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"Their tech support is amazing; they are very good, both on and off-site.""The design of the product is extremely well built and it is highly configurable.""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.""A person with a good IT background and HTML will not have any trouble with Confluent.""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."

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"This solution reduces the latency to access changes in real-time and the effort required to onboard a new subscriber. It also reduces the maintenance of each of those interfaces because now the publisher and subscribers are decoupled. Event Broker handles all the communication and engagement. We can just push one update, then we don't have to know who is consuming it and what's happening to that publication downstream. It's all done by the broker, which is a huge benefit of using Event Broker.""In my assessment of Solace against other products — as I was responsible for evaluating various products and bringing the right tool into companies in the past — I worked with multiple platforms like RabbitMQ, Confluent, Kafka, and various other tools in the market. But I found the event mesh capability to be a very interesting as well as fulfilling capability, towards what we want to achieve from a digital-integration-strategy point of view... It's distributed, yet it is intelligently connected. It can also span and I can plug and play any number of brokers into the event mesh, so it's a great deal. That's a differentiator.""When we went to add another installation in our private cloud, it was easy. We received support from Solace and the install was seamless with no issues.""The topic hierarchy is pretty flexible. Once you have the subject defined just about anybody who knows Java can come onboard. The APIs are all there.""The most useful features has been the WAN optimization and probably the HybridEdge, which requires some third-party adapters or plugins. The idea that we can position Solace as a protocol-agnostic message transport fabric is key to our company having all manners of asynchronous messaging protocols from MQ, Kafka, JMS, etc. I really like the WAN optimization: Send once over a WAN, then distribute locally as many times as there are subscribers.""When it comes to granularity, you can literally do anything regarding how the filtering works.""We've built a lot of products into it and it's been quite easy to feed market data onto the systems and put entitlements and controls around that. That was a big win for us when we were consolidating our platforms down. Trying to have one event bus, one messaging bus, for the whole globe, and consolidate everything over time, has been key for us. We've been able to do that through one API, even if it's across the different languages.""Guaranteed Messaging allows for us to transport messages between on-prem and the cloud without any loss of data."

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"It would help if the knowledge based documents in the support portal could be available for public use as well.""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.""They should remove Zookeeper because of security issues.""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.""In Confluent, there could be a few more VPN options.""there is room for improvement in the visualization."

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"We've pointed out some things with the DMR piece, the event mesh, in edge cases where we could see a problem. Something like 99 percent of users wouldn't ever see this problem, but it has to do with if you get multiple bad clients sending data over a WAN, for example. That could then impact other clients.""One of the areas of improvement would be if we could tell the story a bit better about what an event mesh does or why an event mesh is foundational to a large enterprise that has a wide diversity of applications that are homegrown and a small number off the shelf.""The ease of management could be approved. The GUI is very good, but to configure and manage these devices programmatically in the software version is not easy. For example, if I would like to spin up a new software broker, then I could in theory use the API, but it would require a considerable amount of development effort to do so. There should be a tool, or something that Solace supports, that we could use for this, e.g., a platform like Terraform where we could use infrastructure as code to configure our source appliances.""I would like them to design topic and queue schemas, mapping them to the enterprise data structure.""Some of the feature's gaps with some of the open-source vendors have been closed in a lot of ways. Being more agile and addressing those earlier could be an area for improvement.""The product should allow third-party agents to be installed. Currently, it is quite proprietary.""It could be cheaper. It could also have easier usage. It is a brilliant product, but it is quite complex to use.""A challenge we currently have is Solace's ability to integrate with single sign-on in our Active Directory and other single sign-on tools and platforms that any company would have. It's important for the platforms to work. Typically, they support only LDAP-based connectivity to our SQL Servers."

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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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  • "There are different tiers where you can choose what would work for you. As a customer, you need to know roughly how many messages a month you will use."
  • "We have been really happy with the product licensing rates. It has been free for us, up to a 100,000 transactions per second, and all we have to do is pay for support. Making their product available and accessible to us has not been a problem at all."
  • "Having a free version is critical for our technology operations use case. This is primarily because our technology operations team is a cost center in our company. They are not profit drivers and having a free version for installation will probably meet our needs. Even for production, it'll support up to a 100,000 messages per second. I don't think in technology operations that we have that many events and alerts from our detection tools. Even if I have 20 or 30 event detection products out there, they're only going to publish the things which are critical or warnings. I don't think we'll ever reach a 100,000 messages per second."
  • "Having a free version of the solution was a big, important part of our decision to go with it. This was the big driver for us to evaluate Solace. We started using it as the free version. When we felt comfortable with the free version, that is when we bought the enterprise version."
  • "The pricing and licensing were very transparent and well-communicated by our account manager."
  • "We are looking for something that will add value and fit for purpose. Freeware is good if you want to try something quickly without putting in much money. However, as far as our decision is concerned, I don't think it helps. At the end of the day, if we are convinced that a capability is required, we will ask for the funding. Then, when the funding is available, we will go for an enterprise solution only."
  • "The licensing is dependent on the volume that is flowing. If you go for their support services, it will cost some more money, but I think it is worth it, especially if you are just starting your journey."
  • "It could be cheaper. Its licensing is on a yearly basis."
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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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    The way we can replicate information and send it to several subscribers is most valuable. It can be used for any kind of business where you've got multiple users who need information. Any company… more »
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    It could be cheaper. Its licensing is on a yearly basis.
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    It could be cheaper. It could also have easier usage. It is a brilliant product, but it is quite complex to use.
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    Also Known As
    Solace Virtual Message Router, Solace Cloud, Solace Message Router Appliance
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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.

    PubSub+ is a complete event streaming and management platform for the real-time enterprise.
    PubSub+ helps enterprises design, deploy and manage event-driven architectures across hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and IoT environments, so they can be more integrated and event-driven.

    The "+" in PubSub+ means it supports a wide range of message exchange patterns beyond publish/subscribe, including request/reply, streaming and replay, as well as different qualities of service, such as best effort and guaranteed delivery. It's available as an appliance, software, and as-a-service. All options offer the same functionality and management experience.

    PubSub+ lets users connect event brokers to form an event mesh - an architectural layer that supports dynamically routing events from one application to any other application no matter where those applications are deployed (no cloud, private cloud, public cloud) - so users can connect and orchestrate microservices, push events from on-premesis systems of record to cloud services, and enable digital transformation across LoBs and IoT.

    Its APIs supports popular programming languages, with open APIs and protocols to connect to any application, providing a best-in-class approach to messaging to never get locked in to any technology — including the vendor's own.

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    Sample Customers
    ING, Priceline.com, Nordea, Target, RBC, Tivo, Capital One, Chartboost
    FxPro, TP ICAP, Barclays, Airtel, American Express, Cobalt, Legal & General, LSE Group, Akuna Capital, Azure Information Technology, Brand.net, Canadian Securities Exchange, Core Transport Technologies, Crédit Agricole, Fluent Trade Technologies, Harris Corporation, Korea Exchange, Live E!, Mercuria Energy, Myspace, NYSE Technologies, Pico, RBC Capital Markets, Standard Chartered Bank, Unibet 
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Media Company10%
    Financial Services Firm63%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Pharma/Biotech Company13%
    Maritime Company13%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise78%
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    Confluent is ranked 6th in Streaming Analytics with 6 reviews while PubSub+ Event Broker is ranked 3rd in Streaming Analytics with 9 reviews. Confluent is rated 8.2, while PubSub+ Event Broker is rated 8.8. 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 PubSub+ Event Broker writes "We can add an application or users in the middle of the day, with no disruption to anyone". Confluent is most compared with Amazon MSK, Amazon Kinesis, AWS Glue, Lenses.io and Aiven for Apache Kafka, whereas PubSub+ Event Broker is most compared with Apache Kafka, IBM MQ, Amazon EventBridge, VMware RabbitMQ and Software AG Universal Messaging. See our Confluent vs. PubSub+ Event Broker report.

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