- Access to the Kafka ecosystem. Confluent Cloud does not offer proprietary streaming services. Instead, developers have access to the same open-source Apache Kafka APIs. This makes it easy to leverage connectors, clients, and tools that are supported by the Kafka or Confluent communities.
- Cloud option: A recent survey of more than 350 Apache Kafka users found that 52 percent use Kafka in the cloud. Nearly a third (32%) of respondents who use Kafka on the cloud have at least six applications using Kafka. Confluent Cloud is vendor-neutral, so developers can “lift” and shift Kafka infrastructure from any place into — or out — any cloud.
- Confluent Cloud helps developers unleash their developer velocity. Confluent Cloud is a streaming data service that hosts Kafka. It takes away the operational burden so developers can focus on building streaming apps. Teams can concentrate on what is most important — building the company.
- Reduce the ops burden Kafka is not an exception. Failures are more common as cluster usage increases. Confluent Cloud makes it easy to get Kafka running.
The company stated that developers can program in Java and Python when using Confluent clients. It won’t be the first Kafka-based offering to hit general availability on AWS, which is expected later in the year.