Google Cloud Bigtable vs Kafka Manager: What are the differences?
Developers describe Google Cloud Bigtable as "The same database that powers Google Search, Gmail and Analytics". Google Cloud Bigtable offers you a fast, fully managed, massively scalable NoSQL database service that's ideal for web, mobile, and Internet of Things applications requiring terabytes to petabytes of data. Unlike comparable market offerings, Cloud Bigtable doesn't require you to sacrifice speed, scale, or cost efficiency when your applications grow. Cloud Bigtable has been battle-tested at Google for more than 10 years—it's the database driving major applications such as Google Analytics and Gmail. On the other hand, Kafka Manager is detailed as "A tool for managing Apache Kafka, developed by Yahoo". This interface makes it easier to identify topics which are unevenly distributed across the cluster or have partition leaders unevenly distributed across the cluster. It supports management of multiple clusters, preferred replica election, replica re-assignment, and topic creation. It is also great for getting a quick bird’s eye view of the cluster.
Google Cloud Bigtable can be classified as a tool in the "NoSQL Database as a Service" category, while Kafka Manager is grouped under "Message Queue".
Some of the features offered by Google Cloud Bigtable are:
- Unmatched Performance: Single-digit millisecond latency and over 2X the performance per dollar of unmanaged NoSQL alternatives.
- Open Source Interface: Because Cloud Bigtable is accessed through the HBase API, it is natively integrated with much of the existing big data and Hadoop ecosystem and supports Google’s big data products. Additionally, data can be imported from or exported to existing HBase clusters through simple bulk ingestion tools using industry-standard formats.
- Low Cost: By providing a fully managed service and exceptional efficiency, Cloud Bigtable’s total cost of ownership is less than half the cost of its direct competition.
On the other hand, Kafka Manager provides the following key features:
- Manage multiple clusters
- Easy inspection of cluster state (topics, brokers, replica distribution, partition distribution)
- Run preferred replica election
Kafka Manager is an open source tool with 7.45K GitHub stars and 1.82K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kafka Manager's open source repository on GitHub.
Spotify, Resultados Digitais, and Rainist are some of the popular companies that use Google Cloud Bigtable, whereas Kafka Manager is used by Yahoo!, IgnitionOne, and Ocado Technology. Google Cloud Bigtable has a broader approval, being mentioned in 17 company stacks & 3 developers stacks; compared to Kafka Manager, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.