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Data Streaming Platforms: To Build or to Buy?

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Does your team have the technical expertise and resources to custom-build your data streaming platform and self-manage open source technologies, like Apache Kafka®️? Or would these tasks be better offloaded to a fully managed data streaming platform?

These are the burning questions on many tech leaders’ minds that this guide helps answer.

Weigh the pros and cons of each data streaming management option to help you make your decision using insights around:

  • The 5 key features to look for in a data streaming platform
  • Comprehensive criteria for evaluating the cost and complexity of your current data streaming solution
  • A breakdown of when it makes sense to self-manage open source technologies, like Apache Kafka, vs. when you should start evaluating a fully managed data streaming platform

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