IBM United States
Software Announcement 203-041
February 11, 2003
IBM WebSphere MQ V5.3 Changes to Processor-Based Pricing and Adds Extended Transactional Clients
(Corrected on May 14, 2003)
Added paragraph to At a Glance section identifying other MQSeries products. In Description section,
changed fourth bullet under Migration Notes.
At a Glance
Simplified charging means:
WebSphere MQ is priced on a per-processor basis. The pricing structure for the extended transactional clients is equivalent to that of the WebSphere MQ server products.
MQSeries for Compaq Tru64 UNIX V5.1, MQSeries for Solaris Intel Platform Edition V5.1, MQSeries for AT&T GIS UNIX V2.2.1, MQSeries for SINIX and DC/OSx V2.2.1, and MQSeries for OpenVMS VAX V18.104.22.168 are also now priced on a per-processor basis.
WebSphere MQ further enhances its messaging capability:
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
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You now pay for IBM software licenses on a per-processor basis for WebSphere® MQ.
This is a change from the per-capacity-unit model of charging for software licenses.
You should expect no general increase or decrease in net costs. However, any change in cost will depend on your unique circumstances, relating to the number of processors in your machines.
The change is effective now for all new orders but does not affect existing licenses until the next Software Maintenance renewal.
If you do not have a Software Maintenance contract, you are not affected by this change and should continue using your programs under the capacity-unit terms.
The pricing structure for the extended transactional clients is equivalent to that of the WebSphere MQ server products.
Processor-priced products will have their equivalent capacity unit products withdrawn on May 5, 2003.
Extended Transactional Clients
WebSphere MQ, the backbone of IBM messaging and Java Message Service (JMS) support, now supports extended transactional clients, which operate as an XA resource manager. Use these clients to:
SupportPac MA7P and SupportPac MA0R deliver WebSphere MQ classes for .NET, a convenient interface for customers who code applications in the Microsoft .NET programming framework to call WebSphere MQ.
For more product information, refer to Software Announcement 202-074 , dated April 9, 2002.
Client platform requirements are similar to those for servers.
Refer to Software Announcement 202-074 , dated April 9, 2002.
Planned Availability Date
Charging and License Use Management
Charges for authorized use of the program are based on processor license units (PLUs). The use of the program on any server machine requires one PLU to be acquired (from IBM or an IBM Business Partner) for each processor contained in the server machine on which any copy of the program is to run. PLUs are required for every server machine on which the program is installed. You are also required to obtain a corresponding number of additional PLUs if the program installation is moved to a server machine with a greater number of processors, or if any additional processors are added to the server machine on which the program is installed.
Failure to comply with the requirement for the appropriate number of PLUs will invalidate the terms of this license.
License Use Management software may be used to monitor compliance.
For Software Maintenance renewals for deployments on servers of five processors and greater, and new software purchases for deployments on servers of five processors and greater, you are eligible for special bid on the software. Contact your IBM representative.
Users who upgrade from an earlier release of the program under Passport Advantage can use their existing capacity units and then acquire additional PLUs to satisfy the requirements given below. The capacity units from the previous release will be converted to PLUs (at a rate of two capacity units to one PLU) and counted as all or part of the customer entitlement.
Any "spare" capacity units can be used towards other program entitlement at the time of renewal reconciliation, but are not refundable.
Capacity units for WebSphere MQ will be withdrawn from marketing on May 5, 2003.
Users should retain their original product and capacity units as Proof of Entitlement (PoE).
Existing customers will receive updated media packs soon after the products become generally available under the new terms.
Migration for customers who have existing capacity unit license entitlements will be at the time of Software Maintenance renewal. A standard conversion rate of two capacity units to one processor license unit will be used. In the majority of situations, this conversion will ensure that customers have sufficient entitlement. However, where machines have five or more processors (and in a few other cases), the standard conversion will not give the required number of entitlements. In this case, when contacted by IBM, you should discuss acquiring additional entitlements in order to be correctly licensed under the new pricing model. You will not be charged for additional entitlements granted under this process, but the Software Maintenance renewal will be amended, based on the number of entitlements needed.
For Software Maintenance renewals for deployments on servers of five processors and greater, and new software purchases for deployments on servers of five processors and greater, you are eligible for special bid on the software.
Extended Transactional Clients
WebSphere MQ introduces extended transactional clients, which allow a WebSphere MQ Client to operate as an XA resource manager. You can coordinate units of work with databases such as DB2 under the control of an external transaction coordinator.
The extended transactional clients, which support C and JMS programming, are available on the following client platforms:
Although the extended transactional clients are not available on iSeries or z/OS, the WebSphere MQ V5.3 server platforms (except z/OS) support attachment of the extended transactional clients.
The extended transactional clients do not support WebSphere MQ as a transaction manager; that is, the MQBEGIN verb is not supported. These clients operate as a resource manager, not as a transaction manager.
New SupportPacs for Microsoft .NET Support
These SupportPacs (MA7P and MA0R) enable reliable interoperation between .NET applications and other
applications or systems within or outside your enterprise. The classes can operate either directly
on a local WebSphere MQ server or, using a client connection, to a remote WebSphere MQ server.
Refer to Software Announcement 202-074 , dated April 9, 2002, for further information on prerequisites. Also visit the WebSphere MQ Web pages and newsgroups.
Business Integration: The WebSphere platform for e-business includes business integration products and solutions that can help integrate just two applications, a single department, or the entire enterprise reaching across business channels, trading partners, and Web customers.
Because speed to market and quality of service are critical for success, companies need to be agile to survive. The WebSphere MQ family provides a versatile platform for e-business. The WebSphere platform includes information connectivity and integration products that can be combined selectively or built up, one upon the other, for more powerful and efficient integration.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM):
WebSphere MQ 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 email@example.com.
Accessibility by People with Disabilities
The following features support use by people with disabilities:
The WebSphere MQ family provides a versatile platform for e-business.
In addition, Product Extensions provide additional supported function available as a download from the Internet.
Maximize e-business opportunities by:
For further information, refer to:
The appropriate curriculum will be updated, as necessary, to include the enhancements described in this announcement.
Descriptions of all classroom and self-study courses are available.
For WebSphere® MQ courses, visit:
Call IBM Learning Services at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for education catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.
Product information is available through:
Softcopy (PDF) publications on the WebSphere MQ Documentation CD-ROMs are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material.
The WebSphere MQ Extended Transactional Clients book (SC34-6275) is shipped on the product CD-ROM (and on the WebSphere MQ Documentation CD-ROMs).
WebSphere MQ books include:
Order Title Number WebSphere MQ Script (MQSC) Command SC34-6055 Reference WebSphere MQ Messages GC34-6057 WebSphere MQ Clients GC34-6058 WebSphere MQ Extended Transactional SC34-6275 Clients WebSphere MQ Programmable Command SC34-6060 Formats and Administration Interface WebSphere MQ Application Messaging SC34-6065 Interface Order Title Number WebSphere MQ Using C++ SC34-6067 WebSphere MQ System Administration SC34-6068 Guide WebSphere MQ for Windows(R), SC34-6134 Using the Component Object Model Interface WebSphere MQ Intercommunication SC34-6059 WebSphere MQ Queue Manager Clusters SC34-6061 WebSphere MQ Application Programming SC34-6062 Reference WebSphere MQ Application Programming SC34-6064 Guide WebSphere MQ Using Java(TM) SC34-6066 WebSphere MQ Event Monitoring SC34-6069 WebSphere MQ Security SC34-6079 WebSphere MQ Glossary and Bibliography SC34-6113 WebSphere MQ for Windows, V5R3 Quick GC34-6073 Beginnings WebSphere MQ for Solaris V5R3 Quick GC34-6075 Beginnings WebSphere MQ for AIX(R) V5R3 Quick GC34-6076 Beginnings WebSphere MQ for HP-UX V5R3 Quick GC34-6077 Beginnings WebSphere MQ for Linux V5R3 Quick GC34-6078 Beginnings WebSphere MQ for iSeries(TM) V5R3 Quick GC34-6072 Beginnings WebSphere MQ for iSeries System SC34-6070 Administration Guide WebSphere MQ for iSeries SC34-6071 Application Programming Reference (ILE RPG)
The Publication Notification System (PNS) is available by order and product number. Customers currently subscribing to PNS will automatically receive notifications by e-mail. To subscribe, visit:
The IBM Publications Center Portal:
The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material, with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided, as well as payment options via credit card. Furthermore, a large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded free of charge.
Any compatible hardware capable of running the specified operating system, software, and associated
applications unmodified. Responsibility to provide statement of full compatibility between machines
lies with the original equipment provider.
For the latest information, visit:
For details on WebSphere MQ family platforms, messaging links, gateways and interfaces, WebSphere MQ Integrator® Broker platforms, WebSphere MQ Workflow platforms, and additional information, visit:
Performance of the system depends on the speed and latency of
transmission links, the speed of processors, and storage media used in
devices and servers, and the total demand on server resources.
For information on charges, refer to the
Extended Transactional Clients
The pricing structure of the extended transactional clients is equivalent to that of the WebSphere MQ server products. A server product and the extended transactional clients can be used concurrently on the same machine at no extra charge.
The extended transactional clients are packaged as part of WebSphere MQ, V5.3. They are shipped with a new combined V5.3 media pack, where the clients are on a separate CD-ROM that is added to the existing server product set.
Existing WebSphere MQ V5.3 customers can obtain the new function either via electronic software download (eSD) or by ordering a new media pack.
New customers who want the extended transactional clients can purchase PLUs and the refreshed WebSphere MQ V5.3 media pack, or use eSD. The extended transactional clients are not available via SupportPac downloads.
You can install the extended transactional clients and servers as permitted by your purchased entitlement.
You must also identify the machines on which they will install WebSphere MQ. You or the program provider will identify the requirement for PLUs for the required use authorization. Before operating the system, confirm that you have sufficient use authorization to use the system.
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, an application program, or another source. Assisting the customer with PSI is an IBM service and support responsibility.
Media is on CD-ROM only. It contains program code, PDF files of the publications for viewing
online, and HTML files for selected publications. This program, when downloaded from a Web site,
contains the applicable IBM license agreement, and License Information (LI), if appropriate, and
will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. The license and LI
will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT for future reference.
Security, Auditability, and Control
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.
Charge Part Unit Program Name Number Description WebSphere MQ V5.3 Media BA08SML Processor Pack
Passport Advantage Customer: Media Pack Entitlement Details
Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the WebSphere MQ V5.3 (initial release) product are entitled to receive the new media pack, which includes the extended transactional clients.
Media Packs Part Description Number WebSphere MQ V5.3 Media Pack BA08SML (Multilingual)
Entitled Maintenance Offerings Description MQSCAPUN IBM MQSeries(R) Cap Unit MQSCAPUNSB05 WebSphere MQ Proc MQSERIES IBM MQSeries
Orders for these part numbers will not be accepted after May 5, 2003, nor will normal marketing activities or educational support be available unless previous agreement exists between the customer and IBM.
Withdraw from Marketing Information Part Description Number WebSphere MQ V5.3 Media Pack BA05SML (Multilingual) WebSphere MQ V5.3 Media Pack BA05TML (Multilingual) WebSphere MQ V5.3 Capacity Unit D5AA3LL Lic/SW Maint 1 Anniv WebSphere MQ V5.3 Capacity Unit SW E1AA5LL Maint Rnwl 1 Anniv WebSphere MQ V5.3 Capacity Unit SW D5AA6LL After Lic 1 Anniv New Release Information WebSphere MQ V5.3 Media Pack BA08SML Multilingual WebSphere MQ Processor Lic/SW Maint D523ZLL 1 Anniv WebSphere MQ Processor Lic/SW Maint D5240LL 2 Anniv WebSphere MQ Processor SW Maint Rnwl E00N5LL 1 Anniv WebSphere MQ Processor SW Maint After D5241LL Lic 1 Anniv
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Software Maintenance does not include assistance for:
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