IBM Event Streams 2018.3.0 brings Apache Kafka to IBM Cloud Private

IBM United States Software Announcement 218-357
July 24, 2018

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IBM® Event Streams is a high-throughput, fault-tolerant, event-streaming platform for building event-driven applications that are available for IBM Cloud™ Private. Event Streams helps you build the next generation of intelligent, event-driven, responsive applications at any scale. Event Streams:

  • Builds on the popular open source Apache Kafka streaming.
  • Helps you deploy and use Apache Kafka in an intuitive and easy manner.
  • Is ready for mission critical workloads with geo-replication to assist with your disaster recovery initiatives.
  • Can connect to your existing MQ backbone, making real time business critical data available to the next generation of event-driven applications.
  • Backed by IBM worldwide support.

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Key prerequisites

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IBM Event Streams runs in an IBM Cloud Private environment on a Linux® 64-bit x86 platform.

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Planned availability date

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September 28, 2018: Electronic download

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Event Streams is a high-scale, event-streaming platform built on the popular open source Apache Kafka technology. Apache Kafka has emerged as a key open source technology that underpins a new generation of responsive and intelligent applications. Event Streams helps you focus on writing applications rather than spending time deploying middleware. This gives you the confidence to deploy mission-critical workloads and helps you connect these new applications to existing infrastructure.

Makes Apache Kafka easy and intuitive to use

  • Quick to deploy and configure.

    A production deployment of Apache Kafka consists of multiple components that must be deployed and configured together. Event Streams can be deployed, production ready, into IBM Cloud Private within minutes. The Event Streams user interfaces make enterprise features such as geo-replication easy to set up. Configuration updates are dynamically applied without disruption to your Apache Kafka cluster.

  • Browse data at scale.

    While building and running applications that use Apache Kafka, it is essential to see the data inside the cluster to monitor the health of the overall system and efficiently diagnose any application issues. With Event Streams, you can inspect the Kafka topics from high-level throughput trends over time to zoom all the way down to individual message content, even for high-throughput workloads. This makes it easy to visualize what your applications are doing.

  • Built on the most recent, stable Apache Kafka release.

    Event-stream processing technologies are rapidly evolving with new innovations that are designed to work with Apache Kafka. To help you take advantage of the most recent community innovations, Event Streams builds on the most recent, stable, open source community release of Apache Kafka.

Ready for mission-critical work

  • Deliver the Apache Kafka experience.

    IBM was one of the first vendors to run a managed Apache Kafka service in public cloud beginning in 2015. IBM continues to be one of the top contributors to the Apache Kafka open source community and includes this expertise in the Event Streams product and through the IBM global support network.

  • Provides integrated security.

    Event Streams integrates with the IBM Cloud Private security system to offer role-based security at a per topic level of granularity. User identities can be common with other software on this platform, so that you may have a single place to manage identities for all components of your application.

Connects to existing infrastructure

  • Connect to an IBM MQ network.

    The most interesting new applications that are created in an enterprise are ones that are built on data from existing systems. MQ connects business-critical systems. Event Streams allows you to connect the data from MQ to your Apache Kafka cluster to use this data to power new, event-driven applications.

  • Deploy in IBM Cloud Private.

    IBM Cloud Private is a cloud native, private cloud environment that is ideal for deploying container based applications. Event Streams can deploy easily and simply into your IBM Cloud Private environment by integrating the monitoring, logging, and security systems to ensure consistency across your application.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM Event Streams is capable as of September 28, 2018, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Accessibility Conformance Statement can be requested on the Product accessibility information website.

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Product positioning

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IBM Event Streams is part of the IBM messaging portfolio as a complementary capability with IBM MQ.

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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5737-H33 2018.3.0 IBM Event Streams

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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express® website.

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Technical documentation can be found in IBM developerWorks®.

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To learn more about IBM Software Services, contact your Lab Services Sales or Delivery Leader.

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM Event Streams requires the IBM Cloud Private platform that runs on Linux 64-bit (x86_64) operating system.

For specific hardware requirements, see the IBM Cloud Private website.

Software requirements

IBM Event Streams requires the IBM Cloud Private platform.

See IBM Event Streams requirements for other requirements.

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This product is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

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Product group: Systems - Middleware

Product: IBM Event Streams (5737-H33)

Product category: MQ Series

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IBM Event Streams (5737-H33)

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IBM Event Streams Virtual Processor Core License + Software Subscription and Support 12 Months D20A7LL
IBM Event Streams Virtual Processor Core Annual Software Subscription and Support Renewal E0PJDLL
IBM Event Streams Virtual Processor Core Software Subscription and Support Reinstatement 12 Months D20A8LL
IBM Event Streams Virtual Processor Core SW Monthly License D20A9LL

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IBM Event Streams 5737-H33 Virtual Processor Core L-ACRR-AVSFVS

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Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5737-H33 IBM Event Streams 2018.3.0 L-ACRR-AVSFVS

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