Compare Apache Kafka vs. Red Hat AMQ

Apache Kafka is ranked 3rd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 6 reviews while Red Hat AMQ is ranked 5th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 1 review. Apache Kafka is rated 8.0, while Red Hat AMQ is rated 4.0. The top reviewer of Apache Kafka writes "Good scalability and excellent for storing data used for analytics but lacks a user interface". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Red Hat AMQ writes "Scalable to a point, but the product is not stable and technical support needs to be improved". Apache Kafka is most compared with IBM MQ, ActiveMQ and Solace PubSub+, whereas Red Hat AMQ is most compared with Apache Kafka, RabbitMQ and ActiveMQ.
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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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My impression is that it is average in terms of scalability.

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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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There are several areas in this solution that need improvement, including clustering multi-nodes and message ordering.

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

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Also Known As
Red Hat JBoss A-MQ, Red Hat JBoss AMQ
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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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E*TRADE, CERN, CenturyLink, AECOM, Sabre Holdings
Top Industries
Software R&D Company20%
Logistics Company10%
Financial Services Firm10%
Software R&D Company32%
Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider9%
Software R&D Company56%
Financial Services Firm9%
Comms Service Provider8%
Manufacturing Company6%
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