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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 7.1 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Apache Kafka is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.3

Apache Kafka

93%
13 Ratings
7.5

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

75%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Apache Kafka

90%
1 Rating

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Apache Kafka

100%
1 Rating
6.0

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

60%
1 Rating

Availability

Apache Kafka

N/A
0 Ratings
2.0

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

20%
2 Ratings

Performance

Apache Kafka

N/A
0 Ratings
6.0

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

60%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.6

Apache Kafka

86%
7 Ratings
7.0

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

70%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

Apache Kafka

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

100%
1 Rating

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

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

WSO2 ESB is an awesome product for companies looking to venture into the world of SOA with an ESB. They have a lot of other products too that can work really well with their carbon infrastructure. The interface is simple for deploying and managing proxy services. You can also write custom modules within the ESB using Java with IDE like Eclipse
Sonam Samdupkhangsar | 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

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

  • One of the basic requirement of an ESB product is that it should be able to support transformation. WSO2 ESB provides support of XSLT, so you can transform your request to whatever format. Moreover, transformations like converting your xml payload into JSON and JSON payload to XML are out of the box available.
  • WSO2 ESB provides a scheduler feature, by which you can configure your own scheduler to call a proxy service at a particular time of day or or initiate sequence.
  • WSO2 ESB provides excellent error handling techniques, WSO2 ESB provides detailed error handling scenarios to tackle all the situations. WSO2 ESB also provides custom error handling by which you can make your own custom error message before sending it back to client.
Omer Khalid | 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

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

  • While it's easy to configure for a quick start, it is not so easy to deploy by yourself in a complex production scenario.
  • Not very stable for production usage, we encountered several trivial bugs that make us believe that this product is still not widely adopted.
  • Lack of a built in mechanism for auto-restart in case of an application server crash.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache Kafka

General

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

Starting Price

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
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

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Compared to competitors the overall experience has been fine
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus 2.0
Based on 2 answers
Lack of auto-restart built-in capabilities. In case of running out of memory there are no built-in methods to recover from a crash, just for example, Oracle WebLogic Node Manager.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus 6.0
Based on 2 answers
The product is performing well and consuming few resources
Anonymous | 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

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Our experience with the WSO2 support has beent satisfactory
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

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

It's the only one truly open source and free.
Javier Rodríguez Rodríguez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Adding a server node is really straightforward, there are just few point in the configuration files.
Anonymous | 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

WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

  • Very well documented tutorials and case studies makes it easy to learn.
  • It has a really supportive community
  • It is fast and it can easily handle 300 tps of average use on a VM with 4Gig RAM
Reza Ameri | TrustRadius Reviewer

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