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Amazon SQS vs Sidekiq: What are the differences?

Amazon SQS: Fully managed message queuing service. Transmit any volume of data, at any level of throughput, without losing messages or requiring other services to be always available. With SQS, you can offload the administrative burden of operating and scaling a highly available messaging cluster, while paying a low price for only what you use; Sidekiq: Simple, efficient background processing for Ruby. Sidekiq uses threads to handle many jobs at the same time in the same process. It does not require Rails but will integrate tightly with Rails 3/4 to make background processing dead simple.

Amazon SQS belongs to "Message Queue" category of the tech stack, while Sidekiq can be primarily classified under "Background Processing".

"Easy to use, reliable" is the top reason why over 45 developers like Amazon SQS, while over 120 developers mention "Simple" as the leading cause for choosing Sidekiq.

Sidekiq is an open source tool with 9.68K GitHub stars and 1.66K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Sidekiq's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon SQS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 384 company stacks & 103 developers stacks; compared to Sidekiq, which is listed in 348 company stacks and 77 developer stacks.

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Meili Triantafyllidi
Software engineer at Digital Science · | 6 upvotes · 187.5K views
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Hi, we are in a ZMQ set up in a push/pull pattern, and we currently start to have more traffic and cases that the service is unavailable or stuck. We want to: * Not loose messages in services outages * Safely restart service without losing messages (ZeroMQ seems to need to close the socket in the receiver before restart manually)

Do you have experience with this setup with ZeroMQ? Would you suggest RabbitMQ or Amazon SQS (we are in AWS setup) instead? Something else?

Thank you for your time

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Shishir Pandey
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ZeroMQ is fast but you need to build build reliability yourself. There are a number of patterns described in the zeromq guide. I have used RabbitMQ before which gives lot of functionality out of the box, you can probably use the worker queues example from the tutorial, it can also persists messages in the queue.

I haven't used Amazon SQS before. Another tool you could use is Kafka.

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Kevin Deyne
Principal Software Engineer at Accurate Background · | 5 upvotes · 12.3K views
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Both would do the trick, but there are some nuances. We work with both.

From the sound of it, your main focus is "not losing messages". In that case, I would go with RabbitMQ with a high availability policy (ha-mode=all) and a main/retry/error queue pattern.

Push messages to an exchange, which sends them to the main queue. If an error occurs, push the errored out message to the retry exchange, which forwards it to the retry queue. Give the retry queue a x-message-ttl and set the main exchange as a dead-letter-exchange. If your message has been retried several times, push it to the error exchange, where the message can remain until someone has time to look at it.

This is a very useful and resilient pattern that allows you to never lose messages. With the high availability policy, you make sure that if one of your rabbitmq nodes dies, another can take over and messages are already mirrored to it.

This is not really possible with SQS, because SQS is a lot more focused on throughput and scaling. Combined with SNS it can do interesting things like deduplication of messages and such. That said, one thing core to its design is that messages have a maximum retention time. The idea is that a message that has stayed in an SQS queue for a while serves no more purpose after a while, so it gets removed - so as to not block up any listener resources for a long time. You can also set up a DLQ here, but these similarly do not hold onto messages forever. Since you seem to depend on messages surviving at all cost, I would suggest that the scaling/throughput benefit of SQS does not outweigh the difference in approach to messages there.

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MITHIRIDI PRASANTH
Software Engineer at LightMetrics · | 4 upvotes · 116.6K views
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I want to schedule a message. Amazon SQS provides a delay of 15 minutes, but I want it in some hours.

Example: Let's say a Message1 is consumed by a consumer A but somehow it failed inside the consumer. I would want to put it in a queue and retry after 4hrs. Can I do this in Amazon MQ? I have seen in some Amazon MQ videos saying scheduling messages can be done. But, I'm not sure how.

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Andres Paredes
Lead Senior Software Engineer at InTouch Technology · | 1 upvotes · 90.2K views
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Mithiridi, I believe you are talking about two different things. 1. If you need to process messages with delays of more 15m or at specific times, it's not a good idea to use queues, independently of tool SQM, Rabbit or Amazon MQ. you should considerer another approach using a scheduled job. 2. For dead queues and policy retries RabbitMQ, for example, doesn't support your use case. https://medium.com/@kiennguyen88/rabbitmq-delay-retry-schedule-with-dead-letter-exchange-31fb25a440fc I'm not sure if that is possible SNS/SQS support, they have a maximum delay for delivery (maxDelayTarget) in seconds but it's not clear the number. You can check this out: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/sns/latest/dg/sns-message-delivery-retries.html

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Pros of Amazon SQS
Pros of Sidekiq
  • 60
    Easy to use, reliable
  • 39
    Low cost
  • 27
    Simple
  • 13
    Doesn't need to maintain it
  • 8
    It is Serverless
  • 4
    Has a max message size (currently 256K)
  • 3
    Easy to configure with Terraform
  • 3
    Triggers Lambda
  • 3
    Delayed delivery upto 15 mins only
  • 3
    Delayed delivery upto 12 hours
  • 1
    JMS compliant
  • 1
    Support for retry and dead letter queue
  • 1
    D
  • 123
    Simple
  • 99
    Efficient background processing
  • 60
    Scalability
  • 37
    Better then resque
  • 26
    Great documentation
  • 15
    Admin tool
  • 14
    Great community
  • 8
    Integrates with redis automatically, with zero config
  • 7
    Great support
  • 7
    Stupidly simple to integrate and run on Rails/Heroku
  • 3
    Freeium
  • 3
    Ruby
  • 2
    Pro version
  • 1
    Fast
  • 1
    Dashboard w/live polling
  • 1
    Great ecosystem of addons

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Cons of Amazon SQS
Cons of Sidekiq
  • 2
    Has a max message size (currently 256K)
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    Proprietary
  • 2
    Difficult to configure
  • 1
    Has a maximum 15 minutes of delayed messages only
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    What is Amazon SQS?

    Transmit any volume of data, at any level of throughput, without losing messages or requiring other services to be always available. With SQS, you can offload the administrative burden of operating and scaling a highly available messaging cluster, while paying a low price for only what you use.

    What is Sidekiq?

    Sidekiq uses threads to handle many jobs at the same time in the same process. It does not require Rails but will integrate tightly with Rails 3/4 to make background processing dead simple.

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