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Comparing Confluent with Traditional Messaging Middleware

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Traditional messaging middleware like Message Queues and Enterprise Service Buses middleware have been around for several decades. These is a mature technology used successfully in a wide variety of ways within today’s production enterprise architectures.

However, as with other mature technologies, the pace of innovation in this domain has slowed and saddled organizations with significant technical debt when it comes to maintaining these legacy technologies. The market has been reinvigorated by a significant rethinking of how to implement messaging in the face of the new demands such as:

  • Microservices and event-driven architectures to communicate with decoupled services
  • Cloud native architectures
  • Continuous stream processing
  • Application Modernization

In this paper, we explore some of the fundamental concepts of Apache Kafka®, the foundation of Confluent’s platform to set data in motion, and what makes it unique and differentiated when compared to traditional message-oriented middleware such as IBM MQ, TIBCO EMS, ActiveMQ, and JMS brokers in general.

Learn why Confluent is uniquely suited to run in the kind of distributed hybrid and multi-cloud environments that are becoming more and more prevalent today.

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