If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Red Hat AMQ, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
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 companies to be aware of how resources are allocated. An organization must understand how resources are allocated, from the technical point of view. They need to understand what is covered under the subscription. Technical support can help discuss it with them if they have questions. Overall, I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten.
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 product a three out of ten, but I know there are also other factors involved, so I can't really say that it's the technology. I would rate this solution a four out of ten.
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