Compare ActiveMQ vs. IBM MQ

ActiveMQ is ranked 4th in Message Queue (MQ) Software while IBM MQ is ranked 1st in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 10 reviews. ActiveMQ is rated 0, while IBM MQ is rated 9.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM MQ writes "Helps integrate between applications, reduce rework, by reusing existing components". ActiveMQ is most compared with RabbitMQ, IBM MQ and Apache Kafka, whereas IBM MQ is most compared with RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ and Apache Kafka.
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To implement such an IBM solution, a company has to pay a lot in term of licensing and consultancy. A pricing model might be a better option.In terms of cost, IBM MQ is slightly on the higher side.IBM MQ appliance has pricing options, but they are costly.99.999 percent availability for less than a penny per message over the past 25 years. IBM MQ is the cheapest software in the IBM software portfolio, and it is one of the best.Pricing could be better, as with all IBM products. But their performance in production, along with security and scalability, will pay returns in the long run.I think the pricing is reasonable, especially with IIB as a part of it.

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Miriam Tover
Winster JoseReal User

ActiveMQ offers very high throughput and low latency compared to IBM MQ.
ActiveMQ supports standard messaging protocols like AMQP, STOMP, MQTT etc whereas IBM MQ just comply with JMS and its own protocol. IBM MQ Light supports AMQP though.
IBM MQ is much preferred in enterprise environment, probably due to the support. Redhat AMQ offers enterprise support on ActiveMQ.
AFAIK documentation wise, they are at par.
Both support clustering. But only in ActiveMQ real storage of messages in another broker which is less loaded happens. IBM MQ just enables communication between Queue managers.
But I would prefer to put a few more options on the table.
1. RabbitMQ - fully compliant with protocols, supports replication and distribution of messages, throughput in tens of thousands
2. Redis - Light weight single threaded server. Supports pub sub messaging and supports HA via sentinel and clustering for distributed messaging
3. Kafka - Preferred mechanism for data streaming. Throughput in millions.
4. ZeroMQ - Brokerless messaging platform. Very high throughput.
5. NanoMsg - Brokerless. Claims to be advanced than ZeroMQ

13 February 19
Jack AngoeReal User

From my Experience so far i will go for RabbitMQ its rock solid and robust with a simple learning curve. Its free and has great documentation available

12 February 19
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AMQWebSphere MQ

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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Sample Customers
University of Washington, Daugherty Systems, CSC, STG Technologies, Inc. Deutsche Bahn, Bon-Ton, WestJet, ARBURG, Northern Territory Government, Tata Steel Europe, Sharp Corporation
Top Industries
Software R&D Company27%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider10%
Insurance Company10%
Financial Services Firm30%
Insurance Company15%
Healthcare Company8%
Software R&D Company26%
Financial Services Firm15%
Comms Service Provider10%
Company Size
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise62%
Small Business2%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise88%
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise81%
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