Red Hat AMQ Overview

Red Hat AMQ is the #8 ranked solution in our list of top Message Queue Software. It is most often compared to Apache Kafka: Red Hat AMQ vs Apache Kafka

What is Red Hat AMQ?

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).

Red Hat AMQ is also known as Red Hat JBoss A-MQ, Red Hat JBoss AMQ.

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Red Hat AMQ Customers

E*TRADE, CERN, CenturyLink, AECOM, Sabre Holdings

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What users are saying about Red Hat AMQ pricing:
  • "There is a subscription needed for this solution and there are support plans available."

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MichaelSukachev
Enterprise Architect at Teranet, INC.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Scales well and is very stable, with great technical support on offer

What is our primary use case?

Specifically, the system performs long-running queries. We needed to find a mechanism for messaging, and that was AMQ. Underneath all of this technology, it's a combination of Apache Kafka and ActiveMQ, which are two different mechanisms of messaging that could be used for different use cases whenever it's needed. AMQ is a combination of two products, Apache Kafka and ActiveMQ, and designed into a new product that basically gives users the opportunity to work with both of them on one product.

Pros and Cons

  • "This combination of two products, Apache Kafka and ActiveMQ, offers two ways of dealing with messaging. It's wonderful due to the fact that sometimes it's much preferable to use Kafka and sometimes it's Active MQ. We can use both of them in our arsenal."
  • "AMQ is not offered as a separate offering anymore. It comes only as a part of the Red Hat Integration package. Therefore, if you would like to purchase a specific product, you can't do that."

What other advice do I have?

We are just customers and end-users. We don't have a business relationship with Red Hat. We are using one of the most recent versions, as in addition, we purchased from Red Hat what's called Red Hat Integration, which includes the licenses for AMQ's latest version. I assume it would be the latest version. Since the solution is no longer separated out, I would advise a company considering the solution to look into the whole package. The package consists of the other products as well, that might not be of use, or will not be needed. A company will need to be aware of this part. I'd also advise…
Christian Bonami
Lead Technical Architect at a government with 201-500 employees
Real User
Scalable to a point, but the product is not stable and technical support needs to be improved

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for message queuing. We have been having a great deal of trouble with this solution. However, I have to point out that I do not really trust our infrastructure, as I have just discovered that it is worthless. This leaves us with the question as to which degree these problems are AMQ's or our own.

Pros and Cons

  • "My impression is that it is average in terms of scalability."
  • "There are several areas in this solution that need improvement, including clustering multi-nodes and message ordering."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is implementing this solution is to make sure that you get the clustering configuration right and that it actually works, and beware of message ordering problems. Simply, for us, there were a lot of features that did not work properly because of the clustering configuration. Unfortunately, that was not mentioned in the manual, or anywhere else, so we had to find out that certain things simply don't work when you go and cluster and when you scale it out. If I knew for sure that the technology didn't work and that was the cause of our problems then I would rate this…
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RM1
Director, CTO, Co-Founder at Basilroot
Real User
East to configure, lightweight on resource, simple to manage

What is our primary use case?

We are in the early stages of evaluating Red Hat AMQ for an OpenShift container platform because it can provide a very good Kubernetes platform using asynchronous data communication.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is very lightweight, easy to configure, simple to manage, and robust since it launched."
  • "There is improvement needed to keep the support libraries updated."

What other advice do I have?

This solution is very mature and can be very useful depending on the use case. For what we use it for, it has worked perfectly. For some other use cases, this solution might not be the best to use. Most of my clients are using other Red Hat solutions combined with this one, such as Ansible and 3scale. I rate Red Hat AMQ a nine out of ten.
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