Compare ActiveMQ vs. Apache Kafka

ActiveMQ is ranked 4th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 1 review while Apache Kafka is ranked 3rd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 6 reviews. ActiveMQ is rated 7.0, while Apache Kafka is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of ActiveMQ writes "Stable with a straightforward setup, but better documentation is needed". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Apache Kafka writes "Good scalability and excellent for storing data used for analytics but lacks a user interface". ActiveMQ is most compared with RabbitMQ, IBM MQ and Apache Kafka, whereas Apache Kafka is most compared with IBM MQ, ActiveMQ and Solace PubSub+.
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I'm impressed, I think that Active MQ is great.

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It's an open-source product, which means it doesn't cost us anything to use it.Scalability is very good.The most valuable feature is that it can handle high volume.Kafka provides us with a way to store the data used for analytics. That's the big selling point. There's very good log management.It's very easy to keep to install and it's pretty stable.It eases our current data flow and framework.

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This solution could improve by providing better documentation.

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The UI is based on command line. It would be helpful if they could come up with a simpler user interface.In the next release, I would like for there to be some authorization and HTL security.Kafka does not provide control over the message queue, so we do not know whether we are experiencing lost or duplicate messages.If the graphical user interface was easier for the Kafka administration it would be much better. Right now, you need to use the program with the command-line interface. If the graphical user interface was easier, it could be a better product.The third party is not very stable and sometimes you have problems with this component. There are some developments in newer versions and we're about to try them out, but I'm not sure if it closes the gap.Kafka 2.0 has been released for over a month, and I wanted to try out the new features. However, the configuration is a little bit complicated: Kafka Broker, Kafka Manager, ZooKeeper Servers, etc.

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Apache Kafka is open-source and can be used free of charge.

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Apache ActiveMQ is the most popular and powerful open source messaging and Integration Patterns server.

Apache ActiveMQ is fast, supports many Cross Language Clients and Protocols, comes with easy to use Enterprise Integration Patterns and many advanced features while fully supporting JMS 1.1 and J2EE 1.4. Apache ActiveMQ is released under the Apache 2.0 License

Apache Kafka is a distributed streaming platform, with the following capabilities:

  • It lets you publish and subscribe to streams of records. In this respect it is similar to a message queue or enterprise messaging system.
  • It lets you store streams of records in a fault-tolerant way.
  • It lets you process streams of records as they occur.

Apache Kafka gets used for two broad classes of application:

  • Building real-time streaming data pipelines that reliably get data between systems or applications.
  • Building real-time streaming applications that transform or react to the streams of data.
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Top Industries
Financial Services Firm43%
Transportation Company29%
Software R&D Company14%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Software R&D Company32%
Comms Service Provider11%
Insurance Company9%
Financial Services Firm9%
Software R&D Company20%
Media Company10%
Marketing Services Firm10%
Software R&D Company31%
Financial Services Firm19%
Comms Service Provider9%
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