IBM MQ Competitors and Alternatives

Find out what your peers are saying about Apache Kafka vs. RabbitMQ and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
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Technology Lead at a software R&D company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 27 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it can handle high volume. Apache Kafa is open-source and some of our clients are interested in becoming more involved in that.

What needs improvement?

Kafka does not provide control over the message queue, so we do not know whether we are experiencing lost or duplicate messages. Better control over the message queue would be an improvement. Solutions such as ActiveMQ do afford better… more»

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

Apache Kafka is open-source and can be used free of charge.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also have experience with IBM MQ.

What other advice do I have?

In this type of solution, you need to be able to accept a high volume of messages, but not lose any, and not have any duplicates. Because we are unable to control the queue in Kafka, I cannot say that this works 100%. The suitability of… more»
MarkEllerington
Real User
Solutions Architect at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 07 2020

What is most valuable?

For any messaging system, I think that messaging, in general, is fundamental to software development.

What needs improvement?

This solution could improve by providing better documentation. IBM MQ has 30 years of experience to build upon and has had 30 years to grow and improve, while ActiveMQ does not have the same kind of heritage that IBM MQ has. In comparison, I find that IBM documentation is better, but it has had a lot more investment behind it. In the next release, I think that a roadmap would be interesting. If we… more»

What other advice do I have?

I have also had experience with IBM MQ for the last 30 years. I am comparing between different products and messaging scenario expertise. I work in consultancies with many clients who have many different versions. All messaging whether it's ActiveMQ, Amazon MQ which is Active MQ, or it's IBM MQ, they are all very similar, they all have strengths and weaknesses. We have clients from small to large… more»
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