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We performed a comparison between ActiveMQ and PubSub+ Event Broker 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.

To learn more, read our detailed ActiveMQ vs. PubSub+ Event Broker report (Updated: September 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"ActiveMQ is very lightweight and quick.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the holding and forwarding."

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"When it comes to granularity, you can literally do anything regarding how the filtering works.""When we went to add another installation in our private cloud, it was easy. We received support from Solace and the install was seamless with no issues.""We've built a lot of products into it and it's been quite easy to feed market data onto the systems and put entitlements and controls around that. That was a big win for us when we were consolidating our platforms down. Trying to have one event bus, one messaging bus, for the whole globe, and consolidate everything over time, has been key for us. We've been able to do that through one API, even if it's across the different languages.""The way we can replicate information and send it to several subscribers is most valuable. It can be used for any kind of business where you've got multiple users who need information. Any company, such as LinkedIn, with a huge number of subscribers and any business, such as publishing, supermarket, airline, or shipping can use it.""As of now, the most valuable aspects are the topic-based subscription and the fanout exchange that we are using."

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Cons
"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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"It could be cheaper. It could also have easier usage. It is a brilliant product, but it is quite complex to use.""We have requested to be able to get into the payload to do dynamic topic hierarchy building. A current workaround is using the message's header, where the business data can be put into this header and be used for a dynamic topic lookup. I want to see this in action when there are a couple of hundred cases live. E.g., how does it perform? From an administration perspective, is the ease of use there?""We've pointed out some things with the DMR piece, the event mesh, in edge cases where we could see a problem. Something like 99 percent of users wouldn't ever see this problem, but it has to do with if you get multiple bad clients sending data over a WAN, for example. That could then impact other clients.""If you create one event in the past, you cannot resend it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We are using the open-source version, so we have not looked at any pricing."
  • "There are no fees because it is open-source."
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  • "We are looking for something that will add value and fit for purpose. Freeware is good if you want to try something quickly without putting in much money. However, as far as our decision is concerned, I don't think it helps. At the end of the day, if we are convinced that a capability is required, we will ask for the funding. Then, when the funding is available, we will go for an enterprise solution only."
  • "The licensing is dependent on the volume that is flowing. If you go for their support services, it will cost some more money, but I think it is worth it, especially if you are just starting your journey."
  • "It could be cheaper. Its licensing is on a yearly basis."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:ActiveMQ is very lightweight and quick.
    Top Answer:For Kafka, we mainly use it for event sourcing. We have huge concurrent events. From the TPS point of view, it's like 100,000 transactions that need to be admitted from different devices and also from… more »
    Top Answer:We are using ActiveMQ in our customers' companies, so all of the integrations are there. We use this solution for microservices intercommunication.
    Top Answer:Guaranteed Messaging allows for us to transport messages between on-prem and the cloud without any loss of data.
    Top Answer:The pricing and licensing were very transparent and well-communicated by our account manager. There was no free version when we evaluated it.
    Top Answer:The ease of management could be approved. The GUI is very good, but to configure and manage these devices programmatically in the software version is not easy. For example, if I would like to spin up… more »
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    Also Known As
    AMQ
    Solace Virtual Message Router, Solace Cloud, Solace Message Router Appliance
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    Overview

    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

    Solace PubSub+ Event Broker is a serverless, scalable technology that efficiently streams events throughout all sorts of environments: within the cloud, on-premises, and IoT. The technology is based on the publish/subscribe model of communication. The “+” in the solution’s name alludes to its support of a wide spectrum of message exchange patterns beyond the publish/subscribe model; it supports queueing, streaming, and request/reply. The “+” also alludes to the fact that the solution supports a range of different qualities of service. PubSub+ Event Broker can be managed and monitored with a single administration interface.

    PubSub+ Event Broker uses robust, battle-tested, and reliable event broker technology. It allows users to tie their architectures together to benefit from the best of all technologies, including legacy ESBs/messaging, DB system of record on-prem, cloud-native services, and Kafka clusters as endpoints.

    PubSub+ Event Broker lets you connect event brokers to form an event mesh (an architecture layer) which allows you to route events in a dynamic way between applications, regardless of where those applications are deployed (for example, from public-cloud, private-cloud, or no-cloud).

    PubSub+ Event Broker Benefits

    PubSub+ Event Broker is the only unified event broker technology available as software, hardware, and a managed service. All options offer the same functionality and management experience.

    • Software: Simple to use in clouds, containers and iPaaS/PaaS.
    • Hardware: A turnkey appliance with low TCO that gives you robust performance and capacity.
    • Managed service: Cloud based version is managed by Solace, allowing you to accomplish event broker services in minutes and scale to any level.

    PubSub+ Event Broker Capabilities

    • Orchestrates and connects microservices
    • Pushes events from on-premises systems of record to cloud services
    • Enables digital transformation across LoBs and IoT

    PubSub+ Event Broker Features

    • Federated architecture: Routing across geographically distributed cloud and on-premises environments, self-learning routing, bandwidth-efficient routing over wide area networks.
    • APIs and protocols: Native support for AMQP, Node.js, WebSocket, MQTT, JMS, Paho, Qpid,numerous messaging APIs and free open-source Kafka connectors.
    • Advanced messaging capabilities: Message caching, replay, prioritization, and dead message queues.
    • Management and governance: Centralized administration, automated disaster recovery, authentication, authorization and encryption of information, built-in high availability, and proactive monitoring, including integration with existing monitoring tools.
    • Capacity and performance: High-capacity throughput persistent and non-persistent messaging in fanout scenarios, optimized for low latency, and numerous concurrent IoT connections.

    Reviews from Real Users

    PubSub+ Event Broker stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to communicate with numerous subscribers and its scalability. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Jitendra J., a websphere MQ specialist at a maritime company, notes, “The way we can replicate information and send it to several subscribers is most valuable. It can be used for any kind of business where you've got multiple users who need information. Any company, such as LinkedIn, with a huge number of subscribers and any business, such as publishing, supermarket, airline, or shipping can use it.”

    The head of enterprise architecture and digital innovation at a tech vendor writes, “This solution reduces the latency to access changes in real-time and the effort required to onboard a new subscriber. It also reduces the maintenance of each of those interfaces because now the publisher and subscribers are decoupled. Event Broker handles all the communication and engagement.”

    Another PeerSpot user, who is a senior project manager at a financial services firm, describes, "Going from something where we had outages and capacity issues constantly to a system that was able to scale with the massive market data and messaging spikes that happened during the initial stages of the COVID crisis in March, we were able to scale with 40 plus percent growth in our platform over the course of days."

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    Sample Customers
    University of Washington, Daugherty Systems, CSC, STG Technologies, Inc. 
    FxPro, TP ICAP, Barclays, Airtel, American Express, Cobalt, Legal & General, LSE Group, Akuna Capital, Azure Information Technology, Brand.net, Canadian Securities Exchange, Core Transport Technologies, Crédit Agricole, Fluent Trade Technologies, Harris Corporation, Korea Exchange, Live E!, Mercuria Energy, Myspace, NYSE Technologies, Pico, RBC Capital Markets, Standard Chartered Bank, Unibet 
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm44%
    Transportation Company22%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
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    Financial Services Firm25%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government5%
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    Financial Services Firm63%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Pharma/Biotech Company13%
    Maritime Company13%
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    Financial Services Firm28%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise63%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise76%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise70%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    ActiveMQ is ranked 3rd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 2 reviews while PubSub+ Event Broker is ranked 6th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 4 reviews. ActiveMQ is rated 9.0, while PubSub+ Event Broker is rated 8.2. 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 PubSub+ Event Broker writes "We can add an application or users in the middle of the day, with no disruption to anyone". ActiveMQ is most compared with Apache Kafka, IBM MQ, VMware RabbitMQ, Anypoint MQ and Oracle Event Hub Cloud Service, whereas PubSub+ Event Broker is most compared with Apache Kafka, IBM MQ, VMware RabbitMQ, Confluent and Amazon EventBridge.

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