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"The initial Amazon MQ setup is very easy both when you do it on your own or use the self-managed instance."

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"There is no setup just some easy configuration required.""The most valuable feature of Amazon SQS is the interface.""The libraries that connect and manage the queues are rich in features.""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.""I am able to find out what's going on very easily."

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"Amazon MQ is a good solution for small and medium-sized enterprises. It's open-source software, which means it's cheaper than its competitors."

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"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.""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.""It would be easier to have a dashboard that allows us to see everything and manage everything since we have so many queues.""The solution is not available on-premises so that rules out any customers looking for the messaging solution on-premises.""Be cautious around pay-as-you-use licensing as costs can become expensive."

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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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The initial Amazon MQ setup is very easy both when you do it on your own or use the self-managed instance.
    Top Answer:I would like to see Amazon MQ introduce other messaging queues like IBM MQ with an easily configured plugin. I would also like to see Amazon MQ offer only one IP instead of two. Right now, they give… more »
    Top Answer:I'm an administrator and my primary use case for Amazon MQ is as an integration layer between applications. I configure the brokers, queues, and users.
    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.
    Top Answer:The primary use case of this solution is for collecting event data for analytic purposes. In our case, when a user selects a function in our app, the information is collected. Analytics is performed… more »
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    Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ that makes it easy to set up and operate message brokers in the cloud. Message brokers allow different software systems–often using different programming languages, and on different platforms–to communicate and exchange information. Amazon MQ reduces your operational load by managing the provisioning, setup, and maintenance of ActiveMQ, a popular open-source message broker. Connecting your current applications to Amazon MQ is easy because it uses industry-standard APIs and protocols for messaging, including JMS, NMS, AMQP, STOMP, MQTT, and WebSocket. Using standards means that in most cases, there’s no need to rewrite any messaging code when you migrate to AWS.

    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
    SkipTheDishes, Malmberg,, Bench Accounting
    EMS, NASA, BMW, Capital One
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Media Company8%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Media Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Amazon MQ is ranked 8th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 1 review while Amazon SQS is ranked 3rd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 5 reviews. Amazon MQ is rated 8.0, while Amazon SQS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Amazon MQ writes "Easy setup; the right option for small and medium-sized enterprises ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Amazon SQS writes "Very resilient with numerous great features including a 256 kilobyte payload". Amazon MQ is most compared with Apache Kafka, IBM MQ, VMware RabbitMQ, Red Hat AMQ and EMQX, whereas Amazon SQS is most compared with Apache Kafka, Oracle Event Hub Cloud Service, IBM MQ, Anypoint MQ and ActiveMQ.

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