Confluent released Confluent Platform 6, an update that integrates new capabilities on top of the open source Apache Kafka event streaming platform.
The stream processing vendor, based in Mountain View, Calif., revealed the update Aug. 24 during its Kafka Summit virtual conference, which ran Aug. 24-25, but did not say when it will be generally available.
Among the enhanced capabilities in the latest version of the platform is the ksqlDB event streaming database, which was first introduced in November 2019.
Confluent also integrated a series of scalability improvements it has referred to collectively as Project Metamorphosis. As part of its scalability capabilities, Confluent put a cluster linking feature in the update that aims to make it easier for users to connect different Kafka event streaming data instances.
Confluent Platform 6 metamorphosis
Confluent Platform 6.0 is the first fruit of Project Metamorphosis, and it is clear that more capabilities are coming, said IDC analyst Stewart Bond.
“Confluent Platform 6.0 is adding features around Kafka that will make it easier for developers to build cloud-native data applications against and increase adoption of real-time stream processing workloads,” Bond said. “Business has always been in real time, but technology limitations of the past