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We performed a comparison between AWS Data Pipeline and Confluent based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Cloud Data Integration solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed AWS Data Pipeline vs. Confluent report (Updated: September 2022).
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  • "Confluent is expensive, I would prefer, Apache Kafka over Confluent because of the high cost of maintenance."
  • "You have to pay additional for one or two features."
  • "The pricing model of Confluent could improve because if you have a classic use case where you're going to use all the features there is no plan to reduce the features. You should be able to pick and choose basic services at a reduced price. The pricing was high for our needs. We should not have to pay for features we do not use."
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    Top Answer:A person with a good IT background and HTML will not have any trouble with Confluent.
    Top Answer:I don't directly handle the licensing. My license is given to me. Therefore, I don't know the terms of the licensing or the exact costs.
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    AWS Data Pipeline is a web service that helps you reliably process and move data between different AWS compute and storage services, as well as on-premises data sources, at specified intervals. ... AWS Data Pipeline also allows you to move and process data that was previously locked up in on-premises data silos.

    Confluent is an enterprise-ready, full-scale streaming platform that enhances Apache Kafka. 

    Confluent has integrated cutting-edge features that are designed to enhance these tasks: 

    • Speed up application development and connectivity
    • Enable transformations through stream processing
    • Streamline business operations at scale
    • Adhere to strict architectural standards

    Confluent is a more complete distribution of Kafka in that it enhances the integration possibilities of Kafka by introducing tools for managing and optimizing Kafka clusters while providing methods for making sure the streams are secure. Confluent supports publish-and-subscribe as well as the storing and processing of data within the streams. Kafka is easier to operate and build thanks to Confluent.

    Confluent's software is available in three different varieties: 

    1. A free, open-source streaming platform that makes it simple to start using real-time data streams
    2. An enterprise-grade version of the product with more administrative, ops, and monitoring tools
    3. A premium cloud-based version.

    Confluent Advantage Features

    Confluent has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Multi-language

      • Clients: C++, Python, Go, and .NET
      • REST proxy: Can connect to Kafka from any connected network device
      • Admin REST APIs: RESTful interface for performing administrator operations
    • Pre-built ecosystem

      • Connectors: More than 100 supported connectors, including S3, Elastic, HDFS, JDBC
      • MQTT proxy: Gain access to Kafka from MQTT gateways and devices
      • Schema registry: Centralized database to guarantee data compatibility
    • Streaming database

      • ksqlDB: Materialized views and real-time stream processing
    • GUI management 

      • Control panel: GUI for scalable Kafka management and monitoring
      • Health+: Smart alerts and cloud-based control centers
    • DevOps automation that is flexible

      • Confluent for Kubernetes: Complete API to deploy on Kubernetes
      • Automated Ansible deployment on non-containerized environments
    • Dynamic performance 

      • Self-balancing clusters: Automated partition re-balancing across brokers in the cluster
      • Tiered storage: Older Kafka data offloading to object storage with transparent access
    • Security that is enterprise-grade 

      • Role-based access control: Granular user/group access authorization
      • Audit logs that are structured: Logs of user actions kept in dedicated Kafka topics
      • Secret protection: Sensitive information is encrypted
    • Global resilience

      • Linking clusters: A real-time, highly reliable, and consistent bridge across on-premises and cloud environments
      • Multiple-region clusters: Single Kafka cluster with automated client failover distributed across multiple data centers
      • Replicator: Asynchronous replication that is based on the Kafka Connect framework
    • Support

      • Round the clock enterprise support from Kafka experts

    Reviews from Real Users

    Confluent stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust enterprise support and its open source option. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews: 

    Ravi B., a solutions architect at a tech services company, writes of the solution, “KSQL is a valuable feature, as is the Kafka Connect framework for connecting to the various source systems where you need not write the code. We get great support from Confluent because we're using the enterprise version and whenever there's a problem, they support us with fine-tuning and finding the root cause.”

    Amit S., an IT consultant, notes, “The biggest benefit is that it is open source. You have the flexibility of opting or not opting for enterprise support, even though the tool itself is open source.” He adds, “The second benefit is it's very modern and built on Java and Scala. You can extend the features very well, and it doesn't take a lot of effort to do so.”

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    bp, Cerner, Expedia, Finra, HESS, intuit, Kellog's, Philips, TIME, workday
    ING,, Nordea, Target, RBC, Tivo, Capital One, Chartboost
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company19%
    Media Company14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Media Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise79%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    AWS Data Pipeline is ranked 24th in Cloud Data Integration while Confluent is ranked 4th in Streaming Analytics with 8 reviews. AWS Data Pipeline is rated 0.0, while Confluent is rated 8.2. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Confluent writes "All portfolios have access to the data that is being shared but there is a gap on the security side". AWS Data Pipeline is most compared with AWS Database Migration Service, AWS Glue, IBM Cloud Pak for Integration, Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and IBM InfoSphere DataStage, whereas Confluent is most compared with Amazon MSK, Amazon Kinesis, AWS Glue, Oracle GoldenGate and AWS Database Migration Service.

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