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Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka is extremely well suited in near real-time scenarios, high volume or multi-location projects. It can solve escalation problems for a fraction of the cost other solutions do and it has the flexibility of open source scenarios.
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IBM MQ

Advisable: Integration with other systems not alike, example of mainframe, establish SSL secured channels with providers/clients/etc.Not advisable: To perform intensive Data transformation (MQ Workflow was that tool though) , or to try to substitute SOAP/RMI for MQ
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Pros

  • High volume/performance throughput environments
  • Low latency projects
  • Multiple consumers for the same data, reprocessing, long-lasting information
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  • Reliable: With properly written client code and queue managers set up correctly for the use-case, MQ will handle whatever you throw at it and just keep on going.
  • Mature: The product has been around for more than 20 years and has stood the test of time.
  • Easy of use: Administering MQ could be mastered with minimum effort.
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Cons

  • Still a bit inmature, some clients have required recoding in the last few versions
  • New feaures coming very fast, several upgrades a year may be required
  • Not many commercial companies provide support
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  • Monitoring is generally a feature left to third party apps. Providing better monitoring tool would be a great market differentiator.
  • Built in alarms and notifications (see above improvement) would be helpful.
  • GUI modeling of queue managers, channels and queues would be a good improvement.
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Apache Kafka9.0
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Kafka is quickly becoming core product of the organization, indeed it is replacing older messaging systems. No better alternatives found yet
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Alternatives Considered

Kafka is faster and more scalable, also "free" as opensource (albeit we deploy using a commercial distribution). Infrastructure tends to be cheaper. On the other hand, projects must adapt to Kafka APIs that sometimes change and BAU increases until a major 1.x version comes out and adds stability to the product.
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IBM MQ is the product for inter-business communication for security, flexibility and scalability.
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Return on Investment

  • Easier deployment and horizontal scalability
  • Messaging cost reduction
  • Developments require adaptation and some paradigm shift to interoperate with Kafka
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  • Minimization of incidents due to failures in execution, which translates into cost savings.
  • Since it has a cost unlike some open source mechanism, if IBM MQ is implemented without the respective cost analysis, you may end up spending more than you should.
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Pricing Details

Apache Kafka

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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IBM MQ

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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