Confluent unveils AI Model Inference and Freight Clusters to elevate Data Streaming at Kafka Summit

-Confluent’s new AI Model Inference seamlessly integrates AI and ML capabilities into data pipelines.

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Jay Kreps

Confluent Inc., data streaming company, has unveiled a series of groundbreaking innovations at the Kafka Summit Bangalore. This move signifies a significant leap forward in real-time data management and analytics.


Shaun Clowes, Chief Product Officer at Confluent, addressed the challenges faced by businesses in managing data across operational ERPs, SaaS apps, databases, and analytical lakehouses. He introduced Confluent's innovative approach to solving this data mess with universal data products, empowering organizations to convert their data challenges into strategic assets, adaptable to dynamic market conditions.

Introducing Freight Clusters and New AI Model Inference

Addison Huddy, VP of Product, Kafka at Confluent, presented Freight Clusters, a new cluster type for Confluent Cloud designed to handle large-volume use cases cost-effectively. Freight clusters promise significant savings and operational flexibility, revolutionizing data processing for businesses.


Moreover, Confluent introduced AI Model Inference within Confluent Cloud for Apache Flink, simplifying the integration of AI and ML applications into data streams. This feature facilitates the development of AI-driven solutions efficiently, marking a significant step forward in data processing capabilities.

With the increasing demand for hybrid solutions, Confluent Platform for Apache Flink enables customers to leverage stream processing for on-prem or private cloud workloads with expert support. This offering provides flexibility and scalability for organizations seeking to optimize their data processing workflows.

Confluent Tableflow makes it easier to convert streaming data to Apache Iceberg tables to feed data warehouses, data lakes, and analytic engines. Jay Kreps, co-founder and CEO of Confluent, discussed the impact of unifying the operational and analytical estate with Tableflow. "Tableflow works together with the existing capabilities of Confluent's data streaming platform, including stream governance features and stream processing with Apache Flink, to unify the operational and analytical landscape."


AI Model Inference enables companies to:

● Simplify AI development by using familiar SQL syntax to work directly with AI/ML models, reducing the need for specialized tools and languages.

● Establish seamless coordination between data processing and AI workflows to improve efficiency and reduce operational complexity.


● Enable accurate, real-time AI-driven decision-making by leveraging fresh, contextual streaming data.

The event also celebrated Confluent's leadership accolades from The Forrester Wave and IDC MarketScape, reaffirming its position as a frontrunner in streaming data platforms and cloud data pipelines. With plans to increase its workforce in India by 25%, Confluent is poised to further bolster its presence in the region and meet the growing demand for data streaming technologies.

Kafka Summit Bangalore showcased Confluent's relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence in data streaming technology. As organizations worldwide navigate the complexities of modern data ecosystems, Confluent stands as a beacon of innovation, empowering businesses to unlock the full potential of their data assets and drive sustainable growth in an increasingly dynamic marketplace.

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