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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 9.1 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

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise)

Docker is great for when you would want to use a VM for any given application, but don't need the overhead of the whole OS. Docker containers use very little computing resources, boot up very quickly, and are very easy to set up. An instance where Docker may not be appropriate would be for an application that requires good security. If in this situation, a true VM would probably be your best bet.
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

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise)

  • Containerization - allowing multiple micro-services to function together without in-depth orchestration at the VM level.
  • Rapid deployment - a developer with appropriate access can simply push to the correct remote and the deploy happens automatically from there
  • Decouples provisioning from VM administration - allows containers to be deployed (more) regardless of VM set up.
Ben Lachman | 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

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise)

  • As a NON-heavy user, definitely it's a bit intimidating in the onboarding phase. It's hard to understand what everything is for and how to use it appropriately. As I wrote before, this could be because I'm not a hard developer myself.
  • At least on Windows 10, I always have problems turning it on. It has problems starting, I need to quit/start again, and then it works. I'm supposed to have a stable version, not sure if it's only myself.
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

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise)

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise) 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Usability

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise)

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Docker's CLI has a lot of options, and they aren't all intuitive. And there are so many tools in the space (Docker Compose, Docker Swarm, etc) that have their own configuration as well. So while there is a lot to learn, most concepts transfer easily and can be learned once and applied across everything.
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

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise)

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise) 8.0
Based on 6 answers
The community support for Docker is fantastic. There is almost always an answer for any issue I might encounter day-to-day, either on Stack Overflow, a helpful blog post, or the community Slack workspace. I've never come across a problem that I was unable to solve via some searching around in the community.
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

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise)

Prior to docker, we had a custom build and deployment system. For local development, we use VirtualBox to host our VMs, while our custom VMs resided directly on the servers. We chose Docker primarily to allow us to get rid of our custom deployment system, both simplifying build and deploy processes and reducing the support needs of our own custom solution.
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

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise)

  • With Swarm we managed to have the horizontal network bandwidth scale to gather data from clients on slow internet connections
  • A minor negative is that you always need at least 3 nodes for redundancy, which makes it less ideal for quick proof of concept type scenarios.
Vlad VARNA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache Kafka

General

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

Mirantis Cloud Native Suite (Docker Enterprise)

General

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

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