Pub/Sub Lite is a new service from the Cloud Pub/Sub team which aims to provide an alternative, cost-focused Pub/Sub system. In particular, it provides a managed service for users who would consider running their own single-zone Apache Kafka cluster for price reasons. This post presents a comparison between Pub/Sub Lite, Pub/Sub and a self-managed Kafka configuration, as well as a walkthrough of how to try out your current Kafka workloads on Pub/Sub Lite.

Pub/Sub Lite shares more high-level concepts with Kafka than Cloud Pub/Sub does, being a partitioned log with progress tracked through advancing offsets. …

Daniel Collins

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