Used by more than 80% of Fortune 100 companies, Apache Kafka has become a leading distributed event streaming platform. Originally created by LinkedIn, this open-source platform has evolved to handle trillions of events on a daily basis. Using Apache Kafka, companies can integrate diverse, real-time data streams such as page clicks, orders, searches, and other insights and feed it into a predictive analytics engine to analyze behaviors, trends, and other metrics defined by the organization.
What’s great about Apache Kafka is that it’s fast, scalable, durable, and highly available. It provides built-in stream processing and can connect to hundreds of event sources such as Postgres, AWS S3, and Elasticsearch. Furthermore, it is compatible with a multitude of programming languages and users can choose from an expansive ecosystem of open-source tools. Uses cases include:
- Real-time web and log analytics
- Transaction and event sourcing
- Decoupled microservices
- Stream ETL
- Metrics and log aggregation
Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka is easier and cost-effective
But implementing and managing Apache Kafka clusters in a production environment can be challenging. From setup and provisioning to manual configuration to patches and upgrades to integration and scaling, when it comes to Apache Kafka, there is a lot of complexity to manage.
Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) is a fully managed service that makes it easier and more cost-effective to set up, scale, manage, and maintain Apache Kafka clusters in production. With Amazon MSK, you’re just a few clicks away from creating highly available clusters. Amazon MSK does provisioning and management automatically, reducing operational overhead. Amazon MSK offers multiple levels of security, including encryption of data at rest. Plus, Amazon MSK continuously monitors cluster health, replacing unhealthy nodes automatically without application downtime.
Ultimately, Amazon MSK enables developers to spend more time on application development and less time on infrastructure management. In fact, the total cost of ownership can be 60% lower than self-managed Kafka. In addition, Amazon MSK offers deep AWS integration with services such as CloudWatch, IAM, KMS, and VPC support. Plus, Amazon MSK makes it easy to lift and shift your existing Apache Kafka applications to AWS without changing the application code.
Get started with Amazon MSK
As an Advanced Consulting Partner of AWS and an Amazon MSK partner, Beyondsoft has invested in deep technology expertise on the AWS platform. We can help your organization create streaming applications without the operational overhead of managing an Apache Kafka environment. Our experts can help you plan, migrate, and streamline your data securely and cost-effectively, and establish seamless integration with your other AWS services.
To learn how Beyondsoft can help you make the most of Apache Kafka through Amazon MSK, contact us today.