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

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"When comparing it with other messaging and integration platforms, this is one of the best rated.""The stream processing is a very valuable aspect of the solution for us.""It is easy to configure.""We get amazing throughput. We don't get any delay.""The most important feature for me is the guaranteed delivery of messages from producers to consumers.""The most valuable feature is the performance.""It's an open-source product, which means it doesn't cost us anything to use it.""Scalability is very good."

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"This solution could improve by providing better documentation."

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"The model where you create the integration or the integration scenario needs improvement.""The solution could always add a few more features to enhance its usage.""We cannot apply all of our security requirements because it is hard to upload them.""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.""More adapters for connecting to different systems need to be available.""Kafka is complex and there is a little bit of a learning curve.""The UI is based on command line. It would be helpful if they could come up with a simpler user interface.""In the next release, I would like for there to be some authorization and HTL security."

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"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 open source; it's free to use.""Kafka is more reasonably priced than IBM MQ.""Kafka is open-source and it is cheaper than any other product.""Apache Kafka is open-source and can be used free of charge."

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Top Answer: I'm impressed, I think that Active MQ is great.
Top Answer: This solution could improve by providing better documentation. IBM MQ has 30 years of experience to build upon and has had 30 years to grow and improve, while ActiveMQ does not have the same kind of… more »
Top Answer: We use this solution for messaging.
Top Answer: There are two products I know about * TimeXtender : Microsoft based, Transformation logic is quiet good and can easily be extended with T-SQL , Has a semantic layer that generates metat data for… more »
Top Answer: It is easy to configure.
Top Answer: Kafka is more reasonably priced than IBM MQ.
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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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Sample Customers
University of Washington, Daugherty Systems, CSC, STG Technologies, Inc. Uber, Netflix, Activision, Spotify, Slack, Pinterest
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Financial Services Firm43%
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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 12 reviews. ActiveMQ is rated 7.0, while Apache Kafka is rated 7.8. 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, VMware RabbitMQ, Red Hat AMQ and Amazon SQS.

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