Aiven Launches Open Source Tool Karapac, An Alternative To Kafka REST And Schema Registry

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  • The company said that with Karapace, customers can use the tool to store Kafka schemas in a central repository
  • Aiven had previously contributed a number of fixes and feature releases like PGHoard

Aiven has announced the launch of Karapace. It said that this open source tool will serve as a drop-in replacement for Confluent’s Kafka REST and Schema Registry.

Hannu Valtonen, chief product officer at Aiven said, “We’re proud to announce the release of Karapace, which demonstrates our continued commitment to the Apache Kafka open-source community. Karapace provides an additional tool that makes it easier to manage Kafka clusters at scale and further unlocks the full functionality of the Kafka ecosystem, whether users want to utilize Aiven services or not.”

Perform administrative tasks on their cluster

The company said that with Karapace, customers can use the tool to store Kafka schemas in a central repository. They can access their version history, serialise and deserialise messages, interface RESTfully with Kafka clusters, and perform administrative tasks on their cluster, such as produce and consume messages.

Aiven had previously contributed a number of fixes and feature releases like PGHoard (a PostgreSQL backup daemon and restore tooling for cloud object storage).

Valtonen added, “The other founders and I have been ardent supporters of open source for the length of our careers, both philosophically and practically. When we started Aiven, we wanted to continue that support by baking it right into the DNA of the company while also committing resources to furthering the projects we benefit from and believe in.”

Aiven licensed Karapace under Apache 2.0 and included a number of enhancements to make it lighter on resource usage. It also plans to add features over time and assist in increasing the open access to Apache Kafka, whether implemented independently or as a service.

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