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"The solution is easy to scale and cost-effective."

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"It's very easy to keep to install and it's pretty stable.""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.""The most valuable feature is that it can handle high volume.""Scalability is very good.""It's an open-source product, which means it doesn't cost us anything to use it.""The most valuable feature is the performance.""The most important feature for me is the guaranteed delivery of messages from producers to consumers.""We get amazing throughput. We don't get any delay."

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Cons
"I do not think that this solution is easy to use and the documentation of this solution has a lot of problems and can be improved in the next release. Most of the time, the images in the document are from older versions."

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"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.""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.""Kafka does not provide control over the message queue, so we do not know whether we are experiencing lost or duplicate messages.""In the next release, I would like for there to be some authorization and HTL security.""The UI is based on command line. It would be helpful if they could come up with a simpler user interface.""Kafka is complex and there is a little bit of a learning curve.""More adapters for connecting to different systems need to be available.""The manageability should be improved. There are lots of things we need to manage and it should have a function that enables us to manage them all cohesively."

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"Amazon SQS is more affordable compared to other solutions."

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"Apache Kafka is open-source and can be used free of charge.""Kafka is open-source and it is cheaper than any other product.""Kafka is more reasonably priced than IBM MQ.""The solution is open source; it's free to use.""Apache Kafka is an open-source solution and there are no fees, but there are fees associated with confluence, which are based on subscription.""The solution is free, it is open-source."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The solution is easy to scale and cost-effective.
Top Answer: Documentation of this solution can be improved. Sometimes, the images in the document are from older versions.
Top Answer: The primary use case of this solution is for collecting event data for analytic purposes. In our case, when a user selects a function in our app, the information is collected. Analytics is performed… more »
Top Answer: Depends upon the technologies being used. If you're using Oracle for both OLTP and OLAP then you'll get a lot of value from an Oracle solution. The other question is how up to date do you want your… more »
Top Answer: valuable features relate to microservices architecture and working on KStream and KSQL DB as a microservices event bus.
Top Answer: The licensing for this solution is pay-as-you-use.
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Overview

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a fully managed message queuing service that enables you to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications. SQS eliminates the complexity and overhead associated with managing and operating message oriented middleware, and empowers developers to focus on differentiating work. Using SQS, you can send, store, and receive messages between software components at any volume, without losing messages or requiring other services to be available. Get started with SQS in minutes using the AWS console, Command Line Interface or SDK of your choice, and three simple commands.

SQS offers two types of message queues. Standard queues offer maximum throughput, best-effort ordering, and at-least-once delivery. SQS FIFO queues are designed to guarantee that messages are processed exactly once, in the exact order that they are sent.

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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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider21%
Media Company13%
Financial Services Firm8%
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Manufacturing Company21%
Retailer14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Computer Software Company14%
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Computer Software Company27%
Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider17%
Media Company4%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise60%
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Amazon SQS is ranked 6th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 1 review while Apache Kafka is ranked 2nd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 16 reviews. Amazon SQS is rated 8.0, while Apache Kafka is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Amazon SQS writes "An affordable, easy-to-scale solution that is simple to deploy and maintain". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Apache Kafka writes "Open source, granular message retention options, and good third party support". Amazon SQS is most compared with Amazon MQ, Oracle Event Hub Cloud Service, IBM MQ, Anypoint MQ and ActiveMQ, whereas Apache Kafka is most compared with IBM MQ, ActiveMQ, PubSub+ Event Broker, Red Hat AMQ and VMware RabbitMQ.

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