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We performed a comparison between Amazon SQS and IBM MQ 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 Amazon SQS vs. IBM MQ report (Updated: August 2022).
635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"I am able to find out what's going on very easily.""The initial setup was very easy. It was a matter of hours rather than days.""The solution is easy to scale and cost-effective."

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"The usability of the solution is very good.""I have found that the solution scales well.""The solution allows one to easily configure an IBM MQQueueManager.""IBM MQ's flexibility has sped up our active communication.""The solution is stable.""IBM MQ is robust compared to other products in the market. It also gives you support from the IBM team.""Offers good performance as well as scalability and stability.""The most valuable features are RDQM and queue sharing."

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"I do not think that this solution is easy to use and the documentation of this solution has a lot of problems and can be improved in the next release. Most of the time, the images in the document are from older versions.""It would be easier to have a dashboard that allows us to see everything and manage everything since we have so many queues.""There was an issue around message duplication at one point, which was quite bothersome because I felt like the semantics around consumption and how many times a message would be sent weren't necessarily respected."

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"The solution should offer a freeware version, free vouchers, or certifications for learning purposes and building knowledge base.""We would like to see the IBM technical support team extend their hand to providing support for other cloud vendors like Azure, Google Cloud, and AWS""It could always be more stable and secure.""There are many complications with IBM MQ servers.""It would be great if the dashboard had additional features like a board design.""They probably need to virtualize the MQ flow and allow us to design the MQ flow using the UI. It would also help to migrate to the cloud easily and implement AWS Lambda functions with minimum coding. If you have to code, then just with NodeJS or Java.""I have used the support from IBM MQ. There is some room for improvement.""It would be an advantage if they can include streaming in IBM MQ, similar to Kafka. Kafka is used mainly for streaming purposes. This feature is clearly lacking in IBM MQ. If they add this feature to IBM MQ, it will have an edge over other products."

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  • "Amazon SQS is more affordable compared to other solutions."
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  • "There is real money involved here. As compared to RabbitMQ, IBM MQ is on the higher side in terms of cost."
  • "It is a licensed product. As compared to an open-source solution, such as RabbitMQ, it is obviously costly. If you're using IBM Message Broker, which is a licensed product, IBM MQ is included in the same license. You don't have to pay separately for IBM MQ. The license cost of IBM MQ is lesser than IBM Message Broker."
  • "IBM is expensive."
  • "The solution costs are high, it is going to cost a fair bit for annual operating costs and support."
  • "This solution requires a license and we have purchased an enterprise license."
  • "I think IBM needs to look at its pricing. The prices of IBM products should be simple. The old way of pricing should now be moving on to the cloud to be pay as you go, a plan-based kind of pricing."
  • "You have to license per application installation and if you expand vertically or horizontally, you will be paying for more licenses. The licenses are approximately $10,000 to $15,000 a license, it can get expensive quite quickly."
  • "The price of the solution could be reduced, and we are on an annual subscription."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:Hi As someone with 45+ years of experience in the Transaction and Message Processing world, I have seen many "MQ" solutions that have come into the market place. From my perspective, while each… more »
    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:IBM MQ has a great reputation behind it, and this solution is very robust with great stability. It is easy to use, simple to configure and integrates well with our enterprise ecosystem and protocols… more »
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    WebSphere MQ
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    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.

      IBM MQ is a middleware product used to send or exchange messages across multiple platforms, including applications, systems, files, and services via MQs (messaging queues). This solution helps simplify the creation of business applications, and also makes them easier to maintain. IBM MQ is security-rich, has high performance, and provides a universal messaging backbone with robust connectivity. In addition, it also integrates easily with existing IT assets by using an SOA (service oriented architecture).

      IBM MQ can be deployed:

      • On-premises
      • In the cloud
      • Hybrid cloud

      IBM MQ supports the following APIs:

      • MQI (Message Queue Interface)
      • REST
      • .NET
      • MQTT
      • JMS
      • IBM MQ Light

      IBM MQ Features

      Some of the most powerful IBM MQ features include:

      • High availability
      • Stability and scalability
      • Flexible deployment options
      • Uniform clusters
      • Automated and intelligent workload balancing
      • Broad language, API, and messaging protocol support
      • Administrative features that simplify messaging management
      • Open standards development tools
      • Simple management tools

      IBM MQ Benefits

      Some of the benefits of using IBM MQ include:

      • Multi-style messaging: IBM MQ supports simple multi-style messaging, making it easy to connect diverse systems with support for message queuing, transactions, and more.

      • Reduced risk: With IBM MQ you will never lose a message, and messages are never delivered more than once.

      • Cloud-native: Because IBM MQ has a minimal infrastructure, it is suitable to be cloud-native, and therefore has the capability to always remain on.

      • Available anywhere: Using IBM MQ, you have access to secure messaging anywhere, at any time.

      • Secure: IBM MQ makes sure to keep your data safe by using TLS secured communications, providing access identity management, message-level security, and more measures to protect your information.

      • Easy for application programmers: To use IBM MQ, application programmers do not need to have any knowledge of communications programming.

      • Technical support: IBM MQ has a large user community and also provides support 24/7 as needed.

      Reviews from Real Users

      Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by IBM MQ users who are currently using the solution.

      PeerSpot user Sunil S., a manager at a financial services firm, explains that they never lose messages are never lost in transit, mentioning that he can store messages and forward them as required: "Whenever payments are happening, such as incoming payments to the bank, we need to notify the customer. With MQ we can actually do that asynchronously. We don't want to notify the customer for each and every payment but, rather, more like once a day. That kind of thing can be enabled with the help of MQ."

      Another PeerSpot reviewer, Luis L. who is a solutions director at Thesys Technologies, says that IBM MQ is a valuable solution and is "A stable and reliable software that offers good integration between different systems."

      The head of operations at a financial services firm notes that "I have found the solution to be very robust. It has a strong reputation, is easy to use, simple to configure in our enterprise software, and supports all the protocols that we use."

      In addition, a Software Engineer at a financial services firm praises the security benefits of it and states that “it has the most security features I've seen in a communication solution. Security is the most important thing for our purposes."

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    Sample Customers
    EMS, NASA, BMW, Capital One
    Deutsche Bahn, Bon-Ton, WestJet, ARBURG, Northern Territory Government, Tata Steel Europe, Sharp Corporation
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Media Company9%
    Financial Services Firm38%
    Insurance Company10%
    Computer Software Company6%
    Financial Services Firm32%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business7%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise83%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Buyer's Guide
    Amazon SQS vs. IBM MQ
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon SQS vs. IBM MQ and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
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    Amazon SQS is ranked 4th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 3 reviews while IBM MQ is ranked 1st in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 31 reviews. Amazon SQS is rated 7.6, while IBM MQ is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Amazon SQS writes "An easy to use solution that is simple to set up, but has some issues with message duplication ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM MQ writes "Reliable and stable software with good integration but the file transfer process needs improvement". Amazon SQS is most compared with Amazon MQ, Apache Kafka, Oracle Event Hub Cloud Service, Anypoint MQ and ActiveMQ, whereas IBM MQ is most compared with Apache Kafka, VMware RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ, Anypoint MQ and Red Hat AMQ. See our Amazon SQS vs. IBM MQ report.

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