Protect Kafka: Visualize, Test, and Secure Kafka Clusters

Consumers today expect applications to have updates in real time. To meet consumer expectations, engineering teams have adopted open-source streaming technologies such as Apache Kafka. Apache Kafka is massively scalable with over 80% of the Fortune 100 using it to meet customer needs.

One challenge with Apache Kafka is the operational overhead it introduces to engineering teams. Setting up and maintaining Kafka drains significant cycles for both development and operations teams. Solutions like Amazon MSK, Confluent, and Aiden have removed some of the operational burdens and helped cut down the time it takes to leverage Apache Kafka to deliver real-time applications.

Developers working with either open-source Kafka or managed solutions like Amazon MSK still suffer from a lack of visibility into what’s happening inside of their Kafka clusters. Conduktor recently launched a partnership with Amazon MSK that helps users gain visibility into their Kafka clusters. Conduktor’s most popular feature, Console, gives users an easy-to-use UI to explore critical MSK clusters, topics, schema registries, and more. Its Testing features enable users to create visual tests and see how data flows through their Kafka pipelines before pushing to production.

Conduktor also helps Operations teams concerned about the security and reliability of Kafka. Conduktor’s Monitoring & Alerting ensures that dev and ops teams are alerted when there is an error in their Clusters and are speaking the same language when troubleshooting. The Data Masking feature ensures that any sensitive data flowing through Conduktor is only visible to those that have access through role-based access control (RBAC).

With consumer expectations continuing to rise, engineering teams will continue to adopt Kafka. These Engineering teams need tooling to ensure that they’re using Kafka appropriately to deliver the business goals they set out to accomplish.

In the world of big data, visibility into the performance of your Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) clusters is essential for successful and efficient data management. Kafka provides real-time data streaming technology, with Amazon offering the infrastructure you need to harness its power. However, working directly with Kafka is still a pain due to a lack of visibility and the complexity of standard operations. Fortunately, Amazon MSK now offers users the ability to gain visibility into their clusters with the help of Conduktor. This cloud-native platform provides users with a comprehensive set of tools that help them gain visibility into their clusters and make informed decisions. The primary tool of the platform is Console, a graphical UI built for Kafka, making it easy to explore your MSK clusters and perform necessary operations. In addition, Conduktor has features that enable testing of your Kafka applications, monitoring for performance and health, and analysis to optimize performance.

Conductor is designed to work seamlessly with Amazon MSK clusters. It allows users to quickly connect to their clusters with appropriate security, and can control access to ensure your Kafka pipeline remains secure. This makes it easy to identify and resolve any issues that may arise.

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