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Apache Kafka 2.8 allows for a first glimpse into the ZooKeeper-less future of the widely used event streaming platform: shipping with a preview of KIP-500 ("Replace ZooKeeper with a Self-Managed Metadata Quorum"), you can now run Kafka clusters without the need for setting up and operating Apache ZooKeeper. This does not only simplify running Kafka from an operational perspective, the new metadata quorum implementation (named "KRaft", Kafka Raft metadata mode) also should provide much better scaling characteristics, for instance when it comes to large numbers of topics and partitions.