Posted On: Nov 16, 2023

Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) now supports an enhanced version of Apache Kafka 3.6.0 that offers generally available Tiered Storage. Apache Kafka’s version 3.6.0 includes several bug fixes and new features, including early access for Tiered Storage. This enhanced version supports production-ready Tiered Storage, similar to previously launched Amazon MSK version 2.8.2, so customers can use it for mission-critical workloads. Tiered Storage makes storage management of your MSK Provisioned clusters easier by offering an elastically scalable and virtually unlimited remote storage tier in addition to the high-performance local storage tier. It also makes it more cost effective to store data for longer durations in Apache Kafka clusters. Learn more about Tiered Storage in Amazon MSK Developer Guide.

To get started, simply choose Amazon MSK v3.6.0 when selecting the version for your Amazon MSK cluster. You can also use MSK’s rolling version upgrade capability to upgrade your existing MSK clusters to the new version. Amazon MSK v3.6.0 is available in all commercial Amazon Web Services regions where MSK is present, including the Amazon Web Services China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and the Amazon Web Services China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. For a complete list of improvements and bug fixes, see the Apache Kafka release notes for 3.6.0.