More funding news this morning for Confluent, the company that is wrapping commercial offerings around Apache Kafka. Kafka is an open source technology that offers real-time messaging services. While this may sound like a pretty boring piece of inconsequential technology, the way modern applications and infrastructures are built means that tools such as Kafka are increasingly important.
As organizations move to more distributed applications and architectures, they need tools that help them capture insights across all of that myriad of component parts. This is the problem that Kafka aims to resolve. It is widely adopted for use cases ranging from collecting user activity data, logs, application metrics, stock ticker data, and device instrumentation.