Aiven launches open-source alternative to Kafka REST and Schema Registry, demonstrating commitment to Apache Kafka community

08 July 2020

Helsinki, Finland

Aiven, a leading technology company combining the best open source technologies with cloud infrastructure, announced today the launch of Karapace, the only open-source tool that serves as a drop-in replacement for Confluent’s Kafka REST and Schema Registry.

“We’re proud to announce the release of Karapace, which demonstrates our continued commitment to the Apache Kafka open-source community,” said Hannu Valtonen, Chief Product Officer at Aiven. “Karapace provides an additional tool that makes it easier to manage Kafka clusters at scale and further unlocks the full functionality of the Kafka ecosystem, whether users want to utilize Aiven services or not.”

With the addition of Karapace, customers can use the tool to store Kafka schemas in a central repository and access their version history, serialize and deserialize messages, interface RESTfully with Kafka clusters, and perform administrative tasks on their cluster, such as produce and consume messages.

This is not the first of Aiven’s contributions to open-source projects. They’ve contributed a number of fixes and feature releases, such as PGHoard, a popular PostgreSQL backup daemon and restore tooling for cloud object storage. As the Aiven team continues to grow and specialize, they plan on making more significant core and feature contributions to the open-source technologies they provide service for.

“The other founders and I have been ardent supporters of open source for the length of our careers, both philosophically and practically. When we started Aiven, we wanted to continue that support by baking it right into the DNA of the company while also committing resources to furthering the projects we benefit from and believe in.”

Aiven licensed Karapace under Apache 2.0 and included a number of enhancements to make it lighter on resource usage. Aiven also plans to add features over time and assist in increasing the open access to Apache Kafka, whether implemented independently or as a service.

To learn more about Karapace, visit https://karapace.io/.

About Aiven

Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland and with offices in Berlin, Germany and Sydney, Australia and Boston, MA, Aiven is an ISO 27001 certified cloud data platform provider, operating managed open-source database, event streaming, cache, search, and graphing solutions for customers worldwide.

You can visit https://aiven.io for more information or follow Aiven on Twitter: @aiven_io.

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