Avada Software Infrared360 vs. IBM MQ

As of March 2019, Avada Software Infrared360 is ranked 2nd in Business Activity Monitoring with 5 reviews vs IBM MQ which is ranked 1st in Business Activity Monitoring with 63 reviews. The top reviewer of Avada Software Infrared360 writes "It has a small footprint on our system. They're good at following up with their customers". The top reviewer of IBM MQ writes "I like that the ability to add applications to it is simple". Avada Software Infrared360 is most compared with IBM MQ, Nastel AutoPilot and Dynatrace. IBM MQ is most compared with RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ and Apache Kafka. See our Avada Software Infrared360 vs. IBM MQ report.
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It has role-based access to queues, giving us more insights into problems.It allows non-technical users to inspect their individual components within the total infrastructure without disturbing other components and without bothering the technical teams.We have easily created use case testing harnesses for specific flows that incorporate various message types.It's what we use for monitoring our MQ system, so the features that they provide are just really, really good.

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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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We desire a dashboard that could accumulate BOQ lengths per tenant on one screen for all tenants.The user interface could be sexier and more ergonomic. The competing products have similar problems.We are still working with the FTE/MFT subscription monitoring and reporting functionality. That is an area in which we would like to see further development taking place.One area where they could improve is with their documentation. Some sections are not up to date with new release information and providing additional samples in some areas would be very helpful.

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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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Pricing and Cost Advice
Start small, then increase licensing later as per your demand.Avada Software's licensing metric is very good because the license fees are based on the number of connections (which have not increased for us very much over the years) rather than the CPU processing power (which increases significantly whenever our hardware is upgraded) or the number of users (which has increased for us a lot since our original purchase).Our internal budget calculation model incorporates the pricing per endpoint for any new projects. However, as our footprint for distributed queue managers shrinks as part of our shared middleware hub deployment, the initial licensing and support costs have been reduced over the last five years.

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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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Infrared360WebSphere MQ
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Avada Software specializes in Enterprise Middleware solutions. Founded by some pioneers in SOA, MQ and J2EE technology, Avada’s Flagship product, Infrared360, is a holistic & innovative private cloud enabled portal providing self-service administration, monitoring, load testing, auditing & statistical reporting for Enterprise Middleware including IBM’s middleware stack of MQ, IIB (message broker), WAS, and Datapower, as well as other applications servers such as  JBoss, TC Server, Weblogic, and other messaging technologies such as Tibco EMS and Kafka*.

Accessed via any web browser on any device, Infrared360 is a single web application, yet scales to 2500+ endpoints without deploying anything (no agents, no scripts) to those endpoints.

Using trusted ‘spaces’ and delegated visibility and control, the portal uniquely provides different business units or even different application users virtual ‘spaces’ in which to work.  Within those spaces are only the objects and resources the user has been granted visibility.  Role policy dictates permissions on those resources.

It is the ONLY Enterprise Messaging Solution with a built in SOA engine that lets you leverage internal and external services for managing and correcting problems within your middleware messaging environment.                 

  *Kafka coming soon 

    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
USBank, Southwest Airlines, Visiting Nurse Services of New York, Aon Hewitt, Parker Hannifin, Cantonal Bank of Zurich (ZKB), Hagemeyer NA, and many othersDeutsche Bahn, Bon-Ton, WestJet, ARBURG, Northern Territory Government, Tata Steel Europe, Sharp Corporation
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm88%
Financial Services Firm29%
Insurance Company15%
Healthcare Company8%
Financial Services Firm34%
Insurance Company17%
Engineering Company8%
Company Size
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise45%
Small Business2%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise88%
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise86%
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