Aiven Blog

Jul 13, 2016

Aiven for Apache Kafka now publicly available!

Want open-source, vendor-neutral Apache Kafka? Look no further, Aiven Kafka is now available across 4 clouds. Find out the specifics here.


Hannu Valtonen

|RSS Feed

Co-founder at Aiven

In a world filled with microservices we're delighted to announce yet another expansion of the Aiven service portfolio in the form of Aiven Kafka. Aiven Kafka adds streaming data capabilities in the form of a distributed commit log. For the last three months we've been offering Apache Kafka in private beta and now we're making it publicly available!

Aiven Kafka is a service that can be used to ingest and read back large quantities of log event data. This allows you to write your whole event stream durably in a fire hose like fashion and then process it at your leisure. Kafka is being used in some of the largest companies on the planet for many mission-critical workloads. Besides using it for streaming data you can also use it as a message broker connecting your myriad services with each other.

Historically Kafka itself and especially its reliance on Apache ZooKeeper has made its setup require considerable time and effort and requiring skilled staff to maintain and operate it. Aiven Kafka is now making it trivially easy to have your own managed Kafka cluster.

The easy streaming log service for your microservices

Our Web Console allows you to launch Aiven Kafka in any of our supported clouds and regions with a couple of clicks. All Aiven services are available in all Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, DigitalOcean and UpCloud regions allowing you to launch services near you in minutes.

Aiven Kafka is a first-class service in Aiven, meaning we'll take care of fault-tolerance, monitoring and maintenance operations on your behalf. In case you need to get more performance out of your Kafka cluster, you can simply expand your cluster by selecting a bigger plan and all your data will be automatically migrated to beefier nodes without any downtime.

Our startup Kafka plan

If you want to try out Kafka on a modestly powered three node cluster and don't need Kafka REST our Startup-2 plan will get you started. After getting started you can easily later upgrade to a larger plan if needed.

  • Startup-2: 1 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 30 GB SSD at $200 / month ($0.274 / hour)

Our three node business Kafka plans

Our Business plans are three node clusters which are deployed alongside Kafka REST to allow the use of HTTP REST calls for interacting with Kafka.

  • Business-4: 1 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 200 GB SSD at $500 / month ($0.685 / hour)
  • Business-8: 2 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 400 GB SSD at $1000 / month ($1.370 / hour)
  • Business-16: 4 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 800 GB SSD at $2000 / month ($2.740 / hour)

Highly-available five node premium Kafka plans

If you want an even higher level of reliability and performance our Premium Aiven Kafka plans are made for this. They all come with five (or more for custom plans) Kafka broker nodes. 

  • Premium-4: 1 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 200 GB SSD at $800 / month ($1.096 / hour)
  • Premium-8: 2 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 400 GB SSD at $1600 / month ($2.192 / hour)
  • Premium-16: 4 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 800 GB SSD at $3200 / month ($4.384 / hour)

Also if you need to find larger or otherwise customized plans, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Trying Aiven is free, no credit card required

Remember that trying Aiven is free: you will receive US$10 worth of free credits at sign-up which you can use to try any of our service plans.

Go to to get started!

We value your feedback

We are always interested in ways of making our service better. Please send your feedback and suggestions via
email, Facebook,
LinkedIn or using our website's live chat.

Subscribe to the Aiven newsletter

All things open source, plus our product updates and news in a monthly newsletter.

Related resources