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From Andy LoPresto <>
Subject Re: wifi questions
Date Thu, 03 May 2018 03:00:21 GMT
Hi Clay,

A common use case for NiFi and Kafka in conjunction is when you want the capabilities of a
message broker system like Kafka with very low latency and multiple publishers/consumers,
but you also have the need for some of the features NiFi provides like backpressure, as you
mentioned. This is frequently found in industrial control systems or hardware/IoT integration
(sometimes interfacing with MQTT).

In the scenario you call out in 1), yes, NiFi can be a complete solution for record transformation
and writing to HDFS.

I am not a Storm expert, but you correctly identify NiFi as a good “deliverer” of data
to stream processing applications.

I also won’t address microbatching, but I’m confident some other community members will
have good input on the topic.

I’ve included a couple resources you may find helpful, and I would suggest you might also
get good results sending this email to the <>
mailing list, as this list tends to focus more on the internals of NiFi, extensibility, and
feature development. The users list has many contributors who deploy NiFi in real world scenarios
and integrate with other systems that may not monitor this list.

Good luck. <> <>

Andy LoPresto
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> On May 2, 2018, at 7:45 PM, Clay Teahouse <> wrote:
> Hello All,
> 1) Why would one need both nifi and Kafka in an environment, considering
> that NiFi can handle back pressure, set up and deal with queues? I have an
> environment where I would be collecting data via NiFi and I would need to
> write the data to hdfs after some post processing. Can't I just process the
> records in NiFi, change the format and write the data to HDFS via a NiFi
> HDFS processor, PutHDFS?
> 2) Similarly, if I need to do some stream processing, can't I just pull the
> data from NiFi processor via NiFiSpout, do the processing via some bolts,
> and write the data to HDFS either via HDFS bolt or A NiFi HDFS processor?
> Do I even need storm in the picture?
> 3) Is NiFi suited for microbatch processing? Would it be better to pull the
> data from NiFi via spark streaming and do microbatching there? Which
> approach is most performant and reliable?
> thanks
> Clay

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