How to connect to Apache Kafka on Heroku using the MuleSoft Kafka Connector

January 20 2020

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Apache Kafka is used for building real-time data pipelines and streaming apps. It is horizontally scalable, fault-tolerant, and incredibly fast. And when coupled with Heroku and MuleSoft, developers can easily publish and consume data without writing any code.

In this article, we’ll walk-through the process of configuring the MuleSoft Kafka connector to connect to Apache Kafka on Heroku through SSL. Using the MuleSoft Kafka Connector, developers can streamline business processes and move data between Kafka and enterprise applications and services.

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