IBM MQ delivers MQ as a cloud service on IBM Cloud and hybrid licensing with IBM MQ Advanced to promote migration to the cloud

IBM United States Software Announcement 218-293
June 19, 2018

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OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key prerequisitesKey prerequisitesOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
Program numberProgram numberPricesPrices
PublicationsPublicationsOrder nowOrder now

(Corrected on June 22, 2018)

The Overview section is revised.

At a glance

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IBM® MQ on Cloud with hybrid Virtual Processor Core (VPC) entitlements provides:

  • MQ as a cloud service
  • Seamless transition between on-premises and cloud service entitlements that facilitate migration to the cloud

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This Passport Advantage® offering, IBM MQ on Cloud, provides pre-paid monthly entitlement to the public cloud service, IBM MQ on IBM Cloud™. Purchasing MQ on Cloud enables you to pre-pay for a committed monthly Virtual Processor Core (VPC) entitlement to the MQ on IBM Cloud service through the Custom Enterprise plan.

MQ on IBM Cloud provides the proven, enterprise-grade messaging capabilities in the latest Continuous Delivery (CD) release of MQ, as a cloud offering on the IBM Cloud. It offers the following benefits:

  • Access the latest MQ. IBM Cloud will maintain, monitor, upgrade, and patch your systems running MQ so you can focus your resources on your business applications.
  • Get up and run in minutes. With a name and the click of a button, you can have a working queue manager in minutes. The underlying infrastructure is available in four queue manager sizes. The infrastructure is provisioned and MQ is installed with a basic configuration, automatically.
  • Walk through the process. The MQ on Cloud guided tour takes you through the process and teaches you the concepts of MQ to ensure that you can get up and run with MQ in a matter of minutes, regardless of your experience.

The MQ on Cloud hybrid license lets you transition between your MQ on-premises and cloud service deployments. Transitioning between MQ Advanced monthly VPC and MQ on Cloud monthly cloud service VPC entitlements:

  • Facilitates your migration from on-premise deployments to the cloud.
  • Provides the deployment flexibility your business needs without being locked in by licensing.
  • Can reduce the costs of licensing when compared to the cost of separate on-premises and cloud service licenses during a cloud migration while providing a simpler entitlement environment to manage.

For each hybrid VPC entitlement acquired, you can deploy that entitlement as an MQ Advanced monthly VPC or as a monthly VPC in the MQ on Cloud service. Working with the MQ project office, you can change the deployment choice each month to align with your needs.

No additional features are included as part of the MQ Hybrid license.

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Key prerequisites

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MQ on Cloud requires an internet connection and a supported browser.

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Planned availability date

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June 19, 2018

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Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

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IBM MQ on Cloud is capable as of June 19, 2018, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Accessibility Conformance Statement can be requested on the Product accessibility information website.

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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5737-H57 Cloud service IBM MQ on Cloud

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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express® website.

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When using an MQ on Cloud hybrid entitlement, the relevant documentation for the on-premises and cloud service offerings can be found at:

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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services, contact your Lab Services Sales or Delivery Leader.

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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

MQ on Cloud supports the following browsers:

  • Firefox ESR 52, or later
  • Microsoft™ Edge 41, or later
  • Google Chrome 65,or later

Details of the software requirements for the version of IBM MQ that is used can be found on the IBM MQ System requirements website.


MQ on Cloud can inter-operate with any supported IBM MQ or IBM MQ Advanced product.

Planning information


This offering is accessed through the internet. There is no physical media or electronic deliverable.

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Ordering information

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For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner, or go to the Passport Advantage website.

This product is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by authorized IBM Business Partners for Channel Value Rewards.

More information can be found on the IBM Channel Value Rewards website.

To locate IBM Business Partners for Channel Value Rewards in your geography for a specific Channel Value Rewards portfolio, go to the Find a Business Partner page.

Product group: WebSphere®

Product: IBM MQ on Cloud (5737-H57)

Product category: MQ Series

Passport Advantage

Program name/Description Part number
IBM MQ on Cloud Monthly Subscription VPC D1XEPLL
IBM MQ on Cloud Overage Charge VPC D1XEQLL
IBM MQ on Cloud VPC Hybrid Entitlement per Month D1YJ8LL
IBM MQ on Cloud VPC Hybrid Entitlement Overage D1YJALL

Charge metric

Program name PID number Charge metric
IBM MQ on Cloud 5737-H57 Virtual Processor Core (VPC)

Virtual Processor Core (VPC)

Virtual Processor Core is a unit of measure by which the Cloud Service can be obtained. A Virtual Processor Core is a standard capacity, virtualized processor that is assigned to the Cloud Service. Sufficient entitlements must be obtained for each Virtual Processor Core available to or managed by the Cloud Service during the measurement period specified in Client's PoE or Transaction Document.

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Terms and conditions

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction for the acquisition of cloud services from IBM consist of either the IBM Cloud Services Agreement and the applicable offering Service Description or the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement or the International Passport Advantage Express Agreement and the IBM Terms of Use -- General Terms for Cloud Offerings and the applicable offering Service Description.

This product is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Technical support

Technical support is provided for cloud services and enabling software, as applicable, during the subscription period. Any enhancements, updates, and other materials provided by IBM as part of any such technical support are considered to be part of the cloud service, as applicable, and therefore governed by the applicable agreement as defined in client's quote or transaction document. Technical support is included with the cloud service and is not available as a separate offering.

Additional technical support information for this cloud service offering may be found in the IBM Support Handbook, or in service-specific documentation.

Terms of Use

Cloud service offering-specific terms are available on the Cloud Service terms website.

Limited warranty

See the warranty defined in the applicable agreement governing Client's acquisition for this offering.

Money-back guarantee


Volume orders (IVO)


Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Software Subscription and Support applies


IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel


Variable charges apply


Educational allowance available

Not applicable.

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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through intrusion prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a regulatory compliant, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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Business Partner information

If you are an IBM Business Partner acquiring products from IBM, you may link to Passport Advantage Online for resellers where you can obtain Business Partner pricing information. An IBMid and password are required to access the IBM Passport Advantage website.

Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner for Channel Value Rewards. Additional information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified clients to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all client segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or go to the IBM Global Financing website for more information.

IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government clients. Rates are based on a client's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.

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Order now

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To order, contact the IBM Digital Sales Center, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner. To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968). For more information, contact the IBM Digital Sales Center.

Phone: 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)

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For IBM representative:

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IBM Digital Sales Offices
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IBM Channel Value Rewards

This product is available under Channel Value Rewards (CVR), either directly from IBM or through authorized Business Partners who invest in skills and high-value solutions. IBM clients may benefit from the industry-specific or horizontal solutions, skills, and expertise provided by these Business Partners.

Additions to CVR will be communicated through standard product announcements. To determine what IBM software is available under CVR, see the IBM Passport Advantage Online for IBM Business Partners website.

For questions regarding CVR, see the IBM Channel Value Rewards website.


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