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Akka supports any digital strategy, no matter how complicated

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Akka provides the building blocks that make it easy for businesses to build, deploy, and run large-scale applications that support digitally transformative initiatives.

Accelerate time-to-value and reduce infrastructure and cloud costs with reactive microservices that take full advantage of the distributed nature of the cloud and are resilient to failure, highly efficient, and operative at any scale.

High-performance, stateful back-end services and API’s

More sophisticated and experienced development teams

Requirements for deep control and granularity of systems

JVM-based, Java and Scala programming languages

Self-managed, self-deployed infrastructure

Akka Distributed Cluster for Next-Gen Edge Computing Across Multiple Data Centers

Akka Distributed Cluster extends applications across multiple data centers while maintaining performance, consistency, and reliability—whether multi-region, multi-cloud, hybrid cloud, or on-premise.

  • Accelerate—data delivery to users
  • Maintain availability—even in the event of a cloud provider outage
  • Cut costs—by minimizing data storage expenses and reducing server data traffic
  • Conserve—developer time with the ability to integrate these features into Akka

Akka Distributed Cluster is comprised of:

Brokerless Pub/Sub

Low-latency, high-performance Publish-Subscribe over gRPC, with guaranteed delivery, eliminating the need for message broker management. Ensures efficient operation in memory-constrained environments, from the central Cloud to the Far Edge.

Brokerless Pub/Sub Event Filtering

Building on Brokerless Pub/Sub, allows dynamic event filters on the producer or consumer side to prevent sending and processing unnecessary data. Reduces network costs and hardware resources are freed up by only transferring the required data when needed. This feature is particularly crucial at the Edge.

Active-Active Event Sourcing

Utilize distributed event journal replication—running on gRPC, leveraging CRDTs, and the new Brokerless Pub/Sub for ultra-efficient, low-latency replication. This guarantees eventual solid consistency of event-sourced actors/entities across different data centers or Point-of-Presences at the Far Edge.

Durable State Queries

Search for data on multiple fields without additional read models, reducing the cost and time spent storing and interacting with duplicate data.

Above and beyond

Akka delivers advanced functionality and feature sets teams need for program success, such as:

Akka Insights

Intelligent monitoring and observability

Enterprise Integrations

Multitude of deployment and monitoring options

Streaming Pipelines

Framework for quick construction, deployment and management of streaming data pipelines

Compliance & Enforcement of
Global Security Standards

Native support for encryption, data shredding, TLS enforcement, and continued compliance with GDPR

Developer Assist

Direct interaction with Lightbend engineers and project committers

Production Support

24x7x365 commercial software support

The Total Economic Impact™
Of Lightbend Akka

  • 139% ROI
  • 50% to 75% faster time-to-market
  • 20x increase in developer throughput
  • <6 months Akka pays for itself

Easily integrate your solution with Akka.
No matter how you build it.

Experience the Power of Akka

Lightbend offers several packages at varying price points based on your development, production and service level needs.

Production Pricing

Akka Startup

$0 USD

for companies less than
$25M USD Revenue and
$100M Funding (over last 3 years)


  • Production License
  • Discounts available on other packages

Akka Standard

$1,995 USD

per core 1
Billed Annually
(Volume discounts available)


  • Production License
  • Akka Insights
  • Lightbend Academy
  • Basic Support

Akka Enterprise

$2,995 USD

per core 1,2
Billed Annually
(Volume discounts available)


  • Production License
  • Akka Insights
  • Lightbend Academy
  • Developer Assist
  • 24/7 Production Support
  • Pre-Production Support
  • TAM
1 Core is defined as a hardware core / vCore / vCPU
2 Minimum of 40 cores

For Independent Software Vendors and organizations bundling Akka with their product offerings, special partner license pricing is available.
Please contact us at akka-license@lightbend.com for details.

Development Pricing

BSL License


Unsupported non-production development use is no cost


  • BSL License

Akka Develop

$72,000 USD

Flat fee
Billed Annually


  • BSL License
  • Akka Insights
  • Lightbend Academy
  • Developer Assist
  • Pre-Production Support

Features and Support Comparison

Development Production

Development License—Akka is licensed under BSL v1.1 and all unsupported non-production development use has no cost.

Commercial Production License—Akka requires a commercial license for production usage.


Warranty & Indemnification—Commercial license agreement in lieu of open source terms. Included comprehensive warranty and indemnification protects your company against IP claims and other unforeseen liabilities.


Akka Insights—Intelligent monitoring and observability. Deep visibility into applications built using Akka.

Akka Management—Safe orchestration for key deployment and management processes, automated cluster management, network partition resolution, dynamic load balancing and more.

non-production use

Replicated Event Sourcing—Enables running multiple synchronized replicas of each entity. Great for failover and load management.

non-production use

Akka Kubernetes Lease—Implementation module of Akka Coordination Lease backed by a Custom Resource Definition (CRD) in Kubernetes.

non-production use

Akka Fast Failover—Designed specifically for configurations around sub-second failure configurations when a node is no longer reachable and it needs to be safely removed.

non-production use

Akka Diagnostics Recorder—Detect and resolve thread starvation issues in Akka-based applications.

non-production use

GDPR for Akka Persistence—Module for building a GDPR compliant system.

non-production use

Coaching—Akka usage and best practices coaching.

Contributor Support—Direct support from core Akka contributors.

Architectural Reviews—Architectural reviews and suggestions for your new or existing application.


Git Issue Logging—Ability to log issues via Git against source available code bases.

Portal Support (4 business days)—Bug logging and workaround support via portal.

Portal Support (1 business day)—Support for bugs and features and best practices. Responses within 1 business day.

Full Support (24x7 Support)—(24x7x365)–For both Lightbend open source and commercial software (e.g. Akka, Alpakka-Kafka, Telemetry, etc.).


Academy—Partial access to our online, self-paced training portal. From reactive architecture, to project specific learning and more, teams have on-demand access to an ever expanding list of tutorials and how-to’s developed and taught by Lightbend experts.

Premium Academy—Full access to our online, self-paced training portal. From reactive architecture, to project specific learning and more, teams have on-demand access to an ever expanding list of tutorials and how-to’s developed and taught by Lightbend experts.


Embedded Lightbend Engineer (ELE)—Access to a Lightbend trained developer that works on your team to lend expert experience in training, design and development with Lightbend tools.

Technical Account Manager (TAM)—Highly technical subject matter experts that partner with your project teams. TAMs develop an understanding of your unique business needs and technical environment, providing guidance and accelerated support as necessary.

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