Kafka is the de facto event store and distributed message broker solution for large microservice architecture systems. Kubernetes is the industry standard for orchestrating containerized services. For many organizations, deploying Kafka on Kubernetes is a low-effort approach that fits within their architecture strategy.

In this post, we’ll look at the appeal of hosting Kafka on Kubernetes, providing a quick primer on both applications. Finally, we’ll walk through a cloud-agnostic method to configure Kubernetes for deploying Kafka and its sibling services. Learn more about CI/CD for Kubernetes with Jenkins and Spinnaker.

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