ActiveMQ Overview

ActiveMQ is the #5 ranked solution in our list of top Message Queue Software. It is most often compared to Apache Kafka: ActiveMQ vs Apache Kafka

What is ActiveMQ?

Apache ActiveMQ is the most popular and powerful open source messaging and Integration Patterns server.

Apache ActiveMQ is fast, supports many Cross Language Clients and Protocols, comes with easy to use Enterprise Integration Patterns and many advanced features while fully supporting JMS 1.1 and J2EE 1.4. Apache ActiveMQ is released under the Apache 2.0 License

ActiveMQ is also known as AMQ.

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ActiveMQ Customers

University of Washington, Daugherty Systems, CSC, STG Technologies, Inc. 

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Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Stable with a straightforward setup, but better documentation is needed

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for messaging.

Pros and Cons

  • "I'm impressed, I think that Active MQ is great."
  • "This solution could improve by providing better documentation."

What other advice do I have?

I have also had experience with IBM MQ for the last 30 years. I am comparing between different products and messaging scenario expertise. I work in consultancies with many clients who have many different versions. All messaging whether it's ActiveMQ, Amazon MQ which is Active MQ, or it's IBM MQ, they are all very similar, they all have strengths and weaknesses. We have clients from small to large enterprises. I would recommend this solution but it depends on the requirements. For example, what kind of support does the vendor want? What kind of managed services do they want? It is important…
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