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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.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM MQ vs. VMware RabbitMQ report (Updated: August 2022).
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"All the features are valuable.""A stable and reliable software that offers good integration between different systems.""This product has good security.""The most valuable feature of IBM MQ is transaction processing.""Reliable messaging and throughput are the most valuable.""Encryption and the fact that we have not had any data loss issues so far have been very valuable features. IBM MQ is well encrypted so that we are well within our compliance and regulatory requirements, so that is a plus point as well.""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.""IBM MQ is robust compared to other products in the market. It also gives you support from the IBM team."

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"Companies can scale the solution, so long as they have server room.""Some of the most valuable features are publish and subscribe, fanout, and queues.""It is easy to use. The addition of more queues and more services can be managed very easily.""It can be configured to be a very fast message broker. I like the stability, the built-in admin tools and plugin architecture."

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"The licensing fees should be more cost-effective so that we can better pitch the product to our clients. With the pricing as it is, they tend to move away from IBM products.""Everything in the solution could be simplified a little. We have trouble with the configuration and cost which is mostly an internal issue, but nevertheless, the errors do come up when there are configuration changes across a specific version. We have slightly different versions, which may have slightly different configurations which cause issues.""I would like to see message duplication included.""IBM MQ is not very user-friendly.""The integration capabilities could be even easier.""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""The solution should offer a freeware version, free vouchers, or certifications for learning purposes and building knowledge base.""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."

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"The user interface could be improved.""If you're outside IP address range, the clustering no longer has all the features which is problematic.""There are some security concerns that have been raised with this product.""They should improve on the ability to scale your queues in a very simple and elegant way with the same power that they have would be great."

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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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  • "The pricing for RabbitMQ is reasonable. It is worth the cost."
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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:It is easy to use. The addition of more queues and more services can be managed very easily.
    Top Answer:The pricing for RabbitMQ is reasonable. It is worth the cost.
    Top Answer:There are some security concerns that have been raised with this product. The configuration works with a config file, where all of the controls, including that of the administrator and user access… more »
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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 Firm38%
    Insurance Company10%
    Computer Software Company6%
    Financial Services Firm32%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company6%
    Computer Software Company7%
    Security Firm7%
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business7%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise83%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM MQ vs. VMware RabbitMQ
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM MQ vs. VMware RabbitMQ and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
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    IBM MQ is ranked 1st in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 31 reviews while VMware RabbitMQ is ranked 5th in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 4 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 "A good tool that's simple to use and is great for messaging". IBM MQ is most compared with Apache Kafka, ActiveMQ, Anypoint MQ, PubSub+ Event Broker and Amazon SQS, whereas VMware RabbitMQ is most compared with ActiveMQ, Apache Kafka, Red Hat AMQ, PubSub+ Event Broker and Anypoint MQ. See our IBM MQ vs. VMware RabbitMQ report.

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