Apache Kafka Review
Replication and partitioning are valuable features.

Valuable Features:

  • Replication, partitioning, and reliability are the most valuable features.
  • Even if one of my clusters fails, the replication factor of a topic makes sure that I have the data available for processing, so I won't lose any of it. 
  • Partitioning enables me to process the parallel requests. It helps in reaching the throughput.

Room for Improvement:

One improvement is in regards to the OS memory management. In case there are too many partitions, it runs into memory issues. Although this is a very rare scenario, it can happen.

Use of Solution:

I have been using this product for a year now.

Stability Issues:

There were no stability issues.

Scalability Issues:

Kafka is a highly scalable product. We have not faced any scalability issues so far.

Technical Support:

Since it's an open source product, no technical support is available. However, the open source community is very active.

Initial Setup:

The initial setup was straightforward. Just go through the Kafka documentation and it will be up and running in no time.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

Since it's an open source product, there is no pricing for it.

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


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