QuickStart: Get started with Apache Kafka for Confluent Cloud - Azure portal

In this quickstart, you'll use the Azure portal to create an instance of Apache Kafka for Confluent Cloud.


  • An Azure account. If you don't have an active Azure subscription, create a free account.
  • You must have the Owner or Contributor role for your Azure subscription. The integration between Azure and Confluent can only be set up by users with Owner or Contributor access. Before getting started, confirm that you have the appropriate access.

Find offer

Use the Azure portal to find the Apache Kafka for Confluent Cloud application.

  1. In a web browser, go to the Azure portal and sign in.

  2. If you've visited the Marketplace in a recent session, select the icon from the available options. Otherwise, search for Marketplace.

    Marketplace icon.

  3. From the Marketplace page, you have two options based on the type of plan you want. You can sign up for a pay-as-you-go plan or commitment plan. Pay-as-you-go is publicly available. The commitment plan is available to customers who have been approved for a private offer.

    • For pay-as-you-go customers, search for Apache Kafka on Confluent Cloud. Select the offer for Apache Kafka on Confluent Cloud.

      search Azure Marketplace offer.

    • For commitment customers, select the link to View Private offers. The commitment requires you to sign up for a minimum spend amount. Use this option only when you know you need the service for an extended time.

      view private offers.

      Look for Apache Kafka on Confluent Cloud.

      select private offer.

Create resource

After you've selected the offer for Apache Kafka on Confluent Cloud, you're ready to set up the application.

  1. If you selected private offers in the previous section, you'll have two options for plan types:

    • Confluent Cloud - Pay-as-you-go
    • Commitment - for commit plan

    If you didn't select private offers, you'll only have the pay-as-you-go option.

    Pick the plan to use, and select Set up + subscribe.

    Set up and subscribe.

  2. On the Create Confluent Cloud Resource basics page, provide the following values. When you've finished, select Next: Tags.

    Form to set up Confluent Cloud resource.

    Property Description
    Subscription From the drop-down menu, select the Azure subscription to deploy to. You must have Owner or Contributor access.
    Resource group Specify whether you want to create a new resource group or use an existing resource group. A resource group is a container that holds related resources for an Azure solution. For more information, see Azure Resource Group overview.
    Confluent organization name To create a new Confluent organization, select Create a new organization and provide a name for the Confluent organization. To link to an existing Confluent organization, select Link Subscription to an existing organization option. Select the option Link to an existing organization. Sign in to your Confluent account, and select the existing organization.
    Region From the drop-down menu, select one of these regions:

    Australia East, Canada Central, Central US, East US, East US 2, France Central, North Europe, Southeast Asia, UK South, West Central US, West Europe, West US 2
    Plan Select Pay as you go or Commitment.
    Billing term Prefilled based on the selected billing plan.
    Price Prefilled based on the selected Confluent plan.
  3. On Tags, provide the name and value pairs for tags you want to apply to resource. After you enter the tags, select Review + Create.

    Add project tags.

  4. Review the settings you provided. When ready, select Create.

  5. It takes a few minutes to create the resource. You can view the deployment status in Notifications. After the deployment is finished, select the resource to view the Overview page.

    Deployment status.

    If you get an error, see Troubleshooting Apache Kafka for Confluent Cloud solutions.

Next steps