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The 20 Coolest Cloud Software Companies Of The 2021 Cloud 100

Here are 20 cloud software companies, from startups to some of the industry’s most established software vendors, that are driving the evolution of cloud software.

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Jay Kreps

Founder, CEO

Confluent is one of several big data companies that investors are eagerly awaiting an initial public offering and possibly repeating Snowflake’s huge success with its 2020 IPO.

Businesses and organizations today increasingly need to process and analyze data in real time. Confluent’s flagship product, the Confluent Platform, organizes and manages massive volumes of streaming data and makes it available to operational applications, business analytics tools and information workers.

The event stream processing software is based on Apache Kafka, open-source stream processing technology originally developed by Confluent’s founders while working at LinkedIn.

In April 2020 Confluent launched “Project Metamorphosis” to develop new products and capabilities to help customers adopt the Confluent platform. The company certainly has the resources: Confluent raised $250 million in Series E funding that month, bringing its total funding to more than $455 million and vaulting its market valuation to $4.5 billion.

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