What Is The Biggest Difference Between ActiveMQ and IBM MQ?

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What is the biggest difference between ActiveMQ and IBM MQ? Which of these two solutions would you recommend to a colleague evaluating message queues and why?

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Senior Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Feb 13, 2019

ActiveMQ offers very high throughput and low latency compared to IBM MQ.
ActiveMQ supports standard messaging protocols like AMQP, STOMP, MQTT etc whereas IBM MQ just comply with JMS and its own protocol. IBM MQ Light supports AMQP though.
IBM MQ is much preferred in enterprise environment, probably due to the support. Redhat AMQ offers enterprise support on ActiveMQ.
AFAIK documentation wise, they are at par.
Both support clustering. But only in ActiveMQ real storage of messages in another broker which is less loaded happens. IBM MQ just enables communication between Queue managers.
But I would prefer to put a few more options on the table.
1. RabbitMQ - fully compliant with protocols, supports replication and distribution of messages, throughput in tens of thousands
2. Redis - Light weight single threaded server. Supports pub sub messaging and supports HA via sentinel and clustering for distributed messaging
3. Kafka - Preferred mechanism for data streaming. Throughput in millions.
4. ZeroMQ - Brokerless messaging platform. Very high throughput.
5. NanoMsg - Brokerless. Claims to be advanced than ZeroMQ

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Technical Lead at Interface Fintech Ltd
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Feb 12, 2019

From my Experience so far i will go for RabbitMQ its rock solid and robust with a simple learning curve. Its free and has great documentation available

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Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
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Hi, I'm the Senior Software Test Analyst at a Tech Services company.  Currently, I'm struggling to get the correct pricing for the IBM MQ series for 1 license and 2 cores. I've researched and found out only this one the Internet: 1. Is it the correct information? Is it possible to purchase just 1 license (for 2 cores)? 2. Can anyone point me out to the right place to request/purchase thi...
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Hi - the best thing to do is open a chat at www.ibm.com/products/MQ or send a message to askmessaging@uk.ibm.com who will help you.  I don't think those prices are right - it is correct that IBM MQ is licensed by capacity and you can work out how many licenses you need for your hardware by looking at the PVU tables here: https://www.ibm.com/software/p... (or use the calculator on that same page).  It is possible to purchase MQ licenses for single or multiple cores on large machines (this is called "sub-capacity licensing") so you only pay for what you're using so you can make it quite cost-effective.
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