MSK Serverless - Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka

MSK Serverless


MSK Serverless is available in the US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Stockholm), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Paris), and Europe (London) Regions.

MSK Serverless is a cluster type for Amazon MSK that makes it possible for you to run Apache Kafka without having to manage and scale cluster capacity. It automatically provisions and scales capacity while managing the partitions in your topic, so you can stream data without thinking about right-sizing or scaling clusters. MSK Serverless offers a throughput-based pricing model, so you pay only for what you use. Consider using a serverless cluster if your applications need on-demand streaming capacity that scales up and down automatically.

MSK Serverless is fully compatible with Apache Kafka, so you can use any compatible client applications to produce and consume data. It also integrates with the following services:

  • AWS PrivateLink to provide private connectivity

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) for authentication and authorization using Java and non-Java languages. For instruction on configuring clients for IAM, see Configure clients for IAM access control.

  • AWS Glue Schema Registry for schema management

  • Amazon Managed Service for Apache Flink for Apache Flink-based stream processing

  • AWS Lambda for event processing


MSK Serverless requires IAM access control for all clusters. Apache Kafka access control lists (ACLs) are not supported. For more information, see IAM access control.

For information about the service quota that apply to MSK Serverless, see MSK Serverless quota.

To help you get started with serverless clusters, and to learn more about configuration and monitoring options for serverless clusters, see the following.