Compare ActiveMQ vs. IBM MQ

ActiveMQ is ranked 4th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 1 review while IBM MQ is ranked 1st in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 9 reviews. ActiveMQ is rated 7.0, while IBM MQ is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of ActiveMQ writes "Stable with a straightforward setup, but better documentation is needed". On the other hand, the top reviewer of 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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I'm impressed, I think that Active MQ is great.

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The most valuable features are the point to point messaging and the MQ API.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.

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This solution could improve by providing better documentation.

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I would like to see faster monitoring tools for this solution.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.

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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.

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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
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm43%
Transportation Company29%
Software R&D Company14%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company32%
Comms Service Provider11%
Insurance Company9%
Financial Services Firm9%
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Financial Services Firm31%
Insurance Company14%
Retailer13%
Healthcare Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company31%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm12%
Retailer8%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise64%
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Small Business2%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise89%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business12%
Large Enterprise88%
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