Confluent, Inc., the event streaming pioneer, today announced Confluent Platform 6.0 and the latest theme for Project Metamorphosis – Global. Cluster Linking, a new capability in Confluent Platform 6.0 and Confluent Cloud, makes event data globally available across a business, whether data is on premises in different continents, spread among various cloud providers or spanning hybrid environments. As a key element of September’s Project Metamorphosis Global release, events can now be streamed wherever they are needed, accelerating cloud migrations and making it faster and easier than ever to develop and deploy modern, event-driven applications. Confluent Platform 6.0 also delivers across previous phases of Project Metamorphosis, enhancing Apache Kafka® with greater elasticity, improved cost-effectiveness, and infinite data retention.
“The data that today’s businesses are built on has become more distributed geographically and across different cloud environments, making it harder to bring together in a meaningful way,” said Jay Kreps, co-founder and CEO, Confluent. “Event streaming has emerged as the platform that connects real-time data from every part of an organization for a company to act as one to build world-class applications.”
As organizations rush to modernize their IT stack amid pressure to develop the real-time applications today’s customers demand, the use of hybrid and multi-cloud becomes inevitable. According to recent Gartner research, “Nearly half of data management implementations use both on-premises and cloud environments (and sometimes actively manage data across them). More than 80% of responding public cloud users indicate that their organizations use more than one cloud service provider (again, sometimes managing data between them),” (Gartner “Understanding Cloud Data Management Architectures: Hybrid Cloud, Multicloud and Intercloud,” May 2020, Gartner subscription required). The unintentional consequence is often the creation of entirely new silos of data that can act as barriers to innovation. To remain competitive in the modern world, companies must liberate data from these silos and build a global data architecture that connects multiple public cloud providers and on-premises environments.
This is why many organizations have turned to Kafka—it has emerged as the best way to share data throughout an organization in real time. However, connecting Kafka clusters between different environments and across long distances is too complex for most organizations and does not always replicate data byte for byte, putting hybrid cloud and multi-cloud Kafka deployments out of reach. Further, the full power of Kafka can only be unlocked when it serves as a central nervous system for the entire organization and all the data in an organization is available to all applications and users. So, while there’s an open source solution to this data problem available to everyone, it remains too complex for most.
Confluent Platform 6.0 Introduces Cluster Linking, Simplifying Hybrid Cloud and Multi-Cloud Deployments for Kafka
With Cluster Linking in Confluent Platform 6.0, organizations have a simple and scalable way of connecting data between clouds and across hybrid architectures, quickly and efficiently. Cluster Linking allows two or more Kafka clusters to replicate data without the need for other components, eliminating the burden of learning, monitoring, and managing another distributed system. Built on top of a highly performant Kafka broker protocol, Cluster Linking ensures that the replicated data is an exact mirror of the source data, making hybrid, multi-cloud, and cloud migration use cases easier to implement. Now, organizations can easily bridge Kafka clusters between these different environments and across any distance to build a central nervous system for their global business.
Confluent Platform 6.0 Delivers the First Half of Project Metamorphosis in a Single Platform
As a part of Confluent’s relentless pursuit to ensure that any organization can make event streaming the central nervous system for its business, Confluent initiated the next generation of event streaming through Project Metamorphosis. With Project Metamorphosis, Confluent is solving the most pressing issues that organizations run into when making event streaming a pervasive part of their business by bringing the foundational traits of cloud-native data systems to Kafka. In the first phase of Project Metamorphosis, Confluent has introduced greater elasticity, improved cost-effectiveness, infinite data retention, and global availability.
Confluent Platform 6.0 delivers the first half of Project Metamorphosis themes in one self-managed platform:
- Self-Balancing Clusters automate partition rebalances to optimize Kafka’s throughput, accelerate broker scaling, and reduce the operational burden of running a large cluster. Without the hassle of manually rebalancing data, companies can focus more resources on building exceptional real-time experiences with less risk and effort.
- ksqlDB will be generally available in Confluent Platform 6.0, replacing several tedious subsystems typically needed to build event streaming applications with a powerful event streaming database. Speeding up and simplifying the event streaming development process opens the potential for new, business-level use cases and massive operational efficiencies.
- Infinite retention
- Tiered Storage enables businesses to retain infinite event data in Kafka and create a central nervous system for all events. With infinite retention, developers no longer have to worry about storage constraints when creating event streaming applications that leverage both real-time and past events, or training machine learning models using a historical stream of data.
Confluent Platform 6.0 will be generally available soon, including Self-Balancing Clusters, ksqlDB, and Tiered Storage, which will also be generally available. Cluster Linking will be available in preview in Confluent Platform 6.0 and is in private preview in Confluent Cloud.
Learn more about our upcoming release in today’s Kafka Summit 2020 session “How Confluent Completes the Event Streaming Platform” at 10:30 a.m. PT. Register here. Also, check out Ben Stopford’s blog post on our latest Project Metamorphosis launch, Global here.
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