Kafka vs. NSQ vs. Kestrel



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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.

What is NSQ?

NSQ is a realtime distributed messaging platform designed to operate at scale, handling billions of messages per day. It promotes distributed and decentralized topologies without single points of failure, enabling fault tolerance and high availability coupled with a reliable message delivery guarantee. See features & guarantees.

What is Kestrel?

Kestrel is based on Blaine Cook's "starling" simple, distributed message queue, with added features and bulletproofing, as well as the scalability offered by actors and the JVM.

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Why do developers choose Kafka?
Why do you like Kafka?

Why do developers choose NSQ?
Why do you like NSQ?

Why do developers choose Kestrel?
Why do you like Kestrel?

What are the cons of using Kafka?
Downsides of Kafka?

What are the cons of using NSQ?
Downsides of NSQ?

What are the cons of using Kestrel?
No Cons submitted yet for Kestrel
Downsides of Kestrel?

What companies use Kafka?
595 companies on StackShare use Kafka
What companies use NSQ?
21 companies on StackShare use NSQ
What companies use Kestrel?
4 companies on StackShare use Kestrel
What tools integrate with Kafka?
26 tools on StackShare integrate with Kafka
No integrations listed yet
No integrations listed yet

What are some alternatives to Kafka, NSQ, and Kestrel?

  • RabbitMQ - RabbitMQ is a messaging broker - an intermediary for messaging
  • Amazon SQS - Fully managed message queuing service
  • Celery - Distributed task queue
  • ActiveMQ - A message broker written in Java together with a full JMS client

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