July 12, 2022 By Eileen Lowry 3 min read

Today, IBM is announcing the latest evolution of the IBM MQ Appliance — the M2003.

The IBM MQ Appliance M2003 brings together next-generation hardware and IBM MQ firmware, packed with the latest updates and designed to provide a more powerful appliance than its predecessor and secured messaging solution.

IBM MQ solutions are used by thousands of enterprises worldwide to protect their data and deliver it to the right place at the right time. Additionally, the solutions can help simplify maintenance and reduce costs while freeing space in data centers [1].

Integration is essential for supporting business growth

Today’s IT environments continue to expand at a rapid pace, with software and applications deployed across multiple clouds, data centers and architecture. In this world, exposing mission-critical assets and connecting disparate data sources is a top priority for improving visibility and supporting business transformation. Secure, scalable integration is essential for delivering new experiences, services and products to customers and for successfully implementing automation practices that optimize IT and business operations.

Banking and retail: Increased pressures from a growing digital economy

As stated by Forrester, the world of payments is becoming increasingly complex; billions of customers pay millions of firms using hundreds of payment methods [2]. In this environment, there is mounting pressure for businesses to ensure that high volumes of variable types of transactions can be processed and enacted more securely and quickly than before. Failing to meet these needs can jeopardize sensitive customer information and diminish the viability of new, digital business models being delivered to remain competitive in a fast-moving world.

Ensuring data integrity is a top priority

According to a recent report, 80% of data center managers and operators surveyed have experienced some type of outage in the past three years [3]. This stresses the importance to not only combat common causes of downtime, but also to make a swift recovery from unforeseen outages, no matter how small or large. This means businesses must take steps so that their mission-critical data is transported reliably and is always protected — both at-rest and in-flight. Businesses that protect data from loss during downtime can help shelter their bottom line from costly, debilitating outages and provide seamless experiences that customers can depend on without hesitation.

Support business growth through data availability and integrity with IBM MQ Appliance M2003

IBM has driven innovation in the MQ technology over more than 25 years in the market, continuing to provide businesses with a secured integration solution.

IBM MQ Appliance acts as a messaging center, moving messages between applications, services and systems across cloud and on-premises environments at scale. With IBM MQ, messages are protected by network encryption on the wire as they flow between applications, optional end-to-end encryption for protection and privacy of messages and newly available disk encryption to protect messages at rest while they are waiting to be transferred.

The IBM MQ Appliance M2003 is designed for the following:

  • Simple setup: IBM MQ firmware is pre-installed on dedicated, secured hardware and has a UI optimized for ease-of-use so teams can get started rapidly.
  • Maximized performance: Engineered to handle demanding high-volume workloads through greater processor power, faster storage and improved networking capacity, compared to previous IBM MQ Appliances.
  • Business resiliency: Easily create a highly available, resilient architecture for access to message data in the event of unexpected outages.
  • Cost efficiency: Simplify your estate and help save on hardware and maintenance costs by reducing the need for teams to spend time installing, patching or maintaining complex, multi-stack environments.
  • Data insights: Harness mission-critical data as it flows around the enterprise with streaming queues to power analytics and AI.
  • Help protect against threats: Encrypt highly sensitive and valuable business data in the stages of its journey without writing complex code or modifying applications.

Get started with IBM MQ Appliance M2003 and the IBM Automation family

IBM MQ is a key offering in the IBM Automation portfolio. IBM MQ is engineered to provide the Enterprise Messaging capability that can help businesses integrate applications and data across the enterprise.

The IBM MQ Appliance M2003 will be generally available August 2, 2022. For more information, please visit the IBM MQ website or contact your local IBM representative.

Join us for our Webcast on August 11, 2022, to learn more: Data Availability and Integrity with the new IBM MQ Appliance, M2003

Statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and objectives only.

[1] IBM IT Economics Consulting and Research, Reduce Operational Costs with the IBM MQ Appliance, July 2021

[2] Forrester, The Future of Payments: Simplicity Underpins Future Payment Fabric, Feb 2022

[3] Uptime Institute, 2022 Outage Analysis Finds Downtime Costs and Consequences Worsening as Industry Efforts to Curb Outage Frequency Fall Short, June 2022

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