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"With Confluent Cloud we no longer need to handle the infrastructure and the plumbing, which is a concern for Confluent. The other advantage is that all portfolios have access to the data that is being shared.""The most valuable feature that we are using is the data replication between the data centers allowing us to configure a disaster recovery or software. However, is it's not mandatory to use and because most of the features that we use are from Apache Kafka, such as end-to-end encryption. Internally, we can develop our own kind of product or service from Apache Kafka.""Kafka Connect framework is valuable for connecting to the various source systems where code doesn't need to be written.""The design of the product is extremely well built and it is highly configurable.""A person with a good IT background and HTML will not have any trouble with Confluent.""Their tech support is amazing; they are very good, both on and off-site."

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"The initial setup is pretty easy.""The main features of the solution are efficiency.""It can send out large data amounts.""The integration with Python and the notebooks really helps.""The solution is very easy to use.""Databricks gives you the flexibility of using several programming languages independently or in combination to build models.""It's great technology.""Databricks helps crunch petabytes of data in a very short period of time."

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"It would help if the knowledge based documents in the support portal could be available for public use as well.""They should remove Zookeeper because of security issues.""Currently, in the early stages, I see a gap on the security side. If you are using the SaaS version, we would like to get a fuller, more secure solution that can be adopted right out of the box. Confluence could do a better job sharing best practices or a reusable pattern that others have used, especially for companies that can not afford to hire professional services from Confluent.""In Confluent, there could be a few more VPN options.""It could have more themes. They should also have more reporting-oriented plugins as well. It would be great to have free custom reports that can be dispatched directly from Jira.""there is room for improvement in the visualization."

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"I would like to see more documentation in terms of how an end-user could use it, and users like me can easily try it and implement use cases.""Overall it's a good product, however, it doesn't do well against any individual best-of-breed products.""Databricks is not geared towards the end-user, but rather it is for data engineers or data scientists.""A lot of people are required to manage this solution.""Would be helpful to have additional licensing options.""I would like it if Databricks made it easier to set up a project.""Databricks is an analytics platform. It should offer more data science. It should have more features for data scientists to work with.""Implementation of Databricks is still very code heavy."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
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  • "Licensing on site I would counsel against, as on-site hardware issues tend to really delay and slow down delivery."
  • "We find Databricks to be very expensive, although this improved when we found out how to shut it down at night."
  • "The pricing depends on the usage itself."
  • "I am based in South Africa, where it is expensive adapting to the cloud, and then there is the price for the tool itself."
  • "The price is okay. It's competitive."
  • "Databricks uses a price-per-use model, where you can use as much compute as you need."
  • "There are different versions."
  • "The solution uses a pay-per-use model with an annual subscription fee or package. Typically this solution is used on a cloud platform, such as Azure or AWS, but more people are choosing Azure because the price is more reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
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    A person with a good IT background and HTML will not have any trouble with Confluent.
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    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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    The beginner who doesn't know how to work on HTML will struggle as when you create spaces in the Confluent, if you want to have some meeting notes or anything else, you need to know HTML and which… more »
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    Databricks gives you the option of working with several different languages, such as SQL, R, Scala, Apache Spark, or Python. It offers many different cluster choices and excellent integration with… more »
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    We researched AWS SageMaker, but in the end, we chose Databricks. Databricks is a Unified Analytics Platform designed to accelerate innovation projects. It is based on Spark so it is very fast. It… more »
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    Databricks is an easy-to-set-up and versatile tool for data management, analysis, and business analytics. For analytics teams that have to interpret data to further the business goals of their… more »
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    Databricks Unified Analytics, Databricks Unified Analytics Platform, Redash
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    Confluent Platform is the complete streaming platform for large-scale distributed environments. Unlike a traditional messaging system or stream processing API, Confluent Enterprise enables all of your interfaces to the world to be connected to and make decisions with all of your internal systems in real time.

    Confluent and partner vendors offer tested and secure connectors for many popular data systems. Connectors make it quick and easy to start setting up reliable data pipelines.

    Our connectors are all fully integrated with the platform, namely the schema registry.

    Databricks creates a Unified Analytics Platform that accelerates innovation by unifying data science, engineering, and business. It utilizes Apache Spark to help clients with cloud-based big data processing. It puts Spark on “autopilot” to significantly reduce operational complexity and management cost. The Databricks I/O module (DBIO) improves the read and write performance of Apache Spark in the cloud. An increase in productivity is ensured through Databricks’ collaborative workplace.

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    Sample Customers
    ING, Priceline.com, Nordea, Target, RBC, Tivo, Capital One, Chartboost
    Elsevier, MyFitnessPal, Sharethrough, Automatic Labs, Celtra, Radius Intelligence, Yesware
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Media Company10%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Mining And Metals Company14%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Confluent is ranked 6th in Streaming Analytics with 6 reviews while Databricks is ranked 1st in Streaming Analytics with 24 reviews. Confluent is rated 8.2, while Databricks is rated 7.8. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Databricks writes "Has a good feature set but it needs samples and templates to help invite users to see results". Confluent is most compared with Amazon MSK, Amazon Kinesis, AWS Glue, Lenses.io and Cloudera DataFlow, whereas Databricks is most compared with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio, Amazon SageMaker, Azure Stream Analytics, Alteryx and Dataiku Data Science Studio. See our Confluent vs. Databricks report.

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