IBM MQ Appliance M2000 delivers a rapid deployment option for IBM MQ V8 capability with built-in high availabilityIBM Europe, Middle East, and Africa Software Announcement ZP15-0069
February 17, 2015
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(Corrected on March 27, 2015)The At a glance, Description, Technical information, and Ordering information sections are revised.
|At a glance|
IBM® MQ Appliance M2000 provides an optimized version of IBM MQ V8 that runs in a hardware appliance. IBM MQ provides universal messaging that allows applications, systems, and services to connect and exchange information securely, reliably, rapidly, and simply. Offering MQ capability in hardware appliances, additional features are provided, as well as some appliance benefits.
These features and benefits include:
IBM MQ Appliance M2000 delivers two models that offer price points to match different use cases.
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The IBM MQ Appliance provides IBM MQ V8 function delivered in an appliance to connect applications, systems, and services with reliability and security using enterprise messaging. IBM MQ has provided thousands of businesses with mission-critical messaging for more than 20 years. The IBM MQ Appliance provides a customized version of IBM MQ V8 to allow the IBM enterprise messaging solution, which is delivered as a hardware appliance, and offers fast time to value and simpler administration.
The IBM MQ Appliance is customized to provide the optimal messaging solution in appliance hardware. Performance and message throughput are tuned to take advantage of the appliance capability and configuration. A new, high availability configuration is now possible with a pair of appliances that mirror messages and enable seamless takeover upon failure of the primary appliance.
IBM MQ Appliance includes a new user tooling interface, the IBM MQ Console. This browser-based tool, personalised and customized for each user, offers configuration and monitoring for the IBM MQ Appliance. MQ Console works in conjunction with the existing tooling interfaces of the MQ Explorer and MQ Script Commands (MQSC).
A queue manager that runs in the IBM MQ Appliance acts the same as other queue managers in a MQ environment. MQ queue managers, whether in appliances or deployed as software, can participate in clusters and exchange messages with other MQ queue managers or MQ clients. Businesses now have an additional deployment option with MQ appliances that runs alongside traditional, software-based MQ deployments.
To aid security, simplicity, and maintenance, MQ appliances are locked. No additional software can to be installed, such as user applications and user exits, and no user files can be stored. The IBM MQ Appliance is used as a messaging hub, with applications that connect to the MQ Appliance as MQ Clients or through other MQ queue managers.
Included in the IBM MQ Appliance is the MQ Advanced Message Security function. This function allows end-to-end encryption of message contents at rest, based on pre-defined policies. This ensures that businesses who need to encrypt message contents can include MQ appliances in their environments, and be assured that messages stored in the IBM MQ Appliance are encrypted and their contents are protected.
The IBM MQ Appliance can also be used as the coordination queue manager in an MQ Managed File Transfer deployment. MQ Managed File Transfer functions enable users to move data held in files as MQ Messages providing file-to-file transfer, file-to-message transfer, and message-to-file transfer. The IBM MQ Appliance participates as either a coordination queue manager or as a queue manager moving MQ messages that contain file data.
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An MQ Appliance M2000A or M2000B and a workstation with Internet access for using the IBM MQ Console
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|Planned availability date|
March 13, 2015
Availability of programs with encryption algorithm in France is subject to French government approval.
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The IBM MQ Appliance provides IBM MQ V8 capabilities that are delivered in an appliance. This delivers a new way to deploy and consume IBM MQ messaging capabilities, and can run alongside existing MQ queue managers and MQ Clients, as part of a connected enterprise, or the IBM MQ Appliance, can be used with MQ Clients as the only MQ queue manager in an enterprise.
Included in the IBM MQ Appliance is the MQ Advanced Message Security function, which allows for end-to-end encryption of message contents at rest, based on pre-defined policies. This ensures that businesses that need to encrypt message contents can include IBM MQ Appliances in their environments. They can be assured that messages stored in the IBM MQ Appliances are encrypted and their contents are protected. This function is a part of every IBM MQ Appliance.
The IBM MQ Appliance can also be used as the coordination queue manager in an MQ Managed File Transfer deployment. MQ Managed File Transfer functions enable users to move data held in files as MQ messages to provide file-to-file transfer, file-to-message transfer, and message-to-file transfer. No local user files are stored on the IBM MQ Appliance. The IBM MQ Appliance participates as either a coordination queue manager or as a queue manager to move MQ messages that contain file-data.
As an appliance, this product offers businesses rapid deployment of enterprise messaging and easier administration, both in day-to-day operations and in maintenance. In addition, there are some functional differences and optimizations as compared to IBM MQ that is delivered as a software package. Some benefits come due to the appliance form-factor itself, and others come from enhancements and optimizations from updates to the MQ code that is tailored and tuned for appliance operation and deployment. The IBM MQ Appliance can fully participate as a MQ queue manager in connecting to MQ clients and other MQ queue managers and MQ clusters.
IBM MQ functions on the appliance
The IBM MQ Appliance includes an adapted version of IBM MQ V8. This level of IBM MQ contains additional functions that are available in the IBM MQ Appliance and in the latest level of IBM MQ V8.
IBM MQ V8 provides new function that enables userid authentication to make use of an LDAP repository. In IBM MQ appliances, this userID authentication is extended with group memberships and authorization of access.
The MQ queue managers, which are defined and deployed in IBM MQ appliances, act and work alongside MQ queue managers the same as any other IBM MQ V8 deployed queue managers. Either a single queue manager or multiple queue managers can be defined on the IBM MQ Appliance. The number of queue managers depends on your requirements and the workload of the applications that use the queue managers. A performance and workload guide is available to help plan messaging workload on the appliance.
High availability through appliance pairs
One of the key differences between IBM MQ that is deployed as software and the IBM MQ Appliance is the new approach for high availability. IBM MQ appliances can be configured as pairs for high availability. Each appliance has on-board disk and memory. Configuring IBM MQ appliances in high availability pairs and configuring each queue manager to use this pairing enables the messages that flow through the queue managers to be mirrored to the paired appliance. In the event of a queue manager failure in one IBM MQ Appliance, a queue manager will start on the paired appliance with full access to the mirrored messages that are stored on the paired appliance with queue manager failure. The IBM MQ Appliance is designed for takeover and continuation of the workload to restore operations rapidly.
Two versions of the IBM MQ Appliance
The IBM MQ Appliance is a versatile and flexible offering that is designed to enable IBM MQ to be deployed for new use cases, or to simplify existing deployment options. One or more queue managers can be defined and deployed on each appliance. The overall capacity for MQ workload through the appliance is determined by the processing capacity of the IBM MQ Appliance. Two models are available:
Either version of the appliance can be deployed anywhere that MQ queue manager functionality is required, whether in an enterprise data center, in a branch office, or in a factory.
An additional capacity option for the IBM MQ Appliance M2000B is available to provide IBM MQ Appliance M2000A performance.
IBM MQ Console
The IBM MQ Console for configuring and managing the MQ environment is delivered with the IBM MQ Appliance. IBM MQ Console can be used in place of, or alongside, the existing IBM MQ Explorer tooling or MQ Script Commands (MQSC). IBM MQ Console is a customizable web UI that enables users to configure and monitor IBM MQ without needing to install an executable program such as MQ Explorer. Access to controls and information is limited to the appliance to which the user connects the IBM MQ Console. This capability delivers powerful and flexible tooling for users of the IBM MQ Appliance.
Administering the IBM MQ Appliance
Definition and administration of the MQ capabilities are performed using IBM MQ interfaces. The IBM MQ Appliance is designed to be familiar to existing MQ administrators as well as being accessible to new users. The IBM MQ Console provides remote administration of the appliance. Configuration of IBM MQ Appliance queue managers and resources can quickly be created by copying existing MQ queue managers or by use of MQSC scripts. The IBM MQ Console provides your administrator guidance regarding unused appliance capacity and can tailor a custom dashboard to show a view of key resources.
Accessibility by people with disabilities
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|Statement of general direction|
IBM intends to deliver support for the new IBM MQ Console in IBM MQ
IBM intends to add support to enable the IBM MQ Console to configure and monitor IBM MQ as well as the IBM MQ Appliance. IBM intends to allow MQ administrators to make more effective use of the IBM MQ Console in environments in which both IBM MQ and the IBM MQ Appliance are installed.
IBM intends to deliver fibre channel capability in IBM MQ Appliance M2000
The IBM MQ Appliance includes a fibre channel card.
IBM intends to support fibre channel connectivity to connect the IBM MQ Appliance to external storage. This connectivity will enable greater queue depth and support disaster recovery configurations where the IBM MQ Appliance can failover to another MQ configuration in a remote data center.
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Program Program number VRM name 5725-S14 8.0.0 IBM MQ Appliance M2000
Machine Description Type-model Part number IBM MQ Appliance M2000 8436-54X D17B6LL
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website
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The following publications are shipped with the appliance:
IBM MQ Appliance M2000 online product documentation will be available in IBM Knowledge Center on March 13, 2015, at
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Global Technology Services®
Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings for the efficient installation, implementation, or integration of this product.
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Specified operating environment
Hardware and software requirements
Hardware: Workstation with Internet access to use browser-based user interface
Software: One of the following browser-based user interface:
Size: All models
Model Machine weight Shipping weight M2000 21 kg (46.2 lb) 39 kg (86 lb)
Electrical and power requirements
The following data represents the maximum label rated power requirements. When planning the electrical system, it is important to use maximum values to account for internal or environmental conditions that result in power consumption increasing beyond typical values.
IBM MQ Appliance M2000
Maximum system power
IBM MQ Appliance contains redundant power supplies. Each power supply is 720 watts. The following supply voltages are available.
Power consumption: Model M2000
Note: All weights and measurements are approximate.
The IBM MQ Appliance M2000 supports or complies to the following standards:
Equipment approvals and safety equipment approval and safety
The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
Allowable operating classification: ASHRAE Class A2
Temperature Altitude 10 C to 35 C (50 F - 95 F) 0 to 914.4 m (0 to 3,000 ft) 10 C to 32 C (50 F - 89.6 F) 914.4 to 2133.6 m (3,000 to 7,000 ft)
Maximum altitude: 2133.6 m (7000 ft.)
Relative humidity: 8% - 85%
Shipping temperature: -40 C to 60 C (-40 F - 140 F)
IBM official specifications for IBM MQ Appliance M2000 hardware
Contact your local representative for a copy of the IBM official published specifications for IBM MQ Appliance hardware.
IBM MQ Appliance M2000 is designed for customer setup and installation. Customer setup instructions are shipped with the product.
Power supply requirements
IBM MQ Appliance M2000 has two 720-watt redundant power supplies.
The shipping package contains:
The shipping package has the following dimensions:
The shipping package weighs 39 kg. (86 lb)
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IBM MQ Appliance M2000 (5725-S14)
Part Program name/Description number IBM MQ Appliance M2000A Appliance Install - Appliance Install, maintenance + S&S 12 Mo D17B6LL - Appliance maintenance + S&S renewal 12 Mo E0K2XLL - Appliance maintenance + S&S reinstatement 12 Mo D17B7LL Business Critical Service upgrade per Appliance Install - Initial upgrade 12 Months D17B8LL - Subsequent upgrade 12 Months E0K2YLL IBM MQ Appliance M2000B Appliance Install - Appliance Install, maintenance + S&S 12 Mo D1BUYLL - Appliance maintenance + S&S renewal 12 Mo E0KM9LL - Appliance maintenance + S&S reinstatement 12 Mo D1BUZLL IBM MQ Appliance M2000B Additional Capacity Per install - License + S&S 12 Mo D1D6ALL - Annual S&S renewal E0KU6LL - S&S reinstatement 12 Mo D1D6BLL Business Critical Service upgrade per Appliance Install - Initial upgrade 12 Months D1C0TLL - Subsequent upgrade 12 Months E0KPXLL
Business Critical Service Upgrade is available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, and UK.
Hard Drive Retention Service upgrade
Part Program name/Description number IBM MQ Appliance M2000A per Appliance Install Initial 12 Months D17B9LL Subsequent 12 Months E0K2ZLL IBM MQ Appliance M2000B per Appliance Install Initial 12 Months D1C0WLL Subsequent 12 Months E0KPZLL
Hard Drive Retention Service upgrade is available in Angola, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guyana, French Polynesia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Martinique, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, and UK.
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IBM MQ Appliance M2000 includes system firmware to support operation of the appliance. The system firmware follows the IBM version, release, maintenance, fix pack number (V.R.M.F) maintenance delivery terminology.
IBM MQ Appliance M2000 firmware support: New function, security updates, and maintenance will be made available through firmware releases. Additional maintenance through iFixes will be made available, as necessary, on the most recent firmware level release. Refer to the SWG Lifecycle Support Policy for complete details.
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Adding, removing, or replacing hardware components of IBM MQ Appliance M2000 must be performed by IBM.
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System i® Software Maintenance applies
Variable charges apply
Educational allowance available
Education allowance does not apply.
Special education prices are available for qualified customers through Passport Advantage.
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