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Yep, what Ewen said. We have all of our Kafka clusters behind hardware load
balancers. Producers (and eventually consumers, once we switch to the new
consumer) get configured with those VIPs. It’s better than providing a list
of brokers for the cluster, because we often change the particular brokers
in the cluster.

Note that there is a difference in behavior between the older producer
library and the current one. The old producer would make all metadata
requests through the VIP (the broker list), and then connect directly to
the individual brokers for produce/fetch. The current producer uses the VIP
(bootstrap servers) once at startup to populate the list the list of
brokers for the cluster and then makes metadata and all other requests to
those brokers directly (not through the VIP).

As a side note here, has anyone validated the behavior of the clients when
the bootstrap.servers is a round robin DNS entry?


On Sun, Jun 5, 2016 at 6:34 AM, Ewen Cheslack-Postava wrote:

Note, however, that a load balancer can be useful for bootstrapping
purposes, i.e. use it for the bootstrap.servers setting to have a single
consistent value for the setting but allow the broker list to change over
time. From there, as Tom says, it'll start using broker hostnames and
automatically target the specific brokers it needs to communicate with.

On Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 5:37 AM, cs user wrote:

Hi Tom,

That's great, I thought as much, thanks for taking the time to respond,
much appreciated!

On Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 1:18 PM, Tom Crayford wrote:


Kafka is designed to distribute traffic between brokers itself. It's
naturally distributed and does not need, and indeed will not work
load balancer. I'd recommend reading the docs for more, but is a good


Tom Crayford
Heroku Kafka
On Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 1:15 PM, cs user wrote:

Hi All,

Does anyone have any experience of using kafka behind a load
Would this work? Are there any reasons why you would not want to do


*Todd Palino*
Staff Site Reliability Engineer
Data Infrastructure Streaming

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