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Aiven for Apache Flink offers game-changer for real-time data processing
Fri, 10th Feb 2023
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Aiven, the open source cloud data platform, has announced that its fully-managed service, Aiven for Apache Flink, is now generally available. It delivers the first managed service for Apache Flink that can be deployed in the cloud of choice including all three major cloud service providers, AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

According to Aiven, over the past year, the ability for companies to analyse data in real time has transformed from a nice to have, to a must have tool to provide rich and contextual experiences to their customers and end users while staying ahead of the competition.

With the addition of Aiven for Apache Flink, Aiven now offers a complete open source streaming ecosystem complementing and integrating with Aiven for Apache Kafka to satisfy most real time data application scenarios and bring a robust, scalable and production-grade streaming infrastructure to the cloud of choice.

Jonah Kowall, Vice President of Product Management at Aiven, says, "Having a production-grade Apache Flink offering is a game changer for real-time data processing use cases, driving business insights. Aiven for Apache Flink enables developer productivity with the best open source technologies and makes developers lives easier.

"Aiven for Apache Flink is the glue and intelligence tying together our platform capabilities between Apache Kafka along with popular databases such as PostgreSQL, OpenSearch, and more integrations coming every week.

"Our experience brings a cloud streaming data infrastructure that is resilient, scalable and can be easily migrated and managed across cloud vendors through the Aiven console. I am very excited about what the future of this service holds for our customers and the stream processing market in general, as more organisations harness the power of real-time data processing."

Aiven for Apache Flink provides value to customers through a focus on delivering:

  • An Apache Flink service deployed in the cloud of choice: Aiven's fully managed service for Apache Flink allows distribution of Flink clusters across multiple cloud vendors, including all three major hyper scalers, AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.
  • A self-service, SQL first developer experience for Apache Flink: In Aiven for Apache Flink, Flink SQL is brought to the next level by introducing a redesigned interface allowing developers to build unified, robust, and scalable event-driven applications and streaming analytics with organisation's real-time data. Flink SQL is highly efficient and allows for faster and more efficient data pipeline prototyping, validation, and deployment, which ultimately leads to faster time-to-market for a wide range of applications.
  • All the benefits of Apache Flink without the operational overhead: Aiven for Apache Flink brings a fully managed, resilient, and production-grade service for Apache Flink allowing developers to build streaming applications instead of worrying about any maintenance and operational activities. Scaling up or down clusters, or gracefully shutting down Flink jobs is now greatly automated through the Aiven console. Aiven for Apache Flink, also supports automatic versioning of and previewing the resulting pipeline output for Flink applications for easier quality checks and application deployment lifecycle.

Apache Flink is the foundational stream processing technology for the Aiven platform, managed and controlled by the Aiven console, API and CLI to drive programmatic stream processing at scale.

According to the company, this not only complements Aiven's open source streaming ecosystem for Apache Kafka but also gets Aiven a step closer to providing a cloud data platform that can ease the integration and processing of real-time data for developers and data engineers.

With Aiven's open source streaming ecosystem, managed database and observability technologies, Aiven now offers a cloud data platform ready to harness the demands of the modern technology organisation.