Confluent, Inc., the data streaming platform for putting data in motion, forms a new strategic partnership with Microsoft, adding greater investments in technology integrations, solution development, and go-to-market activities.

With this commitment, Confluent and Microsoft aim to reduce the operational burden of managing data streams in Azure and accelerate the development of real-time applications in the cloud.

“The COVID disruption has dramatically accelerated delivery times for end-to-end digital experiences and real-time operations,” said Erica Schultz, president of field operations, Confluent. “We are extremely committed to ensuring that our customers can innovate rapidly in the cloud, and have deepened our partnership with Microsoft to support businesses at this critical time in their transformation.

Since the beginning of their strategic alliance, Confluent and Microsoft have made progress in establishing tighter integrations, extending Confluent’s managed cloud connectors to Azure services and supporting customer initiatives at the enterprise level. .

Confluent maintains the industry’s largest portfolio of data streaming connectors and recently released new fully managed connectors for Azure deployments, including Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Synapse Analytics. These prebuilt connectors are built with Confluent’s expertise in Apache Kafka to save organizations the months of engineering time typically required to create and maintain custom integrations.

Confluent Cloud is quickly accessible with single sign-on through Azure Marketplace’s Active Directory, and billing is integrated with Azure billing accounts for easy cost management. Confluent on Azure is one of the easiest ways to get started with Kafka and removes the operational burden of managing a complex open source distributed system.

“Cloud data streaming is the foundation for next-generation customer experiences and business operations,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Microsoft. “With the expanded relationship between Microsoft and Confluent, more organizations will be able to take full advantage of the power of cloud-native data streaming and benefit from faster development of modern applications with greater access. easy to real-time data in the cloud.”

For more information on this partnership, visit www.confluent.io/azure.