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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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My impression is that it is average in terms of scalability.

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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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There are several areas in this solution that need improvement, including clustering multi-nodes and message ordering.

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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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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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WebSphere MQRed Hat JBoss A-MQ, Red Hat JBoss AMQ
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    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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To respond to business demands quickly and efficiently, you need a way to integrate the applications and data spread across your enterprise. Red Hat JBoss A-MQ—based on the Apache ActiveMQ open source project—is a flexible, high-performance messaging platform that delivers information reliably, enabling real-time integration and connecting the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Sample Customers
Deutsche Bahn, Bon-Ton, WestJet, ARBURG, Northern Territory Government, Tata Steel Europe, Sharp CorporationE*TRADE, CERN, CenturyLink, AECOM, Sabre Holdings
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm35%
Insurance Company13%
Healthcare Company7%
Computer Software Company42%
Comms Service Provider13%
Media Company7%
Financial Services Firm7%
Computer Software Company57%
Comms Service Provider9%
Insurance Company4%
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Small Business6%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise85%
Small Business3%
Midsize Enterprise5%
Large Enterprise92%
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IBM MQ is ranked 1st in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 28 reviews while Red Hat AMQ is ranked 7th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 1 review. IBM MQ is rated 8.2, while Red Hat AMQ is rated 4.0. The top reviewer of IBM MQ writes "We don't lose messages in transit and we can store messages and forward them when required". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Red Hat AMQ writes "Scalable to a point, but the product is not stable and technical support needs to be improved". IBM MQ is most compared with VMware RabbitMQ, Apache Kafka, ActiveMQ, PubSub+ Event Broker and Anypoint MQ, whereas Red Hat AMQ is most compared with Apache Kafka, ActiveMQ, VMware RabbitMQ, Amazon MQ and PubSub+ Event Broker.

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