Big Data Ingestion: Flume, Kafka, and NiFi

Flume, Kafka, and NiFi offer great performance, can be scaled horizontally, and have a plug-in architecture where functionality can be extended through custom components.

When building big data pipelines, we need to think on how to ingest the volume, variety, and velocity of data showing up at the gates of what would typically be a Hadoop ecosystem. Preliminary considerations such as scalability, reliability, adaptability, cost in terms of development time, etc. will all come into play when deciding on which tools to adopt to meet our requirements. In this article, we’ll focus briefly on three Apache ingestion tools: Flume, Kafka, and NiFi. All three products offer great performance, can be scaled horizontally, and provide a plug-in architecture where functionality can be extended through custom components.

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