Software Announcement 200-070
April 4, 2000

Extending Business Integration with IBM MQSeries — April 2000 Announcement Overview

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Overview

Elements of the MQSeries® Family

The industry's most comprehensive and popular portfolio of message-oriented middleware, the MQSeries family provides the key technology framework for complete e-business integration , through the enterprise and out to the Web.

The family members are:

  • MQSeries
  • MQSeries Integrator
  • MQSeries Workflow

New for the MQSeries Family

  • MQSeries Everyplace for Windows™, V1.0
  • MQSeries Adapter Offering, V1.0
  • New platforms
    • MQSeries for Compaq Tru64 UNIX®, V5.1
    • MQSeries link for R/3 for Compaq Tru64 UNIX, V1.2
    • MQSeries runs on Windows 2000
  • MQSeries for Linux Technology Release  available
  • MQSeries Integrator for Windows NT™, V2 shipped
  • MQSeries Integrator for Sun Solaris, V2 availability date
  • A preview of MQSeries for OS/390®, V2.2
  • MQSeries Application Messaging Interface extends to S/390®
  • MQSeries Workflow V3.2.2
  • MQSeries Product Extensions

Planned Availability Date

Refer to individual announcements

Description

This is a significant step for the MQSeries family in extending business integration within and beyond the enterprise to:

  • Support a range of pervasive hand-held devices
  • Expand its connectivity with an adapters offering
  • Increase platform coverage
  • Enhance support of existing platforms

For details, refer to individual announcements.

MQSeries Everyplace for Windows, V1.0

MQSeries Everyplace for Windows (previously referred to as MQSeries Lite) extends e-business beyond the PC to the latest class of intelligent devices like Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), that characterize the new breed of roaming worker. You can now access an unreliable network transparently and exchange data with ease. Java™ applications can run across these platforms.

Refer to Software Announcement 200-072 , dated April 4, 2000.

MQSeries Adapter Offering, V1.0

The MQSeries Adapter Offering uses the Open Applications Group standards for business object documents. It gives applications the equivalent of their own common language, so they can talk easily to each other through standard MQSeries messages without a transformation engine. The Adapter Kernel is the runtime environment for adapters produced by an adapter builder toolkit. As the number of your connections grows in complexity, you can introduce the message broker facilities of MQSeries Integrator when it suits you.

Refer to Software Announcement 200-074 , dated April 4, 2000.

MQSeries for Compaq Tru64 UNIX, V5.1

To expand platform coverage, MQSeries offers two products on the Compaq Tru64 UNIX platform (in partnership with Compaq):

  • MQSeries for Compaq Tru64 UNIX, V5.1

    Exploits the diverse features of the Compaq Tru64 UNIX System and offers functional parity with the other MQSeries V5.1 products with even tighter business integration for your IT systems.

  • MQSeries link for R/3 for Compaq Tru64 UNIX, V1.2

    Functionally equivalent to the SAP R/3 links available today that allow the exchange of data between your Enterprise Resource Planning system and the 35+ platforms on which MQSeries runs.

Refer to Software Announcement 200-073 , dated April 4, 2000.

MQSeries runs on Windows 2000

MQSeries for Windows NT, V5.1 runs on Windows 2000. A 60-day trial copy is available from the MQSeries Web site. For existing customers, CSD4 is required to run the product on Windows 2000.

Refer to:

MQSeries for Linux V5.1 Technology Release 

The Technology Release is code that demonstrates the full function of the other MQSeries V5.1 products brought to the Linux platform. Advanced features include:

  • Dynamic workload distribution
  • Database coordination
  • Full Version 5.1 function
  • MQSeries clustering
  • Server and client offerings

Refer to:

MQSeries Integrator, V2.0

MQSeries Integrator for Windows NT V2.0 is available. Platform support now includes Sun Solaris.

Refer to Software Announcement 200-071 , dated April 4, 2000.

Preview: MQSeries for OS/390, V2.2

New for this Release

Shared queues for non-persistent messages of up to 63 KB stored in coupling facility list structures. Applications running on multiple queue managers in the same queue-sharing group anywhere in the Parallel Sysplex® can access the same shared queues for

  • High availability
  • High capacity
  • Workload balancing
You can set up different queue-sharing groups to access different sets of shared queues.

You get easy system management of MQSeries resources within a queue-sharing group.

Other items in this release simplify MQSeries system management and operation for sysplex and non-sysplex users. The Application Messaging Interface (AMI) simplifies application development for MQSeries Integrator and MQSeries publish and subscribe, and support for 100 MB messages continues our drive for complete MQSeries family consistency across the platforms.

Note: The 100 MB message support in this release is also available via APAR PQ33000 on MQSeries for OS/390 Version 2 Release 1.

Refer to Software Announcement 200-075 , dated April 4, 2000.

MQSeries Workflow V3.2.2

MQSeries Workflow provides the infrastructure that your company can trust to run the business processes that support your e-business engagement. While you concentrate on the core business of your enterprise, MQSeries Workflow takes over the management of your business process. This process management includes people workflow and application to application flows or a combination of both. It is capable of supporting business processes within the enterprise and processes between enterprises (B2B).

This latest modification level brings you:

  • Support for Windows 2000,
  • New RAS features
  • MQ/XML based sub-process handling (sample code)
  • e-business sample code

Refer to Software Announcement 200-076 , dated April 4, 2000.

MQSeries Product Extensions

To continue the MQSeries policy of offering product updates that respond to market needs, numerous fully supported product extensions are available.

Clustering Support for Windows NT

In addition to the clustering support already available in MQSeries for AIX® V5.1 and MQSeries for OS/390, V2.1, MQSeries for Windows NT V5.1 can now support Microsoft™ Cluster Server (MSCS), enabling queue managers to be configured for high availability. If a queue manager ends unexpectedly, due to a failure of hardware or software, then MSCS can automatically switch the queue manager and resources on which it is dependent (such as cluster disks and IP address) to another server machine within the MSCS cluster. Each queue manager within an MSCS cluster can be managed independently, making it possible to run queue managers simultaneously on each machine within the MSCS cluster.

Transaction Support for Windows NT

Support is available for the Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS), which permits Common Object Model (COM) objects registered under MTS to call MQSeries. All COM/MTS threading models are supported. MQSeries resources will participate in DTC (Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator) transactions managed by MTS.

Fast MQSeries connections will permit efficient use of the MTS activity-based programming model.

MTS objects are not restricted to using the COM interface to MQSeries; they may use any supported interface. C++ is used via the procedural MQI, the C++ bindings, or the ActiveX layer, and Visual Basic via the procedural MQI or the ActiveX layer.

Delivery of the Application Messaging Interface (AMI)

The MQSeries AMI is a simple message-handling API that supports point-to-point and publish/subscribe messaging. The AMI provides support for:

  • MQSeries messaging products
  • MQSeries publish/subscribe
  • MQIntegrator
  • MQSeries Integrator

The AMI can be used with MQSeries on the following platforms:

  • Windows 98
  • Windows NT
  • AIX
  • Sun Solaris
  • HP-UX (V11.0)

Delivery of Java Message Service (JMS) Support

MQSeries classes for Java Message Service is a set of Java classes, that implement Sun Microsystems Java Message Service specification. A JMS application can use the classes to send MQSeries messages to either existing MQSeries or new JMS applications.

All MQSeries product extensions are made available for download by navigating from:

Consulting and Services

IBM Installation Services for MQSeries Integrator: This new offering provides you with planning and installation services for the MQSeries Integrator software. It can help ensure that your MQSeries Integrator environment is quickly up and running. With this service, an IBM services specialist will work with your technical and programming staff to accelerate implementation of MQSeries Integrator software into your business environment focusing on:

  • Installation, customization, and configuration
  • Assistance with data format definition
  • Project management
  • Rules determination for message routing
  • Message application testing

SmoothStart™ Services: SmoothStart Service for MQSeries help you plan and install MQSeries Solutions to ensure that your MQSeries Commercial Messaging environment is quickly up and running. An IBM specialist spends a week — or longer, depending on your requirements — working with your technical and programming staff to increase productivity and accelerate implementation of MQSeries licensed software in the customer business environment.

Planning Services for MQSeries Solutions: IBM Planning Services for MQSeries Solutions is a customizable service designed to help you implement an MQSeries Solution within your organization. With this service, you can customize how the plan is created. IBM collects the necessary business requirements and infrastructure information or works with your staff to create the MQSeries plan. In addition, IBM Planning Services MQSeries Solutions assists in designing your system network architecture, developing deployment and application migration plans, and recovery planning of MQSeries objects and data.

Design Services for MQSeries Applications: IBM Design Services for MQSeries Applications helps you produce high- and low-level designs for MQSeries applications including assistance in modifying or writing applications to take full advantage of your MQSeries environment. This offering is customizable and may include assistance in evaluating your test plans and making sure your applications perform effectively.

For additional information on these offerings and IBM's service capabilities, contact an IBM Global Services representative.

For further information, refer to:

Year 2000

These products are Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with their associated documentation, they are capable of correctly processing, providing, and/or receiving date data within and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, provided that all products (for example, hardware, software, and firmware) used with the products properly exchange accurate date data with them.

Product Positioning

MQSeries

Completeness of Integration Throughout the Extended Enterprise: MQSeries is a truly comprehensive integration solution for the real world and can work with the range of systems and standards commonly found in commercial IT. It unifies users within the enterprise (and new communities of customers and partners outside) with the systems they need. And, to the common currency of instant automated information flow, MQSeries can add the same rounded management, execution and monitoring that your most capable people can achieve.

Enfranchising of Everyone in the Extended Enterprise: MQSeries enfranchises whole new communities of users. Mobile and office-based employees, customers, and businesses can seamlessly integrate with your applications for the same reliability, control, and assurances you are accustomed to.

Encapsulation and Automation of Business Knowledge: MQSeries places control of the business more firmly with you. By displaying and automating processes, and making corporate data instantly available when and where it is needed, you can react quickly and decisively to changing circumstances.

Aligning IT Models with Your Bottom Line: MQSeries saves time, money, and skills in keeping your IT infrastructure in line with your business strategy. You can use MQSeries visual tools directly to capture the business rules and processes you want implemented, rather than use scarce and expensive programming skills for modifying applications as the business evolves.

Reference Information

Refer to the following Software Announcements dated April 4, 2000:


200-071
               IBM MQSeries Integrator V2
                 Available on New Platforms
 

200-072
               IBM MQSeries Everyplace Brings
                 Reliable Messaging to Mobile Users
 

200-073
               IBM MQSeries Version 5.1 for Compaq
                 Tru64 UNIX and MQSeries link for R/3
                 for Compaq Tru64 UNIX, V1.2 -- New
                 Platform Support in the MQSeries Family
 

200-074
               IBM MQSeries Adapter Builder
 

200-075
               Preview:  IBM MQSeries for OS/390,
                 Version 2 Release 2
 

200-076
               IBM MQSeries Workflow
                 Version 3.2.2 Simplifies e-business

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

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