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Enabling Streaming Architectures for Continuous Data and Events With Kafka

Published: 23 May 2018

ID: G00353112

Analyst(s): Gary Olliffe , Soyeb Barot , Thornton Craig


Technical professionals struggle to extract value from real-time, continuous data streams. Deploying Kafka as part of a core data processing architecture helps buffer data flow and creates the basis for a reactive ecosystem that facilitates real-time event and data processing.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is Kafka?
    • Detailed Kafka Architecture
    • Publishing Data to Kafka
    • Consuming Data From Kafka
    • Kafka Brokers
    • Interfacing With Kafka
  • Why Is Kafka Useful in Data Management?
  • Why Is Kafka Useful for Event-Driven Architectures?
  • What Are the Use Cases for Kafka?
  • What Are Alternatives to Kafka?
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Deciding on Kafka
  • Deployment Options
  • Scaling Kafka
  • Monitoring Kafka
  • Security in Kafka

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