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"It has role-based access to queues, giving us more insights into problems."

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"This initial setup is not complex at all. Deploying it was very easy.""I have found that the solution scales well.""The solution allows one to easily configure an IBM MQQueueManager.""The MQ protocol is widely used across multiple applications and it's so simple for connectivity.""Overall the solution operates well and has good integration.""RabbitMQ and Kafka require more steps for setup than IBM MQ. Installation of the IBM product is very simple.""The usability of the solution is very good.""Reliable messaging and throughput are the most valuable."

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"We desire a dashboard that could accumulate BOQ lengths per tenant on one screen for all tenants."

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"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.""In terms of volume, it is not able to handle a huge volume. We also have limitations of queues related to IBM MQ. We often need to handle a very big volume, but currently we do have limitations. If those kinds of limitations could be relaxed, it would help us to work better.""There are many complications with IBM MQ servers.""It could provide more monitoring tools and some improvement to the UI. I would also like to see more throughput in future versions.""The worst part is the monitoring or admin, especially in the ACE or Broker. There is always a problem of transparency. In MQ you can observe any process and you know exactly what's going on behind the scenes, but with the ACE or Broker, it's a problem monitoring the HTTP inputs. It's like a black box.""The clustering capabilities have provided some difficulties when it comes to resiliency. This has been a challenge for managing the environment.""You should be able to increase the message size. It should be dynamic. Each queue has a limitation of 5,000.""Scaling is difficult with IBM MQ."

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  • "Start small, then increase licensing later as per your demand."
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  • "The price is high."
  • "There is a different platform price between Windows, z/OS, and iSeries."
  • "IBM products, in general, have high licensing costs and support costs are too high."
  • "Most of our customers are quite happy with the solution but they have an issue with the cost. They want to move to cheaper solutions."
  • "It is a very expensive product compared to the open source products in the market."
  • "It would be a 10 out of 10 if it wasn't so expensive."
  • "It's a very expensive product."
  • "IBM MQ is expensive and they charge based on the CPU."
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    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 »
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    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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    The solution allows one to easily configure an IBM MQQueueManager.
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    Avada Software specializes in Enterprise Middleware solutions. Founded by some pioneers in SOA, MQ and J2EE technology, Avada’s Flagship product, Infrared360, is a holistic & innovative private cloud enabled portal providing self-service administration, monitoring, load testing, auditing & statistical reporting for Enterprise Middleware including IBM’s middleware stack of MQ, IIB (message broker), WAS, and Datapower, as well as other applications servers such as  JBoss, TC Server, Weblogic, and other messaging technologies such as Tibco EMS and Kafka*.

    Accessed via any web browser on any device, Infrared360 is a single web application, yet scales to 2500+ endpoints without deploying anything (no agents, no scripts) to those endpoints.

    Using trusted ‘spaces’ and delegated visibility and control, the portal uniquely provides different business units or even different application users virtual ‘spaces’ in which to work.  Within those spaces are only the objects and resources the user has been granted visibility.  Role policy dictates permissions on those resources.

    It is the ONLY Enterprise Messaging Solution with a built in SOA engine that lets you leverage internal and external services for managing and correcting problems within your middleware messaging environment.                 

      *Kafka coming soon 

      IBM MQ provides the universal messaging backbone for service-oriented architecture (SOA) connectivity. It connects virtually any commercial IT system, whether on premise, in the cloud, or a mixture. For more than 20 years IBM has led the market in messaging middleware and more than 10,000 businesses across all geographies and industries rely on IBM MQ.

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    Sample Customers
    USBank, Southwest Airlines, Visiting Nurse Services of New York, Aon Hewitt, Parker Hannifin,  Cantonal Bank of Zurich (ZKB), Hagemeyer NA, and many others
    Deutsche Bahn, Bon-Ton, WestJet, ARBURG, Northern Territory Government, Tata Steel Europe, Sharp Corporation
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm73%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    Financial Services Firm37%
    Insurance Company10%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Company Size
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business7%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise84%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise75%

    Avada Software Infrared360 is ranked 3rd in Business Activity Monitoring with 2 reviews while IBM MQ is ranked 1st in Business Activity Monitoring with 45 reviews. Avada Software Infrared360 is rated 9.0, while IBM MQ is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Avada Software Infrared360 writes "Role-based access to queues, giving us more insights into problems". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM MQ writes "We don't lose messages in transit and we can store messages and forward them when required". Avada Software Infrared360 is most compared with Nastel AutoPilot, Dynatrace, Accedian Skylight, SevOne Network Data Platform and Micro Focus Voltage SiteScope, whereas IBM MQ is most compared with Apache Kafka, VMware RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ, PubSub+ Event Broker and Anypoint MQ.

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