IBM United States
Software Announcement 200-351
October 3, 2000

Sun Solaris, Intel Platform Edition — New Platform Support in the IBM MQSeries Family

 ENUS200-351.PDF (55KB)

At a Glance

MQSeries Version 5.1 on this new platform provides:

  • Support for multiple queue managers
  • Enabling clusters of queue managers to:
    • Dynamically share workload
    • Improve availability
    • Improve throughput
  • Administration of clustered queue managers
  • Maximum message size 100 MB
  • Message queue size 2 GB
  • Includes MQSeries client

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).


MQSeries® for Sun Solaris, Intel® Platform Edition, V5.1 joins the other MQSeries Version 5.1 programs and offers:

  • Even tighter business integration for your IT systems
  • Benefits from new dynamic workload distribution
  • Exploitation of fundamental MQSeries technology spanning key distributed platforms and OS/390®
  • You gain:
    • Scalability
    • Availability
    • Usability

A new Capacity Unit Processor Group Table is introduced, which changes the number of units required for some systems running this release.

MQSeries Family

The MQSeries family consists of five key components:

  • MQSeries — is the core of the MQSeries family — the base messaging servers and clients provide once, and once only, message and queuing capability on more than 35 platforms.
  • MQSeries Adapter Offering — provides a framework and tools that build and customize MQSeries adapters for existing and new, pre-packaged or custom-developed applications.
  • MQSeries Everyplace — extends the capabilities of MQSeries base messaging to mobile workers using laptops, PDAs, and telephones. It brings all the benefits of MQSeries messaging, including rock-solid security, to a failure-prone environment.
  • MQSeries Integrator — combines a one-to-many connectivity model, plus transformation, intelligent routing, and information flow modelling. It facilitates the development of new application services that comprise the functions of multiple, disparate existing business systems.
  • MQSeries Workflow — a business process management system that facilitates the rapid development and management of the business processes that integrate the IT and organizational infrastructure of a company.

Key Prerequisites

Any Intel workstation supported by the specified operating system version.

Planned Availability Date

October 6, 2000


New for MQSeries

New MQSeries for Solaris, Intel Platform Edition, V5.1 exploits the features of Solaris running on Intel machines. Adding this new platform to the MQSeries environment puts you in a better position to incorporate enhancements in the MQSeries family of products.

Key MQSeries V5.1 Features

  • Support for multiple queue managers
  • Cluster (or groups) of queue managers
    • Dynamically share workload
    • Balance workload
    • Reroute workload if a system component fails or network path becomes unavailable
  • Multithreaded application support
  • Support for Oracle databases and BEA Tuxedo
  • A maximum queue size of 2G bytes will allow many large messages to be placed on a queue
  • Low amount of memory used by clients and channels, allowing many clients and channels to be used before memory use becomes a constraint
  • Messages passed outside of syncpoint between applications on the same queue manager incur a low resource cost to process each message
  • Data conversion tables which support character sets containing the Euro character are included

Dynamic Workload Distribution: MQSeries support for clusters makes managing networks of queue managers much simpler. The idea of a dynamic workload distribution of queue managers allows the creation of public queues and channels.

The same simple programming model means that a message is put to a single named queue. However that queue may exist as several equivalent queues on different queue managers with each message being routed to just one of them. If one destination becomes unavailable or unreachable then an alternative is used, without the sender of the message being required to take any action.

The dynamic workload distribution concept can also be exploited for fault tolerant and parallel processing. Multiple network paths and multiple queues can be defined and used to provide hot standby and extra capacity.

Publish/Subscribe: Publish and Subscribe, sometimes known as Event Services, enables users to register interest in particular sets of information and then to receive such information when it becomes available.

Application programs can operate as publishers or subscribers on Sun Solaris, Intel Platform Edition, over MQSeries using a Publish/Subscribe broker on one of the broker supported platforms.

Administration: Remote administration is supported through the MQSeries Explorer, an element of MQSeries for Windows NT™, V5.1. A GUI aids in administering the elements of your MQSeries network, including MQSeries for Solaris, Intel Platform Edition. Support for multiple queue managers offers increased flexibility in configuration. Queue manager clustering simplifies administration significantly. You may also manage with the:

  • Programmable Command Format (PCF) command line feature
  • Web Administration feature
  • One of the many third-party system management products

Scalability of MQSeries applications on the Sun Solaris, Intel Platform Edition is improved by increases in message and message queue size. MQSeries Bindings for Java™ and support for multithreaded programs assist in integrating MQSeries into advanced e-business applications.

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)

MQSeries technology is available to qualified OEM for product integration via the IBM OEM organization. Prospective OEMs can discuss details of the arrangement by contacting the IBM OEM Worldwide Software Sales team at:

Year 2000

This product is Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with its associated documentation, it is 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 product properly exchange accurate date data with it.

The service end date for this Year 2000 ready product is December 31, 2002.

Product Positioning

MQSeries Family

The family of products based on IBM's industry-leading MQSeries software helps companies:

  • Address business integration issues quickly and economically
  • Become more agile
  • Stay flexible
  • Maintain customer orientation
  • Gain competitive position and stay there

The MQSeries family allows companies to maximize e-business opportunities by:

  • Leveraging existing resources
  • Improving speed-to-market
  • Anticipating IT changes as their business changes

Statement of Direction

IBM intends to upgrade MQSeries capabilities for Compaq NonStop Kernel and OpenVMS operating systems.

These upgrades will bring advanced features to the platforms, such as:

  • MQSeries clusters, which enhance availability and manageability
  • Larger queue and message size support

and illustrate IBM's continuing support for MQSeries across a multitude of platforms.

All information being released represents IBM's current intention, is subject to change or withdrawal, and represents goals and objectives.


MQSeries and OS/390 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
Windows NT is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Education Support

The appropriate curriculum includes enhancements described in this announcement.

Descriptions of all classroom and self-study courses are available.

For MQSeries® courses, refer to:

For education catalogs, schedules, and enrollments, call IBM Learning Services at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322).

Offering Information

Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:


The following book contains information pertaining to MQSeries for Solaris, Intel® Platform Edition, V5.1. Order from country program libraries upon planned availability by contacting your IBM representative.

Title                                                     Number
MQSeries for Sun Solaris, Intel Platform                  GC34-5851
  Edition, V5.1 Quick Beginnings

Displayable Softcopy Publications

Manuals are offered as HTML and PDF files with the program package CD-ROM.

MQSeries publications are also offered in displayable softcopy form on an IBM Online Books CD-ROM collection kit entitled, Transaction Processing and Data Collection (SK2T-0730).

Manuals can be displayed with the BookManager® Library Reader™ licensed programs that are provided on the collection kit. Terms and conditions for use of the machine-readable files are shipped with the files.

Obtaining the Kit

Note: The kit is updated on a regular basis, but not necessarily at the same time as availability of a new product or publication release.

Copies of the CD-ROM can be obtained for a fee through the Publication Notification System (PNS) or PUBORDER.

MQSeries is a member of the International Middleware Association (IMWA).

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements

MQSeries for Solaris, Intel Platform Edition, V5.1: For current information on known problems and available fixes, refer to the MQSeries Family Support page at:

For current information on Supported Operating Environment, refer to the MQSeries Family Supported Software page at:

For details of the appropriate Intel hardware on which you can install the MQSeries for Sun Solaris, Intel Platform Edition, server and client, go to the Compatibility List section from the following Internet page:

Then refer to the Sun Solaris 7, Intel Platform Edition Hardware Compatibility List.

MQSeries Servers: Any Intel-based PC server or desktop system that is compatible with Sun Solaris 7, Intel Platform Edition.

Approximate Storage Requirements: Server: Minimum of 25 MB of disk space for product code and data in the file system containing /opt directory. In addition, online books in HTML format require 35 MB storage.

Software Requirements

Sun Solaris 7, Intel Platform Edition, Hardware 11/99 with patches 106981-10, 106542-10, 107637-03, and 107172-05.

TCP/IP network protocol as supplied by the base operating system.

Compilers: Sun Workshop Compiler C 5.0 (in the Sun Visual Workshop 5.0 with patches 107296-01, 107830-02, 107290-03, 107361-04) Sun Workshop Compiler C++ 5.0 (with patches 106328-08, 107312-09) Micro Focus COBOL Compiler V4.1.20 for UNIX®

Options: Transaction Monitors: BEA Tuxedo, V6.5,


  • Oracle 8i R1 (V8.1.5)
  • Oracle V8.0.6

Note: No DCE or TXSeries™ products are supported.

MQSeries Client: Sun Workshop Compiler C++5.0 (with patches 106328-08, 107312-09)

Interoperability: For details on MQSeries family platforms, messaging links, gateways and interfaces, refer to:

Planning Information

The price model for MQSeries base products is structured over multiple tiers, which are defined by the number of processors or processor group on which the MQSeries product will be installed for use. It uses a single charge unit, the Capacity Unit, as the means of charging. This unit has no direct relationship to machine capability: it is a charging authorization term only. Additional Capacity Units are required as you move to larger systems or add new systems.

MQSeries Processor Group Table

|                                             | MQSeries |
|                                             | Capacity |
| Description                                 | Units    |
| Intel* Uniprocessor machines                |     2    |
| AS/400(R) Processor Group P05               |          |
| Intel 2-way SMP machines                    |     4    |
| + RISC 1-2 processors per box/SP(TM) node   |          |
| AS/400 Processor Groups P10 and P20         |          |
| Intel/RISC 3-8 processors per box/SP node   |     8    |
| AS/400 Processor Groups P30 and P40         |          |
| Intel/RISC 9-23 processors per box/SP node  |    16    |
| AS/400 Processor Group P50                  |          |
| Intel/RISC 24 or more processors            |          |
|   per box/SP node                           |    30    |
Intel machines include compatible processors such as Cyrix and AMD.

For pricing and licensing information, visit:

For the Capacity Unit information, refer to MQSeries publication GC34-5265-07 or the MQSeries calculator at:

Transferability: MQSeries generic Capacity Units are intended to be transferable across MQSeries platforms that appear in the same MQSeries Transfer Group. The MQSeries Transfer Group will generally, but not exclusively, define MQSeries products at a consistent version and release level. In general, a chargeable upgrade path will be provided to enable existing use authorization (Capacity Units) to be migrated to an MQSeries product at a functionally enhanced version or release level. The following table shows the current MQSeries Transfer Groups and the platforms, within each group, eligible for generic Capacity Unit transferability. The Version.Release levels shown refer to MQSeries products.

|     GROUP A       |     GROUP B       |     GROUP C      |
| AIX(R), V5.0      | AIX, V5.1         | AIX, V5.2        |
| AS/400, V4.2.1    | AS/400, V5.1      | AS/400, V5.2     |
| HP-UX, V5.0       | HP-UX, V5.1       | HP-UX, V5.2      |
| OS/2(R) Warp, V5.0| OS/2 Warp, V5.1   | LINUX(R), V5.2   |
| Sun Solaris, V5.0 | Sun Solaris, V5.1 | Sun Solaris, V5.2|
| Sun Solaris 5.0   | Sun Solaris, Intel|                  |
|  on Intel, V5.0   |  Edition, V5.1    |                  |
| Windows NT(TM),   | Windows(TM) NT,   | Windows NT/2000, |
|  V5.0             |  V5.1             |    V5.2          |
| AT&T NCR, V2.2    | Compaq Tru64 UNIX,|                  |
|                   |  V5.1             |                  |
| Compaq OpenVMS    |MQSeries Everyplace|                  |
|  Alpha V2.2       |  V1.0 or V1.1     |                  |
| Compaq OpenVMS    |                   |                  |
|  VAX, V2.2        |                   |                  |
| SINIX and DC/OSx, |                   |                  |
|  V2.2             |                   |                  |
| Tandem NSK,       |                   |                  |
|  V2.2.0.1         |                   |                  |

Capacity Units are transferable within an individual MQSeries Transfer Group A, B, or C but cannot be transferred between the three groups. MQSeries generic Capacity Units are not transferable to other MQSeries family products covered by MQSeries Integrator Capacity Units and MQSeries Workflow Capacity Units.

Customer Responsibilities: The customer must provide the minimum hardware and software environments in which the licensed program can operate.

The customer must identify the machines on which they will install MQSeries. The customer or program provider will identify the capacity unit tier in which they fit, and then calculate the level of capacity unit charge for the required use authorization.

Problem determination (PD) is a customer responsibility. PD is an assessment of whether a problem is caused by hardware or software. PD is complete only when the cause of the problem is identified. This assessment includes examination of available symptoms using the PD procedures documented in the product.

Problem source identification (PSI) is a customer responsibility. PSI begins when software is determined to be the source of the problem. PSI includes tracing the source of the program to a host system control program (SCP), an application program, or another source. Assisting the customer with PSI is an IBM service and support responsibility.

Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by SupportLine. This fee service can enhance your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. SupportLine helps answer questions pertaining to usage and suspected software defects for eligible products.

Installation and technical support is provided by IBM Global Services. For more information call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

SmoothStart™ Services: SmoothStart Service for MQSeries provides customers with planning and installation services for MQSeries Solutions to ensure that their MQSeries environment is quickly up and running. An IBM specialist spends a week, or longer, depending on customer requirements, working with the customers 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 with a plan to implement an MQSeries Solution within your organization. With this service, you can customize how the plan is created; we can create the plan for you by collecting the necessary business requirements and infrastructure information, or we can work with your staff to create the MQSeries plan. In addition, IBM Planning Services for MQSeries Solutions can assist 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 your 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 services information, contact an IBM Global Services representative or visit:

Eligible customers can obtain installation and usage assistance from the Finance Industry Support Center through a telephone response line.

To obtain information on customer eligibility and registration procedures, refer to HONE SUPPORTINFO.


Program Package

MQSeries for Sun Solaris, Intel Platform Edition, V5.1: MQSeries for this platform is shipped on one CD-ROM

All language versions are packaged on the same CD-ROM. All media contains server program code, client program code for Version 5.1 client platform, Java™ and machine-readable information for all supported national languages.

The program package also contains:

  • IBM International Program License Agreement
  • License Information
  • MQSeries Workstation Processor Groups List (GC34-5265-07)
  • Proof of Entitlement (PoE) for two Capacity Unit Authorization
  • Registration Card
  • One Hardcopy Book
    • MQSeries for Solaris, Intel Platform Edition, V5.1 Quick Beginnings (GC34-5851)
  • MQSeries Business Partner Directory (GC34-5440)
  • MQSeries Awards (GC34-5572)

Also available as applicable: One MQSeries Capacity Unit Pack POE

This program when downloaded from a Web site, contains the applicable IBM license agreement, and License Information (LI). The license and LI will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT for reference.

Security, Auditability, and Control

The announced program uses the security and auditability features of the operating system.

In addition, MQSeries implements a level of security including access control of queues and authorization identification between message queue managers.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering Information

MQSeries base server products use a flexible pricing structure. The new pricing structure simplifies the development and management of complex applications, particularly for large organizations.

There is only one charge unit for these MQSeries base server products: the Capacity Unit.

For this offering the price model is structured over tiers that are defined by processor groups. The higher the group, the higher the tier position and the more use authorization needed to use the program. This applies to each machine and machine upgrade. A two-pack Capacity Unit Use Authorization is included with the program package. Acquire additional capacity units separately.

MQSeries for Solaris, Intel Platform Edition, V5.1

Program                                                   Part
Name                                                      Number
MQSeries for Solaris, Intel Platform                      0784746
  Edition, V5.1 Program Package
Passport Advantage Media Pack                             0784752
MQSeries for Solaris, Intel Platform                      CW84FIE
  Edition, V5.1 Program Package --
  Electronic Delivery

Terms and Conditions

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

License Information Form Number: MQSeries for Solaris, Intel Platform Edition, V5.1 — CT84DIE

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services: Available until December 31, 2002

Money-Back Guarantee: 30-day, money-back guarantee

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: No

Volume Orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage Applies: Yes

Passport Advantage Subscription Applies: Yes

Usage Restriction: Yes

Usage                    Description
Capacity Unit            Capacity Unit Resource Use
                           Authorizations are required
                           according to processor level
                           of the machine on which the
                           product will run. Refer to
                           the MQSeries Workstation
                           Processor Group List
                           (GC34-5265-07 or later).
                           For the purpose of the license
                           information, a resource
                           identification is a requisite
                           quantity of capacity units.
                           Use may not exceed the total
                           amount of resource authorized.

Support Line: Yes

AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: No

AS/400 Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No


The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

                         Program        Package
                         Number or      PID
                         Part           Charge Unit
Program Name             Number         Description    OTC(1)
MQSeries-Solaris,        0784746        Program        $3,100
  Intel V5.1                             Package with
                                         two Capacity
One-time charge

Select and enter the applicable charge:

  • Monthly Optional PS Support Line Charge
  • Monthly Optional AIX Support Line Charge

Passport Advantage

Note: For Passport Advantage and charges, contact your Lotus® representative or authorized Lotus Business Partner. Additional information is also available on the Passport Advantage at:

Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:

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 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Mail:      IBM Atlanta Sales Center
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You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.


Library Reader, TXSeries, SP, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
MQSeries, BookManager, AS/400, AIX, and OS/2 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
Windows and Windows NT are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
Lotus is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.
LINUX is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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