April 4, 2000
Extending Business Integration with IBM MQSeries April 2000 Announcement 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:
New for the MQSeries Family
Planned Availability Date
This is a significant step for the MQSeries family in extending business integration within and beyond the enterprise to:
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 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.
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:
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
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:
Refer to Software Announcement 200-076 , dated April 4, 2000.
MQSeries Product Extensions
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:
The AMI can be used with MQSeries on the following platforms:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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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