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Heroku Postgres vs Kafka: What are the differences?

Developers describe Heroku Postgres as "Heroku's Database-as-a-Service. Based on the most powerful open-source database, PostgreSQL". Heroku Postgres provides a SQL database-as-a-service that lets you focus on building your application instead of messing around with database management. 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.

Heroku Postgres belongs to "PostgreSQL as a Service" category of the tech stack, while Kafka can be primarily classified under "Message Queue".

Some of the features offered by Heroku Postgres are:

  • High Availability
  • Rollback
  • Dataclips

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)

"Easy to setup" is the primary reason why developers consider Heroku Postgres over the competitors, whereas "High-throughput" was stated as the key factor in picking Kafka.

Kafka is an open source tool with 12.5K GitHub stars and 6.7K 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 501 company stacks & 451 developers stacks; compared to Heroku Postgres, which is listed in 74 company stacks and 38 developer stacks.

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What is Heroku Postgres?

Heroku Postgres provides a SQL database-as-a-service that lets you focus on building your application instead of messing around with database management.

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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What are some alternatives to Heroku Postgres and Kafka?
MongoDB
MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding.
ClearDB
ClearDB uses a combination of advanced replication techniques, advanced cluster technology, and layered web services to provide you with a MySQL database that is "smarter" than usual.
Heroku
Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.
Google Cloud SQL
MySQL databases deployed in the cloud without a fuss. Google Cloud Platform provides you with powerful databases that run fast, don’t run out of space and give your application the redundant, reliable storage it needs.
Heroku Redis
Heroku Redis is an in-memory key-value data store, run by Heroku, that is provisioned and managed as an add-on. Heroku Redis is accessible from any language with a Redis driver, including all languages and frameworks supported by Heroku.
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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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PSESD uses Heroku PostgresHeroku Postgres

Stores the admin database for the SRX apps - includes an audit log, error tracking, and SRX admin message log.

Will also store PRS rules when refactor is complete.

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Tim Lucas uses Heroku PostgresHeroku Postgres

Rock solid transactional storage of user, purchase and course activity data. During development database dumps were easy to create and download locally for testing.

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datapile uses Heroku PostgresHeroku Postgres

We use heroku PostgreSQL databases for testing alongside our sandboxed application(s) in heroku.

Extremely simple, practically a one-click setup.

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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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Hunt Norment uses Heroku PostgresHeroku Postgres

4 years of experience using Heroku Postgres for data storage and management.

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Kyle Fretwell uses Heroku PostgresHeroku Postgres

Created several tables for users, brands, deals, campaigns, and tracking.

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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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