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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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"The solution has really cool features to use. Its management console is excellent. You can utilize plugins to view the performance of the whole service on one network.""The security is great.""The most valuable feature is that it's really customizable.""Some of the most valuable features are publish and subscribe, fanout, and queues."

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Cons
"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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"I was struggling with installing a few things. It would be good if was somewhat similar to RedHat. There should be more documentation regarding installation troubleshooting.""Their implementation is quite tricky. It's not that easy to implement RabbitMQ as a cluster.""When you have complex tasks, RabbitMQ is hard to use.""They should improve on the ability to scale your queues in a very simple and elegant way with the same power that they have would be great."

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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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"are using the open-source version, which can be used free of cost."

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Top Answer: valuable features relate to microservices architecture and working on KStream and KSQL DB as a microservices event bus.
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Top Answer: Some of the most valuable features are publish and subscribe, fanout, and queues.
Top Answer: We are using the open-source version, which can be used free of cost.
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RabbitMQ by Pivotal, Rabbit, RabbitMQ
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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.
  • RabbitMQ is the most popular open source message broker, with more than 35,000 production deployments world-wide. RabbitMQ is lightweight and easy to deploy on premises and in the cloud and runs on all major operating systems. It supports most developer platforms, multiple messaging protocols and can be deployed in distributed and federated configurations to meet high-scale, high-availability requirements.
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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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University17%
Computer Software Company8%
Program Development Consultancy8%
Retailer8%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm11%
Media Company5%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise60%
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Small Business42%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise42%
Find out what your peers are saying about Apache Kafka vs. VMware RabbitMQ and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
510,204 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Apache Kafka is ranked 2nd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 16 reviews while VMware RabbitMQ is ranked 4th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 4 reviews. Apache Kafka is rated 7.6, while VMware RabbitMQ is rated 8.0. 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 VMware RabbitMQ writes "Beneficial features, simple install, highly scalable, and simple "pub/sub" model". Apache Kafka is most compared with IBM MQ, ActiveMQ, PubSub+ Event Broker, Red Hat AMQ and Anypoint MQ, whereas VMware RabbitMQ is most compared with IBM MQ, ActiveMQ, PubSub+ Event Broker, Red Hat AMQ and Anypoint MQ. See our Apache Kafka vs. VMware RabbitMQ report.

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