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Implementing Kafka does not have to be difficult!
Kafka streaming applications can be frustrating to build, challenging to scale, and difficult to troubleshoot. Fortunately, we can take care of all that for you. Imagine how much more you can do with your time?
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Sisir Shekhar, Principal Engineer at NetApp
...you don't want to spend time deploying that kafka cluster you want to spend time analyzing the data.
Common Kafka use cases
Kafka works well as a replacement for a more traditional message broker. Message brokers are used for various reasons, such as decoupling processing from data producers, buffering unprocessed messages, etc. Compared to most messaging systems, Kafka has better throughput, built-in partitioning, replication, and fault tolerance, making it a good solution for large-scale message processing applications. Messaging uses are often comparatively low throughput but may require low end-to-end latency and often depend on Kafka's strong durability guarantees. In this domain, Kafka is comparable to traditional messaging systems such as ActiveMQ or RabbitMQ.
Website activity tracking
The original use case for Kafka was to rebuild a user activity tracking pipeline as a set of real-time publish-subscribe feeds. Site activities like page views, searches, or other user actions get published to central topics with one topic per activity type. These feeds are available for subscription for various use cases, including real-time processing, real-time monitoring, and loading into Hadoop or offline data warehousing systems for offline processing and reporting. Activity tracking is often very high in volume as many activity messages are generated for each page view
Use Kafka for the operational monitoring of data. Aggregate statistics from distributed applications to produce centralized feeds of operational data.
Many people use Kafka as a replacement for a log aggregation solution. Log aggregation typically collects physical log files off servers and puts them in a central place (a file server or HDFS perhaps) for processing. Kafka abstracts away the details of files and gives a cleaner abstraction of log or event data as a stream of messages. This capability allows for lower-latency processing and easy support for multiple data sources and distributed data consumption. Compared to log-centric systems like Scribe or Flume, Kafka offers equally good performance, stronger durability guarantees due to replication, and much lower end-to-end latency.
It is common to use Kafka to process data in processing pipelines consisting of multiple stages. Raw input data is consumed from Kafka topics and then aggregated, enriched, or otherwise transformed into new topics for further consumption or follow-up processing. For example, a processing pipeline for recommending news articles might crawl article content from RSS feeds and publish it to an "articles" topic. Further processing might normalize or deduplicate this content and publish the cleansed article content to a new topic. A final processing stage might attempt to recommend this content to users. Such processing pipelines create graphs of real-time data flows based on particular topics.
Starting in version 0.10.0.0, a lightweight but powerful stream processing library called Kafka Streams is available in Apache Kafka to perform such data processing as described above.
Event sourcing is a style of application design where state changes get logged as a time-ordered sequence of records. Kafka's support for massive stored log data makes it an excellent backend for an application built in this style.
Kafka can serve as a kind of external commit-log for a distributed system. The log helps replicate data between nodes and acts as a re-syncing mechanism for failed nodes to restore their data. The log compaction feature in Kafka helps support this usage.
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The reality of DIY Kafka
Building your Kafka solution and going from POC to production requires a significant investment from multiple engineers over many months.
- Effort and resources are underestimated
- Project timelines become extended
- A lot of reinvention reduces time on core work
- Knowledgeable resources are scarce
- Security and dashboards are often inadequate
- Full-featured solution not feasible for small IT teams
What about Hosted Kafka?
Hosted managed Kafka solutions promise simple turnkey solutions, but data becomes spread across more data locations.
- Increased data movement in/out of vendor VPCs
- Creates privacy, security, latency, and cost issues
- Not as cost-effective with high event volumes
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