Deploy Confluent REST Proxy in a Production Environment

Deploying REST Proxy in a production environment involves several steps that ensure high availability, scalability, and security of the REST interface to your Apache Kafka® cluster. Confluent REST Proxy provides a RESTful interface to a Kafka cluster, making it easier for your applications to produce and consume messages without needing a native Kafka client.

Refer to the following information for details about using REST Proxy with Confluent Server and as a standalone service.

Confluent Server and Standalone REST API differences

There is a difference between the REST APIs available on Kafka brokers deployed with Confluent Server and the REST APIs available with Standalone REST Proxy. Confluent Server provides several REST APIs that are not available in the open-source Apache Kafka® distribution provided with Standalone Kafka REST Proxy. The following REST API endpoints are only available with a Confluent Server deployment:

REST that runs with a Confluent Server deployment provides the full set of REST APIs. REST that runs in a Standalone deployment consists of the open-source Kafka REST APIs only. For more information about the open-source Kafka REST APIs available, see Kafka REST Proxy and the openapi yaml.