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Consultant
Software Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 11 2017

What is most valuable?

We are a research institution and use NiFi for its easy Java extensibility, built-in provenance capturing, and graphical web interface.

How has it helped my organization?

We are replacing a custom built Java data ingestion system that over time had become difficult to maintain and was brittle. NiFi allows us to organize our ingestion as the… more»

What needs improvement?

Most of our data is binary and we frequently must write our own processors. Also, there is no support for the stateful operations that require information from other data… more»

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

It’s free!

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

We previously used custom code and switched to simplify maintenance and improve our functionality.

What other advice do I have?

Think about your data flows as the directed graphs between low-level processing modules, so you can re-use as much of the path as possible for different data streams… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at some proprietary solutions and also, evaluated StreamSets. The proprietary solutions were expensive and often didn’t suit our use cases. StreamSets didn’t… more»
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at Zirous, Inc.
May 20 2016

What is most valuable?

The web based UI is phenomenal in allowing an easier usage of configurations than Apache Flume. We will see Hortonworks begin to slowly move away from Flume and bring Apache NiFi into their platform… more»

How has it helped my organization?

NiFi has allowed my organization to greatly increase our visualization of data flows. This has subsequently increase our understanding of the entire systematic process from data receiving to endpoint… more»

What needs improvement?

Some

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

Free setup-cost. Day-to-day is simply the cost to maintain the server it is running on.

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

We were previously using Apache Flume for our data ingestion. Flume was a solid product, but it just did not offer the visual representations and full start-to-end processing that our organization was… more»

What other advice do I have?

Phenomenal product. It is in its early stages, and through further development this product has the potential to be a powerhouse in the Big Data sector of the tech industry.

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.