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IBM MQ (formerly WebSphere MQ and MQSeries) is messaging middleware.IBM MQ- The leader in the Middleware domainI work for the banking sector. Hence security, reliability and wire speed are of the essence in this domain. We have been working with the IBM MQ for more than 4 years now and it is implemented in almost all our middle-ware projects. The integration of IBM MQ with Message broker and Datapower is very smooth and they inherently support the MQ protocol. We require millions of transactions to be processed each day and IBM MQ does that without any Issues. IBM MQ in a nutshell provides powerful, reliable, security-rich messaging platform that helps you connect your different applications, systems, and services in a coherent manner.,IBM MQ has proved to be very stable and secure platform and we never had an incident being reported of event dropping or hacking. It has really increased our transaction capacity and now we are able to accommodate huge volumes of transactions without making any new changes. There is no risk of a message being lost or repeated again, which is a highly appreciated quality when you are dealing with sensitive data. The queue manager clustering make the best use of the available resources and use them to their full potential.,IBM MQ has quite a hefty cost associated with it, if you are creating new queue managers for each team rather than sharing them. They charge you for every new queue manager and also for the maintenance of the existing ones. It should be capable of sending Notifications and alerts in case of failures, but that part is not handled very well and reporting is also one of the features missing in the current MQ setup. It should have a good GUI for linux as well. Currently it is only present in the windows interface which has many options available at the click of button for which in Linux we need to execute commands and develop scripts.,9,IBM MQ definitely has helped us scale our business and make it more secure and available than before. We have very little to no message loss, hence we are having very few incidents to deal with. We have deployed special scripts which log all the activities on a particular queue manager and the logs are exported to another server where they are continuously monitored for error codes or messages. We are able to integrate with multiple clients now and assign the external clients a particular set of SSL certs which could be installed on one of the queue managers and you just need to make a client connection and you are done.,SQLite, IBM API Connect, Azure SQL DatabaseStay out of the queue with IBM MQOur projects usually handle a high number of transactions that must be controlled by queue mechanisms through Middlewares. This is important, especially when working with microservices. This is where IBM MQ comes in to address the problem of high transaction concurrency. IBM MQ is used by our development team for many of our solutions.,Fault tolerance Performance Security,Learning Curve Has a high price Specific configurations,9,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.,Mule MQ,Apache Maven, Apache CloudStack, IBM WebSphere Studio Application DeveloperMQ stood the test of timeWe use MQ and MFT/MQ across the company as a messaging and file transfer protocol. MQ is the default protocol for asynchronous messaging between applications and the ESB. MQ/MFT is used for applications that can only integrate using files.,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.,Setting up security can be time-consuming and take some effort. MQ Explorer on the client side could sometimes be a pain especially on Windows and during an upgrade. IBM is not providing a good administration tool like MQMon included with the product.,9,IBM licensing across the board is difficult to understand and manage. You need to install ILMT to report on usage and the software is difficult to configure. You need to invest additional resource and time to give IBM reports so that they can check your licensing.,WebSphere Message Broker, WebSphere DataPower Gateway, Oracle DatabaseIBM MQ - ping meIBM MQ is used to facilitate data transfer between business partners. We utilize the high availability, persistent features to guarantee data delivery.,Fantastic quality of product services and features. Security is of great importance and MQ satisfies our needs. Interoperability with customers for data collection and sharing is made easy through IBM MQ. Support is always one PMR away.,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.,7,Positive gains in data sharing. The time to market to set up new customers is relatively easy. Not touchless but easy. Few maintenance costs. It just works. Upgrades are painless so little money is spent on them, yielding positive ROIs.,Activemq, HornetQ and Kafka,WebSphere Portal, IBM InfoSphere Information Server, Apache Web Server, Apache TomcatIn IBM MQ we trustIBM MQ is within the core processes of the bank information flow. It is used by all the banking group as it is the platform that assures the understandable connectivity between the main frame, EAI solutions, or even providing direct access to API and web based applications. It ensures trustworthy and secure information flow, resilient to failures.,Security is a major improvement in IBM MQ 9. Authorization management became more granular and effective. Programmer friendly. Not only does MQ work great, it provides with MQ specific and JMS-standards access to important functions for the developers to perform better.,I still haven't managed to find a clear way to workout MQ clustering. I guess the information available is weak and the product has limitations.,10,I dont chew numbers, but I guess that a solid investment faithfully following around 15 years of the product timeline is proof of the confidence it gave/gives and the effect it has performed on the proposed strategies.,TIBCO EMS,Oracle WebLogic Application Server, WebSphere Application Server
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April 30, 2019

Review: "IBM MQ- The leader in the Middleware domain"

Score 9 out of 10
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I work for the banking sector. Hence security, reliability and wire speed are of the essence in this domain. We have been working with the IBM MQ for more than 4 years now and it is implemented in almost all our middle-ware projects. The integration of IBM MQ with Message broker and Datapower is very smooth and they inherently support the MQ protocol. We require millions of transactions to be processed each day and IBM MQ does that without any Issues. IBM MQ in a nutshell provides powerful, reliable, security-rich messaging platform that helps you connect your different applications, systems, and services in a coherent manner.
  • IBM MQ has proved to be very stable and secure platform and we never had an incident being reported of event dropping or hacking.
  • It has really increased our transaction capacity and now we are able to accommodate huge volumes of transactions without making any new changes.
  • There is no risk of a message being lost or repeated again, which is a highly appreciated quality when you are dealing with sensitive data.
  • The queue manager clustering make the best use of the available resources and use them to their full potential.
  • IBM MQ has quite a hefty cost associated with it, if you are creating new queue managers for each team rather than sharing them. They charge you for every new queue manager and also for the maintenance of the existing ones.
  • It should be capable of sending Notifications and alerts in case of failures, but that part is not handled very well and reporting is also one of the features missing in the current MQ setup.
  • It should have a good GUI for linux as well. Currently it is only present in the windows interface which has many options available at the click of button for which in Linux we need to execute commands and develop scripts.
IBM MQ is best suited if you are having a large project dealing with sensitive data and message security and integrity are of the top priority in addition to having huge volumes of the data. You should always try to create less number of queue managers and rather create more queues on the queue managers and make the nomenclature in such a way that each team has its different set of queues.
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April 02, 2018

User Review: "Stay out of the queue with IBM MQ"

Score 9 out of 10
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Our projects usually handle a high number of transactions that must be controlled by queue mechanisms through Middlewares. This is important, especially when working with microservices. This is where IBM MQ comes in to address the problem of high transaction concurrency. IBM MQ is used by our development team for many of our solutions.
  • Fault tolerance
  • Performance
  • Security
  • Learning Curve
  • Has a high price
  • Specific configurations
If you manage a high number of transactions for a medium or large project, IBM MQ is the way to go. On the contrary, if the project does not merit it due to the number or frequency of transactions, or if there is not enough budget available for it, the implementation of some MOM open source such as activeMQ will be more than enough. IBM MQ is advisable to use only if the project deserves it.
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October 05, 2017

IBM MQ Review: "MQ stood the test of time"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use MQ and MFT/MQ across the company as a messaging and file transfer protocol. MQ is the default protocol for asynchronous messaging between applications and the ESB. MQ/MFT is used for applications that can only integrate using files.
  • 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.
  • Setting up security can be time-consuming and take some effort.
  • MQ Explorer on the client side could sometimes be a pain especially on Windows and during an upgrade.
  • IBM is not providing a good administration tool like MQMon included with the product.
When it comes to a reliable, easy-to-use messaging transport layer then IBM MQ has been the benchmark for many years.
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September 13, 2017

User Review: "IBM MQ - ping me"

Score 7 out of 10
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IBM MQ is used to facilitate data transfer between business partners. We utilize the high availability, persistent features to guarantee data delivery.
  • Fantastic quality of product services and features.
  • Security is of great importance and MQ satisfies our needs.
  • Interoperability with customers for data collection and sharing is made easy through IBM MQ.
  • Support is always one PMR away.
  • 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.
Well suited for data collection/distribution externally.
Not great for dev-ops internally. Too restrictive and not flexible enough.
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October 31, 2017

User Review: "In IBM MQ we trust"

Score 10 out of 10
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IBM MQ is within the core processes of the bank information flow. It is used by all the banking group as it is the platform that assures the understandable connectivity between the main frame, EAI solutions, or even providing direct access to API and web based applications. It ensures trustworthy and secure information flow, resilient to failures.
  • Security is a major improvement in IBM MQ 9. Authorization management became more granular and effective.
  • Programmer friendly. Not only does MQ work great, it provides with MQ specific and JMS-standards access to important functions for the developers to perform better.
  • I still haven't managed to find a clear way to workout MQ clustering. I guess the information available is weak and the product has limitations.
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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November 23, 2016

IBM MQ Review: "Worked on 3 different projects"

Score 9 out of 10
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Freedom Mortgage has two major systems, we are using IBM MQ to integrate these systems. It's being used by every application to send and receive messages. It's helping us solving the message integration problem. It's very easy to implement, not too expensive, and has great support from IBM. Also, it's a market lead as compared to progress MQ and Sonic MQ.
  • No messages are lost in every transaction.
  • Highly compatible with message brokers be it IBM MB or other brokers.
  • Great Support from IBM team for its applications.
  • May lower their prices as a few open source MQs are in market and doing well.
  • Should develop a GUI like Windows for Linux systems.
  • Long and lengthy connection if you choose distributed rather than a cluster.
IBM MQ we can use to connect different applications where message needs to be routed and sent to different paths to different applications. IBM MQ with MB is the best combination for message transmission and also to convert a message form one format to another.
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December 14, 2016

"IBM MQ Review"

Score 7 out of 10
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IBM MQ is used between SOA and Backend layers. IBM MQ is used to mainly not to lose any transactions.
  • IBM MQ is used to process all the requests without any missing transactions.
  • It has a feature of error queues, where if the transactions fails the request will route to the error queue.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Improve the performance.
  • Increase the capacity.
  • Less maintenance.
If you don't want to miss any transaction then IBM MQ is well suited, [for example for] reprocessing the fail over transactions.
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