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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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"I'm an administrator, and what I like most is the interface, the security, and the storage."

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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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"In the next release, I would like to see the GUI allow you to configure the security section."

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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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"The pricing needs to be improved."

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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.
Top Answer: I'm an administrator, and what I like most is the interface, the security, and the storage.
Top Answer: It can be reduced, but when you are comparing them with ActiveMQ, the console beats ActiveMQ by far, and it's easy to use. In the next release, I would like to see the GUI allow you to configure the… more »
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Overview

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.

Built on open source Apache Kafka, IBM Event Streams is an event-streaming platform that helps you build smart applications that can react to events as they happen. IBM Event Streams is based on years of operational expertise IBM has gained from running Apache Kafka event streams for enterprises

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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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Comms Service Provider23%
Financial Services Firm16%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise60%
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Apache Kafka is ranked 2nd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 16 reviews while IBM Event Streams is ranked 9th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 1 review. Apache Kafka is rated 7.6, while IBM Event Streams is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Apache Kafka writes "Open source, granular message retention options, and good third party support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Event Streams writes "Easy to use, stable, has a good interface, and the security is good". Apache Kafka is most compared with IBM MQ, ActiveMQ, PubSub+ Event Broker, Red Hat AMQ and Oracle Event Hub Cloud Service, whereas IBM Event Streams is most compared with IBM MQ, Red Hat AMQ and PubSub+ Event Broker.

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