Apache Kafka and Apache Flink are increasingly joining forces to build innovative real-time stream processing applications. This blog post explores the benefits of combining both open-source frameworks, shows unique differentiators of Flink versus Kafka, and discusses when to use a Kafka-native streaming engine like Kafka Streams instead of Flink.

The Tremendous Adoption of Apache Kafka and Apache Flink

Apache Kafka became the de facto standard for data streaming. The core of Kafka is messaging at any scale in combination with a distributed storage (= commit log) for reliable durability, decoupling of applications, and replayability of historical data.

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