IBM MQ Review

Reliable messaging, great throughput, and great stability


What is our primary use case?

We use it for application-to-application integration.

What is most valuable?

Reliable messaging and throughput are the most valuable.

What needs improvement?

We are looking at the latest version, and we hope that resilience, high availability, and monitoring will be improved. 

It can have some more improvements in the heterogeneous messaging feature. The current solution is on-premises, so good integration with public cloud messaging solutions would be useful.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM MQ for 20 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Its stability is great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its scalability is okay. The inside scalability is great. We are hoping that the outside scalability is improved in the latest version.

Most of the users are just using the applications, and they are using IBM MQ without realizing it. In terms of the number of people really dealing with IBM MQ on a global scale, there are probably around 30 users. They are actually working with the product. There are thousands of developers who are using applications with IBM MQ.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am an architect, and I talk with the architects of IBM. The engineers talk with technical support when needed.

How was the initial setup?

The basic setup is simple. The deployment is fully automated.

What about the implementation team?

We received the software from the vendor, but we deployed it on our own. We also do the maintenance ourselves. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is real money involved here. As compared to RabbitMQ, IBM MQ is on the higher side in terms of cost.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution for similar companies. I am very fond of IBM MQ because of the reliability and throughput part, at least on a single server. On the consumer and application side, RabbitMQ seems a bit easier to consume. It is a bit ahead in terms of the scale-out feature.

I would rate IBM MQ an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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