Published: Apr 13, 2021
Apr 2021

Redpanda is a streaming platform that provides a Kafka-compatible API, allowing it to benefit from the Kafka ecosystem without having to deal with the complexities of a Kafka installation. For example, Redpanda simplifies operations by shipping as a single binary and avoiding the need for an external dependency such as ZooKeeper. Instead, it implements the Raft protocol and performs comprehensive tests to validate it's been implemented correctly. One of Redpanda’s capabilities (available for enterprise customers only) is inline WebAssembly (WASM) transformations, using an embedded WASM engine. This allows developers to create event transformers in their language of choice and compile it to WASM. Redpanda also offers much reduced tail latencies and increased throughput due to a series of optimizations. Redpanda is an exciting alternative to Kafka and is worth assessing.