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Pulsar vs. Kafka: A More Accurate Perspective from Use Cases and Community to Features and Performance

The shift to real-time streaming technologies has bolstered the adoption of Pulsar and there has been a marked increase in both the interest and adoption of Pulsar in 2020. With Pulsar being sought out by companies developing messaging and event-streaming applications — from Fortune 100 companies to forward-thinking start-ups — and so much growth around the Pulsar project, it has garnered a lot of recent press and attention.

Pulsar offers many advantages that make it an attractive choice for companies seeking to adopt a unified messaging and event streaming platform. Compared with Kafka, Pulsar is more resilient and less complex to operate and scale and it covers all the fundamentals necessary for building event streaming applications and incorporates many built-in features with a rich set of tools.

In this blog, we compare Pulsar and Kafka in terms of performance, architecture, and features to help you make an informed decision.

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Carolyn King
Carolyn has dedicated the past 15 years to helping companies develop growth strategies to drive customer acquisition and revenue. At StreamNative, she leads all things growth, including global Marketing and Community, global Training and Documentation, Developer Relations and Sales for the US and EMEA. She holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA in Business-Economics from UCLA. Carolyn lives in Santa Monica, California.
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Addison Higham
Addison Higham has deep experience with streaming technologies such as Flink and Spark. Seeking a new stream storage technology for his previous company, Instructure, Addison discovered Pulsar and quickly became a Pulsar champion and drove the company’s adoption of the technology. Addison then joined StreamNative, where he leads development of StreamNative Cloud and helps customers to successfully adopt Pulsar. Addison lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Sijie Guo
Sijie’s journey with Apache Pulsar began at Yahoo! where he was part of the team working to develop a global messaging platform for the company. He then went to Twitter, where he led the messaging infrastructure group and co-created DistributedLog and Twitter EventBus. In 2017, he co-founded Streamlio, which was acquired by Splunk, and in 2019 he founded StreamNative. He is one of the original creators of Apache Pulsar and Apache BookKeeper, and remains VP of Apache BookKeeper and PMC Member of Apache Pulsar. Sijie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.


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