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Apache ActiveMQ Review
It allows for asynchronous communication.


Valuable Features:

It’s a JMS broker, so the fact that it can allow for asynchronous communication is valuable.

Room for Improvement:

The clustering for sure needs improvement. When we were using it, the only thing available was an active/passive relationship that had to be maintained via shared file storage. That model includes a single point of failure in that storage medium.

Use of Solution:

I have used this for five to seven years.

Stability Issues:

We didn’t encounter anything that wasn't a result of our own misguided uses.

Scalability Issues:

We did have scalability issues.

Technical Support:

It's open source.

Previous Solutions:

We didn’t have a previous solution.

Initial Setup:

The initial setup was straightforward. Whatever you don’t know, you can find via Google pretty easily.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

It’s open source, ergo free.

Other Solutions Considered:

We didn’t seek alternatives. We were told to use this.

Other Advice:

Check out RabbitMQ. Run it in a Docker container out of Kubernetes with a persistent volume. You could probably do that with ActiveMQ, but it would require working with KahaDB, or establishing some other backend database pod.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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