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Apache Kafka Valuable Features

RH
freelance at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The most valuable features of this solution is the architectural style of messaging or event streaming. First is important to understand that anything can be represented as an event=message e.g new order, status change, confirmation, information from IoT or from monitoring system. Each message can be transport very quickly from the source (producer) into consumer(s). Messages can be changed in the fly - streaming messaging.

Messages can be process exactly at once or at least once. Ordering of messages depends on just configuration setup. 

When comparing it with other messaging and integration platforms, this is one of the best rated. Message store is out of the box functionality. Messages are automatically stored based on parameter setup of retention policy. Messages can remain for longer, which can be configured from a few milliseconds up to years. Scalability and availability of messages can be changed with zero maintenance window.

You don't need extra clusters to achieve high availability for the messaging system like Veritas, PowerHA or other.

One platform for classical messaging, real time messaging, ETL, message streaming. 

ETL can be realised with connectors into external systems which also could run in more instances. Exists a lot of ready to use connectors and new ones can be developed.

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KS
Solution Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The processing power of Apache Kafka is good when you have requirements for high throughput and a large number of consumers. 

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DS
Principal Technology Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

With Kafka, events and streaming are persistent, and multiple subscribers can consume the data. This is an advantage of Kafka compared to simple queue-based solutions.

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DP
Sr Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable features are the stream API, consumer groups, and the way that the scaling takes place. 

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Mario Estrada - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at Estrada & Consultores

The solution is good for publishing transactions for commercial solutions whereby a duplicate will not affect any part of the system.

The solution is very easy to set up.

The stability is very good.

There's an online community available that can help answer questions or troubleshoot problems. 

The scalability of Kafka is very good.

It provides high throughput.

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SP
CEO at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees

The high availability is valuable. It is robust, and we can rely on it for a huge amount of data. 

The Kafka Streams capability is also valuable. We get many options to build applications on top of Kafka.

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YL
Vice President at a consultancy with 51-200 employees

I believe that the speed, and especially the performance, are very good features.

Also included is a cluster with built-in failover. 

It is the performance that is really meaningful.

In terms of features, we are satisfied. I don't require any additional features. I don't believe we require any additional features at this time.

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SK
Barista Brewing Espresso at Linkedln

I love the simplicity of the library and the design as well as the architectural concept which is like horizontal scaling.

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Ravi Kuppusamy - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO and Founder at BAssure Solutions

Apache Kafka has good integration capabilities and has plenty of adapters in its ecosystem if you want to build something. There are adapters for many platforms, such as Java, Azure, and Microsoft's ecosystem. Other solutions, such as Pulsar have fewer adapters available.

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TM
Assistant Student at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees

The most valuable feature is the messaging function and reliability.

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Reza Sadeghi - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Developer at a non-profit with 10,001+ employees

Kafka is an open-source tool that's easy to use in our country, and the command line interface is powerful. 

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Ravi-Patel - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Professor at CHAROTAR UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The valuable features are the group community and support.

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Reza Gholami - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Technology Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

Resiliency is great and also the fact that it handles different data formats. There is one data format that's universal across multiple application domains — Avro. It's pretty universal compared to JSON, XML, SQI, and other formats.

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RH
freelance at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I like Kafka's flexibility, stability, reliability, and robustness.

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WG
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature is the support for a high volume of data.

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AC
Program Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

This solution is robust and delivers messages quickly. It's a simple but good product.

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NC
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

In my view, valuable features relate to microservices architecture and working on KStream and KSQL DB as a microservices event bus. The solution integrates very well. 

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ShoaibKhan - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Specialist at APIZone

Besides better stability and scalability, there are no additional functionalities I'd like to see. Kafka is good at what it does.

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TD
Head of Technology - Money Movement Platform at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

All the features of Apache Kafka are valuable, I cannot single out one feature.

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Moussa Chikhi - PeerSpot reviewer
Architecte Technique Senior at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable feature is the documentation, which is good and clear.

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Buyer's Guide
Apache Kafka
August 2022
Learn what your peers think about Apache Kafka. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: August 2022.
620,319 professionals have used our research since 2012.