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kPow for Apache Kafka

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kPow for Apache Kafka

By Operatr.IO

Certified enterprise ready

Keep Kafka simple with kPow, the essential Monitoring, Management and Learning Tool. kPow unlocks full potential of Apache Kafka® and AMQ Streams saving developer hours, increasing productivity and facilitating the rapid resolution of Kafka queries.

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OpenShift 4.2+

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2 reviews

The kPow toolkit is for teams who build enterprise systems powered by Apache Kafka®. kPow gives you x-ray vision for Kafka, providing immediate in-depth access to your data and powerful management features that simplify and streamline delivery. Benefit from lightning-fast search with KJQ filters, Schema Registry support, Kafka Connect visualisation and control, multi-dimensional lag monitoring, and enterprise integrations including OKTA, SAML, LDAP, RBAC, Prometheus, and more.

X-Ray Vision for Apache Kafka

kPow provides instant visibility into Kafka brokers, topics, groups, partitions, offsets, and more. Quickly identify active groups and topics with our derived insights and understand how clusters and applications are performing. The kPow toolkit surfaces all the data Kafka makes available and computes metrics without using JMX, storing the results within your cluster. One installation of kPow can manage multiple Kafka clusters, Schema Registries, and Connect clusters.

Explore your Data

Quickly view and produce messages on topics and search tens of thousands of messages a second with kPow’s unique implementation of JQ-like queries for Kafka. Interrogate data in the kREPL with the power of JQ and Clojure combined to quickly gain insight into your topics. kPow supports a full set of standard serdes, including AVRO support when configured with a Schema registry.

Schema Registry Support

kPow provides full Schema Registry integration, allowing you to explore, create, view, edit, update, diff, and delete Avro schema. Manage schema changes quickly with the option to validate before updating. Gain insight into historical schema changes with full access to every version of every schema subject and an option to detect and remove orphaned schemas.

Kafka Connect Control

kPow integrates with Kafka Connect, allowing you to monitor and manage your connectors and tasks, and create/modify connectors within Operatr with embedded documentation and export options (cURL, JSON). kPow provides insights into your running Connect cluster: - Task statusmap showing you the state of your connector tasks over the last hour - Sinks: insights into the underlying consumer groups (lag, read/s) - Sources: insights into the topics being written to (total messages, write/s)

Multi-Dimensional Lag Monitoring

Understand how your Apache Kafka applications are performing with deep multi-dimensional metrics available in just a few clicks. Drill-down into message consumption and lag by broker, topic, group, and consumer host with precise information available at the consumer group assignment level.

User SSO and Role Based Access Control

kPow supports fine-grained control of user access to Kafka resources and actions via configurable role-based access controls that integrate with your SSO provider of choice, including Okta, Github, Azure AD, AWS SSO, or SAML. kPow also supports HTTPS connections out-of-the-box.

Simple, Secure and Self-Contained

kPow is a single Docker container that connects to your cluster like any Kafka Consumer or Producer. You can configure and deploy the toolkit in the same way as your other Kafka services, and no JMX or Zookeeper access is required. The toolkit is built entirely from Kafka with no other dependencies, and all data stays within your network. Within minutes of installation, your team will be able to leverage their existing knowledge to rapidly resolve Kafka queries.

Work Smarter

kPow streamlines your team's ability to identify, share, explain, and fix production bugs. It is simple to secure for remote access, has shareable URLs, and is configurable with Prometheus for alerting, long term metrics and offset monitoring. There is nothing new to learn and no "kPow" specific rules. If you understand Kafka, you’ll instantly be able to use our toolkit to aid with the development of your systems.

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Includes all kPow features and functionality

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Compatible with Red Hat AMQ Streams and Apache Kafka 1.0+

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Read what others are saying about this product in our review section.

  • AH

    Alex H.

    Verified Current User
    Review source: Organic
    Verified Current User
    Review source: Organic
    Not ratedMay 26, 2021

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

    What do you like best?

    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?

    A few minor stability issues (now resolved)

    What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

    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.

  • AS

    Administrator in Financial Services

    Verified Current User
    Review source: Organic
    Verified Current User
    Review source: Organic
    Not ratedSep 07, 2021

    "Swiss army knife for Kafka Custodianship"

    What do you like best?

    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?

    Nothing. We even put a halt on purchasing more expensive enterprise kafka tooling because we found kPow met our needs.

    What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

    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.