VMware RabbitMQ Review

I value the routing control and priority messaging capabilities. I would like to see better scaling and scalability capabilities

How has it helped my organization?

We're using this as our central messaging bus. It drives our micro-service architecture.

What is most valuable?

  • Great management UI: The best in its class of messaging products
  • Very sophisticated routing control and priority messaging capabilities

What needs improvement?

  • The product should have much better scaling and scalability capabilities. Currently, they're really falling behind some of the competitors such as Kafka and NSQ.
  • The installation of the HA version and clustering mechanism should be made much easier.
  • The fact that a single queue can't be distributed across multiple instances/nodes is a major disadvantage.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We had multiple issues with stability. The product tends to be highly unstable when under heavy loads.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We had multiple issues with scalability. The product's scalability is rather problematic. It tends to be very complex to maintain with various sharding and high availability options.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never used technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We tested some earlier version of Apache Kafka, but it wasn't stable enough at the time. At the moment, we're considering switching back to Apache Kafka.

How was the initial setup?

The non-sharded/clustered setup is very easy and straightforward. The clustered solution setup is much more complicated.

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

We have only used the open source version.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Apache Kafka, NSQ, and ActiveMQ.

What other advice do I have?

Check the scaling issues. If scale is not an issue and you're just looking for a stable messaging queue, I would highly suggest it.

If scale is an issue, I would suggest using Apache Kafka.

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