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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Apache Kafka?


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

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17 Answers
Barista Brewing Espresso at Linkedln
Real User
Top 20
07 July 22

We are currently using the open-source version.

Reza Sadeghi - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Developer at a non-profit with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
26 June 22

Kafka is free.

Ravi Kuppusamy - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO and Founder at BAssure Solutions
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
17 May 22

Apache Kafka is an open-sourced solution. There are fees if you want the support, and I would recommend it for enterprises. There are annual subscriptions available.

Salvatore Campana - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
27 April 22

It's a bit cheaper compared to other Q applications.

ShoaibKhan - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Specialist at APIZone
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
30 March 22

This is an open-source version.

Vice President at Anchorage
Real User
Top 20
16 February 22

It's free. We use the free version.

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Program Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
15 December 21

Our clients purchased the license and they think it's an affordable solution.

Mario Estrada - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at Estrada & Consultores
Real User
Top 20
07 August 21

Apache Kafka is OpenSource, you can set it up in your own Kubernetes cluster or subscribe to Kafka providers online as a service.

Sr Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
26 June 21

Apache Kafka is free. My clients were using Confluent which provides high-quality support and services, and it was relatively expensive for our client. There was a lot of back and forth on negotiating the price. Confluent has an offering that has Cloud-Based pricing. There are different packages, prices, and capabilities. The highest level being the most expensive. AWS provides services to their market, for example, to have Kafka running. I do not know what the pricing is and I am fairly confident, Azure and GCP provide similar services.

Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
12 May 21

The licensing for this solution is pay-as-you-use.

freelance at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
19 August 20

Apache Kafka is an open-source solution and there are no fees, but there are fees associated with confluence, which are based on subscription.

Senior Consultant at instaclustr
28 June 20

The solution is open source; it's free to use.

Enterprice Architect
Real User
30 March 20

Kafka is more reasonably priced than IBM MQ.

Owner at
Real User
30 March 20

Kafka is open-source and it is cheaper than any other product.

MoulaliNaguri - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Engineer at Wipro Technologies
Real User
03 February 20

It's an open-source product, so the pricing isn't an issue. It's free to use. We don't have costs associated with it.

OnurTokat - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Big Data Developer | Cloudera at Dilisim
Real User
19 January 20

I'm unaware of the costs surrounding licensing and setup.

Technology Lead at Infosys Technologies Ltd
Real User
12 January 20

Apache Kafka is open-source and can be used free of charge.

Related Questions
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Sep 14, 2022
Which is better?
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31 October 21
Apache Kafka is open source and can be used for free. It has very good log management and has a way to store the data used for analytics. Apache Kafka is very good if you have a high number of users. This tool has great scalability with high throughput and a very helpful supportive online community. However, Kafka does not provide control over the message queue, so it is difficult to know whether messages are being delivered, lost, or duplicated. We would like to see more adapters for connecting to different systems made available. I think this would be a better product if the graphical user interface was easier. The manual calculations needed for this solution can be difficult. If the process was automated, it would be a much better product. IBM MQ has a very strong reputation and is very robust with great stability. This solution is easy to use, simple to configure, and integrates well with our enterprise ecosystem and protocols. IBM ensures message delivery. You can track and trace everything. If a message doesn’t arrive at its destination, it will go back to the queue; this ensures no message is ever lost. This is a huge selling point for us. IBM MQ does not handle huge volume very well, though. There are some limitations to the queues. If these limitations could be relaxed, it would be a better product for us. You have to license per application and installation, so scaling up can get very costly very quickly. Conclusion Apache Kafka is a cost-effective solution for high-volume, multi-source data collection. If you are in a high-growth trajectory and if total message accountability and tracking is not a huge issue for you, this solution may work well for you. IBM MQ is a licensed product and can be very expensive, it also does not scale easily, which can be very problematic. IBM MQ requires a definite skillset that not many people have, which can be an issue for some and it affects the fast responsive support of this solution.
George Thomas - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
14 September 22
The choice depends on your use case.
Nurit Sherman - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Operations Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Apr 02, 2018
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is IBM MQ vs RabbitMQ? Which of these two solutions would you recommend as a Message Queue soluton? Why? Thanks! --Rhea
2 out of 9 answers
Nikola Tzaprev - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Cloud Platform Development at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
07 March 18
Depends on the use case requirements… For most cases, I will recommend RMQ before IBM MQ… There are certain cases of elevated security that might push the scale into IBM’s court. Encryption of messages might be one of those cases. Enhanced DR capabilities on the message queue level might be another… The two case above are very specific edge cases and not typically solved by a queuing solution. So I would go with RMQ almost all the time.
it_user785046 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Fullstack Developer with 10,001+ employees
07 March 18
Well, I have experienced both. And What Can I say? Nowadays I would prefer Rabbit rather than IBM because Rabbit addressed very well the requirements, has a great throughput (Not as good as Kafka and its free. Also, it was a little bit easier to integrate (But that is not the main point), much easier to find online help to solve your daily problems. IBM has licensed support but to solve daily problems I used to go to google but never found what I needed in a few minutes.
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