Managed Apache Kafka on AWS
Interested in AWS Kafka? Rather than going with Amazon MSK, you can save with true open source Apache Kafka fully managed and hosted on AWS with Instaclustr.
Apache Kafka: The Platform for Building Real-Time Streaming Data Pipelines and Applications
Our fully managed and hosted Apache Kafka service can be hosted on AWS to provide you with a reliable and highly available alternative to Amazon MSK. Instaclustr Managed Apache Kafka on AWS enables you to build fast and scalable distributed systems for real time streaming.
While some turn to Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka, you can use AWS for hosting your Apache Kafka instance without committing to Amazon as your managed service provider to avoid long-term vendor lock-in. Our service lets you deploy your open source Apache Kafka cluster on AWS, fully managed by Instaclustr, to create highly available clusters for your streaming data with pre-configured and fully optimized settings. Our open source Apache Kafka optimization techniques are based on best practices developed from thorough and exhaustive testing to match different real-world use cases.
Managing Your Kafka Cluster on AWS (or Your Cloud of Choice)
Using Instaclustr’s fully managed Apache Kafka service with your chosen cloud provider is easy. You have two options: simply run managed Apache Kafka from within Instaclustr’s AWS accounts, or run in your own cloud provider account. You can get the benefits of using AWS without the costs and lock-in of the Apache Kafka Amazon MSK.
Best Practices for Running Managed Kafka on AWS
The first step in deploying open source Apache Kafka on AWS is deciding the correct (Amazon EC2) instance type for Apache Kafka nodes (brokers). This important choice determines the performance and throughput of your cluster, as well as the cost of running it on AWS. It is a crucial step and often involves a trade-off between cost and performance.
Amazon EC2 offers a huge number of instance types with varied combinations of CPU, memory, and disk hardware to suit different purposes and applications. Instaclustr has made this step easier for you by narrowing down this choice to a handful of instance types that offer the best return on investment for a Kafka deployment. Our research and choice of instance types are based on Kafka’s architecture and internals, AWS features, a cost-vs-value analysis, and, most importantly, real-world use cases of Apache Kafka.
Kafka and Cassandra in Action: Explore How We Built a Massively Scalable Anomaly Detection Application
The 10-part blog series showcases a detailed anomaly detection application we deployed on Amazon EKS and integrated with a massive-scale Apache Kafka and Cassandra data pipeline on AWS, all through the Instaclustr Managed Platform. The series highlights best practices, performance tuning, monitoring and tracing capabilities, and above all demonstrates how a massively scalable Kafka-Cassandra data pipeline can be architected to handle and detect anomalies from billions of daily transactions.
Explore the 10-part series by category.
Apache Kafka Benchmarks for AWS
We have recently completed an extensive benchmarking exercise to help our customers in evaluating the choice of instance types for Kafka.