Apache NiFi Overview

Apache NiFi is the #4 ranked solution in our list of top Compute Service tools. It is most often compared to Google Cloud Dataflow: Apache NiFi vs Google Cloud Dataflow

What is Apache NiFi?
Apache NiFi is an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data. It supports powerful and scalable directed graphs of data routing, transformation, and system mediation logic.
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Apache NiFi Customers
Macquarie Telecom Group, Dovestech, Slovak Telekom, Looker, Hastings Group
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  • "It's an open-source solution."

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Bruno_Silva
Senior Principal at Timestamp, SA
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Top 20
Open source solution that allows you to collect data with ease

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is to collect data from different source systems. This includes different soft types of files, such as text files, bin files, and CSV files, to name a few. It is also used for API training. It works for a large amount of data. It is oriented for endpoint solutions and high and low frequency in small packets of data, for example, files. It can also work well when integrated with Spark, they are complementary in some use cases. At times we work only with Nifi, at times only with Spark and other times when they are integrated.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features of this solution are ease of use and implementation."
  • "There should be a better way to integrate a development environment with local tools."

What other advice do I have?

The architect needs to evaluate the entire architecture with this platform so eventually, we are left with our architects and we need to get approval from them to do that. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Reza Gholami
Senior Technology Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Reliable automated workflow that lets you build independently

What is our primary use case?

I use Apache NiFi to build workflows. It's an event that is used for distributed messaging. You need to transfer the message that comes into Kafka Broker Topic. You get the messages in the Kafka queue topic, you transform it and send it to other entities for storage, or you can return it back to Kafka to send to the consumer.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's an automated flow, where you can build a flow from source to destination, then do the transformation in between."
  • "I think the UI interface needs to be more user-friendly."

What other advice do I have?

You have to independently develop a use case for using NiFi, then test it and do the integration to have a stable workflow. After this, you jump in and integrate with Kafka distributed messaging and also connecting to your MDM database. I would rate Apache NiFi an eight out of ten.
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JP
Senior Solutions Architect/ Software Architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Solid reliability and does well with pipelines, but it is not cloud-native

Pros and Cons

  • "Visually, this is a good product."
  • "There are some claims that NiFi is cloud-native but we have tested it, and it's not."

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.
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