streaming platform and enable customers to scale their costs in line
with use. Developers and project teams no longer need large IT teams and
budgets to manage and provision Kafka clusters.

  • Unparalleled elasticity – Confluent Cloud can now scale
    dynamically from 0 to 100 MBps and scale back down in seconds and can
    scale further without limit beyond that with provisioned capacity. Now
    organizations can grow their use of Confluent Cloud seamlessly
    in-place from development to production deployments and autoscale
  • Consumption-based pricing – Eliminates the need to size and
    provision clusters, or pay for unused capacity to account for
    seasonal, bursty traffic. With consumption-based pricing, Confluent
    becomes the only Kafka service that enables organizations to pay only
    for what is actually streamed.

As the pioneer of event streaming, Confluent continues to deliver on its
promise to provide a complete event streaming platform. Kafka alone is
incomplete without the ecosystem components needed to operate it at
scale and at streaming maturity. To that end, Confluent is advancing its
vision of a complete event streaming service by building fully managed
services in three key areas:

  • Confluent®Schema Registry – Fully
    managed, central registry to define standard schemas for events, share
    them across the organization and safely evolve them in a way that is
    backward compatible and future proof.
  • Confluent®KSQL – Fully managed
    streaming SQL engine to enable real-time data processing with an
    easy-to-use, powerful interactive SQL interface – no need to write
  • Kafka® S3 sink connector – Confluent®
    Connectors automate the integration of the most widely used data
    sources or sinks to Confluent Cloud. The first of the fully managed
    connectors launched by Confluent, Kafka S3 sink connector enables
    companies to easily sink data from Kafka to S3.

Fully managed Confluent Schema Registry, Confluent KSQL and Kafka S3
sink connector are currently available in public preview in both
Confluent Cloud and Confluent Cloud Enterprise.


This information is not a commitment, promise or legal obligation to
deliver any material, code or functionality.

Apache® and Apache Kafka® are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or
other countries. No endorsement by the Apache Software Foundation is
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About Confluent

Confluent, founded by the original creators of Apache Kafka, pioneered
the enterprise-ready event streaming platform. With Confluent,
organizations benefit from the first event streaming platform built for
the enterprise with the ease of use, scalability, security and
flexibility required by the most discerning global companies to run
their business in real time. Companies leading their respective
industries have realized success with this new platform paradigm to
transform their architectures to streaming from batch processing,
spanning on-premises and multi-cloud environments. Backed by Benchmark,
Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital, Confluent is headquartered in Palo
Alto and London with offices globally. To learn more, please visit
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