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"I'm impressed, I think that Active MQ is great."

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"It's very easy to keep to install and it's pretty stable.""Kafka provides us with a way to store the data used for analytics. That's the big selling point. There's very good log management.""The most valuable feature is that it can handle high volume.""Scalability is very good.""It's an open-source product, which means it doesn't cost us anything to use it.""The most valuable feature is the performance.""The most important feature for me is the guaranteed delivery of messages from producers to consumers.""We get amazing throughput. We don't get any delay."

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"This solution could improve by providing better documentation."

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"The third party is not very stable and sometimes you have problems with this component. There are some developments in newer versions and we're about to try them out, but I'm not sure if it closes the gap.""If the graphical user interface was easier for the Kafka administration it would be much better. Right now, you need to use the program with the command-line interface. If the graphical user interface was easier, it could be a better product.""Kafka does not provide control over the message queue, so we do not know whether we are experiencing lost or duplicate messages.""In the next release, I would like for there to be some authorization and HTL security.""The UI is based on command line. It would be helpful if they could come up with a simpler user interface.""Kafka is complex and there is a little bit of a learning curve.""More adapters for connecting to different systems need to be available.""The manageability should be improved. There are lots of things we need to manage and it should have a function that enables us to manage them all cohesively."

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"Apache Kafka is open-source and can be used free of charge.""Kafka is open-source and it is cheaper than any other product.""Kafka is more reasonably priced than IBM MQ.""The solution is open source; it's free to use.""Apache Kafka is an open-source solution and there are no fees, but there are fees associated with confluence, which are based on subscription.""The solution is free, it is open-source.""Apache Kafka is free."

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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

Apache Kafka is a distributed streaming platform, with the following capabilities:

  • It lets you publish and subscribe to streams of records. In this respect it is similar to a message queue or enterprise messaging system.
  • It lets you store streams of records in a fault-tolerant way.
  • It lets you process streams of records as they occur.

Apache Kafka gets used for two broad classes of application:

  • Building real-time streaming data pipelines that reliably get data between systems or applications.
  • Building real-time streaming applications that transform or react to the streams of data.
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ActiveMQ is ranked 5th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 1 review while Apache Kafka is ranked 2nd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 17 reviews. ActiveMQ is rated 7.0, while Apache Kafka is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of ActiveMQ writes "Stable with a straightforward setup, but better documentation is needed". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Apache Kafka writes "Open source, granular message retention options, and good third party support". ActiveMQ is most compared with VMware RabbitMQ, IBM MQ, Anypoint MQ, Red Hat AMQ and PubSub+ Event Broker, whereas Apache Kafka is most compared with IBM MQ, PubSub+ Event Broker, Red Hat AMQ, Amazon SQS and VMware RabbitMQ.

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