Apache Kafka Review

The product is a distributed system for persistent messaging


What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are performance, persistent messaging, and reliability. It allows us to persist the message for a configurable number of days, even after it has been delivered to the consumer. The message delivery is also fast.

How has it helped my organization?

We wanted to track the customer activities on our application and store those details on another system(RDBMS/Apache Hadoop). We do extensive analysis with that. This helps the company to analyze the customer activities, such as search terms, and do better.

What needs improvement?

It’s perfect for our requirements.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Apache Kafka for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had no issues with scalability.

How is customer service and technical support?

We use the open source one, so we did not opt for any technical support.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We started to use Apache Kafka with our application from scratch.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. We faced some issues during the development in areas such as message producer and consumer. We rectified those with the tweaking the producer and consumer configurations. The documentation is very good.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don’t have any idea, as we use the open source version.

What other advice do I have?

It's a high-performance distributed system. If you want to track the user activities or any stream processing, then this is perfect. We have used Docker Kafka for our implementation. It's very easy for setup and testing. You could also try the same.

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