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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

Microsoft BizTalk

BizTalk is well suited as middleware. Where you wish to translate an input file into an output file and send it to some endpoint. In our case, we used it to convert and send files to SAP. In many ways, it very flexible, and you can do almost anything you want with it. In many ways, it's a better solution than your SAP XI or PI as middleware, since it's much less expensive, and allows you do interface with non-SAP systems.
Anonymous | 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

Microsoft BizTalk

  • It is very user friendly. Users can change rules during run time and change workflow.
  • Huge capacity for queueing messages. It supports all types of adapters like Oracle, Salesforce, SMTP, FTP, etc. Also users can built custom adaptors.
  • If users want to dynamically deploy their solution without any downtime, this is a perfect solution. BizTalk will be a good fit, especially for public-facing websites.
  • Well-proven in the market. I used it when developing a website for Virgin Trains, catering more than 800K user requests per day.
  • Helps in load balancing.
Viral Patel | 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

Microsoft BizTalk

  • Microsoft BizTalk is over engineered for some situtations
  • Microsoft BizTalk can be frustrating to use as it forces you to use the GUI as opposed to code
  • Microsoft BizTalk is very resource intensive to create integrations
Kyle Kochtan | 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

Microsoft BizTalk

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BizTalk

Microsoft BizTalk 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Microsoft BizTalk is not an intuitive product. It requires many hours of looking through the settings to achieve what you need. Using 3rd party DLLs is a nightmare as you are forced to register them in the GAC of the server and this process is quite cumbersome just to use a DLL.
Kyle Kochtan | 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

Microsoft BizTalk

Microsoft BizTalk 9.2
Based on 2 answers
BizTalk Server has been supported for more than 15 years. It is well proven in the market. Microsoft has provided excellent support with technical issues.
Viral Patel | 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

Microsoft BizTalk

BizTalk was selected here mainly because it is easy to integrate to a .NET application (most of them are Web Service, WCF SOAP, WCF REST and Web API) and many backend databases are Microsoft SQL Server. Another benefit is that the monitoring job is easy to set up and centralize with other .NET application monitoring jobs.
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

Microsoft BizTalk

  • A positive impact has been the quicker turnaround time of a part request and that part showing up in SAP using Biztalk as middleware.
  • A somewhat negative impact has been the somewhat insufficient error logging/message capture settings that Biztalk provide. This has caused occasional delays when attempted to create parts for the business.
  • A somewhat negative impact has been the need to have a specialized developer who understands Biztalk to troubleshoot issues with the Biztalk and SAP interaction when creating parts, and when adding new fields to the parts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache Kafka

General

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

Microsoft BizTalk

General

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

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