IBM MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 delivers new features and enhancements for robust and secure messaging

IBM United States Software Announcement 219-093
April 9, 2019


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Key requirementsKey requirementsOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
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PublicationsPublications


Overview

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IBM® MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 is the follow-on offering to MQ for HPE NonStop V8.0 and also the next release for clients who follow the Continuous Delivery (CD) releases. Version 8.0.4 is the final CD release for Version 8.0.

MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 includes the capabilities that were delivered in the CD releases of MQ for HPE NonStop V8.0.1 through MQ for HPE NonStop V8.0.4 along with some minor enhancements. They include:

  • Improved performance
  • Improved configurability
  • Improved security

With the release, the fixpacks only provide fixes with no new function.



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Key requirements

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MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 requires one of the following servers:

  • NB-Series HPE Integrity NonStop Blade System (J-Series)
  • NS7-Series HPE Integrity NonStop X (L-Series)
  • NS3-Series HPE Integrity NonStop X (L-Series)

For details of hardware and software requirements, refer to the Technical information section.



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Planned availability date

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April 11, 2019

See the Availability of national languages section for national language availability.



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Description

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MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 continues the evolution of MQ products on HPE NonStop by adding new capabilities. MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 has capabilities for the configuration and management of queue storage that equal or exceed those offered by earlier MQ products on HPE NonStop.

MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 includes new TLS capabilities that were not available before on the platform.

New MQ V8.1 capabilities

  • Queue file partitions

    This feature allows a queue data file to grow beyond the limits of a single drive and can enhance performance by optionally partitioning queue files stored in Guardian Enscribe.

  • Queue manager migration

    The Queue manager migration toolset (exportmqm and importmqm) is extended to additionally support migration from one MQ for HPE NonStop V8 to another Version 8 installation. Also, new support enables queue data contents to be back migrated from MQ for HPE NonStop V8 queues to MQ for HPE NonStop V5.3.1 queues.

  • MQGET SET_SIGNAL timeout

    Users can now configure the Interprocess Communication (IPC) no-activity timeout that causes MQ to close the application. The timeout can also be configured so that MQ will not close an application once MQGET SET_SIGNAL operations are begun.

  • MQGET SET_SIGNAL Manager processes

    The user can now configure multiple SetSignal Manager processes for each queue manager. Each queue can be optionally assigned a unique SetSignal Manager process to service its IPC operations.

  • Publish and Subscribe operations

    Publish and Subscribe operations are now supported. This includes configuration support for topics in addition to queues, and the extended MQI functions needed for Publish and Subscribe function.

  • SSL TLS Support for CERTVPOL and RFC5280

    The queue manager is now configured by default to require strict RFC5280 compliance for certificates. The queue manager can be configured, if desired, to use the previous relaxed Basic Policy for certificate verification.

  • SSL TLS Support for Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP)

    Certificates that are presented by remote queue managers and clients can be checked by MQ for validity by using an OCSP Responder.

  • Cache Manager Pairs

    Cache Manager processes store the contents of non-persistent messages. These messages may now be configured as process pairs. Cache Manager Pairs provide a higher quality-of-service for messages and protect non-persistent message data from some failures.

Delivery and support model

This release of MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 uses the Enhanced Support model to ensure the feature stability that is needed for production MQ deployments. Defect fixes only will be provided by FixPacks that are applied to the delivered MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 function.

No further CD releases will be issued.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM MQ for HPE NonStop is capable as of April 11, 2019, 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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Reference information

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For more information about IBM MQ for HPE NonStop, see Software Announcement 217-266, dated June 20, 2017.



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Availability of national languages

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Description Availability date Language
IBM MQ for HPE NonStop April 11, 2019 Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Hungarian Polish, Russian

Translation information, if available, can be found at the Translation Reports website.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5724-A39 8.1.0 IBM MQ for HPE NonStop


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Publications

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Effective April 11, 2019, the IBM MQ V8.0 for HPE NonStop product documentation will be available in IBM Knowledge Center, which can be viewed from a web browser with internet access.



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Services

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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

Hardware requirements

MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 requires one of the following servers:

  • NB-Series HPE Integrity NonStop Blade System (J-Series)
  • NS7-Series HPE Integrity NonStop X (L-Series)
  • NS3-Series HPE Integrity NonStop X (L-Series)

Software requirements

MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 requires the following minimum Release Version Updates (RVUs):

  • L16.05
  • J06.20

MQ for HPE NonStop V8.1 was tested with the following Software Product Releases (SPRs) installed. IBM recommends that these SPRs are installed on the system before installing MQ.

  • NSX L16.05
    • T2766ACW Java™ 7
    • T0878AAD C/C++ compiler
    • T0879AAD pTAL compiler
    • T0913AAC COBOL compiler
  • NSI J06.20
    • T1280ABI Posix User Threads (PUT)
    • T2766ACN Java 7
    • T1202AAG Coreutils
    • T8628ABD groupadd/del/mod
    • T8626ADX groupadd/del/mod
    • T0549ABJ C/C++ compiler
    • T0561AAW pTAL compiler
    • T0356ABQ COBOL compiler
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Program number License Information document title License Information document number
5724-A39 IBM MQ for HPE NonStop Server V8.1 L-ACRR-B8HK57

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.



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5724-A39 IBM MQ for HPE NonStop Server V8.1 L-ACRR-B8HK57

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The prices are unchanged by this announcement.

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