Compare Apache Kafka vs. VMware RabbitMQ

Apache Kafka is ranked 2nd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 10 reviews while VMware RabbitMQ is ranked 3rd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 4 reviews. Apache Kafka is rated 7.8, while VMware RabbitMQ is rated 7.6. 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 VMware RabbitMQ writes "One crucial feature was guaranteed messaging. There are idiosyncrasies in the Windows version". Apache Kafka is most compared with IBM MQ, ActiveMQ and PubSub+ Event Broker, whereas VMware RabbitMQ is most compared with ActiveMQ, IBM MQ and Apache Kafka. See our Apache Kafka vs. VMware RabbitMQ report.
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It is easy to configure.We get amazing throughput. We don't get any delay.The most important feature for me is the guaranteed delivery of messages from producers to consumers.The most valuable feature is the performance.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.

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The security is great.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.We have been able to set up a messaging system that facilitates data integration between the software modules that we sell.

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We cannot apply all of our security requirements because it is hard to upload them.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.More adapters for connecting to different systems need to be available.Kafka is complex and there is a little bit of a learning curve.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.

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Their implementation is quite tricky. It's not that easy to implement RabbitMQ as a cluster.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.RabbitMQ is clearly better supported on Linux than it is on Windows. There are idiosyncrasies in the Windows version that are not there on Linux.

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Kafka is more reasonably priced than IBM MQ.Kafka is open-source and it is cheaper than any other product.Apache Kafka is open-source and can be used free of charge.

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This is an open source solution.

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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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