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Frequently asked questions

What is Apache Kafka?

Apache Kafka is an open-source stream-processing software platform developed by the Apache Software Foundation.

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What is IBM Event Streams?

IBM Event Streams is an event-streaming platform based on the open-source Apache Kafka project, providing a high-throughput, fault-tolerant, publish–subscribe technology for building event-driven applications.

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What are the main features?

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What is geo-replication?

You can deploy multiple instances of IBM Event Streams and use the included geo-replication feature to synchronize data between your clusters to ensure service availability.

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Can I try it for free?

IBM Event Streams Community Edition is no longer available from 1 May 2020. For information about trying out Kafka and Event Streams for free, see the product pages.

You can have a fully managed Event Streams service provided by IBM Cloud, or you can install and manage your own version in the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

To get started with IBM Event Streams as a hosted service, see the Event Streams for IBM Cloud documentation.

To get started with IBM Event Streams in the OpenShift Container Platform, see this documentation.

Event Streams is also available as part of IBM Cloud Pak for Integration as a capability. For more information, see the IBM Cloud Pak for Integration documentation.

What is the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform?

The Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is a hybrid cloud, enterprise Kubernetes platform for building, scaling, and managing containerized applications.

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How can I install IBM Event Streams?

Follow these instructions.

What support do I get?

IBM Event Streams benefits from community support as well as IBM support. You can ask questions on our Slack channel, check discussions on Stack Overflow, and raise issues and feature requests in GitHub.

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