Apache NiFi Review

Solid reliability and does well with pipelines, but it is not cloud-native


What is most valuable?

It is really good when it comes to dealing with pipelines.

Visually, this is a good product.

What needs improvement?

The challenge with Apache NiFi is that it's not cloud-native. This makes it different from our workflow.

The operations are over-complicated and when you build your pipeline, it's a nightmare to follow them. Then, as your pipeline or workflow becomes more complex, the operation of it gets worse. It is not easy to use and it requires a bigger ramp-up than any other solution that we have seen.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Apache NiFi for between five and six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a very solid product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scaling this product means using a bigger and more powerful machine. If it were cloud-native then it would be different.

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

We have used similar solutions like Apache Airflow, StreamSets, and others. The ramp-up for NiFi is a lot bigger and you have to spend a lot of time to understand how to use it.

What other advice do I have?

There are some claims that NiFi is cloud-native but we have tested it, and it's not.

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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