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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Cloud Data Integration

    Apache Kafka

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.2

    Anypoint Platform

    92%
    MuleSoft Anypoint Platform ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Pre-built connectors

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    7 Ratings

    Connector modification

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    7 Ratings

    Support for real-time and batch integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    7 Ratings

    Data quality services

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    7 Ratings

    Data security features

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    7 Ratings

    Monitoring console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    7 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Apache Kafka is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
    • Apache Kafka and MuleSoft Anypoint Platform are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.3

    Apache Kafka

    93%
    13 Ratings
    9.0

    Anypoint Platform

    90%
    17 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Apache Kafka

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    Anypoint Platform

    90%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    10.0

    Apache Kafka

    100%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    Anypoint Platform

    80%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    8.6

    Apache Kafka

    86%
    7 Ratings
    6.8

    Anypoint Platform

    68%
    8 Ratings

    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

    Anypoint Platform

    [MuleSoft] Anypoint Platform fits for an enterprise company that wants to gain time with environment configuration. The deployment environment - pre-prod and prod - is ready to use once you access Anypoint Platform. It's true you can customize all configurations for your environment based on your requirements and needs, but if you don't, just deploy and run your APIs.For small business, Mule doesn't have a low-cost subscription which can attend small companies. The subscription and license prices are too high for a startup with limited financial resources.
    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

    Anypoint Platform

    • API Manager provides easy API Policy Governance. You do not have to manage multiple platforms for managing the policies.
    • Supports hybrid Mule EBS environments. You can configure both CouldHub-based and on-premise-based API using Mulesoft API manager in a similar manner.
    • It's very easy to implement API proxy.
    • User friendly UI.
    • Single platform to manage all.
    Deepak Kushwaha | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Apache Kafka

    • The Kafka Tool is a community-made Java application that looks and feels from the past century.
    • Logging can be confusing. This certainly shows when we have to do troubleshooting.
    • Hybrid scenarios - pub/sub, but there are services in and outside a Kubernetes cluster. Then there are a ~3 options, but only 2 (the harder ones) are production-safe.
    Borislav Traykov | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Anypoint Platform

    • Has more features than what we really need so we're paying for more than we use. Sort of like paying for an Abrams tank when all we really need is a Toyota Corolla.
    • Not a value product, tends to be expensive.
    • Takes a while for developers to learn to use Mulesoft Anypoint.
    Alex S | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Apache Kafka

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Anypoint Platform

    General

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

    Starting Price

    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

    Anypoint Platform

    Anypoint Platform 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    No answer on this topic is available.

    Usability

    Apache Kafka

    Apache Kafka 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Apache Kafka is highly recommended to develop loosely coupled, real-time processing applications. Also, Apache Kafka provides property based configuration. Producer, Consumer and broker contain their own separate property file
    Jimesh V Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Anypoint Platform

    Anypoint Platform 8.0
    Based on 1 answer
    simple and easy graphics and containers helps developers to write complex flows
    Federica Bianco | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Apache Kafka

    Apache Kafka 8.6
    Based on 7 answers
    Support for Apache Kafka (if willing to pay) is available from Confluent that includes the same time that created Kafka at Linkedin so they know this software in and out. Moreover, Apache Kafka is well known and best practices documents and deployment scenarios are easily available for download. For example, from eBay, Linkedin, Uber, and NYTimes.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Anypoint Platform

    Anypoint Platform 6.8
    Based on 8 answers
    Anypoint Platform support is very responsive. There is also a huge knowledge base and an active online forum where answers to most questions can be found. When needed support engages the engineering group so adequate solutions or workarounds are always provided.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Apache Kafka

    We really needed to get away from using a SQL database to act as a queue for processing records, so a new solution was needed. Kafka is a leading software application initially designed for queuing messages which is essentially what we were looking for. It has a great user community and is used across the industry. We also use and trust several other products from Confluent which helped seal the decision.
    Tyler Twitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Anypoint Platform

    The main problem with this software is the different connector type that is used for different protocols except for a different SAP connector. There is only one connector called SAP. It will be great if there will have a different connectors like idoc, RFC, proxy, etc.
    Nikhil Kohli | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Apache Kafka

    • Kafka makes the messaging itself more reliable (as it has the distributed storage by itself and the message doesn't disappear even after it has been consumed).
    • Kafka can support a much higher volume use case, without too much extra pressure on the existed hardware.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Anypoint Platform

    • If you are a big size organization that heavily uses API's and SaaS-based integration, Anypoint platform is great. However, if your API implementations are not in Mulesoft, hosting just API specs is not worth it in terms of ROI.
    • Mulesoft uses propitiatory language which makes it difficult to write custom code when required, some other iPaaS platforms like Webmethods.io uses nodeJS which makes it easier to write custom code. In short, when you need to write custom code, building and supporting is a challenge.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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