Apache Nifi vs Funnel vs Skyvia

Apache Nifi and Funnel both offer a data integration solution. Compare the features and benefits, data sources and destinations, and see which meets your needs. Look at the side-by-side comparison chart of the two data integration solutions.

Look at the side-by-side comparison chart

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Funnel

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About the Services

Apache Nifi

Apache Nifi is an open-source, easy-to-use system to process and distribute data. Brand new UI version 1 was released in 2016. More than 2400 companies are using Apache Nifi, according to Enlyft.

Apache Nifi works on-premise or with any cloud provider. You can download, install, and configure Apache Nifi on Linux, Mac, and Windows machines. Keep in mind that Nifi may require technical skills. You can’t install it and build ETL pipelines in minutes. But once you complete your configuration, you can prepare data pipelines in a browser.

There are no limits on the number of data sources and destinations in a pipeline. You are only limited by the processing capacity of your machine.

Data security and privacy are your responsibility. But if you deploy the system in AWS or Azure, you can leverage their security and privacy certifications.

Funnel

Funnel is a marketing data platform. It provides business-ready data for reporting and analysis. It focuses on marketers to become more data-driven. Since its launch in 2014, it has served 1800+ customers, including Samsung, Adidas, and Sony.

It connects to marketing apps and stores them in Funnel. Then, Funnel becomes a centralized hub for all your marketing data. You can share this data with analytics tools like Tableau and Power BI or Google Sheets and Excel. You can also make scheduled exports to data warehouses in AWS, Azure, and Snowflake.

Funnel has a web interface. No coding is needed. You just fill in the forms necessary for the tool to work. If you wish to try it out, you need to book a demo first. Funnel gathers your information during this demo using your own data. You can discuss the trial period and the next steps with their experts.

Funnel stores your data. If you worry about security and privacy, they are ISO 27001, SOC 2 Type I, GDPR, and CCPA certified. With an Enterprise plan, you can choose the region where to store your data (EU or US).

Skyvia

Skyvia is a no-code cloud data integration platform for many data integration scenarios. It’s an all-rounder tool for ETL, ELT, Reverse ETL, data migration, one-way and bi-directional data sync, workflow automation, and more. Devart launched this fantastic product in 2014 for cloud data integration and backup.

Skyvia offers more than 160 ready-made data connectors. These are available for thousands of free users, including 2000+ paid customers. Big names like Hyundai and General Electric trust Skyvia to process their data. Its easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface suits both IT professionals and business users. And don’t take our word for it. Listen to G2 reviewers about how easy it is to start and work with it. Data integration experts who used other tools can adapt with little to no help from support.

Skyvia has flexible pricing plans perfect for small startups and large enterprises. So, it makes it applicable to businesses of all sizes. Also, Skyvia’s freemium model allows users to start using it now and then decide if they need to upgrade later.

The safety of your data is also our prime concern. So, we hosted it in Microsoft Azure cloud, providing the best data security and privacy. It complies with a wide set of security standards, including SOC 2, ISO 27001, and many others.

Apache NifiFunnelSkyvia
FocusETL, ELTETLData ingestion, ELT, ETL, reverse ETL, data sync, workflow automation.
Skill levelNo-code solution.No-code solutions.No-code and easy to use wizard.
SourcesUnspecified500+160+
DestinationsUnspecified1Supported data sources, including databases, data warehouses, cloud apps and flat files.
Database replicationFull and incremental load.Full or incremental load.Full table and incremental via change data capture.
Ability for customers to add new data sourcesContributing to community/coding.By request.Yes, by request or using REST API connector.
G2 customer satisfaction4.2 out of 5
23 reviews
4 out of 5
105 reviews
4.7 out of 5
167 Reviews
Peer Insights satisfactionNoneNone4.8
87 Ratings
Developer toolsWeb interface, REST API.
CLI, integration to Kafka, and more.
Funnel Web Interface.REST connector for data sources that have REST API.
Advanced ETL capabilitiesREST API and open architecture.NoneVisual ETL data pipeline designer with data orchestration capabilities.
Compliance and security certificationsNo provided security and privacy certifications.ISO 27001, SOC 2 Type I, GDPR, CCPA.HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS.
ISO 27001 and SOC 2 (by Azure).
Purchase processDownload, install, and configure.Book a demo, do the trial, then talk to sales.Self-service or sales.
Vendor lock-inNoneAnnual or monthly.Monthly or annual contracts.
PricingFreeDifferent pricing plans for marketers and agencies.

Billed annually or monthly.

With free trial for an unspecified period.
Volume-based and feature-based pricing. Freemium model allows to start with a free plan.

Connectors

Apache Nifi

Apache Nifi can connect to various data sources, including SQL and NoSQL databases, flat files, and others. It has a number of components for data extraction and loading called processors which you can drag in the Nifi canvas and configure.

Every Nifi processor for data access is available to you. You can check the Apache Nifi documentation for more details.

You can contribute new data sources and destinations to the сommunity. So, you need to know Java and follow the rules of the community in contributing code.

Funnel

Funnel supports 230+ core connectors available for all pricing plans and custom connectors. There are more that 500 core and custom connectors supported in total. The lowest pricing plan allows using core connectors only. The Plus pricing plan allows using three custom connectors. The Enterprise plan allows using ten custom connectors.

If your data source is unavailable in the core or custom connectors list, you can request it from Funnel. However, Funnel doesn't guarantee to add the requested data source.

The only supported destination is Funnel. If you need to load data to a data warehouse, it needs to be in Funnel first. Then you can share it with known data warehouses like AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Snowflake.

Skyvia

Skyvia offers more than 160 connectors, and more to come very soon. It supports connectors for CRMs, accounting, email marketing, e-commerce, human resources, marketing automation, payment processing, product management, all major databases and DWH, flat files, and more. It’s also not a problem whether your data is on-premise or in the cloud.

You can access your on-premise data with peace of mind using the Skyvia Agent. It allows you to connect to databases like SQL Server, MySQL, and more using an encrypted connection. You need to download the Skyvia Agent and install it. Then, download a secured key file and place it in the same folder as the Agent. The Agent is like an unbreakable metal door, and you use the key file to open that door to your on-premise data. You can also set it up so that Skyvia can access only the resources you specify and nothing else.

Customers can also leave a request for a new data connector. And Skyvia will prioritize building it without additional payment.

Transformation

Apache Nifi

Apache Nifi transformation capabilities include aggregating, splitting, data encryption, and decryption to hide sensitive information. You can also do XSLT transforms for XML data and JOLT transforms for JSON data. Besides that, you can also do regular expressions and even run SQL commands in relational databases.

All transformations in Apache Nifi are part of its Processors list. So, check specific transformation processors in the Apache Nifi documentation.

Funnel

There’s no coding required to perform transformations. Transformations are analysis-centric using the terms dimensions and metrics. You can define dimensions and metrics with rules by filling up a form.

You are able to deduplicate data, group data, create views and share them with your team. If available capabilities are not enough, you can perform further transformations outside Funnel. This is possible with reporting and visualization tools like Power BI and Looker.

Skyvia

Skyvia is a full-featured ETL service that allows powerful data transformations. It is a no-code solution allowing data splitting, conversion, lookups, and many more.

You can use the Skyvia Data Flow and Control Flow for advanced data pipelines. Transformations for these advanced pipelines are flexible. It supports extending your data with new columns, conditional flows, and summarized values. And all these you can do with parameters, variables, and more for flexibility without code.

Moreover, Skyvia has an Expression Builder to build formulas with many functions. With this, you can convert or extract parts of the data or form new values to suit your needs. And if you love coding in SQL, Skyvia can further extend your transformation needs. It supports multiple joins, groupings, CASE expressions, and more in SELECT queries. And you can also use DML commands like INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE.

Support

Apache Nifi

Open-source projects like Apache Nifi have communities where you can ask for help. You can be a part of their mailing list or you can chat to them through Slack. There is no resolution time for your problems, neither is priority support.

However, there are how-to videos and documentation. And you can ask questions on developer-focused sites like StackOverflow.

Funnel

Funnel support depends on the pricing plan you choose.

For the Essentials plan, you can only contact support by email without SLA. With the Plus plan, you can contact support by chat and email. The Funnel team can guide you through setup and configuration. For the Enterprise plan, priority chat and email support are available. You can also avail yourself of an Enterprise SLA.

The product guides, videos, and knowledge base are available for all plans.

Skyvia

Skyvia offers free email, chat (on the website or in-app), and forum support for all customers. It also provides extensive documentation with lots of tutorials and user guides.

For paid customers, there's also a phone support option and additional support options for Enterprise customers.

Pricing

Apache Nifi

The tool is free to use, from downloading to configuring. However, keep in mind that you'll have to pay for the planned infrastructure later on. There is no difference whether you'll build your own data centers or use cloud services.

There are also companies offering consulting services and even freelancers who have successful implementations experience, but they also require payment.

So, if you need to get the fast result it will be better to use alternatives that provide quick solutions. Apache Nifi, however, can offer you a flexibility for complex scenarios.

Funnel

Pricing in Funnel is for marketers and marketing agencies. Each has three pricing plans.

For marketers, there are Essential, Plus, and Enterprise plans. For marketing agencies, there are Small, Medium, and Large plans. The details and price for each are the same based on their pricing page. Pricing is monthly but billed annually. Though the lowest plan has a monthly billing option for higher price.

Each plan defines how many custom connectors, users, and support you get. Although, there are different pricing plans, the review sites users consider Funnel expensive.

Skyvia

Skyvia Data Integration is a freemium tool with an option to request a 14-day trial. So, price is not a barrier to entry.

And when you’re ready, paid plans start from $19 per month. Pricing tiers depend on a few factors. It includes the number of loaded records, scheduling frequency, and advanced ETL features. There are no sale commitments. And customers can upgrade or downgrade at any time. Check out a detailed comparison here.

If you doubt the price is worth it, check out review sites like G2. Aside from ease of use, reasonable pricing is one of the things Skyvia customers like. So, you can be sure the features you get are worth every penny.