Review: Redpanda gives Kafka a run for its money

Apache Kafka is an open-source Java/Scala distributed event streaming platform for high-performance data pipelines, streaming analytics, data integration, and mission-critical applications. As I have explained, one downside of Kafka is that setting up large Kafka clusters can be tricky. Another downside is that Kafka uses the Java virtual machine (JVM), which introduces lag because of memory garbage collection. Adding even more complexity, Kafka has until recently required Apache ZooKeeper for distributed coordination, and it requires a separate schema registry process.

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