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Welcome to CloudKarafka!

CloudKarafka is the perfect place to start with hosted Apache Kafka. Here, you will find all the needed information to get up and running in no time! Our guides make it easy to set up a managed Kafka cluster in just two minutes!

What is CloudKarafka?

CloudKarafka offers fully managed Apache Kafka clusters in the cloud and automates every part of setup, running and scaling of Apache Kafka. We have support staff available 24/7 and offers urgent support for critical issues to support you and your Apache Kafka cluster. Instead of managing and maintaining servers, CloudKarafka ensures that developers can focus on their applications. Thanks to the ease of using CloudKarafka, fully managed Kafka clusters can be up and running within two minutes.

  • Fully managed Apache Kafka® clusters
  • 24/7 support
  • No setup fees
  • Available on AWS, GCP & Azure
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Complete CloudKarafka Product Overview

Check out our FAQ to learn what Apache Kafka is all about

Signing up and creating an account

Step 1. Sign up for your CloudKarafka account

To get started with CloudKarafka, you need to sign up for an account; it's free and can be deleted and removed without incurring any charges. Payment starts after creating a CloudKarafka cluster.

Step 2. Create a CloudKarafka cluster

After creating an account; visit the control panel and press Create New Instance. Here you choose a name for the cluster. CloudKarafka offers two different plans. CloudKarafka Dedicated, and Developer Duck. Choosing a plan should be decided by the requirements of your project. We recommend all businesses to consider CloudKarafka Dedicated for the best experience.

  • CloudKarafka Dedicated can be customized up to 9 nodes that you can add or remove after creation, allowing you to increase and decrease RAM and disk size for flexible and easy scaling.
  • Developer Duck is a small plan on a shared server and suits small hobby projects. Developer duck is free of charge.

Add tags

In this first step you can also add tags. Tags are used to separate your instances between projects. This is primarily used in the project listing view for easier navigation and access control. Tags also allow admins to manage team members access to different groups of instances.

Step 3. Specify your cluster settings

Before your cluster can start sending messages you need to choose a cloud provider and data center. Cloudkarafka is available on Google Cloud Platform, Amazon web services and Azure. All plans are billed by the second. As soon as you delete the cluster you won't be charged for it anymore. Billing occurs at the end of each month, and you are only charged for the time a cluster has been available to you.

The cluster is immediately provisioned after creation and you can view the cluster details at the details page. You’re now owner of an hosted Apache Kafka cluster with CloudKarafka.

Let the streaming begin!