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Amazon Kinesis Firehose vs Kafka: What are the differences?

Developers describe Amazon Kinesis Firehose as "Simple and Scalable Data Ingestion". Amazon Kinesis Firehose is the easiest way to load streaming data into AWS. It can capture and automatically load streaming data into Amazon S3 and Amazon Redshift, enabling near real-time analytics with existing business intelligence tools and dashboards you鈥檙e already using today. On the other hand, Kafka is detailed as "Distributed, fault tolerant, high throughput pub-sub messaging system". Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design.

Amazon Kinesis Firehose and Kafka are primarily classified as "Real-time Data Processing" and "Message Queue" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Amazon Kinesis Firehose are:

  • Easy-to-Use
  • Integrated with AWS Data Stores
  • Automatic Elasticity

On the other hand, Kafka provides the following key features:

  • Written at LinkedIn in Scala
  • Used by LinkedIn to offload processing of all page and other views
  • Defaults to using persistence, uses OS disk cache for hot data (has higher throughput then any of the above having persistence enabled)

Kafka is an open source tool with 12.7K GitHub stars and 6.81K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kafka's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Kafka has a broader approval, being mentioned in 509 company stacks & 470 developers stacks; compared to Amazon Kinesis Firehose, which is listed in 33 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon Kinesis Firehose?

Amazon Kinesis Firehose is the easiest way to load streaming data into AWS. It can capture and automatically load streaming data into Amazon S3 and Amazon Redshift, enabling near real-time analytics with existing business intelligence tools and dashboards you鈥檙e already using today.

What is Kafka?

Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design.
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      Decisions about Amazon Kinesis Firehose and Kafka
      Adam Rabinovitch
      Adam Rabinovitch
      Global Technical Recruiting Lead & Engineering Evangelist at Beamery | 3 upvotes 156.8K views
      atBeameryBeamery
      Kafka
      Kafka
      Redis
      Redis
      Elasticsearch
      Elasticsearch
      MongoDB
      MongoDB
      RabbitMQ
      RabbitMQ
      Go
      Go
      Node.js
      Node.js
      Kubernetes
      Kubernetes
      #Microservices

      Beamery runs a #microservices architecture in the backend on top of Google Cloud with Kubernetes There are a 100+ different microservice split between Node.js and Go . Data flows between the microservices over REST and gRPC and passes through Kafka RabbitMQ as a message bus. Beamery stores data in MongoDB with near-realtime replication to Elasticsearch . In addition, Beamery uses Redis for various memory-optimized tasks.

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      Conor Myhrvold
      Conor Myhrvold
      Tech Brand Mgr, Office of CTO at Uber | 4 upvotes 97.8K views
      atUber TechnologiesUber Technologies
      Kafka Manager
      Kafka Manager
      Kafka
      Kafka
      GitHub
      GitHub
      Apache Spark
      Apache Spark
      Hadoop
      Hadoop

      Why we built Marmaray, an open source generic data ingestion and dispersal framework and library for Apache Hadoop :

      Built and designed by our Hadoop Platform team, Marmaray is a plug-in-based framework built on top of the Hadoop ecosystem. Users can add support to ingest data from any source and disperse to any sink leveraging the use of Apache Spark . The name, Marmaray, comes from a tunnel in Turkey connecting Europe and Asia. Similarly, we envisioned Marmaray within Uber as a pipeline connecting data from any source to any sink depending on customer preference:

      https://eng.uber.com/marmaray-hadoop-ingestion-open-source/

      (Direct GitHub repo: https://github.com/uber/marmaray Kafka Kafka Manager )

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      Roman Bulgakov
      Roman Bulgakov
      Senior Back-End Developer, Software Architect at Chemondis GmbH | 3 upvotes 10.5K views
      Kafka
      Kafka

      I use Kafka because it has almost infinite scaleability in terms of processing events (could be scaled to process hundreds of thousands of events), great monitoring (all sorts of metrics are exposed via JMX).

      Downsides of using Kafka are: - you have to deal with Zookeeper - you have to implement advanced routing yourself (compared to RabbitMQ it has no advanced routing)

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      RabbitMQ
      RabbitMQ
      Kafka
      Kafka

      The question for which Message Queue to use mentioned "availability, distributed, scalability, and monitoring". I don't think that this excludes many options already. I does not sound like you would take advantage of Kafka's strengths (replayability, based on an even sourcing architecture). You could pick one of the AMQP options.

      I would recommend the RabbitMQ message broker, which not only implements the AMQP standard 0.9.1 (it can support 1.x or other protocols as well) but has also several very useful extensions built in. It ticks the boxes you mentioned and on top you will get a very flexible system, that allows you to build the architecture, pick the options and trade-offs that suite your case best.

      For more information about RabbitMQ, please have a look at the linked markdown I assembled. The second half explains many configuration options. It also contains links to managed hosting and to libraries (though it is missing Python's - which should be Puka, I assume).

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      Fr茅d茅ric MARAND
      Fr茅d茅ric MARAND
      Core Developer at OSInet | 2 upvotes 88.2K views
      atOSInetOSInet
      RabbitMQ
      RabbitMQ
      Beanstalkd
      Beanstalkd
      Kafka
      Kafka

      I used Kafka originally because it was mandated as part of the top-level IT requirements at a Fortune 500 client. What I found was that it was orders of magnitude more complex ...and powerful than my daily Beanstalkd , and far more flexible, resilient, and manageable than RabbitMQ.

      So for any case where utmost flexibility and resilience are part of the deal, I would use Kafka again. But due to the complexities involved, for any time where this level of scalability is not required, I would probably just use Beanstalkd for its simplicity.

      I tend to find RabbitMQ to be in an uncomfortable middle place between these two extremities.

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      Praveen Mooli
      Praveen Mooli
      Technical Leader at Taylor and Francis | 11 upvotes 96.7K views
      MongoDB Atlas
      MongoDB Atlas
      Amazon S3
      Amazon S3
      Amazon DynamoDB
      Amazon DynamoDB
      Amazon RDS
      Amazon RDS
      Serverless
      Serverless
      Docker
      Docker
      Terraform
      Terraform
      Travis CI
      Travis CI
      GitHub
      GitHub
      RxJS
      RxJS
      Angular 2
      Angular 2
      AWS Lambda
      AWS Lambda
      Amazon SQS
      Amazon SQS
      Amazon SNS
      Amazon SNS
      Amazon Kinesis Firehose
      Amazon Kinesis Firehose
      Amazon Kinesis
      Amazon Kinesis
      Flask
      Flask
      Python
      Python
      ExpressJS
      ExpressJS
      Node.js
      Node.js
      Spring Boot
      Spring Boot
      Java
      Java
      #Data
      #Devops
      #Webapps
      #Eventsourcingframework
      #Microservices
      #Backend

      We are in the process of building a modern content platform to deliver our content through various channels. We decided to go with Microservices architecture as we wanted scale. Microservice architecture style is an approach to developing an application as a suite of small independently deployable services built around specific business capabilities. You can gain modularity, extensive parallelism and cost-effective scaling by deploying services across many distributed servers. Microservices modularity facilitates independent updates/deployments, and helps to avoid single point of failure, which can help prevent large-scale outages. We also decided to use Event Driven Architecture pattern which is a popular distributed asynchronous architecture pattern used to produce highly scalable applications. The event-driven architecture is made up of highly decoupled, single-purpose event processing components that asynchronously receive and process events.

      To build our #Backend capabilities we decided to use the following: 1. #Microservices - Java with Spring Boot , Node.js with ExpressJS and Python with Flask 2. #Eventsourcingframework - Amazon Kinesis , Amazon Kinesis Firehose , Amazon SNS , Amazon SQS, AWS Lambda 3. #Data - Amazon RDS , Amazon DynamoDB , Amazon S3 , MongoDB Atlas

      To build #Webapps we decided to use Angular 2 with RxJS

      #Devops - GitHub , Travis CI , Terraform , Docker , Serverless

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      How developers use Amazon Kinesis Firehose and Kafka
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      Pinterest uses KafkaKafka

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      Front-end messages are logged to Kafka by our API and application servers. We have batch processing (on the middle-left) and real-time processing (on the middle-right) pipelines to process the experiment data. For batch processing, after daily raw log get to s3, we start our nightly experiment workflow to figure out experiment users groups and experiment metrics. We use our in-house workflow management system Pinball to manage the dependencies of all these MapReduce jobs.

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      Coolfront Technologies uses KafkaKafka

      Building out real-time streaming server to present data insights to Coolfront Mobile customers and internal sales and marketing teams.

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      ShareThis uses KafkaKafka

      We are using Kafka as a message queue to process our widget logs.

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      Christopher Davison uses KafkaKafka

      Used for communications and triggering jobs across ETL systems

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      theskyinflames uses KafkaKafka

      Used as a integration middleware by messaging interchanging.

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