What Is Kafka?

What is Kafka ?

Kafka’s growth is exploding. More than one-third of all Fortune 500 companies use Kafka.  It is used for real-time streams of data, to collect big data, or to do real time analysis (or both). Kafka is used with in-memory microservices to provide durability and it can be used to feed events to CEP (complex event streaming systems) and IoT/IFTTT-style automation systems.

Why Kafka?

Kafka is often used in real-time streaming data architectures to provide real-time analytics. Since Kafka is a fast, scalable, durable, and fault-tolerant publish-subscribe messaging system, .

 

Kafka has operational simplicity. It is to set up and use, and it is easy to figure out how Kafka works. However, the main reason Kafka is very popular is its excellent performance. It is sta0ble, provides reliable durability, has a flexible publish-subscribe/queue that scales well with N-number of consumer groups, has robust replication, provides producers with tunable consistency guarantees, and it provides preserved ordering at the shard level (i.e. Kafka topic partition). In addition, Kafka works well with systems that have data streams to process and enables those systems to aggregate, transform, and load into other stores. But none of those characteristics would matter if Kafka was slow. The most important reason Kafka is popular is Kafka’s exceptional performance.

 

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