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We performed a comparison between ActiveMQ and Apache Kafka 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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"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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"It is a useful way to maintain messages and to manage offset from our consumers.""The stability is very nice. We currently manage 50 million events daily.""The open-source version is relatively straightforward to set up and only takes a few minutes.""Kafka is an open-source tool that's easy to use in our country, and the command line interface is powerful.""The valuable features are the group community and support.""The most valuable feature is the messaging function and reliability.""I like Kafka's flexibility, stability, reliability, and robustness.""This is a system for email and other small devices. There has been a relay of transactions continuously over the last two years it has been in production."

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"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.""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.""The solution can improve the other protocols to equal the AMQ protocol they offer."

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"More Windows support, I believe, is one area where it can improve.""Apache Kafka could improve data loss and compatibility with Spark.""Kafka has a lot of monitors, but sometimes it's most important to just have a simple monitor.""We struggled a bit with the built-in data transformations because it was a challenge to get them up and running the way we wanted.""The graphical user environment is currently lacking.""I suggest using cloud services because the solution is expensive if you are using it on-premises.""The solution can improve by having automation for developers. We have done many manual calculations and it has been difficult but if it was automated it would be much better.""The repository isn't working very well. It's not user friendly."

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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."
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  • "The solution is free, it is open-source."
  • "Apache Kafka is free."
  • "The price for the enterprise version is quite high. For on-premise, there is an annual fee, which starts at 60,000 euros, but it is usually higher than 100,000 euros. The cost for a project including the subscription is usually between 100,000 to 200,000 euros. The cost also depends on the level of support. There are two different levels of support."
  • "We use the free version."
  • "This is an open-source version."
  • "It's a bit cheaper compared to other Q applications."
  • "Apache Kafka is an open-sourced solution. There are fees if you want the support, and I would recommend it for enterprises. There are annual subscriptions available."
  • "We are using the free version of Apache Kafka."
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    Top Answer:The initial setup is straightforward and only takes a few minutes.
    Top Answer:The solution can improve the other protocols to equal the AMQ protocol they offer.
    Top Answer:The primary use case of this solution is to send messages between applications.
    Top Answer:Apache Kafka is open source and can be used for free. It has very good log management and has a way to store the data used for analytics. Apache Kafka is very good if you have a high number of users… more »
    Top Answer:What is the OLAP that you are using? Hosted in Cloud or on-premise?  The target DB should have its tool to extract data.
    Top Answer:The open-source version is relatively straightforward to set up and only takes a few minutes.
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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

    Apache Kafka is a distributed streaming platform, with the following capabilities:

    • It lets you publish and subscribe to streams of records. In this respect it is similar to a message queue or enterprise messaging system.
    • It lets you store streams of records in a fault-tolerant way.
    • It lets you process streams of records as they occur.

    Apache Kafka gets used for two broad classes of application:

    • Building real-time streaming data pipelines that reliably get data between systems or applications.
    • Building real-time streaming applications that transform or react to the streams of data.
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    Sample Customers
    University of Washington, Daugherty Systems, CSC, STG Technologies, Inc. 
    Uber, Netflix, Activision, Spotify, Slack, Pinterest
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm40%
    Transportation Company20%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm26%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Company Size
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
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    ActiveMQ vs. Apache Kafka
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    ActiveMQ is ranked 3rd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 3 reviews while Apache Kafka is ranked 2nd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 29 reviews. ActiveMQ is rated 8.0, while Apache Kafka is rated 8.0. 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 Apache Kafka writes "Good partition tolerance, message reliability, and API integration ". ActiveMQ is most compared with IBM MQ, VMware RabbitMQ, Anypoint MQ, Red Hat AMQ and Amazon SQS, whereas Apache Kafka is most compared with IBM MQ, Amazon SQS, Red Hat AMQ, PubSub+ Event Broker and IBM Event Streams. See our ActiveMQ vs. Apache Kafka report.

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