Apex vs Apache Flink: What are the differences?
What is Apex? Serverless Architecture with AWS Lambda. Apex is a small tool for deploying and managing AWS Lambda functions. With shims for languages not yet supported by Lambda, you can use Golang out of the box.
What is Apache Flink? Fast and reliable large-scale data processing engine. Apache Flink is an open source system for fast and versatile data analytics in clusters. Flink supports batch and streaming analytics, in one system. Analytical programs can be written in concise and elegant APIs in Java and Scala.
Apex can be classified as a tool in the "Serverless / Task Processing" category, while Apache Flink is grouped under "Big Data Tools".
Some of the features offered by Apex are:
- Supports languages Lambda does not natively support via shim, such as Go
- Binary install (useful for continuous deployment in CI etc)
- Project level function and resource management
On the other hand, Apache Flink provides the following key features:
- Hybrid batch/streaming runtime that supports batch processing and data streaming programs.
- Custom memory management to guarantee efficient, adaptive, and highly robust switching between in-memory and data processing out-of-core algorithms.
- Flexible and expressive windowing semantics for data stream programs
Apex and Apache Flink are both open source tools. Apache Flink with 9.35K GitHub stars and 5K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Apex with 7.84K GitHub stars and 568 GitHub forks.