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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Kafka

Despite the disadvantages I list, I really believe that Kafka is the right choice whenever you need a queueing or message broker system. Kafka is way too battle-tested and scales too well to ever not consider it. The only exception is if your use case requires many, many small topics. Also, Kafka doesn't support delay queues out of the box and so you will need to "hack" it through special code on the consumer side.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Confluent Platform

If your company needs to build event-driven applications, like in healthcare industry, you need to enhance interoperability, and you are seeking a reliable service with enterprise-grade support, Confluent is the best on the market you can get. Their product works great and they provide very good customer service.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Streaming Analytics

Apache Kafka
Confluent Platform
10.0
Real-Time Data Analysis
Apache Kafka
Confluent Platform
10.0
Visualization Dashboards
Apache Kafka
Confluent Platform
10.0
Data Ingestion from Multiple Data Sources
Apache Kafka
Confluent Platform
10.0
Low Latency
Apache Kafka
Confluent Platform
10.0
Integrated Development Tools
Apache Kafka
Confluent Platform
10.0
Linear Scale-Out
Apache Kafka
Confluent Platform
10.0

Pros

Apache Kafka

  • Apache Kafka is able to handle a large number of I/Os (writes) using 3-4 cheap servers.
  • It scales very well over large workloads and can handle extreme-scale deployments (eg. Linkedin with 300 billion user events each day).
  • The same Kafka setup can be used as a messaging bus, storage system or a log aggregator making it easy to maintain as one system feeding multiple applications.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Confluent Platform

  • Products work great.
  • Training is available.
  • Customer support is good.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Apache Kafka

  • Still a bit inmature, some clients have required recoding in the last few versions
  • New feaures coming very fast, several upgrades a year may be required
  • Not many commercial companies provide support
Juan Francisco Tavira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Confluent Platform

  • Cloud service might need more granular configuration.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Kafka is quickly becoming core product of the organization, indeed it is replacing older messaging systems. No better alternatives found yet
Juan Francisco Tavira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Confluent Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka 8.8
Based on 6 answers
We are using the Apache open source version of Kafka. The community is a good place to ask questions. and we can get most of our problems resolved there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Confluent Platform

Confluent Platform 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The support from the Confluent platform is great and satisfying. We have been working with Confluent for more than a year now. They sent out resident architects to help us set up Confluent cluster on our cloud and help us troubleshoot problems we have encountered. Overall, it has been a great experience working with the Confluent Platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Apache Kafka

I would only use RabbitMQ over Kafka when you need to have delay queues or tons of small topics/queues around.I don't know too much about Pulsar - currently evaluating it - but it's supposed to have the same or better throughput while allowing for tons of queues. Stay tuned - I might update this review after we finish evaluating Pulsar. It's much less battle-tested though.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Confluent Platform

We chose to use the Confluent Platform because they provide enterprise-grade customer service support. Whenever we have trouble setting up or using the service, we can create a ticket for them and it will be resolved pretty fast. Kafka is the open-source software that comes without warranty.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Apache Kafka

  • Positive impact on ROI since now we can use one large deployment of Apache Kafka that can be used for multiple scenarios ( storage systems, log aggregate, messaging queue ).
  • It is open-source so there are no licenses or subscription fees reducing the cost of deployment.
  • Data can now be ingested and analyzed in real-time making it easy to fine-tune the customer experience and decision making for internal IT.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Confluent Platform

  • It enables us to develop event driven application.
  • It increases our ability to handle streaming data.
  • It reduces latency of communication.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache Kafka

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Confluent Platform

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Kafka
8.5
Confluent Platform
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Kafka
9.0
Confluent Platform

Support Rating

Apache Kafka
8.8
Confluent Platform
10.0

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