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We performed a comparison between ActiveMQ and Amazon SQS based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Message Queue (MQ) Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"ActiveMQ brings the most value to small applications because it will not cost you very much to complete.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the holding and forwarding.""The initial setup is straightforward and only takes a few minutes.""ActiveMQ is very lightweight and quick."

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"The libraries that connect and manage the queues are rich in features.""The most valuable feature of Amazon SQS is the interface.""I am able to find out what's going on very easily.""There is no setup just some easy configuration required.""I appreciate that Amazon SQS is fully integrated with Amazon and can be accessed through normal functions or serverless functions, making it very user-friendly. Additionally, the features are comparable to those of other solutions."

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"There are some stability issues.""The solution can improve the other protocols to equal the AMQ protocol they offer.""From the TPS point of view, it's like 100,000 transactions that need to be admitted from different devices and also from the different minor small systems. Those are best fit for Kafka. We have used it on the customer side, and we thought of giving a try to ActiveMQ, but we have to do a lot of performance tests and approval is required before we can use it for this scale.""It would be great if it is included as part of the solution, as Kafka is doing. Even though the use case of Kafka is different, If something like data extraction is possible, or if we can experiment with partition tolerance and other such things, that will be great."

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"Be cautious around pay-as-you-use licensing as costs can become expensive.""The initial setup of Amazon SQS is in the middle range of difficulty. You need to learn Amazon AWS and know how to navigate, create resources, and structures, and provide rules.""The solution is not available on-premises so that rules out any customers looking for the messaging solution on-premises.""It would be easier to have a dashboard that allows us to see everything and manage everything since we have so many queues.""As a company that uses IBM solutions, it's difficult to compare Amazon SQS to other solutions. We have been using IBM solutions for a long time and they are very mature in integration and queuing. In my role as an integration manager, I can say that Amazon SQS is designed primarily for use within the Amazon ecosystem and does not have the same level of functionality as IBM MQ or other similar products. It has limited connectivity options and does not easily integrate with legacy systems."

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  • "We are using the open-source version, so we have not looked at any pricing."
  • "There are no fees because it is open-source."
  • "We use the open-source version."
  • "ActiveMQ is open source, so it is free to use."
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  • "The pricing of Amazon SQS is reasonable. The first million requests are free every month, and after, it's cost 40 cents for every million requests. There are not any additional fees."
  • "Amazon SQS is quite expensive and is at the highest price point compared to other solutions."
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    Top Answer:ActiveMQ brings the most value to small applications because it will not cost you very much to complete.
    Top Answer:There are two areas that the product should improve. One, the solution needs to be maintained manually and two, there are some stability issues.
    Top Answer:The primary use case of this solution is to send messages between applications.
    Top Answer:The solution is easy to scale and cost-effective.
    Top Answer:Documentation of this solution can be improved. Sometimes, the images in the document are from older versions.
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    Apache ActiveMQ is the most popular and powerful open source messaging and Integration Patterns server.

    Apache ActiveMQ is fast, supports many Cross Language Clients and Protocols, comes with easy to use Enterprise Integration Patterns and many advanced features while fully supporting JMS 1.1 and J2EE 1.4. Apache ActiveMQ is released under the Apache 2.0 License

    Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a fully managed message queuing service that enables you to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications. SQS eliminates the complexity and overhead associated with managing and operating message oriented middleware, and empowers developers to focus on differentiating work. Using SQS, you can send, store, and receive messages between software components at any volume, without losing messages or requiring other services to be available. Get started with SQS in minutes using the AWS console, Command Line Interface or SDK of your choice, and three simple commands.

    SQS offers two types of message queues. Standard queues offer maximum throughput, best-effort ordering, and at-least-once delivery. SQS FIFO queues are designed to guarantee that messages are processed exactly once, in the exact order that they are sent.

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    Sample Customers
    University of Washington, Daugherty Systems, CSC, STG Technologies, Inc. 
    EMS, NASA, BMW, Capital One
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm40%
    Transportation Company20%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Media Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    ActiveMQ vs. Amazon SQS
    March 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about ActiveMQ vs. Amazon SQS and other solutions. Updated: March 2023.
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    ActiveMQ is ranked 4th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 4 reviews while Amazon SQS is ranked 3rd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 5 reviews. ActiveMQ is rated 7.2, while Amazon SQS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of ActiveMQ writes "High performance, good message toll replication, and the ability to raise network processes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Amazon SQS writes "Very resilient with numerous great features including a 256 kilobyte payload". ActiveMQ is most compared with IBM MQ, Apache Kafka, VMware RabbitMQ, Anypoint MQ and PubSub+ Event Broker, whereas Amazon SQS is most compared with Apache Kafka, Amazon MQ, Oracle Event Hub Cloud Service, IBM MQ and VMware RabbitMQ. See our ActiveMQ vs. Amazon SQS report.

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