What is Message Queue Software?
Message Queue software allows for asynchronous communication between IT systems. Using message queue software ensures that software such as APIs, operating systems, and other applications to transfer information with each other efficiently. Since message queue software is asynchronous, the software sending a message does not have to access the message queue at the same time as the receiver.
Asynchronous communication between software allows for the decoupling of different programs. The main advantage of this is that the performance of one application will not be slowed down by dependency on another program. For example, if one program prepares data to be analyzed by another program, without a message queue, the first program may be slowed down if the second takes time to analyze the data. Message queue software allows the requests from the first program to sit in a queue so that it can continue performing.
Some message queue software exists as part of a complex application or operating system and is used internally by those programs. In contrast, other message queue software creates a communication network between multiple applications, sometimes across different operating systems. In either case, message queue software documents messaging activity in case of system failure.
Message Queue Software Features & Capabilities
Message queue software options have some different features depending on what software and operating systems they work with, and whether or not they function with multiple programs. Despite this, some features that are endemic to message queue software.
Asynchronous Communications Protocol
Message storage, retrieval, and deletion
Permissions for users and software
Data error reduction
Cloud-based or on-premises installation
Most message queue software vendors provide pricing depending on the size and needs of the organization. Many vendors offer free trials for their software, so organizations can try them before deciding whether or not to purchase.
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