Apache Kafka is a real-time, fault tolerant, highly scalable messaging system. It is widely adopted for many use cases ranging from collecting user activity data, logs, application metrics, stock ticker data and device instrumentation. Kafka's unifying abstraction, a partitioned and replicated low latency commit log, allows these applications with very different throughput and latency requirements to be implemented on a single messaging system. It also encourages clean, loosely coupled architectures by acting as a highly reliable mediator between systems.
At its core, the Confluent Platform leverages Apache Kafka, a proven open-source technology created by the founders of Confluent while at LinkedIn. Kafka acts as a realtime, fault tolerant, highly scalable messaging system and is already widely deployed for use cases ranging from collecting user activity data, system logs, application metrics, stock ticker data and device instrumentation signals. Its key strength is its ability to make high volume data available as a realtime stream for consumption in systems with very different requirements – from batch systems like Hadoop, to realtime systems that require low-latency access, to stream processing engines that transform data streams immediately, as they arrive.
Confluent Cloud is the industry's only fully managed, cloud-native event streaming platform powered by Apache Kafka. Apache Kafka is an open source, distributed streaming platform that enables 100,000+ organizations globally to build event-driven applications at scale. Built and operated by the original creators of Apache Kafka, Confluent Cloud provides a simple, scalable, resilient and secure event streaming platform for the cloud-first enterprise, the DevOps-starved organization or the agile developer on a mission.
ksqlDB and Kafka Streams
Build applications and microservices using Kafka Streams and ksqlDB. Kafka Streams is a client library for building applications and microservices, where the input and output data are stored in an Apache Kafka® cluster. ksqlDB is the streaming SQL engine for Kafka that you can use to perform stream processing tasks using SQL statements.
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