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May 22, 2024

Lightbend Releases Akka 24.05 with a Focus on Security, Performance, and Edge Efficiency

SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2024 – Lightbend, inventors of the Akka distributed application platform, today announced the latest version of Akka, version 24.05. This latest version delivers new functionality across multiple categories, including performance, security, compliance, ecosystem support, and additional edge computing capabilities.

New features include support for Zero Trust compliance support, database sharding, Java 21 support, and Rust support.

“As security, performance, and ecosystem support demand continue to evolve, Akka is innovating to meet these new market realities,” said Jonas Bonér, Lightbend co-founder and CTO. “That includes a continued focus on security and compliance, particularly in the wake of open source vulnerabilities such as the recent issue associated with xz utils. More and more of our enterprise customers are prioritizing this as threats continue to emerge and new regulations are implemented globally.”

Akka provides a singular programming model that eliminates the high latency, large footprint, and complexity barriers current Cloud and Edge architectures pose for development teams wanting to build highly distributed multi-cloud applications. As a result, businesses can harness, distribute, and fully utilize their vast amounts of intelligent data to improve their operations, regardless of where that data is generated.

For version 24.05, there are three primary areas of enhancement:

  • Security and Compliance – Features and architecture support for Zero Trust enable building systems that more easily meet the requirements of SOC 2, ISO 27001, and the NIST SP 800 family of standards.
  • Performance – Database sharding overcomes common bottlenecks in high-throughput systems distributing data across multiple databases. Delivering near-infinite horizontal scale for database persistence.
  • Efficiency:
    • Edge Computing Capabilities – Support for building with the Rust language enables Akka services to deploy on edge devices with minimal footprint and compute requirements.
    • Compatibility for Java 21 – Streamlines coding, elevates performance and optimizes Akka APIs.

Akka 24.05 is available today. To learn more:

  • Register for the live webinar on May 29th
  • Read the release blog

About Lightbend

Lightbend is used by many of the world’s largest brands as the foundation for their multi-cloud, mission-critical applications. Through Akka, the industry’s most powerful distributed application platform, Lightbend provides scalable, high-performance microservices frameworks and streaming engines for building data-centric systems optimized to run on cloud native infrastructure. For more information, visit

Source: Lightbend