Apache Kafka Review
Topic-based eventing, scalability, and retention periods are valuable.

Valuable Features

The most valuable features are topic-based eventing, scalability, and retention periods.

Improvements to My Organization

My organization is transforming by using the new SOA/eventing-based architecture. The application depends on the employees’ information events. Kafka is very helpful in implementing this. It increases the performance and gives the details to multiple external/internal teams using Kafka topics in an asynchronous manner.

For example, if someone is moving from one office to another one, we have to update the software. While updating it, the system puts that event in a topic so that all other consumers can update that person’s new location. This can include the payroll team, the insurance team, and the hospital network.

The retention period helps us retain the data in the topic for the configured number of days. In this example, if any of the consumers fail to consume the message from the topic, then that message will be there until the retention period ends.

Room for Improvement

I would like to see a more user-friendly GUI.

Use of Solution

We have used this solution since December, 2015.

Stability Issues

If you are using the same group ID for multiple topics, it may shut down the application. We have faced this issue before.

Scalability Issues

We have not had any scalability issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

I would give technical support a rating of 6 out of 10.

Previous Solutions

We were using ActiveMQ, which is just a messaging system. We are changing because of Kafka’s added value of scalability, retention, and high payload support.

Initial Setup

The installation was somewhat straightforward.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

The solution is worth the money.

Other Advice

This is the best tool I have ever used for asynchronous, event-based solutions.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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