Whither Running Kafka On Kubernetes

Gwen Shapira walks through some of the costs and benefits of using Kubernetes to host your Apache Kafka brokers:

First, if you are running most of your other applications and microservices on Kubernetes, it becomes the organizational path of least resistance. This is just like how organizations who standardized on VMs have found it very difficult to allocate physical machines with local disks for Kafka.

I see situations with larger organizations where deploying Kafka outside of Kubernetes causes significant organizational headache that involves many approvals. When this is the case, I usually say that this isn’t a good hill to die on. It is possible to run Kafka on Kubernetes, so just do it. You’ll get your environment allocated faster and will be able to use your time to do productive work rather than fight an organizational battle.
And if things go wrong, you’ll get much better service from your internal infrastructure teams, because you’ll be running in an environment that is familiar to them.

Read on for more benefits as well as a few drawbacks.

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