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We performed a comparison between IBM MQ and Red Hat AMQ 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 IBM MQ vs. Red Hat AMQ report (Updated: August 2022).
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"We like IBM MQ for our synchronous communications and transactional applications that require a lot of CPS.""Reliable messaging and throughput are the most valuable.""The most valuable feature of IBM MQ is it has all the features necessary for contemporary messaging, not only for the financial industry but for any application.""A stable and reliable software that offers good integration between different systems.""This product has good security.""The usability of the solution is very good.""The solution is easy to use and has good performance.""IBM is still adding some features and coding some other systems on the security end. However, 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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"This product is well adopted on the OpenShift platform. For organizations like ours that use OpenShift for many of our products, this is a good feature.""The solution is very lightweight, easy to configure, simple to manage, and robust since it launched.""The most valuable feature for us is the operator-based automation that is provided by Streams for infrastructure as well as user and topic management. This saves a lot of time and effort on our part to provide infrastructure. For example, the deployment of infrastructure is reduced from approximately a week to a day."

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"IBM MQ's pricing is higher than its competitors'.""I would like to see message duplication included.""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""Sometimes, not all messages are consumed in the queues. File transfers need improvement.""It could always be more stable and secure.""The solution requires a lot of work to implement and maintain.""The user interface should be enhanced to include more monitoring features and other metrics. The metrics should include not only those from the IBM MQ point of view but also CPU and memory utilization.""With IBM products, there's less marketing. If they do more demos and more seminars on their products, it will be very useful. On a given day. I get seminar invites for many vendors and products, but for IBM, I may get an invite once or twice a year."

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"There are some aspects of the monitoring that could be improved on. There is a tool that is somewhat connected to Kafka called Service Registry. This is a product by Red Hat that I would like to see integrated more tightly.""This product needs better visualization capabilities in general.""There is improvement needed to keep the support libraries updated."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "There is a subscription needed for this solution and there are support plans available."
  • "This is a very cost-effective solution and the pricing is much better than competitors."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:This product is well adopted on the OpenShift platform. For organizations like ours that use OpenShift for many of our products, this is a good feature.
    Top Answer:This is a very cost-effective solution and the pricing is much better than competitors. The licensing structure is a good one, although it should be easier to understand.
    Top Answer:This product needs better visualization capabilities in general. The toolset should be improved to better support developer productivity. This is a point that would be greatly appreciated. They're… more »
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    Also Known As
    WebSphere MQ
    Red Hat JBoss A-MQ, Red Hat JBoss AMQ
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      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."

    To respond to business demands quickly and efficiently, you need a way to integrate the applications and data spread across your enterprise. Red Hat JBoss A-MQ—based on the Apache ActiveMQ open source project—is a flexible, high-performance messaging platform that delivers information reliably, enabling real-time integration and connecting the Internet of Things (IoT).

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    Sample Customers
    Deutsche Bahn, Bon-Ton, WestJet, ARBURG, Northern Territory Government, Tata Steel Europe, Sharp Corporation
    E*TRADE, CERN, CenturyLink, AECOM, Sabre Holdings
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm38%
    Insurance Company10%
    Computer Software Company6%
    Financial Services Firm32%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company6%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Company Size
    Small Business7%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise83%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM MQ vs. Red Hat AMQ
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM MQ vs. Red Hat AMQ and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM MQ is ranked 1st in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 31 reviews while Red Hat AMQ is ranked 7th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 3 reviews. IBM MQ is rated 8.2, while Red Hat AMQ is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM MQ writes "Reliable and stable software with good integration but the file transfer process needs improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Red Hat AMQ writes "Flexible, cost-effective, good compatibility with the OpenShift platform, effective and timely support". IBM MQ is most compared with Apache Kafka, VMware RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ, Anypoint MQ and TIBCO Enterprise Message Service, whereas Red Hat AMQ is most compared with Apache Kafka, ActiveMQ, VMware RabbitMQ, IBM Event Streams and Amazon SQS. See our IBM MQ vs. Red Hat AMQ report.

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