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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.
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TIBCO BusinessEvents

TIBCO BusinessEvents is part of the CEP (Complex Event Processing) family, this means that it fits perfectly in all those scenarios where a correlation between incoming events is required. Where a stateful process is necessary. It does not fit well for a kind of Process Orchestrator scope, where simple events are coming in, and there is a well-defined behavior the system, would have on incoming request, and no particular reason to use a rule engine and its complexity. Anyway, there are particular cases where BusinessEvents would be a good actor in orchestrating a portion of CEP solutions activities
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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.
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TIBCO BusinessEvents

  • It allows us to build rule-based model-driven application, to collect, filter, analyze, correlate various business events in our real-time event flow
  • It makes various business applications/components easy to integrate (loosely decoupled but chained via the events flow) together
  • Its distributed rule engine and embedded in-memory data grid (ActiveSpace) gives us a lot of flexibility and room to play with a large amount of rules and data with high performance
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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
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TIBCO BusinessEvents

  • Better integration with R versions and better debug for R-scripts in Spotfire. There are inconsistencies in syntactic expressions accepted by R-studio and not accepted in Spotfire. Accelerating the debug would be awesome. Having a command like View (data frame) that directly output in the dashboard would be a great accelerator.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka 9.0
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Kafka is quickly becoming core product of the organization, indeed it is replacing older messaging systems. No better alternatives found yet
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TIBCO BusinessEvents

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Support

Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka 10.0
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We use Heroku to host Pulsar and they have tons of Kafka experts that have helped us tune every little setting and give us advice via email or live chat (if you pay for premium support).
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TIBCO BusinessEvents

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Alternatives Considered

Apache Kafka

Confluent Cloud is still based on Apache Kafka but it has a subscription fee so, from a long term perspective, it is wiser to deploy your own Kafka instance that spans public and private cloud. Amazon Kinesis, Google Cloud Pub/Sub do not do well for a very number of messages and doesn't provide ordering guarantees as Apache Kafka or Confluent. Apache Kafka does better in scaling and availability than IBM MQ and Rabbit MQ.
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TIBCO BusinessEvents

I was not part of evaluation of the products in this space in my organization. But I feel BE is better in terms of RIO if compared with some commercial products from Orcle, IBM and SAP.I strongly feel difficulty in using cloud native features is one big shortcoming in current product offering. This will tend customer like us to explore options that are well suited with ur cloud first vision.
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Return on Investment

Apache Kafka

  • Kafka is free
  • Speeds up ingest
  • Faster for UI to get data
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TIBCO BusinessEvents

  • Positive : Real-time event stream processing helps handle transactions very efficiently.
  • Negative : Earlier versions of BE (5.0 & 5.1) had major issues in data handling in cache that impacted the data integrity of the application.
  • Positive : Decision Tables are a huge plus in TIBCO BE.
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Pricing Details

Apache Kafka

General

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

TIBCO BusinessEvents

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

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