Confluent, Inc. (NASDAQ: CFLT), the data streaming pioneer, and Alibaba Cloud announced a deepened strategic multiyear partnership that expands the breadth and scope of solutions available to customers in Asia.
The strengthened partnership will expand from mainland China to more markets in the region, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The Confluent Data Streaming Service on Alibaba Cloud will be available for customers of Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, in the aforementioned new markets by the end of this year.
Modern business happens in real-time from delivering real-time customer experiences and improving efficiencies in backend operations to launching innovative new products and services. Demand for real-time has cemented data streaming platforms as a critical business requirement in nearly every industry and category. In fact, the 2023 APAC Data Streaming Report has found that 89 percent of technology leaders in APAC say investments in data streaming are important while 69 percent say they are using data streaming to power critical applications.
Data streaming enables ride-sharing apps to provide a real-time mobile experience to match riders to drivers, provide dynamic pricing and update driver ETAs. It’s what lets retailers personalize their customers’ shopping experiences across every channel and interaction in real time. It even helps banks offer loans in just five minutes. The use cases are truly limitless.
Confluent’s data streaming platform available on Alibaba Cloud
Under the expanded scope of the collaboration, organizations in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will have access to Confluent’s data streaming platform on Alibaba Cloud. With the deepened partnership, customers can benefit from a robust and resilient data streaming service. The solution, based on the distributed data streaming technology Apache Kafka, provides customers with more powerful and efficient data processing capabilities, including enhanced elastic computing and storage functions and dedicated customer support and technical consultation.
Customers can enjoy all the enterprise-grade features of Kafka without the cumbersome management and monitoring work and process data streams with enterprise-grade security. Confluent’s Data Streaming Platform has been used for improved business operation efficiency among a wide range of customers across numerous industries, including financial services, omnichannel retail, automobile and gaming.
Kamal Brar, senior vice president APAC at Confluent, commented, “By extending our partnership with Alibaba Cloud from mainland China to further across Asia, more organizations can now set their data in motion by harnessing real-time, flexible data insights. The additional capabilities that we and Alibaba Cloud have enabled provide better experiences for our customers. This significantly accelerates time to value and improves developer productivity in building their real-time streaming applications.”
Selina Yuan, president of International Business, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Group, said, “Following our success in delivering Confluent’s services from the Alibaba Cloud platform for customers in mainland China, we’re delighted to announce this extension of Confluent’s advanced data streaming capabilities further across the region. This expansion is a testament to our successful partnership, which allows us to support more customers as demand grows to connect enterprise-wide apps and data systems with real-time data flows.”
Learn more about Confluent data streaming service on Alibaba Cloud at Alibaba Cloud’s website or visit the Alibaba marketplace. See how Confluent is helping its customers transform their businesses at www.confluent.io/customers/.