June 15, 1999
IBM MQSeries Family Overview
At a Glance
IBM takes the next step in business integration.
Significant new additions to the MQSeries family:
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Elements of the MQSeries® Family
New for the MQSeries Family
Visual integration with GUI means you define connections for your business.
Customer investment is protected, for example:
Business Partners can offer more effective customer solutions:
The MQSeries Family Announces
Planned Availability Date
Application Messaging Interface (AMI), V1.0 will be available from the Web by September 30, 1999, for Windows NT, AIX, Sun Solaris and HP-UX. Support of OS/390 is the subject of an IBM statement of direction. The AMI simplifies programming by moving many functions normally performed by messaging applications into the middleware layer, where a set of policies defined by the enterprise is applied on the application's behalf. Policies hold details of how messages are to be handled, for example:
IBM provides a suite of common policies, and an open policy handler framework that allows additional policies to be created by third-party software vendors or by the enterprise.
Using the AMI and its policy handler framework, the programmer generally deals with just three concepts:
Common Message Interface (CMI), V1.0 is the subject of an IBM statement of direction. It is a message construction API, used in conjunction with a message delivery API such as the Message Queuing Interface (MQI), AMI, or JMS. It dynamically constructs and parses messages, interrogating, and modifying them as appropriate. It provides comprehensive support for XML messages, and it can use a message dictionary (supplied with the product) to validate message formats or substitute default field values.
Java Message Service (JMS) is the Java-standard API for Enterprise Messaging Services.
JMS implementation for MQSeries V5.1 will be available from the Web by September 30, 1999, and allows applications to be written to the JMS API. These applications can then communicate with:
eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is an industry-wide standard for self-defining messages, now used by the MQSeries Family. Using XML, MQSeries messages can start MQSeries Integrator or MQSeries Workflow activities. XML enables for diverse systems and databases to understand each others' data (for example, to identify the fields). XML defines both content and an indication of role of that data (for example, street name).
MQSeries Integrator V2.0 for AIX and Windows NT, a second generation message broker:
MQSeries Integrator V2.0 graphical tools helps you construct how critical data or business events are handled, by
It exploits and complies with industry standards such as SQL and XML.
Message formats can be defined through a dictionary, either the one supplied with the product, the MQSeries Integrator V1 compatible dictionary, or a third-party dictionary enabled by a vendor.
MQSeries Integrator V2.0 has a publish/subscribe service compatible with the MQSeries base publish/subscribe function and includes significant enhancements such as:
Messages using any code page can flow through the system.
MQSeries Integrator V1.1 is a no-charge refresh to the existing Windows NT, AIX, Sun Solaris and HP-UX supported platforms. It also extends to two new platforms, OS/390 and AS/400. V1.1 benefits:
MQSeries Integrator for AS/400 and DB2®, V1.1 and MQSeries Integrator for OS/390 and DB2, V1R1 are message brokers that join the other key platforms on which MQSeries Integrator runs. MQSeries users can implement powerful, real-time application-to-application message transformation and intelligent routing capabilities quickly and easily.
MQSeries (Messaging and Queuing)
MQSeries for AS/400, V5.1 joins the other MQSeries V5.1 products and benefits from:
Functional parity offers even tighter business integration for your IT systems. You are better positioned to incorporate future enhancements in MQSeries.
MQSeries for Solaris on Intel, V5.0 is added to the extensive list of platforms supported by MQSeries. It is available as a fully supported PRPQ 7J0413, with some restrictions. Publish/subscribe is possible provided it is part of an MQSeries network containing a publish/subscribe broker function.
MQSeries Workflow for Sun Solaris, HP-UX, V3.2 further enhances the IBM Business Integration strategy and expands the platform support and includes workflow server, database, and client support for Windows NT, OS/2®, AIX, HP-UX, and Sun Solaris.
MQSeries Workflow for OS/390, V3R2 is a new release level which includes workflow server, database, and client support for OS/390, and plug-in application support for CICS® and IMS.
The V3.2 products support the workflow Buildtime environment, and workflow client and application connectivity on Windows 95, Windows 98, Lotus Notes®, Java, and MQSeries. New function includes:
Usability Enhancements to MQSeries
Performance of Existing MQSeries Products
Dynamic workload distribution, known as queue manager clusters, supported by MQSeries V5.1 on AIX, Windows NT, OS/2, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, and AS/400, and MQSeries for OS/390, V2R1, provides efficient use of available resources on parallel and clustered processors. An MQSeries SupportPac (MP73) entitled MQSeries for Windows NT, V5.1 Queue Manager clusters performance report demonstrates the very high scalability with up to 100 nodes. A parallel processing efficiency of at least 80% has been seen.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
MQSeries technology is available to qualified OEMs 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 via the following e-mail address:
The MQSeries family is a key technology for e-business, and the key-stone technology for business integration. There are three members of the family:
MQSeries (Messaging and Queuing) is IBM's industry-leading, messaging-oriented middleware:
MQSeries Integrator (Message Brokering) is IBM's leading, message broker middleware:
MQSeries Workflow is IBM's industry-leading, message-based workflow middleware:
The MQSeries family stays ahead of your business integration needs. Smarter products help the thorough and dynamic exploitation of enterprise information to give employees, applications, business partners, suppliers, and customers timely, tailored information.
For programmers, MQSeries simplifies the connection between applications on different computing platforms. Applications need not know each other. Your business need determines the coupling between applications.
Statement of Direction
IBM will further extend the business integration capabilities and platforms supported by the MQSeries family with the announcement of its intention to deliver the following:
Refer to the following Software Announcements, dated June 15, 1999, for details:
Letter Number Title 299-143 IBM MQSeries Workflow Version 3.2 299-148 IBM MQSeries Version 5.1 for AS/400 and Extended Program Service 299-149 MQSeries Integrator V2 Integrates Applications Quickly and Easily 299-150 IBM MQSeries Integrator for AS/400 and New Refresh Release 299-151 IBM MQSeries Integrator Now Available for OS/390 and DB2
Education will be delivered internationally under the IBM Training Partner Program. For details refer to:
Refer to the MQSeries® Web page for MQSeries family courses and follow the links to Education to access MQSeries family education, professional certification, and computer-based training (CBT).
Cross-platform courses are available from IBM Learning Services. To determine course availability, refer to:
Consulting and Services
Installation Services: The IBM Installation Services for MQSeries Integrator provides customers with planning and installation services for the MQSeries Integrator software to help ensure that your MQSeries Integrator environment is quickly up and running. A Services specialist will work with your technical and programming staff to accelerate implementation of the MQSeries Integrator software into your business environment focusing on:
SmoothStart Services: SmoothStart Service for MQSeries provides customers with planning and installation services for MQSeries Solutions to ensure that their MQSeries Commercial Messaging environment is quickly up and running. An IBM specialist spends a week, or longer depending on customer requirements, working with the customer's 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 MQSeries Solutions offers you assistance 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 information on these offerings and IBM's service capabilities, contact an IBM Global Services representative.
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