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4.3
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Iron.io is a cloud application services provider. Available on multiple platforms and clouds, Iron.io products eliminate the need to worry about infrastructure.

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Iron.io review by User in Computer Software
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"Serial processing to parallel processing to 10x my throughput"

What do you like best?

- I improved my CSV breakdown work drastically by putting 10 Iron Workers on the job. Up to that point, I was just using larger AWS instances... But the concept of actually running 'concurrent' jobs at the same time (through using workers that spin up on elastic cloud computing) was lost on me.

- The UI is very intuitive and gives really good detail about the time each job takes.

- I can run my Workers and then have them put the finished product on a message queue - which means my whole ETL process is done without any hassle.

What do you dislike?

Iron's message queue did used to have downtime - but they have released a new MQ v 4 built on RUST that has been really great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The utility is great once you have moved past the configuration stage. If you have a bottleneck in your workflows, Iron's worker could be a great fit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ETL, push notifications and general large docker task breakdown.

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Iron.io review by James C.
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"Helped us harness the efficiency of the cloud"

What do you like best?

We used Iron.io as a one stop shop to help us get onto the cloud and tune our services to get cloud efficiencies. It was overwhelming looking at the many disparate services that need to have the dots connected to get underway with the cloud, so giving this problem to Iron made things much easier as we had a single touch point. Iron's Worker is a complex tool and is hard to understand how to engage it effectively in your architecture - it essentially changes your serial processing pipeline and multiplies them to enable parallel processing - effectively unblocking bottlenecks and seeing less cloud compute needed to get results in a certain time frame. The result has been a drastic reduction in the AWS spend we have been getting, as we are finally optimized to take advantage of the elasticity that cloud computing offers.

What do you dislike?

Iron.io's offerings are hard to understand from the outset, and they can probably make their language more accessible. Implementing their tools I feel would be a challenge without their help.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We searched for a way to simplify and reduce our AWS spend, plus optimize our computing processes. We didn't realize that we were just dumping more EC2 resources on problems that were effectively putting more muscle behind pushing a golf ball through a garden hose, when Iron's Worker allowed us to spit the golf ball into smaller balls and push them through multiple hoses... If that makes sense. But beyond this, we were also able to configure these smaller balls to look how they needed to look for the next stage of the process, and put them easily onto Iron's MQ. In effect, our benefits realized were reduced EC2 spend (40% drop) and a drastically simplified workflow (ETL to break down CSVs, reorganize the data and then load that data to multiple destinations at high speed).

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Iron.io review by Javier G.
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"Great MQ product, new high prices"

What do you like best?

We love the push queues on Iron MQ. Queues are easy to setup and manage in different zones to best suit required availability.

What do you dislike?

The new pricing structure makes IronMQ pretty expensive. They changed pricing on their lowest plan to be for 5 million requests per month at ~$100/month. We use way less than 5M, yet this is the smallest MQ plan they have.

We do have lots of service outages with Iron queues which is frustrating and requires us to contact support often. Service disruptions aren't always quick to be know by the IronMQ team, and their status page falls behind in knowing that things are actually broken or down.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use IronMQ messages in our eCommerce platform to expire incomplete orders after X amount of time in our system. Using IronMQ has allowed use to easily scale horizontally.

What Container Management solution do you use?

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Iron.io review by Erik J.
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"Great Worker and Message Queues"

What do you like best?

Ease of setup and use. The dashboard makes keeping track of various tasks and workers easy. Very little maintenance required once set up.

What do you dislike?

It would be great if there was a plan between Launch and Professional. That is a large gap, but one you have no choice to take if you need the extra horsepower.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to use Iron.io to help us integrate robust queueing systems in conjunction with our API platform to increase the number of jobs we could process. Being able to set up a fail-over environment for these jobs has also been a plus. We can kind of "set it" and "forget it", and just let them run.

Iron.io review by Administrator
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"Love the MessageQueue"

What do you like best?

The MessageQueue is awesome, it is so fast and efficient! Their on-premise solution is perfect for our needs. Where compliance and security is paramount, the on-premise install is key. If we ever need assistance their support team has always been there and got us on track very quickly.

What do you dislike?

The cost can be a little difficult as there is no plan between the Launch and Pro. I would love to see a middle tier plan as the gap there is a little too large.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a new project requiring us to scale fast and Iron really helps us do that very efficiently.

Iron.io review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Reliable web queue"

What do you like best?

My experience with the message queues was a good one. I had no issues and found the message queues to be very reliable. The website has good monitoring showing exactly what is happening in real time.

What do you dislike?

The initial set up and configuration is a bit more involved that I would like. The documentation could have been a little easier to follow.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Web queues for PHP applications. Queuing things like email messages and low priority events.

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