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Kpow for Apache Kafka (SE-12)

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    Sidnei D.

The best choice for managing our Apache Kafka environments

  • August 21, 2023
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What do you like best about the product?
The most helpful about Kpow for Apache Kafka is the easy setup, support for multiple types of schemas (Avro, Protobuf and more), fair price, nice to use and clean UI.
What do you dislike about the product?
The downside of Kpow for Apache Kafka is the topic data inspection of some topics where when we don't inform the key and/or value deserializer the response show those fields as null, making it hard to know why the values are not being show.
What problems is the product solving and how is that benefiting you?
The main problems that Kpow for Apache Kafka is solving for us is the support to query topic with different types of schemas (Avro, Protobuf, etc) and the ease to setup in multiple environments.
Another plus is the free community edition version to use on the local environments for testing/debugging.

    Antoine B.

Best choice for startup and middle size companies

  • August 31, 2022
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What do you like best about the product?
What we appreciate with kPow is that it gives you all the good features available in the market in one tool :
- Beautiful UI/UX like Kowl
- Efficient topic message searching like Kafka UI
- Excellent to watch and edit topics configuration, even better than Kafka UI
- Able to browse and edit schema registry efficiently like Kafka UI

And in addition, you got multiple bonus features :
- Useful and beautiful monitoring of cluster, connectors, consumers, etc...
- Better consumer offset reset management
- Fully customizable auth mechanism from very simple to very complex
- Fully integrated Kafka Stream topology display and monitoring using kpow-streams-agent
- Human support with excellent technical understanding
- Open about feature requests that can bring value to the product, with a good following after suggestion is made
- Open-minded about license pricing for a small-sized company
- And so on...
What do you dislike about the product?
As for me, the only downside of this tool is that you have to launch it on your own, using docker container, AWS Marketplace, etc...

I would love to have managed cloud offer where you give a way to connect to your Kafka Cluster (through VPC Peering for example) and everything is handled on kPow side :
- Create a custom VPC for the customer
- Mount a kPow instance on the VPC
- Create the peering between this VPC managed by kPow and your VPC
- Manage authentication/authorization using kPow online dashboard

Such offer could open great opportunities with, for example, a free community version (run on your own) and a priced cloud managed version.
What problems is the product solving and how is that benefiting you?
Our objective was to :
- Monitor our Kafka brokers' state
- Browse our current topics and their contents
- Follow the state of our consumers and manage their offsets

All these in an easy-to-use HMI without learning how to do it through complex Kafka command lines.

    Financial Services

Swiss army knife for Kafka Custodianship

  • September 07, 2021
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What do you like best about the product?
A nifty UI for understanding our kafka clusters and topics without needing to resort to the command line. A tool ops and developers can both use alike.
The development team really engage their customers and build new features in colloboration with them. Quick to respond to feedback.
What do you dislike about the product?
Nothing. We even put a halt on purchasing more expensive enterprise kafka tooling because we found kPow met our needs.
What problems is the product solving and how is that benefiting you?
Developers: Can easily see kafka topics and perform administration whilst they are developing new features
Ops: Can securely access our production cluster, and can make maintenance of topics and the cluster in general far easier.
Wider business: Letting users conduct UAT by placing messages onto topics with a friendly UI

The upcoming visualisations around kafka streams are really awesome and we look forward to adopting those when time.

    Alex H.

kPow is the missing link in our operations toolkit for supporting a Kafka powered system.

  • May 26, 2021
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What do you like best about the product?
Realtime data view & query language.
Topic & broker config inspect.
Consumer group monitoring including offset lag. (can also export their metrics via prometheus!)
The development team are active in the Kafka community and are extremely responsive to feedback on how kPow could be improved. We have benefited from several usbility enhancements & features that were initated on the back of our feedback.
What do you dislike about the product?
A few minor stability issues (now resolved)
What problems is the product solving and how is that benefiting you?
kPow provides much-needed transparency across our Kafka event streams. I run a large production system comprised of 50+ micro services all of which have a dependency on Kafka. Events are used as triggers between services and to drive state sharing. Being able to search across and inspect the contents of our event streams has proved invaluable from a production support, debugging & verification perspective. Without kPow our operational abilities would be significantly compromised.

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