ActiveMQ vs. IBM MQ

ActiveMQ is ranked 3rd in Message Queue with 11 reviews vs IBM MQ which is ranked 1st in Message Queue with 63 reviews. The top reviewer of ActiveMQ writes "Scalability is good as it has the concept of a "network of brokers", so there are no different queue names for distributed queues or physical queues. ". The top reviewer of IBM MQ writes "I like that the ability to add applications to it is simple". ActiveMQ is most compared with RabbitMQ, IBM MQ and Apache Kafka. IBM MQ is most compared with RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ and Apache Kafka. See our ActiveMQ vs. IBM MQ report.
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The most important feature is that it's best for JVM-related languages and JMS integration.Reliable message delivery and mirroring.It’s a JMS broker, so the fact that it can allow for asynchronous communication is valuable.Message broadcasting: There could be a use case sending the same message to all consumers. So as a producer, I broadcast the message to a topic. Then, whichever consumers are subscribed to the topic can consume the same message.I appreciate many features including queue, topic, durable topic, and selectors. I also value a different support for different protocols such as MQTT and AMQP. It has full support for EIP, REST, Message Groups, UDP, and TCP.

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It improves reliability and guarantees that messages are not lost.Reliable integration between MQ servers is the most valuable feature.Data integrity, reliability and security are valuable features that IBM MQ possesses.There is no dependency on the end party service's run status.We use queue managers/concentrators for message flow going upstream and downstream on applications with enterprise licenses.It runs everywhere, from the mainframe in the US to the PCs in the Gobi desert attached to an analog modem.Has helped integrate between applications, reduce rework, and costs by reusing working components of existing applications.Integrates between distributed systems: For example, it can help integrate processing between mainframe, client-server, web-based applications by integrating the messages, supporting Service Oriented Architecture.

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Message Management: Better management of the messages. Perhaps persist them, or put in another queue with another life cycle.It does not scale out well. It ends up being very complex if you have a lot of mirror queues.The clustering for sure needs improvement. When we were using it, the only thing available was an active/passive relationship that had to be maintained via shared file storage. That model includes a single point of failure in that storage medium.Distributed message processing would be a nice addition.Needs to focus on a certain facet and be good at it, instead of handling support for most of the available message brokers.

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I believe there is too much code to be done in order to handle the elements that you develop.I believe the stability of the product has decreased since we began using it initially.MQ needs instruments for connection with new modern queues like Kafka or RabbitMQ.SonicMQ CAA (continuous availability architecture) functionality on auto failover and data persistence should be made available without a shared drive, as it exists in multi-instance queue managers.It could get a face lift with a modern marketing campaign.the level of training as well as product marketing for this product are not that great. You rarely find a good training institute that provides training. Many of the architects in several organization are neither aware of the product nor interested in using it. IBM should provide good training on products like this.It needs a User Interface which is better than the aging MQ Explorer. The existing solution MQ Explorer is outdated.The installation of product upgrades and patches is very difficult. It requires the use of the IBM Installation Manager (IM).

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I think the software is free.It’s open source, ergo free.I use open source with standard Apache licensing.

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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.Use the new and lightweight version (Liberty) to lower licensing costs. It is also easier to upgrade/maintain.IBM MQ has a flexible license model based on the Processor Value Unit (PVU) and I recommend it.

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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
Financial Services Firm37%
Mining And Metals Company15%
Engineering Company10%
Transportation Company10%
Financial Services Firm29%
Insurance Company15%
Healthcare Company8%
Financial Services Firm39%
Insurance Company12%
Engineering Company9%
Transportation Company7%
Company Size
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise62%
Small Business1%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise89%
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise84%
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