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Build Scalable IoT Systems with Kafka

Stream MQTT Data in Real-Time to Your Kafka Environment

Apache Kafka is a popular open-source streaming platform that makes sharing data between enterprise systems and applications easy. Enable secure, bi-directional, real-time data streaming between IoT devices, enterprise systems, and applications with HiveMQ’s integration to Kafka.

HiveMQ and Kafka Overview

HiveMQ and Kafka offer an end-to-end solution for connecting IoT deployments and systems.

HiveMQ and Kafka

Bi-directional MQTT Data Integration with Kafka

Why Kafka needs HiveMQ for IoT

Kafka is well suited for sharing data between enterprise systems and applications located in a data center or in the cloud. However, for IoT use cases, there are several reasons Kafka is not well-suited:

No Direct Client Access

Kafka brokers need to be addressed directly by the client, which isn‘t the case for IoT devices that connect through load balancers.

Unstable IP Connections

Kafka clients require a stable IP connection, which isn‘t always true for IoT devices connecting over unreliable cellular networks.

Limited Topic Support

Kafka does not support many topics, so large IoT deployments with large topic spaces typically don‘t fit well into Kafka.

Resource Utilization

Kafka clients are complex and resource intensive, so smaller constrained IoT devices often can‘t run a Kafka client.


Kafka Extension Overview

The HiveMQ Enterprise Extension for Kafka implements the native Kafka protocol inside the HiveMQ MQTT broker. 

  • Solve the difficulty of using Kafka for IoT by seamlessly integrating MQTT messages into the Kafka messaging flow.

  • Add monitored, bidirectional MQTT messaging to and from Kafka clusters for a highly scalable and resilient end-to-end IoT solution.

  • Forward MQTT messages from IoT devices that are connected to HiveMQ to topics in one or more Kafka clusters.

  • Get information from a Kafka topic and publish this information as MQTT messages to one or more MQTT topics.

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Why Choose HiveMQ to integrate MQTT data with Kafka?

Attain Business Critical Reliability with HiveMQ MQTT & Kafka integration

Business Critical Reliability

Operate mission-critical systems reliably 24/7 with zero message loss and redundant clustering technology.

Achieve Scalability to Support Growth with HiveMQ

Scalability to Support Growth

Add any number of assets and scale to millions of connected devices seamlessly with a linear design for scalability.

Flexible Integration with HiveMQ MQTT Platform

Flexible Integration

Focus on your core business instead of using developer resources with data integration into enterprise applications and infrastructure like Apache Kafka.

End-to-End MQTT Security with HiveMQ MQTT Platform

End-to-End Security

Ensure applications and data meet the highest security standards with end-to-end encryption and configurable security controls.

Observable Insights with HiveMQ MQTT Platform

Observable Insights

Troubleshoot and keep all systems running as planned with tools and metrics for transparency and observability.

Simple-to-Deploy MQTT Platform


Achieve rapid time-to-value with a platform that is flexible enough to deploy on-premise, in any cloud, or via the fully-managed and feature-rich HiveMQ Cloud offering.


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    HiveMQ and Confluent with Kafka

    HiveMQ and Confluent

    HiveMQ provides seamless integration with Confluent and Confluent Cloud via our HiveMQ Enterprise Extension for Kafka. Confluent is a company built on Apache Kafka and provides the following key features:

    • Cloud-native: Run Kafka at a massive scale with a modern, cloud-based experience that can reduce your TCO by up to 60%

    • Complete: Go way beyond Kafka with enterprise-grade tools to build apps quickly, reliably, and securely

    • Everywhere: Work with real-time events in the cloud, across multiple clouds, or on-premises

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    HIveMQ with Aiven and Kafka

    HiveMQ and Aiven

    HiveMQ provides seamless integration with Aiven for Apache Kafka via our HiveMQ Enterprise Extension for Kafka. Aiven for Apache Kafka provides the following key features:

    • Set up a fully managed Kafka as a service in less than 10 minutes

    • Automatic updates and upgrades. Zero stress.

    • 99.99% uptime. 100% human support.

    • Scale up or scale down as you need.

    • Deploy in any cloud.

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