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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

Google Cloud Pub/Sub

Google Cloud Pub/Sub is well suited in Google Compute Engine instances. Large sets of data can be distributed efficiently. It is based on topic, subscription, message concepts. So, an application can place an order on a topic and can be processed by groups of workers. Lots of processing and augmentation has to open before the data goes into Pub. If we want all of the augmentation to be done in BigQuery, then it is a big headache. In our present scenario, it is very time-consuming and needs improvement/tweaks.
Partha Protim Pegu | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Google Cloud Pub/Sub

  • Highly scalable.
  • Queues messages for up to 7 days if not acknowledged.
Eric Mason | 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

Google Cloud Pub/Sub

  • I can't think of missing functionality, but added functionality is always nice!
Cameron Gable | 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

Google Cloud Pub/Sub

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google Cloud Pub/Sub

Google Cloud Pub/Sub 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Excellent documentation
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Google Cloud Pub/Sub

Google Cloud Pub/Sub 7.3
Based on 4 answers
The support is a big concern for Google Cloud Pub/Sub. It is not that mature when compared to many of its competitors like RabbitMQ. So, support has to be good. Mostly the support team would be on radio silence and constantly changing contacts which are not good signs considering the brand name.
Partha Protim Pegu | 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

Google Cloud Pub/Sub

We considered several messaging platforms including Kafka and Kinesis but both would have required more developer work and didn't integrate as nicely with our ecosystem. RabbitMQ is another messaging platform I've researched and prototyped on; it also would have required more developer time to implement as well but might be a good alternative for a hobbyist or a team looking for more customization.
Eric Mason | 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

Google Cloud Pub/Sub

  • Allowed the use of specialized VMs
  • Saves costs and time
Cameron Gable | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache Kafka

General

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

Google Cloud Pub/Sub

General

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

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