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

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"This solution has improved and influenced the communication between different applications, then standardized that communication.""The solution is very easy to work with.""The most valuable feature is that it's a very strong integration platform but it is quite a monolithic solution. It's got everything.""The most valuable feature is the stability. It's perfect in this way.""The most valuable feature is the Queue Manager, which lies in the middle between our application and our core banking server.""IBM MQ deals mainly with the queuing mechanism. It passes the data and it publishes it. These two abilities are the most valuable features.""It also has a backup queue concept and topics, features that I have not seen anywhere else. I like these features very much.""Secure, safe, and very fast."

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"This solution could improve by providing better documentation."

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"I don’t like legacy view of MQ.""The solution isn't free. There are other solutions, like RabbitMQ, which are open source and absolutely free to use. It's one reason we are moving away from IBM.""It's hard to put in a nutshell, but it's sort of developed as more of an on-premise solution. It hasn't moved much away from that.""In the next release, I would like for there to be easier monitoring. The UI should be easier for non-technical users to set up appliances and servers.""The memory management is very poor and it consumes too much memory.""It is expensive. The cost is high. There should be more improvement in the new age of technologies.""It could provide more monitoring tools and some improvement to the UI. I would also like to see more throughput in future versions.""I wanted to upgrade Windows Server. It's not that easy to move."

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"Our costs haven't increased but they also have not improved.""IBM MQ is expensive and they charge based on the CPU.""It's a very expensive product.""It would be a 10 out of 10 if it wasn't so expensive.""It is a very expensive product compared to the open source products in the market.""Most of our customers are quite happy with the solution but they have an issue with the cost. They want to move to cheaper solutions.""IBM products, in general, have high licensing costs and support costs are too high.""There is a different platform price between Windows, z/OS, and iSeries."

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Questions from the Community
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: The most valuable feature is the stability. It's perfect in this way.
Top Answer: Whatever the price is, it's worth it.
Top Answer: We are looking for another solution that is less expensive. There is room for improvement. The live and portal monitoring needs improvement.
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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

    IBM MQ provides the universal messaging backbone for service-oriented architecture (SOA) connectivity. It connects virtually any commercial IT system, whether on premise, in the cloud, or a mixture. For more than 20 years IBM has led the market in messaging middleware and more than 10,000 businesses across all geographies and industries rely on IBM MQ.

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University of Washington, Daugherty Systems, CSC, STG Technologies, Inc. Deutsche Bahn, Bon-Ton, WestJet, ARBURG, Northern Territory Government, Tata Steel Europe, Sharp Corporation
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Financial Services Firm43%
Transportation Company29%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Computer Software Company14%
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Computer Software Company42%
Comms Service Provider12%
Media Company7%
Insurance Company6%
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Retailer13%
Insurance Company13%
Healthcare Company7%
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Comms Service Provider13%
Media Company7%
Financial Services Firm7%
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Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise64%
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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM, Apache, VMware and others in Message Queue (MQ) Software. Updated: September 2020.
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ActiveMQ is ranked 5th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 1 review while IBM MQ is ranked 1st in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 28 reviews. ActiveMQ is rated 7.0, while IBM MQ is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of ActiveMQ writes "Stable with a straightforward setup, but better documentation is needed". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM MQ writes "We don't lose messages in transit and we can store messages and forward them when required". ActiveMQ is most compared with VMware RabbitMQ, Apache Kafka, Anypoint MQ, Red Hat AMQ and PubSub+ Event Broker, whereas IBM MQ is most compared with VMware RabbitMQ, Apache Kafka, PubSub+ Event Broker, TIBCO Enterprise Message Service and Red Hat AMQ.

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