Hevo vs Apache Nifi vs Skyvia

Hevo and Apache Nifi 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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Apache Nifi

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Skyvia

About the Services

Hevo

Hevo is a no-code, low-code data movement platform that handles ETL, ELT, and Reverse ETL. It launched in 2017 and today, more than 2500 organizations trust Hevo. This includes Abbot, Hugo, and more.

The Hevo Pipeline UI uses a simple fill-in-the-blanks form. And from here you can specify the sources, transformations, and destinations. Meanwhile, you still have the option to reverse ETL using Hevo Activate. It supports 150+ connectors but the number of destinations is 15+ only. Reviewers from sites like G2 wish there were more destinations.

You can start with Hevo for free. But it limits the connectors you can use to 50+.

Hevo complies with data privacy and security standards. They have certifications for SOC2, GDPR, HIPAA, and CCPA. But only the Business pricing tier ensures HIPAA compliance.

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.

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.

HevoApache NifiSkyvia
FocusData Ingestion, ETL, Reverse ETL.ETL, ELTData ingestion, ELT, ETL, reverse ETL, data sync, workflow automation.
Skill levelNo-code, low-code solution.No-code solution.No-code and easy to use wizard.
Sources150+Unspecified160+
Destinations15+UnspecifiedSupported data sources, including databases, data warehouses, cloud apps and flat files.
Database replicationFull and incremental loading.Full and incremental load.Full table and incremental via change data capture.
Ability for customers to add new data sourcesYes, using REST API or by request.Contributing to community/coding.Yes, by request or using REST API connector.
G2 customer satisfaction4.3 out of 5
193 reviews
4.2 out of 5
23 reviews
4.7 out of 5
167 Reviews
Peer Insights satisfaction4.0
2 Ratings
None4.8
87 Ratings
Developer toolsHevo Event Stream, Hevo Activate, external APIs.Web interface, REST API.
CLI, integration to Kafka, and more.
REST connector for data sources that have REST API.
Advanced ETL capabilitiesDbt integration.REST API and open architecture.Visual ETL data pipeline designer with data orchestration capabilities.
Compliance and security certificationsSOC 2, HIPAA, GDPR, CCPA.No provided security and privacy certifications.HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS.
ISO 27001 and SOC 2 (by Azure).
Purchase processSelf-service or sales.Download, install, and configure.Self-service or sales.
Vendor lock-inAnnual or monthly billing.NoneMonthly or annual contracts.
PricingUsage-based pricing based on Hevo events.
Full-feature 14-day free trial.
With free plan.
FreeVolume-based and feature-based pricing. Freemium model allows to start with a free plan.

Connectors

Hevo

Hevo supports 150+ connectors that include databases, flat files, CRM, finance, and more. But it only supports 15+ destinations that include databases and data warehouses. There are also connectors classified as free and not. There are only 50+ connectors available for the free pricing tier.

Hevo Activate supports Redshift, BigQuery, PostgreSQL, and Snowflake data warehouses. And from these, you can reverse ETL to 9 destinations. This includes Salesforce, Mailchimp, and more.

You can add more sources not listed in Hevo if those sources use REST API. Otherwise, you need to reach out to Hevo support to request your unlisted source.

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.

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

Hevo

Hevo Pipelines supports 2 ways to create transformations. First is the Python-based transformations. So, you need Python coding skills to do this. Another option is the drag-and-drop transformations. Both ways of transformation support aggregating, cleansing, filtering, and more. These are user-driven transformations.

Automatic transformations occur in Hevo before it reaches the destination. This includes table and column name sanitizing, date conversion, and more. Note that Hevo always converts dates and times to UTC format. So, if you use a different time zone, you might get surprised with this conversion.

Hevo also supports post-loading transformations. This happens when you already loaded your data in the destination. When you need post-loading transformations, Hevo requires you to use SQL models.

For more advanced transformations, Hevo also supports dbt transformations.

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.

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

Hevo

Support in Hevo depends on your chosen pricing tier. For the Free plan, there’s 24×7 email support. And then, you can add 24/7 live chat support if you avail yourself of the Starter plan. Premium support and a dedicated account team are available for the Business plan.

For all plans, technical documentation, video tutorials, and other resources are always available.

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.

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

Hevo

Hevo is usage-based. They measure usage based on events. Events are records that have you added or updated.

The Free plan lets you use up to 1 million events, 50 free connectors, and 5 users. It won’t let you try a non-free connector like HubSpot. However, if you avail of the 14-day trial of a paid plan, all connectors are available to you.

Then, there’s the Starter plan that you can customize based on the number of events. It starts with 5 million events. You can see an updated price on the pricing page when you increase the number of events. This also adds unlimited users, more connectors, and better support.

Finally, the Business plan is a customized plan based on your unique needs. It also increases security, support, and pipeline processing speed.

Hevo pricing reviews are a mixed bag. Some think it’s pricey and not good for small organizations. But others think it provides the right features for the price.

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.

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.