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Increased Response Rate and Request Time in Kafka

Danica Fine and Nikoleta Verbeck troubleshoot another common Apache Kafka issue:

It can be easy to go about life without thinking about them, but requests are an important part of Kafka; they form the basis of how clients (both producers and consumers) interact with data as it moves into and out of Kafka topics, and, in certain cases, too many requests can have a negative impact on your brokers. To understand how requests can affect the brokers, it’s important to be familiar with what happens under the hood when a request is made. 

Read on to see how the process works under the covers, what kinds of metrics you can use to determine how well things are going, and what might be going wrong if you see certain symptoms.