IBM MQ Appliance M2001 delivers additional hardware features and enhanced flexibility for availability and resilience

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-156
April 19, 2016


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IBM® MQ Appliance M2001 provides an optimized and enhanced version of IBM MQ V8 that runs in a physical appliance. IBM MQ provides universal messaging to allow applications, systems, and services to connect and exchange information securely, reliably, rapidly, and simply. Offering IBM MQ capability in a hardware appliance provides additional features and the benefits of the appliance.

These features and benefits include:

  • Rapid time to deployment
  • Built-in high availability when paired to another IBM MQ Appliance
  • Flexible disaster recovery configurations using connections to remote, off-site IBM MQ Appliances
  • Single or multiple queue managers in a single appliance
  • Ease of maintenance through certified firmware updates
  • Browser-based user interface, IBM MQ Console, for monitoring and administration of MQ resources-based on roles
  • High levels of performance and throughput with IBM MQ optimized for appliance hardware with large capacity solid state drives for high levels of performance for persistent messages

IBM MQ Appliance M2001 is made available as two models, the M2001A and M2001B, which offer price points to match different use cases.



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Overview
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The IBM MQ Appliance M2001 provides IBM MQ V8 function that is delivered in an enhanced physical appliance. It connects applications, systems, and services reliably and securely using enterprise messaging. The appliance offers fast time to value, improved performance and resilience, and simpler administration. IBM MQ is delivered with the IBM MQ Appliance and is included in the licensing entitlement to the IBM MQ Appliance to provide a self-contained solution.

The IBM MQ Appliance is customized and further enhanced:

  • Provide the optimal messaging solution in appliance hardware.
  • Performance and message throughput are tuned to take advantage of the appliance capability and configuration, that includes new larger capacity solid state drives.
  • A new, high availability configuration is now possible with a pair of appliances that mirror messages and enable seamless takeover upon failure of the primary appliance.
  • Offer a flexible configuration of asynchronous replication of data to another IBM MQ Appliance in a more remote location.

The IBM MQ Appliance M2001 hardware is upgraded to provide four 10 GB Ethernet ports, which is two more than the IBM MQ Appliance M2000. This enables 10-GB network speeds for the connectivity between IBM MQ Appliances for high availability and disaster recovery, and additional 10-GB connectivity from user applications.

Also new in the IBM MQ Appliance M2001 is support for the MQ Light API. This enables the IBM MQ Appliance to be the messaging provider for applications that are written by using the MQ Light API. IBM MQ Appliance continues to include a new tooling interface called the IBM MQ Console. This browser-based tool, which is customized for each user, offers configuration and monitoring for the messaging functions on the IBM MQ Appliance. The IBM MQ Console works in conjunction with the existing tooling interfaces of the MQ Explorer and MQ Script Commands (MQSC). It also provides browser-based access to system files of the IBM MQ Appliance, such as firmware updates.

A queue manager that runs in the IBM MQ Appliance acts the same as other queue managers in a MQ environment and can interact seamlessly with them. The IBM MQ Appliance is always a self-contained and dedicated environment to run IBM MQ. No applications or any other code can be installed on the physical appliance. IBM MQ connectivity from client applications is limited to IBM MQ Client connectivity from the server or servers where the applications run to the MQ Appliance.

Included in the IBM MQ Appliance is the MQ Advanced Message Security function. This function allows end-to-end encryption of message contents at rest that are based on pre-defined policies.

The IBM MQ Appliance can also be used as the coordination queue manager in an IBM MQ Managed File Transfer deployment.



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Key prerequisites
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IBM MQ Appliance M2001A or M2001B and a workstation with Internet access for using the IBM MQ Console.



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Planned availability date
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June 10, 2016



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Description
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The IBM MQ Appliance continues to provide IBM MQ V8 capabilities that are delivered in a physical appliance. This delivers a new and enhanced way to deploy and consume IBM MQ messaging capabilities, and can run alongside existing MQ queue managers and MQ clients, as part of a connected enterprise, or the IBM MQ Appliance, can be used with MQ Clients as the only IBM MQ queue manager in an enterprise.

Included in the IBM MQ Appliance is the IBM MQ Advanced Message Security function that allows for end-to-end encryption of message contents at rest and that are based on pre-defined policies. This ensures that businesses that need to encrypt message contents can include IBM MQ appliances in their environments. They can be assured that messages stored in the MQ appliances when messages are persisted are encrypted by the MQ Client and their contents are protected. This function is a provided in every IBM MQ Appliance at no additional cost and without the requirement for a separate license entitlement.

The IBM MQ Appliance can also be used as the coordination queue manager in an IBM MQ Managed File Transfer deployment. IBM MQ Managed File Transfer functions enable users to move data held in files as IBM MQ messages to provide file-to-file transfer, file-to-message transfer, and message-to-file transfer. No local user files are stored on the IBM MQ Appliance. The IBM MQ Appliance participates as either a coordination queue manager or as a queue manager to move IBM MQ messages that contain file data.

As an appliance, this product offers businesses rapid deployment of enterprise messaging and easier administration, both in day-to-day operations and in maintenance. In addition, there are some functional differences and optimizations as compared to IBM MQ that is delivered as a software package. Some benefits come due to the appliance form-factor itself, and others come from enhancements and optimizations from updates to the MQ code that is tailored and tuned for appliance operation and deployment. The IBM MQ Appliance can fully participate as a MQ queue manager in connecting to MQ clients and other MQ queue managers and MQ clusters.

IBM MQ functions on the appliance

The IBM MQ Appliance includes a customized and optimized version of the latest update of IBM MQ V8.

The MQ queue managers, which are defined and deployed in IBM MQ Appliances, act and work alongside IBM MQ queue managers the same as any other IBM MQ V8 deployed queue managers. Either a single queue manager or multiple queue managers can be defined on the IBM MQ Appliance. The number of queue managers depends on the clients' requirements and the workload of the applications that use the queue managers. A performance and workload guide is available to help plan messaging workload on the appliance. For persistent messages, the new high capacity solid state drives in the IBM MQ Appliance M2001 offer higher performance than the IBM MQ Appliance M2000.

High availability through appliance pairs

One of the key differences between IBM MQ that is deployed as software and the IBM MQ Appliance is the new approach for high availability. IBM MQ appliances can be configured as pairs for high availability. Each appliance has the same configuration on-board disk and memory. Configuring IBM MQ appliances in high availability pairs and configuring each queue manager to use this pairing enables the persistent messages that flow through the queue managers to be mirrored using synchronous replication of persistent messages to the paired appliance. In the event of a queue manager failure in one IBM MQ Appliance, a queue manager will start on the paired appliance with full access to the mirrored messages that are stored on the paired appliance with queue manager failure. The IBM MQ Appliance is designed for seamless and uninterrupted takeover and continuation of the workload to rapidly restore operations.

In addition to the synchronous replication of messages that enable pairs of IBM MQ Appliances, which are closely positioned and connected together with relatively low levels of latency, the IBM MQ Appliance M2001 also supports asynchronous replication of messages to more remote IBM MQ Appliances to offer off-site disaster recovery. Queue Managers can be configured to replicate to an off-site IBM MQ Appliance. Multiple different Queue Managers from multiple IBM MQ Appliances can also be configured to replicate to a single IBM MQ Appliance to provide continuity of operations, once it is manually restarted, even if both appliances in a high- availability pair have failed.

Two versions of the IBM MQ Appliance

The IBM MQ Appliance is a versatile and flexible offering that is designed to enable IBM MQ to be deployed for new use cases, or to simplify existing deployment options. One or more queue managers can be defined and deployed on each appliance. The overall capacity for MQ workload through the appliance is determined by the processing capacity of the IBM MQ Appliance. Two models are available:

  • The IBM MQ Appliance M2001A is available for larger enterprise workloads.
  • The IBM MQ Appliance M2001B is designed to meet the needs for smaller workloads and offers a lower processing capability, at a lower price.

Either version of the appliance can be deployed anywhere that IBM MQ queue manager functionality is required, whether in an enterprise data center, in a branch office, or in a factory.

An additional capacity option for the IBM MQ Appliance M2001B is available to provide equivalent IBM MQ Appliance M2001A performance.

IBM MQ Console

The IBM MQ Console for configuring and managing the MQ environment is delivered with the IBM MQ Appliance. IBM MQ Console can be used in place of, or alongside, the existing IBM MQ Explorer tooling or IBM MQ Script Commands (MQSC). IBM MQ Console is a customizable web UI that enables users to configure and monitor IBM MQ without needing to install an executable program such as MQ Explorer. Access to controls and information is restricted by user roles and is limited to the appliance to which the user connects the IBM MQ Console. This capability delivers powerful and flexible tooling for users of the IBM MQ Appliance.

Administering the IBM MQ Appliance

Definition and administration of the IBM MQ capabilities are performed by using IBM MQ interfaces. The IBM MQ Appliance is designed to be familiar to existing MQ administrators and also to be accessible to new users. The IBM MQ Console provides remote administration of the appliance. Configuration of IBM MQ Appliance queue managers and resources can quickly be created by copying existing IBM MQ queue managers or by use of MQSC scripts. The IBM MQ Console provides the administrator guidance regarding unused appliance capacity and can tailor a custom dashboard to show a view of key resources.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM MQ Appliance M2001 is capable as of June 10, 2016, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.



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Statement of general direction
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IBM intends to deliver support for IBM MQ V9 in IBM MQ Appliance

IBM intends to add support for IBM MQ V9 in a future update to the IBM MQ Appliance. Clients who choose the IBM MQ Appliance can deploy and take advantage of the added benefits and features delivered in IBM MQ V9.

IBM's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM's sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remain at our sole discretion.



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Program number
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Program number VRM Program name
5725-Z09 8.0.0 IBM MQ Appliance M2001
Description Machine type-model Passport Advantage® part number
IBM MQ Appliance M2001A 8436-55X D1MH3LL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B 8436-55X D1MH9LL


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Education support
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IBM training provides education to support many IBM offerings. Descriptions of courses for IT professionals and managers can be found on IBM authorized training website.

Call IBM training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.



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Offering Information
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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express® website.



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Publications
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The following publications are shipped with the appliance:

  • IBM MQ Appliance M2001 Quick Start Guide
  • IBM MQ Appliance M2001 User Install Guide
  • IBM MQ Appliance M2001B Additional Capacity PDF
  • IBM MQ Appliance M2000 to M2001 Upgrade Guide PDF

On June 10, 2016, IBM MQ Appliance M2001 online product documentation will be available in IBM Knowledge Center.



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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, go to the IBM Software Services website.



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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Hardware: Workstation with Internet access to use browser-based user interface

Software: One of the following to use browser-based user interface:

  • Microsoft™ Internet Explorer 11, or later
  • Mozilla Firefox 38, or later
  • Google Chrome 48, or later

IBM MQ Appliance M2001 specifications

Dimensions

Size: All models

  • Height: 88.9 mm (3.5 in)
  • Depth: 438 mm (17.25 in)
  • Width: 584 mm (23 in)

Maximum weight

Model Machine weight Shipping weight
M2001 21 kg (46.2 lbs) 39 kg (86 lbs)

Electrical and power requirements

The following data represents the maximum label rated power requirements. When planning the electrical system, it is important to use maximum values to account for internal or environmental conditions that result in power consumption increasing beyond typical values.

Maximum system power

IBM MQ Appliance contains redundant power supplies. Each power supply is 720 watts. The following supply voltages are available:

  • 100 to 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 10.0 A
  • 200 to 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 5.0 A

Power consumption

  • Idle 214 watts (730 BTUs/hr)
  • Maximum 462 watts (1575 BTUs/hr)

Note: All weights and measurements are approximate.

Standards compliance

The IBM MQ Appliance M2001 supports or complies with the following standards:

  • Multiprocessor Specification (MPS) 1.4
  • Hardware-enabled to meet the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9241, Part 3

Equipment approvals and safety

  • FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 5, Class A
  • UL/IEC 60950-1
  • CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1
  • Argentina S-Mark
Software requirements

Not applicable.

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Companion products

Operating environment

Power on

  • ASHRAE Class A2.
    • 10 to 35° C (50 to 95° F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
    • 10 to 32° C (50 to 90° F) at 914 m to 2133 m (3000 to 7000 ft)
  • Relative humidity: 8% to 80% (noncondensing)

Allowable operating classification: ASHRAE Class A2

Temperature Altitude
10° C to 35° C (50° F - 95° F) 0 to 914.4 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
10° C to 32° C (50° F - 89.6° F) 914.4 m to 2133.6 m (3,000 ft to 7,000 ft)

Maximum altitude: 2133.6 m (7000 ft.)

Relative humidity: 8% - 85%

Power off

Shipping temperature: -40° C to 60° C (-40° F - 140° F)

Limitations

Contact your local representative for a copy of the IBM official published specifications for IBM MQ Appliance M2001 hardware.

Planning information

Customer setup

IBM MQ Appliance M2001 is designed for customer setup and installation. Customer setup instructions are shipped with the product.

Power supply requirements

IBM MQ Appliance M2001 has two 720-watt redundant power supplies.

Packaging

The shipping package contains:

  • IBM MQ Appliance M2001
  • IBM MQ Appliance M2001 power cord
  • IBM MQ M2001 Resource CD
  • IBM MQ M2001 Quick Start Guide
  • IBM MQ M2001 Installation users Guide
  • 1 GB and 10 GB Ethernet cables

The shipping package has the following dimensions:

  • Length: 66 cm (26 in)
  • Width: 91 cm (35.0 in)
  • Height: 41 cm (16.1)

The shipping package weighs 39 kg (86 lbs)



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This product is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by authorized IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus.

More information can be found on the IBM Software Value Plus website.

To locate IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus in your geography for a specific Software Value Plus portfolio, go to the Find a Business Partner page.

Product group: WebSphere®

Product: IBM MQ Appliance M2001 (5725-Z09)

Product category: Appliance


Passport Advantage

Program name/Description Part number
IBM MQ Appliance M2001A  
IBM MQ Appliance M2001A Install Appliance Subscription and Support 12 Months D1MH3LL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001A Install Annual Appliance Maintenance + Subscription and Support Renewal E0MKILL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001A Install Appliance Maintenance + Subscription and Support Reinstatement 12 Months D1MH4LL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001A Install Initial Appliance Business Critical Service Upgrade 12 Months D1MH7LL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001A Install Subsequent Appliance Business Critical Service Upgrade 12 Months E0MKKLL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B  
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B Install Appliance + Subscription and Support 12 Months D1MH9LL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B Install Annual Appliance Maintenance + Subscription and Support Renewal E0MKMLL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B Install Appliance Maintenance + Subscription and Support Reinstatement 12 Months D1MHALL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B Install Initial Appliance Business Critical Service Upgrade 12 Months D1MHDLL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B Install Subsequent Appliance Business Critical Service Upgrade 12 Months E0MKPLL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B Additional Capacity Install License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D1MHFLL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B Additional Capacity Install Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months E0MKRLL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B Additional Capacity Install SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D1MHGLL

Business Critical Service Upgrade

Business Critical Service Upgrade is available in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Hard Drive Retention Service Upgrade

Program name/Description Part number
IBM MQ Appliance M2001A Install Initial Appliance Business Critical Service Upgrade 12 Months D1MH8LL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001A Install Subsequent Appliance Hard Drive Retention Service Upgrade 12 Months E0MKLLL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B Install Initial Appliance Hard Drive Retention Service Upgrade 12 Months D1MHELL
IBM MQ Appliance M2001B Install Subsequent Appliance Hard Drive Retention Service Upgrade 12 Months E0MKQLL

Hard Drive Retention Service Upgrade is available in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Charge metric

Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM MQ Appliance M2001 5725-Z09 Appliance install
    Install


Install

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Appliance Install

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

This product is only available through Passport Advantage.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use. Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance

IBM MQ Appliance M2001

This product is only available via Passport Advantage.

Customers may elect to purchase optional support services including Appliance Business Critical Support and Hard Drive Retention.

  • Appliance Business Critical Support. Whereas standard support includes assistance with appliance hardware issues during normal business hours, business critical provides 24x7 onsite service with a response objective of 4 hours from the time a hardware issue is identified
  • Hard Drive Retention. Appliance hardware support requires all replaced parts be returned to IBM. The Hard Drive Retention option allows you to keep hard drives that have been replaced by IBM Hardware Support.

Consult the IBM Appliance Support Handbook for further details on Appliance Warranty Service Upgrade options.

IBM MQ Appliance M2001 firmware support

IBM MQ Appliance M2001 includes system firmware to support operation of the appliance. The system firmware follows the IBM version, release, maintenance, fix pack number (V.R.M.F) maintenance delivery terminology. New function, security updates, and maintenance will be made available through firmware releases. Additional maintenance through iFixes will be made available, as necessary, on the most recent firmware level release.

For complete details, refer to IBM Software Support Lifecycle Support Policy.

License Information number

L-APIG-A4UGWX

See the License Information documents page on the IBM Software License Agreement website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

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Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Usage restriction

Yes

IBM has the sole right to replace the software components within the IBM MQ Appliance M2001 with alternative software components during the support term of IBM MQ Appliance M2001.

Adding, removing, or replacing hardware components of IBM MQ Appliance M2001 must be performed by IBM unless a component is designated as customer replaceable.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and Technical Support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance by telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, see the IBM Software Support Handbook. Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the applicable agreements.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, go to the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel

No

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.



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Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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