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

29 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $200.00/month
  • 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!


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!


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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
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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

Vendor Response

by Aiven on February 20, 2019

Thank you Filippo for your comments.

We¿re glad to hear you have enjoyed using Aiven!

Aiven provides detailed gathering of Kafka telemetry and subsequent visualization through built-in dashboards using Aiven PostgreSQL(TimescaleDB) and Aiven Grafana. Here's some links you might find useful:

Aiven Service Integrations
https://help.aiven.io/services/integrations/getting-started-with-service-integrations

Aiven Kafka - Telemetry and Dashboards
https://aiven.io/blog/gain-visibility-with-kafka-dashboards/

DataDog integration
https://aiven.io/blog/datadog-meets-aiven/

Prometheus integration
https://aiven.io/blog/prometheus-can-now-be-integrated-with-aiven/

Thanks again!

Good, if a bit limited and expensive.

Nov 07, 2017
4/5
Overall

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.

Oh my god there's a limit on the characters for the review? you're really making me work hard for that tshirt!

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!

Vendor Response

by Aiven on February 20, 2019

Hi Martino,

Thanks for the review!

Regarding customizing Kafka settings (e.g. `min.insync.replicas` = 1), Aiven now provides the ability to set some advanced Kafka (broker-side) configuration settings. This can be accomplished via the Aiven commandline client (https://github.com/aiven/aiven-client).

Here¿s an example of how to set this parameter in newer versions of Kafka.

$ avn service types -v
$ avn service update myservice -c ¿kafka_rest_config.producer_acks=2¿
# `kafka_rest_config.producer_acks¿ The number of acknowledgments the producer requires the leader to have received before considering a request complete. If set to 'all' or '-1', the leader will wait for the full set of in-sync replicas to acknowledge the record.

Hope this helps and thank you again!

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!

A relatively easy to use solution to the Kafka/Zookeeper problem

Feb 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It's super simple to set up and do some basic monitoring. The fact that I could spin up a kafka cluster in minutes with a click of a button instead of spend hours or days setting one up in kubernetes is amazing

Cons: I with the web console had more utilities for things like testing and modifying offsets. More metrics about the state of kafka would be nice too

Vendor Response

by Aiven on February 20, 2019

Hello Jesse,

We appreciate your feedback!

First, resetting consumer group offsets can be accomplished per Aiven help documentation:
https://help.aiven.io/kafka/getting-started/viewing-and-resetting-consumer-group-offsets

Second, Aiven provides detailed gathering of Kafka telemetry and subsequent visualization through built-in dashboards using Aiven PostgreSQL(TimescaleDB) and Aiven Grafana. Here's some links you might find useful:

Aiven Service Integrations
https://help.aiven.io/services/integrations/getting-started-with-service-integrations

Aiven Kafka - Telemetry and Dashboards
https://aiven.io/blog/gain-visibility-with-kafka-dashboards/

DataDog integration
https://aiven.io/blog/datadog-meets-aiven/

Prometheus integration
https://aiven.io/blog/prometheus-can-now-be-integrated-with-aiven/

Thanks again and we hope you find this helpful!

Done PoC with Aiven.Experience was too good

Nov 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to use. Allow us to focus on our application logic instead of managing Kafka Infra. Good UI to use Kafka service.

Cons: I hope It would be better if add more monitoring tool as well as partition balancing.

Overall: We were planning to move event-driven architecture and also looking for a service provider which will manage the Kafka Infra. We found Aiven is one of the best players in the market.

Definitely, I would like to highlight their response to any of our queries and very good support. The man behind this achievement(PoC with Aiven Kafka) is PREM.

Vendor Response

by Aiven on February 20, 2019

Hello Priyabrata,

Thank you for your review! We¿re happy to hear you¿ve enjoyed your experience so far.

Regarding your comment on monitoring tools and partition balancing, topic rebalancing is a task that is taken care of for your by Aiven back-end monitoring and operations system. Monitoring for Aiven Kafka can be setup by using Service Integrations by following the blogs and documentation.

Here's some links you might find useful:

Aiven Service Integrations
https://help.aiven.io/services/integrations/getting-started-with-service-integrations

Aiven Kafka - Telemetry and Dashboards
https://aiven.io/blog/gain-visibility-with-kafka-dashboards/

DataDog integration
https://aiven.io/blog/datadog-meets-aiven/

Prometheus integration
https://aiven.io/blog/prometheus-can-now-be-integrated-with-aiven/

Thanks again!

Great service

Sep 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Fantastic support who answers questions swiftly. Easy to use and to setup users/ACL's.

Cons: Not reactive UI to monitor the Kafka topic. Logs can be improved as well.

Vendor Response

by Aiven on February 20, 2019

Hello,

Thank you for your honest feedback. It¿s great to hear you have enjoyed using Aiven.

Just wanted to let know that Aiven now provides Logs Integration via Elasticsearch which enables you to store and search many months worth of Aiven Kafka service logs.

You can find more information from this help article about log integrations: https://help.aiven.io/elasticsearch/getting-started-with-elasticsearch-log-integration

Thank you!

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.

Using Kafka for messaging between many microservices belonging to different teams

Mar 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: No need for us to deal with setting up and running our own clusters. All that difficult work is done for us and we can get on with delivering useful functionality.

Cons: Sometimes useful information is hidden and hard to get hold of. Sometimes changes have occurred in Kafka without us expecting them. That said, the Aiven team are responsive to improvement suggestions so as issues occur they tend to get dealt with and the product improves.

Amazing - fully hosted Managed Kafka for Enterprises

Oct 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Fully hosted & managed

Amazing support services

Availability across globe across various cloud service providers

Most reliable & Highly available services

REST service Integration

Low cost compared to other Managed Kafka providers

Cons: Well, none I think for now. You guys are doing great!!

Overall: We were been exploring Aiven Kafka - as a streaming platform for our application, and we found it to be apt for our use case.

We explored every aspect of Kafka, plus the integration with Aiven InfluxDB back to our hosted Graphing. With ease anybody can get this integrated, I commend them for their UI for the great user experience, Anybody can learn quickly & get it integrated.

I was been amazed for their zero downtime - while we upgrade servers from one set of hardware configuration to another & WITH NO DATA LOSS!!!

Keep up the good work!

Easy setup with many cloud providers and excellent support

Mar 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Setup in minutes, uses reliable cloud providers, able to do VPC peering and easy management of the clusters.

Cons: When we have the VPC peering, the cluster is not accessible from the public anymore, it would be nice if there is an option to have the kafka rest endpoint as public even in vpc peering.

Overall: a managed environment without the operational support from internal teams.

Vendor Response

by Aiven on February 20, 2019

Thanks for the review.

We¿re glad to hear your experience with Aiven has been good.

About the feature you requested, it is currently available. Please contact Aiven support if you need this feature.

Thank you again!

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.

Positive overall, room for improvement.

Jun 20, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Not having to maintain a kafka server internally! It was a lot of work and provisioning it was a massive pain.

Cons: ACL/permission management:

* No ability to see permissions by topic, or by user, just a massive list

* separate entity in permissions list for every partition!

* ability to create permissions for non-existent users

* duplicate entries in permissions list

Vendor Response

by Aiven on February 20, 2019

Thanks for your honest review David.

Aiven console now provides the ability to setup and view ACLs at the topic level. You can find more information from this article about Kafka Users and Access Control: https://help.aiven.io/kafka/configuration/kafka-users-and-access-control

Hope you find this helpful!

Capterra loader

Deploying Kafka doesn't need to be a Kafkaesque nightmare: Aiven can help you

Sep 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - Simple interface

- Concepts are based on familiar devOps technologies, like manifestos in Kubernetes etc.

Cons: Not much to complain. It's been smooth, apart from having to read documentation and play with some tutorials.

Overall: Very positive!

Easy to use and Excellent customer support.

Dec 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - Very easy to use and setup and should not need customer support at all.

- when you do need customer support , they are super fast to respond.

Cons: - API documentation is good , but can be better

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

Vendor Response

by Aiven on February 20, 2019

Hello Piotr,

We appreciate your comments.

Just wanted to let you know that Aiven Kafka enables the customer to select the version of Apache Kafka supported in Aiven. Aiven typically supports the three latest versions. At the time of this writing, the latest Apache Kafka version was 2.1, and Aiven Kafka supported Apache Kafka versions 2.1, 2.0 and 1.1.

Thanks again and we hope this helps!

Simple and Reliable Kafka as a Service

Apr 08, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Good relationship between price/aggregated value

Stable

Control

Cons: Lack of support for KSQL as a service. I know that could be very challenge but it'd be great to have.

Capterra loader

A review of an intern working at a startup

Feb 04, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The product is great, it delivers what it promise, the doc is good, the connectors compatibility is one of the best features.

Cons: It's not about the product but about the documentation, I'm not an expert in kafka and I'd like to see some examples using spark streaming, it's used a lot by the community.

Good option for databases.

Oct 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - Nice UI

- Easy to use.

- Great support.

Cons: - Almost none to mention but it can be more interactive for first time users.

Kafka review

Mar 18, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very easy setup, The web interface is very intuitive

Cons: Expensive.. The cost is higher then AWS MSK

Capterra loader

Great ROI

Dec 06, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use is great. Support is fast and helpful.

Cons: Cost is prohibitive when you need a lot of features (Kafka REST) but not a lot of throughput. We are paying for more capacity than we need in order to get those features.

Overall: We are using Kafka as a traditional message queue in a semi-event driven application. The greatest benefit has been getting a Kafka service up and running in our VPC without needing to expend the money or person hours to set up our own cluster.

Excellent, Cost-Effective Hosted Kafka Solution

Oct 29, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We chose Aiven as our hosted Kafka provider for two reasons: the best overall cost and unlimited data retention.

Cons: We don't have any complaints or dislikes of Aiven at this time.

Overall: We are a small team and our CTO was hesitant to adopt Kafka because of the operational complexity of managing the cluster and price of Confluent. We were able to convince him to adopt the technology by demonstrating Aiven -- ease of use, cost-effective, and quick setup.

Good but not excellent

May 14, 2018
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 1. easy UI and scalability.

easy to use kafka features

easy and approachable team and easy to see logs.

Cons: 1. documentation is not proper. no steps mentioned anywhere for connectivity of aiven with other cloud or on premise clusters.

2. no troubleshooting steps available

3. very tough to use if face errors, as there is no way to go out as documents are not avilable in detail.

Overall: 1. Kafka easy to maintain and easy to use, easy to scale up

Vendor Response

by Aiven on February 20, 2019

Hi Neeraj,

We appreciate your feedback!

Just wanted to let you know that a limited amount (typically 1-2 days worth) of Aiven service logs are provided in the ¿Logs¿ tab for your service in the Aiven console. If you wish logs from a longer duration, you can use Logs Integration offered by Aiven.

More information about this can be found at:
https://help.aiven.io/elasticsearch/getting-started-with-elasticsearch-log-integration

Thanks again!

Capterra loader

Aiven gave us the confidence to migrate from Kinesis to Kafka

Feb 11, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Sane pricing for solid Kafka hosting!

Awesome developer oriented api's for doing everything

Team is very responsive and helpful

Cons: The UI for creating Kafka Connections is hard to use. They should just refer to Confluent documentation instead

Overall: So far its given us great value. Very professional.

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.

Awesome service with some room for improvement

Mar 27, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The Aiven console has a slick UI, which is easy to use and not overwhelming. Everything is very intuitive and you have a good overview of your services. Service metrics are very useful especially having the Grafana integration. I like the fact that you always see what you will be charged for the current month.

Cons: I am missing is topic introspection within the Aiven console, that tools like Kafka Topic UI provide. Billing information could be more fine-grained within the console. And it would be nice to have some selected KPIs across services.

Aiven Review

Mar 14, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use and is easily compatible. good monitoring available

Cons: It will be nice to have the test account not consumer credits when idle

GREAT EXPERIENCE

Oct 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The costs are taillored for whom is wondering to start with KAFKA.

Cons: It doesn´t offer KSQL as a service and so we´re managing a separated instance with KSQL server hosted in AWS EC2

Overall: We´re having a great experience till now. Once we needed some help Aiven gave us quickly feedbacks

Vendor Response

by Aiven on November 01, 2018

Hello Glauco,

Thanks for the review! We're glad that your experience has been great so far.

Just wanted to let you know that we are currently working on KSQL. Stay tuned!

Interface is clean and easy to use

Mar 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The interface is really clean and easy to navigate through. It offers some basic metrics, the event log is very useful and the ability to set up different users with permissions

Cons: Some filtering functionality in the events and members dashboards would be helpful so that you can search for a specific event or date.

Very nice

Jan 10, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very easy to configure and get up and running!

Cons: I don't really have any complaints but it is somewhat expensive.

Overall: Easy to use and saves the headache of hosting kafka yourself.