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June 15, 2021 | Episode 163

Boosting Security for Apache Kafka with Confluent Cloud Private Link ft. Dan LaMotte

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Confluent Cloud isn’t just for public access anymore. As the requirement for security across sectors increases, so does the need for virtual private cloud (VPC) connections. It is becoming more common today to come across Apache Kafka® implementations with the latest private link connectivity option. 

In the past, most Confluent Cloud users were satisfied with public connectivity paths and VPC peering. However, enabling private links on the cloud is increasingly important for security across networks and even the reliability of stream processing. Dan LaMotte, who since this recording became a staff software engineer II, and his team are focused on making secure connections for customers to utilize Confluent Cloud. This is done by allowing two VPCs to connect without sharing their own private IP address space. There’s no crossover between them, and it lends itself to entirely secure connection unidirectional connectivity from customer to service provider without sharing IPs. 

But why do clients still want to peer if they have the option to interface privately? Dan explains that peering has been known as the base architecture for this type of connection. Peering at the core is just point-to-point cloud connections that happen between two VPCs. With global connectivity becoming more commonplace and the rise of globally distributed working teams, networks are often not even based in the same region. Regardless of region, however, organizations must take the level of security into account. Peering and transit gateways with a high level of analogy are the new baseline for these use cases, and this is where Kafka’s private links come in handy. 

Private links now allow team members to connect to Confluent Cloud instantaneously without depending on the internet. You can directly connect all of your multi-cloud options and microservices within your own secure space that is private to the company and to specific IP addresses. Also, the connection must be initiated on the client side for an increased security measure. 

With the option of private links, you can now also build microservices that use new functionality that wasn’t available in the past, such as:

Multi-cloud clusters

  • Product enhancements with IP ranges
  • Unlimited IP space 
  • Scalability 
  • Load balancing

You no longer need to segment your workflow, thanks to completely secure connections between teams that are otherwise disconnected from one another. 

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