Managed Apache Kafka

Instaclustr provides a fully managed service for Apache Kafka®—SOC 2 certified and hosted on AWS, Azure, GCP, or on-prem.

We customize and optimize the configuration of your cluster so you can focus on your applications.

Features of Managed Kafka

Apache Kafka® is the leading streaming and queuing technology for large-scale, always-on applications.

Instaclustr’s Hosted Managed Service for Apache Kafka® is the best way to run Kafka in the cloud, providing you with a production ready and fully supported Apache Kafka cluster in minutes.

Our fully hosted and managed solution frees you to focus on your applications.

Get Kafka fully managed and hosted on all major clouds, in our cloud account or yours.

Our comprehensive management includes deployment, configuration, ongoing maintenance, upgrades, monitoring, and support. All you need to do is use Kafka.

Receive prompt and definitive technical support and advice from our technical operations and support staff in the USA and Australia who are available to you at all times.

Instaclustr has Kafka experts and consultants on staff capable of solving any issue.

Our industry leading SLAs for Kafka set us apart. Enterprise deployments with dedicated ZooKeeper nodes have a 99.999% SLA.  Standard deployments still provide a 99.99% SLA.

Instaclustr’s solutions and processes are independently audited and certified against the Service Organisation Control – Type 2 (SOC 2) standards.

These regular audits assure the security, confidentiality, integrity, privacy, and availability of your data.

Easily deploy Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) compliant Kafka on AWS by selecting this option in our console.

Contact us about HIPAA compliant options for health data.

We collect and monitor hundreds of different metrics from every node we manage, so we can proactively oversee your cluster and you get easy access to the Kafka metrics needed to effectively maintain your application.

The Instaclustr Managed Platform includes a Terraform Provider for our managed services. It provides a flexible set of resources for provisioning and managing Instaclustr based clusters via the use of Terraform.

If you’d like to know more you can read about the Terraform Provider on our blog, or you can dive right into the examples on GitHub.

Instaclustr offers managed mirroring via MirrorMaker 2 to mirror data between geographical regions, create active/active topologies, or create an additional copy of your data in another region with a failover cluster.

Our Technical Operations team takes full, end to end, responsibility for the availability of the mirroring service. See our support documentation for how to set up mirroring.

Kafka Connect allows you to use low-code enterprise grade connectors between products in your data layer.

Easily add Kafka Connect in our console.

We offer dedicated ZooKeeper nodes to enhance performance and availability. Dedicated ZooKeeper nodes are required for our highest availability SLA of 99.999%.

At Instaclustr you are never locked-in because everything we do is open source. Our Managed Kafka is completely licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.

Read more about our Open Source Commitment.

We support both Run In Your Own Account (RIYOA) and Run In Instaclustr’s Account (RIIA) for our Managed Kafka.

On our managed platform, Kafka can be provisioned on AWS, GCP, and Azure and is bundled up with a host of additional features ready for enterprise deployment.

Benefits of Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka® enables robust scalable stream processing and event-driven architectures for enterprise companies and startups alike.

Focus on building your applications knowing that Instaclur’s Hosted and Managed Kafka deliverd-as-a-service is optimized for your needs.

Apache Kafka enables high throughput event-driven architectures across your data layer.

Designed from the outset to handle hundreds of millions of customers Kafka clusters scale with high availability.

Apache Kafka uses load balancing and data replication to allow failure or planned maintenance of individual nodes with no downtime.

Apache Kafka was designed from the outset to flexibly interface with many different systems.

With years of development and a large community of enterprise users Kafka has robust connectivity and easy to use APIs.

Apache Kafka can also integrate with external stream processing layers such as Spark streaming.

Kafka enjoys the support of an active open source community and has a rich solution ecosystem around it. This can be extended further by adding Kafka Connect.

Apache Kafka is open source under the Apache 2.0 License and the project is governed by the Apache Software Foundation.

This provides customers with a clear roadmap and a community of no lock-in vendors, experts, and training providers for an enterprise-class software project.

Technologies like Apache Cassandra and Apache Kafka can be complex to manage efficiently and effectively. Instaclustr abstracts that complexity and helps us to stay focused on building our applications and services.

Ken Izumi, VP of Engineering, Paidy

Want to Learn more?

Still got questions about Apache Kafka and how Instaclustr can help you with Kafka deployment?

Apache Kafka is the leading streaming and queuing technology for large-scale, always-on applications. 

Kafka takes streams of messages, from applications known as producers, and stores them reliably on a central cluster of nodes called brokers. Applications called consumers can then consume these messages in near real-time with high reliability and failover mechanisms.

Since being donated to the Apache Foundation by LinkedIn in 2011, Kafka has been embraced by many technology leaders like Netflix, Twitter, Spotify, and Uber.

Apache Kafka Technology Diagram

Kafa can be used for a number of different application architectures.

  • Kafka’s storage can provide a buffering mechanism in front of processing to deal with temporary incoming message rate greater than a processing app can deal with.
  • A special case for this storage is to allow producers to publish messages with a guarantee they will be delivered, even if the consumers are down when the message is published.
  • Kafka’s messaging can be used to bridge technologies. Producers and consumers don’t need to speak to each other, only to Kafka. This facilitates flexible, configurable architectures.
  • Kafka provides a framework to perform analytics and processing across streams of data (with Kafka streams).

Kafka allows you to build real-time event-driven streaming data pipelines. You can use Kafka to handle logs, messaging, audit trails, processing tasks, and much more. Kafka handles big data in real time.

A few Apache Kafka use cases:

  • Stream Processing
  • Website Activity Tracking
  • Log Aggregation
  • Metrics Collection and Monitoring
  • Network Monitoring
  • Internet of Things
  • Advertising
  • Fraud Detection

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Instaclustr brings a range of consulting services designed around Apache Kafka® and other core open source technologies. 

Our specially designed consulting packages for Apache Kafka® provides an independent and expert review of your Apache Kafka deployment to ensure your application is scalable and free from any potential issues. Learn more