Apache Kafka® - Articles

Learn more about Kafka with these deep-dive articles.

What Is Apache Kafka?

Developed as a publish-subscribe messaging system to handle mass amounts of data at LinkedIn, today, Apache Kafka® is an open-source distributed event streaming platform used by over 80% of the Fortune 100.

There are several ways to view Event Streaming.This page relates Kafka to other technology trends you may be familier with.

KRaft:Apache Kafka Without Zookeeper

See how Apache Kafka®’s architecture has been greatly simplified by the introduction of Apache Kafka Raft (KRaft).

Building Systems Using Transactions in Apache Kafka®

How Kafka's transactions provide you with accurate, repeatable results from chains of many stream processors or microservices, connected via event streams.

Kafka Storage & Processing Fundamentals

What is a stream? A topic? A partition? Learn the core fundamentals of Kafka's storage and processing layers, and how they are related.

Apache Kafka® Performance

Benchmark testing and results for Apache Kafka’s performance on the latest hardware in the cloud.

Cloud-Native Apache Kafka®

Confluent Cloud takes Apache Kafka to a whole new level. Learn how serverless infrastructure is built and apply these learnings to your own projects.

Streaming Database Systems

Streaming database systems for an "always-on" world, where data never rests.

Data Mesh

Learn about building a data mesh on event streams with Apache Kafka® and Confluent.

Testing Apache Kafka®

Learn about the ecosystem of tools for testing your Apache Kafka® applications.

Kafka Internals

Explore the details of how Kafka works and how to monitor its performance. Click on an element to learn more.

Apache Kafka® FAQs

Here are some of the questions that you may have about Apache Kafka and its surrounding ecosystem. If you’ve got a question that isn’t answered here then please do ask the community.

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