What is Kafka?
Apache Kafka is the leading streaming and queuing technology for large-scale, always-on applications– which is currently trusted in production by thousands of enterprises globally including the likes of Netflix, Twitter, Spotify, Uber and more.
The technology architecture and implementation makes it highly reliable and highly available, enabling stream processing applications to utilise geographically distributed data streams.
2 Main Use Cases:
Stream Processing :
Implement application logic based on the streams of events. The simplest example is keeping a running count of the number of occurrences of a particular type of event. Slightly more complex examples include calculating an average value over a 5 minute moving window or finding all events in one topic that have a corresponding event in another topic.
Use Case Example :
IoT application where the devices are automated example thermometers sending temperature readings. Using stream processing, you could keep track of the average temperature over the preceding hour and perform and action if any reading deviated from that by more than say 10%.
In a monitoring system, detecting when a application state is change from “UP” to “DOWN” multiple times in a given period
Providing a reliable, scalable location to temporary store messages to smooth out peaks in message arrival rates or hold messages while processing systems are unavailable.
Use Case Example :
Public facing internet systems where load spikes can occur fairly unpredictably.
Internet of Things: where volumes tend to be relatively predictable but readings never stop – store up data while processing systems are down.
Log processing : here errors can very quickly increase the volume of logs being produced and overwhelm processing systems. Using Kafka as a buffer can help smooth out these peaks.
Instaclustr’s competitive edge:
With the addition of Managed Kafka to the suite of solutions available through Instaclustr’s Open Source-as-a-Service platform, organizations using Instaclustr-managed Kafka are selecting an experienced provider distinguished by more than 20 million node hours under management and available technical teams that bring deep Kafka-specific expertise.
The managed Kafka offering follows the robust provisioning and management patterns used to deliver other leading open source technologies provided through the Instaclustr platform – including Apache Cassandra, Apache Spark, and Elassandra. Instaclustr Managed Apache Kafka is backed by advanced data technologies designed to deliver easy scalability, high performance, and uninterrupted availability. Additionally, Instaclustr provides customers with a SOC2 certified Kafka managed service, further ensuring secure data management and safeguarding client privacy.
Instaclustr is the Open Source-as-a-Service company, delivering reliability at scale. We operate an automated, proven, and trusted managed environment, providing database, analytics, search, and messaging. We enable companies to focus internal development and operational resources on building cutting-edge customer-facing applications.
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