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GigaOm Ease-of-Use Comparison: Managed vs. Open-Source Kafka

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More companies than ever are turning to Apache Kafka®️ to outpace their competition with real-time data ingestion, streaming, and processing. Solutions that allow organizations to quickly stand up and scale these data streaming capabilities provide an undeniable advantage.

Often, however, organizations find it challenging to operate and maintain their Kafka use cases, leading them to turn to managed Kafka services. In a recent study, technology-focused analyst firm GigaOm compares the ease of use of self-managed, open-source Kafka and Confluent Cloud, a fully managed Kafka service.

GigaOm applies proven research methodologies and simulations to evaluate IT platforms on ease of use, a measure of the amount of time and effort required to complete specific tasks. In the report, you’ll see that Confluent Cloud is significantly easier to use than open-source Kafka.

Across all components of ease of use that GigaOm measured–including setup, development, operations, and scale–Confluent Cloud realized two to three times the value of open-source Kafka, eliminating hours or days of manual effort required for various tasks.

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