IBM MQ Review

Backup queue concept and topics are unique features, but throughput could be better


What is our primary use case?

We use it for data integration.

What is most valuable?

It's very stable. 

It also has a backup queue concept and topics, features that I have not seen anywhere else. I like these features very much.

What needs improvement?

It could provide more monitoring tools and some improvement to the UI. I would also like to see more throughput in future versions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been dealing with IBM MQ for the last six months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable. It's not for every use case, but you can scale it.

We have about 50 users of IBM MQ.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is between straightforward and complex. It's not as straightforward as Apache ActiveMQ.

What about the implementation team?

We did the setup.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I like Kafka more. MQ is number-two compared to Kafka.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product but I think it's too costly. That's one disadvantage because there are already many open-source products, like RabbitMQ, Kafka, and ActiveMQ. If you really need a solid MQ solution then go with IBM MQ. If you don't need such a robust solution then you can go with any of the other solutions.

I would rate IBM MQ at seven out of 10. It has less throughput.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

8.0.0
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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