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We performed a comparison between IBM MQ and VMware RabbitMQ 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.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The initial setup is easy.""The methodology and the way in which the platform has been produced as a standard is most valuable. There are so many different versions of it now, but the actual basic functionality and the simplicity of it have made it far easier to be implemented in so many different instances. When I worked with the OS/2 or PS/2 machine environment, the messaging mechanisms were based upon IBM MQ. It is so versatile, which is the main reason that I'm a fan of it.""We like IBM MQ for our synchronous communications and transactional applications that require a lot of CPS.""I haven't seen any issues with respect to the message loss.""We have found the MQ messaging topologies valuable.""A stable and reliable software that offers good integration between different systems.""The most valuable feature of IBM MQ is transaction processing.""This initial setup is not complex at all. Deploying it was very easy."

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"The product's feature of data transaction works fast.""Large amounts of data can be moved pretty fast using the solution.""The solution's best feature is its exceptional speed, delivering efficient utilization of resources.""The most valuable feature for me is that it is open source. The licensing costs are really low and they are transparent.""Companies can scale the solution, so long as they have server room.""It is easy to use. The addition of more queues and more services can be managed very easily.""The solution can scale."

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"IBM MQ could improve by adding more protocols or APIs for a standard application, such as MuleSoft.""It would be nice if we could use the cluster facilities because we are doing active/passive configuration use.""The GUI part could be better.""It could always be more stable and secure.""There are things within the actual product itself that can be improved, such as limitations on message length, size, etc. There is no standardized message length outside of IBM. Each of the implementations of the MQ series or support of that functionality varies between various suppliers, and because of that, it is very difficult to move from one to the other. We have IBM MQ, but we couldn't use it because the platform that was speaking to MQ didn't support the message length that was standard within IBM MQ. So, we had to use a different product to do exactly the same thing. So, perhaps, there could be more flexibility in the standards around the message queue. If we had been able to increase the message queue size within the IBM MQ implementation, we wouldn't have had to go over to another competing product because the system that was using MQ messaging required the ability to hold messages that were far larger than the IBM MQ standard. So, there could be a bit more flexibility in the structuring. It has as such nothing to do with the IBM implementation of MQ. It is just that the standard that is being put out onto the market doesn't actually stipulate those types of things.""The solution requires a lot of work to implement and maintain.""Sometimes, not all messages are consumed in the queues. File transfers need improvement.""More documentation would be good because some features are not deeply implemented."

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"The support feature could benefit from some improvement in terms of accessibility and responsiveness.""The availability could be better.""The product is pretty hard to configure.""The user interface could be improved.""I would like to see the performance of the administration portal improved and additional messaging protocols.""VMware RabbitMQ's configuration process could be easier to understand.""There are some security concerns that have been raised with this product."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I think it's pretty reasonable, but I'm not so too sure of the current pricing strategy from IBM. We use many bundled services, and most often, we go through a service provided by some other third-party implementation. So, I can't really give an honest opinion about that."
  • "The licensing fees are paid quarterly and they are expensive."
  • "Licensing for this software is on a yearly basis. The standard fee includes the maintenance and updates that are released periodically."
  • "The problem with this product is that it's a little bit expensive."
  • "Small-scale companies may not want to buy IBM MQ because of its high cost."
  • "The fee for this solution is on the higher end of the scale."
  • "IBM MQ is an expensive solution compared to other solutions. However, if you pay less you will not receive the same experience or features."
  • "The price of IBM MQ could improve by being less expensive."
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  • "The pricing for RabbitMQ is reasonable. It is worth the cost."
  • "The solution's pricing is cost-effective as it does not involve significant expenses. Licensing is required only for the server, while clients do not need any licensing. Therefore, it proves to be a cost-efficient option."
  • "It is an open-source platform. Although, we have to pay for additional features."
  • "It is an open-source product."
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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:The product's feature of data transaction works fast.
    Top Answer:It is an open-source platform. Although, we have to pay for additional features.
    Top Answer:VMware RabbitMQ's configuration process could be easier to understand.
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    Also Known As
    WebSphere MQ
    RabbitMQ by Pivotal, Rabbit, RabbitMQ
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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."

    RabbitMQ is the most popular open source message broker, with more than 35,000 production deployments world-wide. RabbitMQ is lightweight and easy to deploy on premises and in the cloud and runs on all major operating systems. It supports most developer platforms, multiple messaging protocols and can be deployed in distributed and federated configurations to meet high-scale, high-availability requirements.

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    Sample Customers
    Deutsche Bahn, Bon-Ton, WestJet, ARBURG, Northern Territory Government, Tata Steel Europe, Sharp Corporation
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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm39%
    Insurance Company9%
    Computer Software Company6%
    Financial Services Firm37%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Security Firm6%
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise83%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM MQ vs. VMware RabbitMQ
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM MQ vs. VMware RabbitMQ and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    IBM MQ is ranked 2nd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 27 reviews while VMware RabbitMQ is ranked 4th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 7 reviews. IBM MQ is rated 8.2, while VMware RabbitMQ is rated 8.2. 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 VMware RabbitMQ writes "Uses a memory desk processor very efficiently and performs well while maintaining a low cost". IBM MQ is most compared with Apache Kafka, ActiveMQ, Amazon SQS, TIBCO Enterprise Message Service and Red Hat AMQ, whereas VMware RabbitMQ is most compared with ActiveMQ, Apache Kafka, Anypoint MQ, PubSub+ Event Broker and Red Hat AMQ. See our IBM MQ vs. VMware RabbitMQ report.

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