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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8.2 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

Kibana

It's well suited to creating dashboards for getting an overview of what is going on with an application.
Nick Horvath | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Apache Kafka
Kibana
10.0
Customizable dashboards
Apache Kafka
Kibana
10.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Apache Kafka
Kibana
10.0
Drill-down analysis
Apache Kafka
Kibana
10.0
Formatting capabilities
Apache Kafka
Kibana
10.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Apache Kafka
Kibana
10.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Apache Kafka
Kibana
7.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Apache Kafka
Kibana
7.0

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

Kibana

  • searching
  • near real-time
Cristian Klein | 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

Kibana

  • Some performance issues with large datasets.
  • Linking to dashboards makes extremely long urls.
  • Lack of reports.
Nick Horvath | 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

Kibana

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

Kibana

Kibana 8.3
Based on 2 answers
We did not use the official Kibana support. Documentation was easy enough to follow.
Cristian Klein | 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

Kibana

Kibana is free; it was the first and only thing we've tried in this area.
Nick Horvath | 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

Kibana

  • reduces downtime
  • increases developer velocity
Cristian Klein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache Kafka

General

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

Kibana

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
Kibana
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Kafka
9.0
Kibana

Support Rating

Apache Kafka
8.8
Kibana
8.3

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