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IBM Event Streams is the #10 ranked solution in our list of top Message Queue Software. It is most often compared to IBM MQ: IBM Event Streams vs IBM MQ

What is IBM Event Streams?

Built on open source Apache Kafka, IBM Event Streams is an event-streaming platform that helps you build smart applications that can react to events as they happen. IBM Event Streams is based on years of operational expertise IBM has gained from running Apache Kafka event streams for enterprises

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IBM Event Streams Customers
American Airlines, UBank, Bitly, Eurobits, Active International, Bison, Contextor, Constance Hotels, Resorts & Golf, Creval, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, FaceMe, FacePhi, Fitzsoft, Fuga Technologies, Guardio, Honeywell, Japanese airline, Jenzabar, KONE
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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about IBM Event Streams pricing:
  • "The pricing needs to be improved."

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Thabiso Mofokeng
MQ , Websphere Message Broker Administrator at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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Top 10
Easy to use, stable, has a good interface, and the security is good

Pros and Cons

  • "I'm an administrator, and what I like most is the interface, the security, and the storage."
  • "In the next release, I would like to see the GUI allow you to configure the security section."

What is most valuable?

I'm an administrator, and what I like most is the interface, the security, and the storage. 

You don't lose any messages, if they have been configured as personal, you won't lose anything.

What needs improvement?

It can be reduced, but when you are comparing them with ActiveMQ, the console beats ActiveMQ by far, and it's easy to use.

In the next release, I would like to see the GUI allow you to configure the security section.

If the security section could be completed through the GUI, it would make people's lives easy. People are not used to seeing a command, they just want to see a GUI.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with IBM Event Streams for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

IBM Event Streams is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability depends on how you configure it. If you configure HA, then it will be scalable.

With it being stable, the on-premises version doesn't need to be scaled that much, because if you're running Active-Passive Architecture, the one node server is easy to configure it to reroute the traffic to the other node. Within five minutes you can have it running.

The whole company is using this solution. It's a middleware and all applications that use messages use IBM Event Streams.

How are customer service and technical support?

I'm satisfied with their support. Because of our relationship with IBM, any production issues we have, we get first preference.

How was the initial setup?

I don't know if it's because of experience, but for me, it was easy to install. It's just a matter of having an RPM, then click next, next, and next again.

The difficult part comes in when you have to configure the security. That is the most difficult part, but it's not that difficult.

It takes less than two hours to install. Two hours max, because I did one yesterday.

I installed it on AWS and it was easy to install the software. It was less than an hour for the bare minimum installation. Setting up the security, took close to two hours.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing needs to be improved.

What other advice do I have?

I am happy with the product, other than pricing I don't have any other improvements that I can suggest.

I would recommend it. It's a stable application, and over the years their developers have worked on it, you're not going to have any downfall.

I would rate IBM Event Streams a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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