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NATS ( is a family of open source messaging products that are tightly integrated but can be deployed independently for use-cases such as mobile, IoT, microservices and cloud native applications. NATS was created by Derek Collison, Founder and CEO at Apcera ( in response to the market need for a simple and high performance messaging solution.

NATS is currently deployed in some of the largest cloud platforms, including: VMware, CloudFoundry, Baidu, Siemens, and GE. The NATS Docker Image is among the most popular available, having been downloaded millions of times by developers connecting containerized applications and services. NATS is also available in the Container Zone of Red Hat Connect, and as a Ubuntu Snap.