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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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"My impression is that it is average in terms of scalability.""This combination of two products, Apache Kafka and ActiveMQ, offers two ways of dealing with messaging. It's wonderful due to the fact that sometimes it's much preferable to use Kafka and sometimes it's Active MQ. We can use both of them in our arsenal."

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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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"There are several areas in this solution that need improvement, including clustering multi-nodes and message ordering.""AMQ is not offered as a separate offering anymore. It comes only as a part of the Red Hat Integration package. Therefore, if you would like to purchase a specific product, you can't do that."

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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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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.

To respond to business demands quickly and efficiently, you need a way to integrate the applications and data spread across your enterprise. Red Hat JBoss A-MQ—based on the Apache ActiveMQ open source project—is a flexible, high-performance messaging platform that delivers information reliably, enabling real-time integration and connecting the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Computer Software Company14%
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Apache Kafka is ranked 2nd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 16 reviews while Red Hat AMQ is ranked 8th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 2 reviews. Apache Kafka is rated 7.6, while Red Hat AMQ is rated 6.6. 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 Red Hat AMQ writes "Scales well and is very stable, with great technical support on offer". Apache Kafka is most compared with IBM MQ, ActiveMQ, PubSub+ Event Broker, Amazon SQS and VMware RabbitMQ, whereas Red Hat AMQ is most compared with ActiveMQ, VMware RabbitMQ, IBM MQ, IBM Event Streams and Amazon MQ.

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