IronMQ vs Kafka: What are the differences?
What is IronMQ? Message Queue for any deployment. An easy-to-use highly available message queuing service. Built for distributed cloud applications with critical messaging needs. Provides on-demand message queuing with advanced features and cloud-optimized performance.
What is Kafka? 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.
IronMQ and Kafka can be categorized as "Message Queue" tools.
Some of the features offered by IronMQ are:
- Instant High Availability- Runs on top cloud infrastructures and uses multiple high-availability data centers. Uses reliable datastores for message durability and persistence.
- Easy to Use- IronMQ is super easy to use. Simply connect directly to the API endpoints and you're ready to create and use queues. There are also client libraries available in any language you want – Ruby, Python, PHP, Java, .NET, Go, Node.JS, and more
- Scalable / High Performance- Built using high-performance languages designed for concurrency and runs on industrial-strength clouds. Push messages and stream data at will without worrying about memory limits or adding more servers.
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)
"Great Support" is the primary reason why developers consider IronMQ over the competitors, whereas "High-throughput" was stated as the key factor in picking Kafka.
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.
Uber Technologies, Spotify, and Slack are some of the popular companies that use Kafka, whereas IronMQ is used by HotelTonight, Coinbase, and Hubble. Kafka has a broader approval, being mentioned in 509 company stacks & 470 developers stacks; compared to IronMQ, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.