“Apache Kafka stands as an open-source distributed event streaming platform, widely adopted by numerous organizations to facilitate high-performance data pipelines, streaming analytics, data integration, and mission-critical applications.
Kafka seamlessly integrates three essential capabilities, enabling comprehensive end-to-end event streaming solutions with a single, battle-tested platform:
Event Publication and Subscription: Kafka allows users to write and read streams of events, supporting continuous data import/export from various systems.
Durable and Reliable Event Storage: Kafka offers robust storage for streams of events, ensuring data durability and reliability for as long as needed.
Real-time and Retrospective Event Processing: Users can process streams of events as they happen or retrospectively, providing flexibility in data processing.
All these functionalities are delivered in a distributed, highly scalable, elastic, fault-tolerant, and secure manner. Kafka operates as a distributed system, comprising servers and clients that communicate efficiently via a high-performance TCP network protocol.”