Aiven Kafka

4.5 / 5 7 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

SMEs and large corporations using a microservices architecture that need a fully-managed and hosted streaming platform that is immediately deployable and scalable.


Average Ratings

7 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $200.00/month
    See pricing details
  • Pricing Details
    Aiven services are charged by the hour and billed monthly.
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
  • Support
    Online
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Aiven
  • aiven.io
  • Founded 2016
  • Finland

About Aiven Kafka

Aiven Kafka is a scalable, fully-managed streaming data platform and distributed messaging system hosted on all major clouds. With basic features such as automatic balancing and advanced ones, like Kafka REST and Schema Registry, Aiven Kafka is the most comprehensive service on the market. Security is essential, which is why we encrypt your data at rest and transit, only run your service on dedicated virtual machines, and handle all security updates. Start today with no commitments!


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Aiven Kafka Features

  • Collaboration
  • Data Blends
  • Data Cleansing
  • Data Mining
  • Data Visualization
  • Data Warehousing
  • High Volume Processing
  • No-Code Sandbox
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Templates

Aiven Kafka Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Good, if a bit limited and expensive.

Nov 07, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It works, it is reliable. The UI is pretty good, although doesn't work in Firefox very well :'(
All in all, a good way to run kafka for some use cases.

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Cons: Expensive, especially to increase storage. That is limiting, especially if you want to use Kafka for infinite durable, HA storage, which IMO is a very interesting use case.

Some configs (e.g. `min.insync.replicas` = 1) are not ideal (see above). Changing them is hard (i'm told) and requires restarting the brokers, which cannot be done through the UI.

Basically I wish the usecase of kafka-as-db had better support. As it stands, it's not really an option.

Overall: no more downtime!

Seamless and full featured.

Oct 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Seamless deploys of kafka without the burden of opsing it yourself. Up to date with the latest kafka and offers one click schema registry deploys as well.

Cons: More documentation of the web console please! Would love to more easily see the kafka configuration generated for the config specified via the UI.

Using Kafka as a persistent queue for large amount data

Oct 12, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Scale well to handle large loads, resilient. Customer support from Aiven is reactive and competent, a pleasure to work with them.

Cons: Configuration is a bit difficult, there's a learning curve. In particular understanding the concepts of Kafka, the impact of configuration parameters, in order to have a setting corresponding to the need take some time. Fortunately, the Aiven team is able to help with helpful advices.

Overall: It helped us build a scalable real-time analytics platform.

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It has been a game changer in our business

Oct 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: It provides a working out of the box Kafka with REST API, Schema Registry, and Kafka Connect. It also makes available a very powerful REST API and command line tool to manage the services. Topics ACL and per user certificates are a very good addition for any non-trivial use case.

Cons: Some available settings are not very well documented. Also using Kafka is not the most trivial things in the hearth. Would be good to have more detailed monitoring maybe coupled with InfluxDb that is already available in Aiven

Overall: It saved us from the hassle to manage Kafka cluster ourselves, with a very fast response customer support

Was able to get started very quickly and pushing data to a new Kafka cluster within minutes.

Oct 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to specify a specific data center in Azure to ensure it is as close as possible to the rest of our applications. How easy it is to configure in the dashboard.

Cons: Options for extended retention periods. We had thoughts of using Kafka data retention as our source of all historical data, but the limited retention periods were problematic. Perhaps an option to specify longer, or hook it into our own storage.

Vendor Response

by Aiven on October 16, 2017

Thank you for your honest feedback David. First, we'd like to apologize for not making it readily apparent that we do have this feature available. Second, here is our help article on the available options to extend your retention periods: http://help.aiven.io/kafka/kafka-data-retention Third, we are currently working on a process to ensure that our clients stay abreast of the features available to them so stay tuned! Thanks again!

Works great nothing to add ;)

Oct 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The high level professional support. Fast adding new features and very flexible if you need a custom configuations

Cons: I would love to chose my kafka version as well as having no-SSL by option. Also auto VPC peering would be cool

Overall: painless kafka service

Very easy and fluent operation

Oct 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability and capability to switch cloud of hot production system. and te fact that the prices are clearly shown.

Cons: Lack of "reset topic" feature that would be nice for testing and CI purposes. And of course the service could be cheaper.

Overall: Flexibility and open architecture.