Apache Kafka Review

A reliable message delivery system, but more connectors to different systems are needed


What is our primary use case?

I am an enterprise architect involved in Big Data and integration projects using Apache Kafa. We use it for integrating our different management systems.

What is most valuable?

The most important feature for me is the guaranteed delivery of messages from producers to consumers.

What needs improvement?

More adapters for connecting to different systems need to be available.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Kafka for about six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable solution and we haven't had any complexities.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used IBM MQ and it is better in terms of the adapters that are available. However, the price of IBM MQ is very high.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy.

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

Kafka is more reasonably priced than IBM MQ.

What other advice do I have?

Although we are deployed on-premises at the moment, we are looking to have a cloud-based deployment in a year or two.

This is a solution that I can recommend but it will take a lot of time to develop the adapters.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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